Oceanography in the News
This is a selection of stories, subject to the following rules. First, I don't guarantee close daily coverage of everything that happens (because I have stuff to do apart from maintaining this Web page). Second, the site has to be generally accessible. (Journals like Nature make their pages accessible only to people who have paid a subscription to the written version.) Third, to make loading faster I keep less than 100K in this page: for archived stories, go to the end of this page. Fourth, I try to choose sources that tend to keep their pages accessible for more than two weeks over those that do not.
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Oceanography in the News, files from 2002
December 26, 2002. A very rare whale is beached in Japan. BBC News OnLine
December 15, 2002. Mystery disease hits Falkland penguins. BBC News OnLine. Previous story: BBC News OnLine, June 2002.
December 13, 2002. Increased flow in Arctic rivers: a bad sign. Science news service. I am inspired by this paper:
There's more runoff down Siberian rivers,
And more water that process delivers.
That freshwater flow
Must find somewhere to go:
That's enough to give Sweden the shivers.
December 12, 2002. Even Icelandic cod are declining, despite a much more intelligent fishing policy. BBC News OnLine
December 12, 2002. It's raining fish! New York Times. For your trivia or idiographica collection.
December 11, 2002. The Spanish oil spill keeps on getting worse. BBC News OnLine, with links to previous BBC stories. Previous stories from other sites:
December 9, 2002. Record ice loss from Arctic seas. BBC News OnLine
December 5, 2002. Earth's changing shape: climate change, funneled through the oceans, is probably at the root of it. National Geographic News
December 3, 2002. The Nassau grouper: a gloomy future for this big reef fish. BBC News Online. Previous stories:
The secretive world of sturgeon poachers. BBC News OnLine, December 2, 2002
Moratorium on catching Caspian sturgeon. Christian Science Monitor, July 20, 2001. This may be too little, too late:
Conference on plight of the sturgeon News report from ENS news site, February 16, 2001.
Major Web page from "Caviaremptor".
US is asked to stop importing caviar.Story from the New York Times, December 19, 2000. Why? Because the sturgeon that produces it is critically endangered.
BBC News OnLine , December 5, 2000.
Who eats caviar?. BBC News OnLine, December 5, 2000. For once, it's not Oriental nations eating endangered species: it's Europeans and Americans.
ABC News OnLine, December 5, 2000.
BBC News OnLine, October 3, 2000.
The Dagestan mafia is just one of the criminal groups in the caviar trade. BBC News OnLine, 1998.
November 22, 2002. Bush administration approves drilling the Padre Island National Seashore. This is the newest in-your-face attack on the environment. Padre Island is the major breeding ground in the US for the critically endangered Kemp's ridley turtle. New York Times
November 15, 2002. The CITES organization acts to protect basking sharks. BBC News OnLine and whale sharks, thanks apparently to the Brits. And the Japanese were unable to change the international ban on whaling. But the same body did vote to open the ivory trade wider, rather than to close it further. Read this story!
November 14, 2002. A region off Florida is made off-limits for big ships, to protect reefs. New York Times. My sardonic self finds it interesting that the New York Times files this story under "Politics".
November 12, 2002. Freak or "rogue" waves. BBC News OnLine. As part of an increasing trend in broadcasting, this "news item" is actually an ad for an upcoming program: this time, BBC. All the big
American TV companies do it too. Anyway, apart from the nasty taste in my mouth, look
for this program appearing eventually on American TV. You never know, there may be some science in it.
November 11, 2002. A total ban on cod fishing in the North Sea is proposed. Things must indeed be desperate! BBC News OnLine Previous stories:
New York Times, November 7, 2002.
BBC News OnLine. October 25, 2002.
Crisis point in British waters for several species. BBC News OnLine, July 16, 2002.
End of the line for the British cod fishery? From BBC News OnLine, November 6, 2000.
That great British contribution to world cuisine, fish and chips, is threatened in its home country. From BBC News OnLine, July 20, 2000. (The traditional fish in genuine British fish and chips is cod. Only yuppies have plaice.)
Decline of North Sea cod: fishermen are going for other catch. Independence Avenue, May 12, 2000.
November 8, 2002. Penguins having a hard time with broken-off icebergs. Press release For iceberg stories, see May 24, 2002 and March 19, 2002.
November 7, 2002. The astonishing eyes of deep-sea vent crabs. Nature news service These are not the shrimp you may already have read about...
November 4, 2002. Some good news: swordfish are doing better in the North Atlantic. National Geographic News
November 3, 2002. US designates manatee sanctuary areas in Florida. The weekend before a very tight election in Florida, too.... Environmentalists say the plan is woefully inadequate. New York Times
October 30, 2002. More than you wanted to know about herring: an affectionate article in the New York Times
October 30, 2002. The giant tubeworms of the ocean rifts. National Geographic News. No new research results yet, but nice brief summary of the interesting questions.
October 25, 2002. Wind-blown Asian dust and plankton blooms in the Pacific. Press release
October 23, 2002. Pfiesteria IS toxic, nya nya nya!
- Previous stories:
New fuss over PfiesteriaNew York Times, August 6, 2002. Sounds like lots of bad behavior, but no clue about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Time will tell, of course: that's one of the great things about science. Newton faked some of his results, after all...
The Pfiesteria story may be wrong. . This press release from June 24, 2002 says that the complex life cycle attributed to Pfiesteria may not be. Note that the new appraisal does not deny the toxicity of Pfiesteria, only the account of its biology
October 22, 2002. Deaths among wild sea trout are linked to parasites multiplying in salmon farms. National Geographic News
October 8, 2002. Australia will create the world's largest marine preserve. BBC News OnLine. This is partly in response to the reckless poaching of the Antarctic by Spanish, Chilean, Russian, and other fishermen. See February 12, 2002 for more details.
October 6, 2002. The richest treasure ship ever, HMS Sussex. New York Times. Previous story: The wreck of the HMS SussexNew York Times, February 24, 2002.
September 2, 2002. Why do hammerhead sharks have hammer heads? Press release about new research
August 29, 2002. A plankton bloom and deadly domoic acid, Washington State. Feature article on the Tidepool site
August 29, 2002. California puts stricter controls on catching many fish species. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 27, 2002. The US nails a caviar smuggler. Seattle Times
August 26, 2002. Greenland ends commercial salmon fishing off its coast. ENS news service
August 26, 2002. Korean freighters plead guilty to dumping oil at sea. ENS news service
August 19, 2002. Gloomy outlook by New England fishermen. New York Times. They blame the regulators, instead of looking in the mirror.
August 7, 2002. Blue crabs hold salt marshes together. Press release. The blue crabs eat the snails that would otherwise eat the grasses that hold the marshes together. Over-harvesting blue crabs will generate immense destruction around the south and east coasts of the US.
August 5, 2002. Rare whale washes up in South Africa. BBC News OnLine
August 2, 2002. Poaching turtle eggs in Florida. New York Times
July 31, 2002. Mass stranding of pilot whales on Cape Cod. New York Times
July 29, 2002. Hanging out with walruses. National Geographic News
July 28, 2002. Lots of large squid washing ashore in Southern California. BBC News OnLine
July 26, 2002. A giant squid washes ashore in Tasmania. National Geographic News
July 24, 2002. Sea temperatures along the Great Barrier Reef are now high enough to cause serious damage. BBC News OnLine
July 16, 2002. The US Navy will deploy its new whale-damaging sonar system. BBC News OnLine. Previous stories:
July 16, 2002. The greatest shoal on Earth: the South African sardine run. National Geographic News
July 12, 2002. Florida politics, the Bush brothers, and the manatee. New York Times. Previous stories:
Manatees, bioacoustics, and boats. Long article from American Scientist on Florida manatees, February 2002.
Manatee troubles area world-wide problem BBC News OnLine, February 13, 2002.
We have really good data for Florida, and it's clear that humans are to blame, and are not likely to do much about it. New York Times, February 12, 2002.
Previous story: Manatees vs. powerboaters in Florida. Christian Science Monitor, February 5, 2001.
July 11, 2002. Finding John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat PT-109 from World War II. National Geographic News
July 8, 2002. A dive in the Alvin National Geographic News
June 27, 2002. Fishing is out of control on Russia's East Coast. New York Times
June 27, 2002. Whale watching in Iceland. I don't know how long this site will last but it's a well-written story.
June 24, 2002. Bubble feeding by humpback whales: new details. National Geographic News
June 19, 2002. Indonesian fishermen using cyanide and dynamite, wrecking reefs. BBC News OnLine
June 18, 2002. Human waste implicated in coral disease. Nature news service. The dreaded white pox, straight from human sewage on to Florida corals.
June 17, 2002. Hubbard glacier is advancing again in Alaska. New York Times. This is a wonderful phenomenon. The advancing glacier cuts off an arm of a fiord, which quickly turns from salt water to fresh. All kinds of neat side-effects happen. One of nature's dramatic events.
June 17, 2002. Penguins are dying in the Falkland Islands. BBC News OnLine. probably this is linked with the dramatic drop in squid this year: and it's probably natural fluctuation, nothing to do with people for once. Previous story: What's happening to the Falkland squid fishery? From the Science newsroom, May 9, 2002.
June 17, 2002. Venezuela shrimp fishing: no good prospects. BBC News OnLine
June 14, 2002. Scientists trapped by Antarctic ice. BBC News OnLine
June 14, 2002. The reproduction of seahorses. National Geographic News
June 10, 2002. Sperm whale heads as battering rams? A novel suggestion from David Carrier
June 8, 2002. A recent oil spill devastated marine iguanas in the Galapagos. The paper was published in Nature: Wikelski, M., et al. 2002. Galapagos Islands: Marine iguanas die from trace oil pollution. Nature 417, 607-608.
June 6, 2002. Studying the movements of hammerhead sharks. National Geographic News
June 5, 2002. The breeding of lemon sharks. National Geographic News
June 4, 2002. The United Nations ocean atlas, on line. Story from BBC News OnLine: the atlas is at UN Atlas of the oceans.
May 31, 2002. The Bush brothers and offshore oil drilling in Florida. New York Times. It's the bare-faced hypocrisy that gets to you. President Bush's concern for wetlands and shorelines didn't extend to concern for the environment in the Alaska National Wildlife refuge recently.
May 28, 2002. Mystery wreck found on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. New York Times
May 27, 2002. Worries about the horseshoe crabs of the East Coast. New York Times. Previous stories:
May 24, 2002. More icebergs break off the Antarctic ice shelves. And it's winter down there!
May 21, 2002. Jellyfish are an increasing problem. New York Times. Previous story: Jellyfish threaten fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.. From the New York Times, October 3, 2000.
May 6, 2002. Another Spanish galleon found on the seafloor off Panama. Discovery site. Previous story: The wreck of one of Columbus' ships is discovered (maybe). The Guardian, November 5, 2001.
May 6, 2002. Be careful with old cannonballs from the sea floor! Nature science update
April 23, 2002. More about tsunami caused by undersea landslides. New York Times.
April 21, 2002. Ships hitting whales. Seattle Times.
April 16, 2002. Stranded humpback whale feeds a whole town. Iceland News
April 15, 2002. Meanwhile, the Inuit get ready for their annual whale hunting season (killing a thousand or so). Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 12, 2002. Shark expert bitten. New York Times. (While filming a TV movie for the Discovery Channel!) I don't think I need to comment.
April 10, 2002. Florida's black blob. National Geographic News. Previous stories:
April 10, 2002. Heading for ecological disaster in the Sea of Cortez. New York Times. Related articles:
April 10, 2002. How Sahara dust affects Florida marine ecosystems. From OnEarth, Spring 2002
April 9, 2002. Canada cracks down on foreign fishing vessels. Toronto Globe and Mail Previous story: Canada claims the Faroese are poaching in Canadian waters. Reuters, March 22, 2002.
April 4, 2002. Nearly half the US coastline is biologically damaged. ABC News.
April 4, 2002. Let's welcome the Exxon Valdez back to Prince William Sound! Story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Previous story:
April 3, 2002. The Iceberg Wars (mining Newfoundland icebergs for profit). The Atlantic Monthly March 2002.
April 3, 2002. South Africa's Abalone War. National Geographic News
April 2, 2002. How to grow a giant tuna. New York Times
April 1, 2002. Dramatic sealevel rise at 14,200 years ago. Press release about a new paper.
March 29, 2002. Red tide kills lobsters on the coast of South Africa. Press release from NASA, with link to images. Same press release
March 29, 2002. Great overview of the Maine lobster fishery. The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002 issue. Previous story: What REALLY goes on in and around a lobster pot. Nature news service, February 12, 2002.
March 28, 2002. World record octopus caught off New Zealand. BBC News OnLine
March 26, 2002. The Arctic sea ice is too melting, nya nya nya. BBC News OnLine. Previous stories:
March 26, 2002. Slocum Gliders: a new vehicle for oceanography. New York Times
March 22, 2002. The invading (and dangerous) lionfish on the East Coast. Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2002. Trying to cut back on trawling damage to the sea floor.
March 19, 2002. The Larsen B ice shelf suddenly disintegrates.
March 19, 2002. Alleged $3 million worth of shellfish poaching in the State of Washington. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Previous stories:
March 18, 2002. How manatees sense the environment: with hairs. From the Science newsroom
March 17, 2002. Gray whales are doing better along the West Coast. New York Times
March 12, 2002. What happens when the perfect storm hits the coast? Overview from Tom Paine E-magazine.
March 7, 2002. Red tide along the South African coast in February. NASA satellite image
March 7, 2002. The secret breeding grounds of Antarctic krill: now it can be told. BBC News OnLine
March 5, 2002. Strip-mining deep sea fish: a conversation with Callum Roberts. New York Times, March 5, 2002. Previous stories:
March 1, 2002. The Inuit are killing far too many beluga whales. Canadian National Post. Remember that killing beluga whales by anybody else is prohibited: the Inuit get to do it because they are North American native "subsistence" fishermen. The same excuse was used to allow the Makah to hunt gray whales in Washington waters.
February 28, 2002. The life of the blue whale (always eating!). Lee Dye column for ABC News OnLine
February 26, 2002. Beluga whales in the St. Lawrence estuary are getting cancer. (Canadian) National Post, February 26, 2002. Previous story: Beluga whales dying of cancer: is it related to pollution? From The Scientist, October 2, 2000.
February 25, 2002. Surfers versus Jet-skis. New York Times, February 25, 2002.
February 25, 2002. The Southern Ocean is warming faster than we thought. San Francisco Chronicle, February 25, 2002.
February 22, 2002. Climate change and the animals of Monterey Bay. San Francisco Chronicle
February 20, 2002. Prediction of the break-up of giant iceberg B15A. NSF press release. Previous story: Another huge iceberg breaks off from the Antarctic ice shelf. SpaceDaily site, November 18, 2001. This page leads you to previous stories over the past two years. See also this feature in Science News, May 12, 2001.
February 20, 2002. Alaskan sharks are increasing. University of Washington press release. This is happening as sea lions and sea otters are declining. Why? We don't know.
February 20, 2002. 2001 was not a bad year for shark attacks. AP story from ENN. Story from 2001:
February 19, 2002. The story (and painting) of "Watson and the Shark". New York Times.
February 18, 2002. Overfishing the North Atlantic.
February 15, 2002. Trying to save the California coast from more offshore oil drilling.
February 14, 2002. The world's top ten threatened reef areas. BBC News OnLine.
February 12, 2002. Australian ship captures Russian poachers in the Southern Ocean. ENS news. Previous stories:
February 10, 2002. Oil leaking from old sunken ship off San Francisco Seattle Times
February 4, 2002. Status of the New Carissa wreck on the Oregon coast. Seattle Times. For background, see an archive of stories from The Oregonian since the New Carissa went aground in 1999.
February 3, 2002. Sacrificing Japanese nori farmers. New York Times
February 1, 2002. British Columbia gives go-ahead for large increase in fish farms. ENN news site
January 31, 2002. Huge production of hydrogen sulfide in the seas off Namibia. National Geographic news, item about a new paper in Nature.
January 29, 2002. Cooling the vital parts of dolphins. New York Times
January 28, 2002. Radioactive nukewaste leaking around the Farallon islands. AP story, Seattle Times.
January 28, 2002. Making money (and chitosan) from old crustacean shells. Seattle Business Journal
January 23, 2002. Sealcams to study underwater Antarctic ecosystems. National Geographic News.
January 18, 2002. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet seems to be thickening, not thinning. New York Times
January 17, 2002. Penguins and big icebergs: bad news (for penguins).
National Geographic News.
January 14, 2002. A little bit of good news about right whales. National Geographic News
January 9, 2002. A new way to treat ballast water to kill off invading species. National Geographic News
January 8, 2002. More on the Geritol solution for ocean fertilization. National Geographic News. Previous stories:
January 4, 2002. Judge rules that the Feds have failed to protect the New England groundfish fishery.
January 4, 2002. Concern over Antarctic cruise ships. BBC News OnLine
January 3, 2002. Following great white sharks by satellite. BBC News OnLine
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