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A Sperm Whale National Park Area or A Stove Seamount

Three times I’ve traveled across the codfish gray seas of Georges Banks, about 150 miles southeast of Nantucket, out onto the Mediterranean blue of Oceanographer’s Canyon. Every time we saw sperm whales surface, blow a spout that arched diagonally to the whale’s left, and dive.  One time we found a dead whale floating on the…

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In Defense of New England’s Deep-Sea Coral Reefs

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director New England Fisheries Management Council 50 Water Street, Mill 2 Newburyport, MA  01950 May 26, 2017 Dear Mr. Nies, I am writing to the Council’s Habitat Committee to comment on the Draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment alternatives. In 2014 I attended the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council’s presentation by Dr Nizinski…

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Stop Funding Cuts to NOAA Ocean, Fish, and Weather Programs

Congress has been directed by the Administration to slash $1 billion out of NOAA’s ocean and weather programs. Join with us to speak out for oceans to maintain funding of our nation’s ocean programs that include exploration and fisheries research, weather and coping with shifting baselines. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce will prepare NOAA’s budget. …

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Stop Florida from Closing the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Save the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) intends to close down the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, to cancel their property’s operating lease, unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service increases federal expenditures to control invasive plants, notably Lygodium, or Old World Fern.…

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Wildlife Socks to Save the Loxahatchee

We’ve got wildlife socks to warm your feet when you join with us to save the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge from being shut down.  Socks for individuals who give $5 or more a month. Click here to donate through Paypal ($10 minimum or more a month). From top to bottom the fish are mackerel, blue-back herring, cod,…

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Climate Change After Paris . . .

The long-term goal is to limit global warming to well below 2C or if possible 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Photo: AFP After Paris, Washington in your own voice When implementing the Paris Agreement, the biggest obstacle to success is the U.S. Congress.  The Ocean River Institute is uniquely capable of surmounting the obstinacy in DC…

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Guardians of Wondrous Atlantic Ocean Place

Will you take a stand for a national park area with 3 deep sea canyons and 4 cold-water coral seamounts? The Secretary of the Interior is recommending the president open the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. Today, more than ever before, deep sea canyon rangers and seamount guardians are needed to make…

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