Chronicle of deaths foretold – an update with photograph

Here is an update from my colleague Alexandros Frantzis from the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in Greece, who as been actively trying to investigate the full extent of the damage to the population of Cuvier’s beaked whales found in the waters south of Crete.

I recall that exactly in that area, which is well . . . → Read More: Chronicle of deaths foretold – an update with photograph

Chronicle of deaths foretold

It was bound to happen.

Some may recall the futile attempts by representatives of civil society last November, at the Meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic, of ensuring that agencies responsible for the production of noise in the sea . . . → Read More: Chronicle of deaths foretold

Mediterranean Governments miss opportunity to protect threatened beaked whales

Cuvier’s beaked whale killed in Canary islands waters in coincidence with NATO naval maneuvers. Photo courtesy of Vidal Martin, SECAC.

The Cuvier’s beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, is a cetacean particularly vulnerable to the loud noise propagated underwater across the oceans, e.g., by military sonar and by seismic surveys to prospect for oil and . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Governments miss opportunity to protect threatened beaked whales

The oceans are dying, long live the oceans!

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This article was published in Italian on 23 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”

A group of leading experts in marine conservation met in London last April to take stock of the condition of the oceans, and days ago a report with their conclusions hit the world’s . . . → Read More: The oceans are dying, long live the oceans!

Pelagic driftnets: a Mediterranean metastasis

This article was published in Italian on 16 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”

It would be difficult to find a better example than the swordfish fishery in Italy for exemplifying what NOT to do as far as management of the marine environment and its resources are concerned.  In the old . . . → Read More: Pelagic driftnets: a Mediterranean metastasis

Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

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Days ago we learned from the news that a team of marine biologists from the University of Haifa discovered a reef of deep-sea coral at a depth of 700 m, about 20 nautical miles west of Tel Aviv.  This is not the first time that deep-sea coral, also known as . . . → Read More: Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

Sitting blissfully on a deep-sea time bomb

If you thought that the environmental damage from the infamous Deepwater Horizon oilrig was bad – with its discharge of almost 5 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico during the past few months – consider that during the coming decade up to 20 times that amount of oil will start leaking into the . . . → Read More: Sitting blissfully on a deep-sea time bomb

Deepwater Horizon: a nightmare ends … or does it?

(translated and adapted from an article that I wrote in Italian, recently appeared on La Rivista della Natura)

With enormous relief a few days ago the world has learned– at least this is what we were told – that the gushing of crude from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico has been . . . → Read More: Deepwater Horizon: a nightmare ends … or does it?