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Can You Read: Please Keep Our Oceans Clean!

This is the sad and ironic scene I discovered while in The Florida Keys last weekend. Obviously this was not an effective message for one "Stars and Stripes" fishing bait...

Tuna and Billfish in Double Jeopardy

An international team of scientists assessed the population status of several fish species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species A new study by top fisheries experts presents an alarming assessment of several economically important fish populations. The analysis...

Champagne Reefs

New research shows ocean acidification will likely reduce diversity and resiliency in coral reef ecosystems A new study from University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientists and colleagues from the Australian Institute of Marine...

Global Expedition Sets Sail to Study Coral Reefs Worldwide

This morning I was aboard the 220-foot motor yacht Golden Shadow, a floating laboratory and the new headquarters for 17 ocean scientists studying coral reefs worldwide. The vessel will set sail today from Miami to embark on the largest scientific effort study the...

What Lies Beneath the Seafloor?

Study provides results from first microbial subsurface observatory experiment MIAMI — May 3, 2011 — An international team of scientists report on the first observatory experiment to study the dynamic microbial life of an ever-changing environment inside Earth’s crust....

Scientists Track Great Hammerhead Shark Migration

New study provides new insight into the largely unknown migratory patterns and habitat use of the endangered shark A study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science details the first scientific research to...

Reefs at Risk

The World Resources Institute has published Reefs at Risk Revisited, a comprehensive view of the threats facing coral reefs worldwide. Here's a story Jessica Carilli and I wrote for the publication on coral reef resiliency Mesoamerican Reef: Low Stress Leads to...

Diving in Negril and other Jamaican secrets

Saturday 13 November, 2010. Negril, Jamaica. I got tired of trying to go out in rough seas, and getting little (or likkle, in Jamaican patois) work done. So I headed for the calm waters of Negril on the west coast. In addition to re-surveying my 7-meter radius,...

Tides and Sunsets in Jamaica

Sunday, Nov 14. Add two new ones to the list. Tides and Sunset. As I've mentioned before, this is my fourth time in Jamaica. In previous years, I check the tides, but pay them little mind, as the differential here is 2 feet at its most extreme (spring tide?), and...

So Go Check It Out – A Field Report from Jamaica

I'm not sure how, when, or if these bloggy posts (blosts?) are going to get posted, so I'll give some general background as to who I am and what I'm doing. I tend to shy away from these details for fear of boring my poor sister who is my target audience either...

More on Ocean Acidification

National Research Council has developed a national strategy to meet the challenges of a changing ocean. Are we addressing these challenges yet or still talking about...

Rocky Reef Ahead

Florida reefs are rebuilding due to artificial reef program; enhanced education and protection needed to survive I’ve been swimming at the same beach for the last 33 years, since I was 3-years old. Growing up, my parents would take every opportunity they could to head...

Seeking an Aquatic Baby Boom

Imagine a vast forest of coral spread across the seafloor as far as the eyes can see. The warm, crystal blue Caribbean water is an aquatic forest filled with colors and teeming with fish. Few underwater tropical paradises like this still exist -- but Scripps...