Oceanography in the News 2003

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. (Many journals make their pages accessible only to people who have paid a subscription to the written version.) Third, to make loading faster I keep only a couple of months 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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  • December 31, 2003. Foreign fishermen are devastating local fisheries along the coast of Senegal. AP story from ENN news site. Everyone paying any attention could see this coming, probably the Senegalese government included. See this one, for example: The Western Europeans demand to catch more fish from the coast of West Africa. New Scientist, March 28, 2001. "This is ethically, politically and environmentally outrageous.", I commented at the time. (I haven't checked whether this story is still posted. New Scientist hasn't been good about its Web offerings lately.) This story is still posted: European fishing boats waste a lot of the fish they catch off Africa. BBC News OnLine, April 2002.

  • December 19, 2003. The best estimate yet of the ecological damage done by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (It's not over yet, either.) Seattle Times

  • December 19, 2003. Cruise ship employees face 15 years for polluting the ocean. ENN News site. This stinks in more ways than one. The COMPANY has admitted the systematic, carefully-planned pollution, and has paid a big fine. Now the DA is going to string up the low-level engineers who faked the log books, not the accountants and executives who dreamed up the scheme and told these poor guys to do it or lose their jobs.

  • December 16, 2003. Major geoduck poacher gets 14 years. Seattle Times

  • December 13, 2003. Keiko dies of pneumonia. The Oregonian. The Oregonian has, or used to have, an archive ot Keiko stories. Archive of Keiko stories from The Oregonian

  • December 9, 2003. Here's a nice story, for a change. Discovery of a blue whale nursery on the coast of Chile. BBC News OnLine. As long as the Japanese whaling fleet doesn't head that way, of course....

  • December 11, 2003. Is Kilauea going to slide into the ocean? Press release, Rice University. Here's the problem: a distinct strip of coast along the south edge of Hawaii IS slipping toward the sea. Is it going to fail catastrophically and generate the largest tsunami in recorded history? It's safer than we thought, says this new study. (Of course, that doesn't answer the question. The answer is YES: the real question is when.)

  • December 11, 2003. The miserable lives of people who break up old ships.

  • December 9, 2003. More on the "toxic fleet" of "ghost ships".