"A new time-lapse video sheds dramatic light on the subtle, slow-motion lives of corals, sponges and other ocean animals, offering a vivid reminder of why these ecological titans deserve our respect...
Produced by photographer Daniel Stoupin, it's a dramatic reminder that "life has a very broad spectrum of speeds," as Stoupin puts it. But it's also much more than that. It's a mind-blowing opus of time-lapse wizardry, described by the photography blog PetaPixel as a "masterpiece" whose hypnotic images "defy proper description." It was quickly named a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has already been watched more than 1.6 million times so far during its brief tenure online...
But Stoupin is a marine biology Ph.D. student as well as a photographer, so he adds that his video shouldn't be seen as approval of keeping wild ocean creatures captive on land."
News and Updates
"Marine scientists in the Seychelles are propagating and replanting corals resistant to bleaching in the hope of replacing destroyed reefs in the western Indian Ocean with ones that are more resilient.
Each workday, Claude Reveret and Sarah Frias-Torres of Nature Seychelles, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, lead a team of scuba divers down to the ocean floor around Praslin, the country’s second-largest island, and the nearby Cousin Island Special Reserve."
Via the Times-Picayune
"Window in the Waves documents the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a rare collection of healthy coral 110 miles off the Louisiana-Texas border in the Gulf of Mexico. The filmmaker is Todd Richard. Penny Hammer, whom Richard met on a dive there, narrates. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Friday (April 11) on WLAE."
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Ocean acidification is a complex phenomenon with profound consequences. Understanding complexity and the impact of ocean acidification requires systems thinking and collaboration, both in research and in education. Scientific advancement will help us better understand the problem and devise more effective solutions, but executing these solutions will require widespread public participation to mitigate this global problem. In an effort to help high school students understand today's science, we have translated current systems-level ocean acidification research into a 5 week classroom module. We will present this curriculum and provide guidance for easy implementation in high schools. Thus far 13 different schools and over 1200 students have field tested this work – we have seen dramatic increases in engagement, and in students’ abilities to use inquiry and to challenge their mental models. The lessons are hands-on, interdisciplinary, and specifically focus on systems thinking which has been shown to enable behavioral change. In this curriculum, students take on the roles of scientists and delegates as they investigate the consequences of the changing carbon cycle on the chemistry and biology of the oceans. Students begin by critically assess different pieces of information through news articles and real-time data. They combine their findings into a network diagram that interconnects key players of this system. Students align themselves with stakeholders and design collaborative, cohesive experiments to test hypotheses and network properties. They explore how carbon dioxide is produced as well as the consequences of increased CO2 levels on the pH of water, the integrity of seashells, and the life cycle of diatoms. In the culminating activity, students act as delegates when reconvening to discuss the systems consequences of ocean acidification. They make recommendations for further research, policy, and lifestyle changes. The module connects to other pertinent lessons being developed locally and globally and provides a clear connection to the Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy standards.
"Growth in the marine sector is welcome, but needs to be sensitively managed; we shouldn’t put wind turbines in fishing grounds. Investing in seabed mapping technology will ensure resources are used in a sustainable way, says Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, MEP."
"Protected areas that control local stressors are a hallmark strategy for species protection. However the global impacts of climate change don’t stop at the boundaries of protected areas. Nevertheless, a popular conservation narrative is that reducing local stressors can buffer ecosystems against the global impacts of climate change. This narrative is especially poignant since we can usually only make positive change at local levels by reducing exploitation and pollution or slowing habitat loss. But is this enough? Given the unpopular politics of curbing global carbon emissions and the reality of committed warming over future decades, it is critical to evaluate if managing local stressors will protect ecosystems in the face of climate change."
"Protected areas in Seychelles are set to be better safeguarded with the launch this week of a new policy governing them.
The new policy supports elements of the Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy 2012-2020 (SSDS) and Seychelles’ adoption of the blue economy.
It adopts international standards and best practice to ensure efficient management of the existing set of protected areas and set the scene for the expansion of the protected area system in the future."
Via The World
"The votes were close in preliminary tallies of whether the mayor, Jim Auborn, should be recalled...A port commissioner, Brett Webb, accused Auborn of advocating the creation of a marine sanctuary for the region. Webb filed a petition to recall Auburn stating he was "imposing a National Marine Sanctuary on the people of Port Orford.""
By Dr Peter JS Jones, Dept of Geography, University College London (P [dot] J [dot] Jones [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk)
Recent developments and assessments indicate that the tensions between achieving good environmental status and blue growth in Europe's seas are increasing.
Port of Spain. April 08, 2014 - Over 30 fisherfolk leaders from the Saint Lucia National Fisherfolk Cooperative Society Limited (SLNFCSL) and affiliate fisherfolk cooperatives, and representatives from the Fisheries and Cooperatives Divisions participated in a National Fisherfolk Workshop, in Saint Lucia , from April 2 - 3, 2014. This workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacities of the fisherfolk organisations in Saint Lucia to better participate in the national, regional and international processes for developing and implementing fisheries and related policies.