December 22, 1999. How orcas catch herring: by stunning them first with a flip of the tail. The sites disappeared, but you can get the information from this article in Wikipedia.
December 14, 1999. Trying to prevent overfishing of sand-eels in the North Sea. Story from the BBC News OnLine, December 14, 1999. Currently, sandeels are harvested mainly to be ground up and fed to Danish pigs. That means that seabirds like kittiwakes and puffins go short...
December 14, 1999. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico reaches record size. Story from the New York Times, December 14, 1999.
December 8, 1999. Here's an example of futility: a perfectly viable way of saving seabirds from being entangled in fishing nets, but which can actually be applied to less than 10% of the fishermen involved! Yet this story is presented as an environmental triumph!.
December 8, 1999. Sealions versus fishermen versus salmon in Monterey Bay. Background article on a hot controversy.
December 3, 1999. The greatest threat to the oceans in terms of pollution is the action of individuals. Story from the Environmental News Network.
December 2, 1999. Dumping carbon dioxide into the deep sea. What's the status of this proposal? Story from the Christian Science Monitor.
December 2, 1999. Arctic Ocean sea ice is getting smaller and thinner:
November 30, 1999. "An ecological time bomb": the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Story from the New York Times. See October 14 for stories written during and shortly after Floyd.
November 25, 1999. New whale sanctuary in the Mediterranean. France, Italy, and Monaco have jointly set up a sanctuary that includes international waters. This implies their willingness to enforce whatever rules they set up for the area. Story from BBC News OnLine.
November 18, 1999. How the paddlefish finds its food. That story is gone: it was about San Francisco Chronicle. Here is a background article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
November 9, 1999. Ecologically correct seafood? Here is a background article from the New York Times, and here is one from the San Francisco Chronicle.
November 5, 1999. Large cuts ordered in Pacific coast fishing. Reaction in California, from the San Francisco Chronicle, November 6, 1999.
October 29, 1999. Q. When is an endangered salmon not endangered? A. When it's in the net of an Alaskan fisherman.
This is a real quote, from Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, and he has introduced legislation to make it so. But the story gets less humorous when you realize that Congress wrote Stevens' legislation into the Budget. President Clinton vetoed the bill (not to save the salmon), but the issue is not dead. It is not reassuring that the Congress would vote for such an outrageous piece of legislation, and the entire salmon treaty between the United States and Canada may break down as a result.
September 11, 1999. Abalone poachers busted. A story from the San Francisco Chronicle.
September 3, 1999. Australia urges a global sanctuary for whales. From the BBC News OnLine.
September 2, 1999. Marine diseases.. An article pointing out the increased dangers of marine diseases. This is a report from the BBC News OnLine. The original paper was published in Science: Harvell, C. D., et al. 1999. Emerging marine diseases: climate links and anthropogenic factors. Science 285: 1505-1510, and should be freely available in their archive.
August 30, 1999. The Makah hold a festival. The Makah Indians are very proud of butchering a whale last May, and are planning more ambitious whale hunts. Story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Governor of Washington is very much against their whale hunting.
Here is the background: the Makah live on a reservation at the north end of the Olympic peninsula, in the State of Washington. They are destitute, partly because they've clearcut their reservation, so have no sustained income from the forests they once had. In early 1999, the tribe built a ceremonial canoe and on May 17th they paddled out and stuck a ceremonial harpoon into a gray whale. Then other Makah heroes went after the whale with a speedboat and blasted it with a 0.50 caliber anti-tank rifle. Then they used the speedboat to tow the carcass to shore, and had a big ceremonial feast to celebrate their return to ancestral tradition, washing the whale meat down with that traditional Makah beverage, Diet Coke. (I'm not making this up!!).. The gray whale, of course, is totally protected under the rules of the International Whaling Commission.
August 27, 1999. Japanese stopped from catching bluefin tuna for "research".. An international tribunal forbade the Japanese to catch any more bluefin tuna under the guise of "research". (But will they pay any attention?) From the BBC News OnLine.
August 26, 1999. Shark scare at Stinson Beach. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
August 16, 1999. Eradicating a marine invader. Invaders can be beaten! An invading pest is eradicated from California by researchers at UC Santa Barbara.
August 2, 1999. The invading European goby in the Great Lakes. From the Christian Science Monitor. See also an article in Science News.
August 2, 1999. San Francisco Bay is in REAL trouble. San Francisco Bay is in REAL trouble.Sound environmental efforts have succeeded in stopping the gross pollution of former years. However, we are down now to the accumulating small-scale pollution of several million people. The problem now is too many people, and that problem is not going to go away. One wonders whether there is ANY solution now, and I would guess that there is not. From the San Francisco Chronicle. Previous stories, also from the San Francisco Chronicle: