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Great info about the current algal blooms along Florida’s coast #Repost via @oneoceandiving // In a previous post, we talked about the destruction that harmful algal blooms (HABs) are currently causing.  But what are harmful algal blooms (HABs)? What causes HABs to thrive? HABs are also referred to as a "red tide", occur when colonies of algae grow in excess, and produce an extremely potent neurotoxin.  While not all algal blooms are toxic, a small percentage of algae produce toxins that can cause respiratory problems in humans, kill marine animals, and make shellfish unsafe to consume.  One of the most commonly known HABs occur along Florida's Gulf Coast, every summer (NOAA, 2012). There is an ongoing debate about whether pollutants are causing these HABs to occur more frequently, and more intensely or not.  This post is not taking a stand one way or another, but to explore both sides of the argument.  Some studies show that a lot of the newer and more intense HABs have been found in areas where pollution is not actually an obvious factor. The organisms that are contributing to HABs have been around for a very long time.  This leads some researchers to believe that the amount of HABs is not actually increasing, our technology to detect these HABs is just getting better (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2015). Others believe that the excessive input of harmful nutrients (like Nitrogen and Phosphorus), as well as harmful chemicals and fertilizers can actually spur the growth of harmful algae and microorganisms.  We do know that the simple photosynthetic organisms that make up HABs thrive in warmer conditions, which will continue to be an issue due to climate change (Anderson, DM., 2012). There is no conclusion yet that verifies whether pollutants are causing HABs in increase and become more intense; Although, many signs point to this to be a contributing factor.  The national and global HAB problem is a serious one, and is much larger than we thought. #ResearchIsKey #HABs #Educate Post by @skipp.bayless Photo of a massive fish die off by @deppphoto via @natgeo
Yaahoooo!! // #Repost @plasticfreemermaid NEW ZEALAND BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love this graphic by @grumpyturtledesign ✨ Shops have 6 months to make the change, less time to transition away from bags than most Australian bans had--whether self imposed by retailers (COUGH, COLES) or state/territory-led. However, in NZ many towns have already chosen to be plastic bag free & major supermarkets have been charging for plastic bags for over a decade. Perhaps this official legislation is easier to pass due to the culture of many small communities and larger retailers having taken action against plastics individually. This should empower us to ask our local governments (who may try to assure us it is up to the feds), to take on a voluntary ban on plastic bags (& other plastics!) for businesses. We can ask individual businesses to take a stand against plastics. Build business alliances to create a tipping point for each town to become plastic bag free! . Additionally a part of NZ’s ban are fines of up to $NZ100,000 ($AUS 89,621) for supermarkets that hand out plastic bags. . What do you think about this notion of fining supermarkets or other corporations for the plastic they hand out? Do you think this could work in Australia? . Imagine if this was applied to other products and businesses that distribute disposable plastics! WELL DONE KIWIS! 🙌🏽🥝 #banthebag #nzbansthebag . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @saltybluegypsy
Incredible conservation opportunity in SoCal from #OneOceanGlobalAmbassador @sharkymermaid who is the founder of @projectkolika and one of the first @oneoceandiving interns! #Repost @projectkolika // ATTN Everyone! Read the slides, as we have a new upcoming project we are opening to the willing public, starting in mid September! Please carefully read the requirements, as we want dedicated, passionate, hard-working and committed volunteers for this project. Please email us your resume and any questions you have if SERIOUSLY interested. Read why our Giant Kelp is in danger in Southern California. #education #conservation #research #seaurchins #removal #project #volunteer #volunteersneeded #sandiego #california #southerncalifornia #cali #awareness #action #takeaction #scuba #divers #dive #scubadivers #ProtectWhatYouLove @scripps_ocean . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
#Repost @paulnicklen // The region’s most severe red tide in over a decade is shocking the shores of #SouthFlorida . This infestation of toxic algae has inundated beaches and waterways and it is killing manatees, turtles, fish and seabirds at alarming numbers. A significant contributor in the issue is nutrient pollution from agricultural run-off, correlated to the #BigSugar industry and years of management missteps with #LakeOkeechobee . This kind of devastation to wildlife is close to my heart. I was exasperated and heart-broken to see marine life killed by a red tide back in 2015 off of North America’s west coast in Alaska. Help me to put pressure on political forces to save South Florida waters; visit the link in my bio to sign a petition. Top veterinarians we’re on location to address this tragic situation. None of the animals could be saved and sadly, they could only be euthanized. #TurningTheTide | @sea_legacy @cristinamittermeier @abc4explore @kellyslater @evergladesfoundation. . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
A seldom discussed and sea-riously endangered #elasmobranch family: Sawfishes. Their conservation was a hot topic at @SharksInternational2018 , which included the launch of the #IUCN Shark Specialist Group's Regional Conservation Strategy for Sawfishes. Repost @oneoceandiving // The smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). The sawfish utilizes its elongated rostrum with laterally-edged teeth to capture prey by slashing at it, raking through the sand, and using electroreceptors (Wueringer et al. 2012). It used to be a common inhabitant of coastal waters and estuaries throughout the eastern United States, but since the early 1900’s the population has dramatically declined due to bycatch and habitat degradation (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010; Wiley and Simpfendorfer 2010). Smalltooth sawfish can now mostly only be found in Florida waters (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). Sawfishes evolve under a K-selected life history, which means the production of small numbers of large young, a slow growth rate, and late maturity (Seitz and Poulakis 2006). Understanding this rare and endangered species and their habitat use can assist in developing more effective conservation plans (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). Juveniles utilize shallow mud flats in creeks and rivers, then shift their habitats to mangrove shorelines (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). These useful habitats can help the sawfish avoid larger predators (i.e. bull shark), aid in easier capture of prey, and provide for increased growth rates due to warmer temperatures (Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). The smalltooth sawfish is still negatively affected by humans (i.e. plastic debris and pollution), so protecting these crucial habitats can benefit the recovery of the population (Seitz and Poulakis 2006; Simpfendorfer et al. 2010). The impacts of pollution and injuries on the species can be eliminated by incorporating education, conservation and management processes (Seitz and Poulakis 2006). Post by: @cheybauman Photo by: @60poundbullet
Well that's a wrap for Plastic Free July 2018! What did you all do to commit to using less plastic? Which new habits will you continue to do? I switched from store-bought eye makeup remover to coconut oil! I also started cooking more fresh fruits, veggies and items from the bulk bins to avoid plastic packaging. Plastic free habits aren't only created in July; keep at it! #Repost @plasticfreejuly // Congratulations - you did it! It’s easy to wonder what difference one person can make but when we join together and all take small daily steps it adds up to make a big impact. In 2018 over 3.4 million people from 177 countries took the challenge to #choosetorefuse single-use plastic. Our thanks to each and everyone of you for all your efforts - for remembering reusables, for finding alternatives to plastic packaging, for starting conversations and sharing the challenge at home, work, school and in your community. It isn’t an easy challenge - it takes courage and commitment but together we can make a difference. As our friend @catfishcreative who drew this always says “Alone we are a drop, together an ocean!” . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Check out #oneoceanglobalambassador @lucianagregg ’s petition to ban #plasticstraws in #California ! Link in her bio! Give it a sign to make an impact:) BEAUTIFUL art by @kennaaloha . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @mermaid_kayleigh
It's the last day of @sharkweek and we hope you learned some jawsome things about shark conservation! Let's not forget about the shark's cartilaginous cousins: rays! Many species of "flat sharks" comprise large fishing and finning industries and are also hunted for their gill plates. #Repost @sharkeducation // #WedgefishWednesday This is a giant guitarfish (they can reach up to 10 ft/3.1 m in length) also known as the whitespotted wedge fish (Rhynchobatus djiddensis). They are targeted for their fins and are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. We love this image from @alexkyddphoto. Although its body looks like a shark, they are actually a member of the ray family. #flatsharks #savesharks #saveourseas #underwaterphotography #sharkeducation #sharks4kids #oceans #coexist #sharklife #sharkdiving . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Perspective for the real #SharkWeek : Until we ask this shark fisher why he does his work, we don't really know. What is imporant to note is the sensationalism that many @sharkweek specials have motivated fishers to hunt sharks. My dad, a former tournament sports fisher, used to target sharks because he wanted to "catch Jaws." He told me everyone did; reinforced fear justifies this for many (yes, @sharkweek ). • • One great way to push #sharkconservation ? Less fishing. Less bycatch. Less livestock feed that includes ground-up sharks. Reduce the demand, less supply. Get your protein from plants instead. We're privileged in developed nations to have that choice because it's not available everywhere. Seriously, I went #vegan last year because why-not, tried a fancy salmon steak last month to see if I wanted keep up with veganism, and the fish had no taste for me anymore. That's a thing! Your body changes; no cravings. • • In the meantime, we don't get to judge someone's work if we fund their industry. 🌱 #Repost @pauldegelder (shortened to main point) // ...[W]hen i see this sort of proud killing and disregard for innocent life it absolutely disgusts me. I don't have to do that anymore but that doesn't mean I stop protecting or doing the right thing. Slaughter animals for fun, for work or in the name of science isn't admirable, it's not something to be proud of. It's dealing in death. As horrible as this picture is though they're doing something to feed their families and a lot of you guys eat seafood so take a second before casting the first stone. We have all been programmed by society to think this kind of slaughter is acceptable in some form or fashion even if you don't see it until it's on your plate. It might seem like sometimes I get on my high horse but I cant, it's just my passion for change, I ate animals for 38 years. We can all be monsters for playing a role in animal suffering but the point is to try and minimise that suffering as best we can. This is a post to show you the ugliness that goes into your food choices and to display the type of person that revels in the slaughter that you can choose not to be. ...
Online event! This Thursday 7/26 @ 2pm PST 🦈 Thank you Dr. Cartamil for putting some good information about sharks out there for the real #SharkWeek ! See details below. #Repost @scripps_ocean // What do you want to know about sharks? Scripps researcher and #shark expert Dan Cartamil will cut through the sensationalism of #SharkWeek and present the facts about sharks during a Facebook live Q&A this Thursday at 2 p.m. He's pictured here tagging a juvenile blue shark off the coast of La Jolla. Join the conversation and submit your questions through the event link in bio. . . . #blueshark #juvenileshark #babyshark #ucsdalumni #scrippsoceanography #oceanscience #marinebiology #marineecology #sharkweek2018 #lajolla #lajollabeach #sandiego_ca #sharkresearch #ucsd #facebooklive #askascientist #sharks . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Did you know shark and ray skins are being imported in Europe for use in the fashion industry? Some more of the real #SharkWeek . Check out the original post for more photos. #Repost @debra.abercrombie // Obviously, I wasn’t going to let #sharkawarenessday pass without sharing some of my images. Unfortunately, I tend to see more lifeless bodies lying in a pool of red than I see swimming in a sea of blue these days. * The international shark fin trade is one of the major drivers of overexploitation in global fisheries, but did you know some of the most valuable fins found in trade are derived from shark-like batiods like the giant guitarfish (Glaucostegus sp.) fins shown in pic 2? * More and more sharks are being landed due to increased demand for their meat (and imported by countries like Spain, Brazil and Uruguay), but did you know shark and ray skins are increasingly being imported into Europe to meet the demand in the fashion industry? Don’t worry if you said no, because no one really knows which species are most affected by the trade in meat, skins, cartilage, etc. While demand reduction campaigns are currently focusing on the fin trade, we must also address these other markets if we hope to work towards #sustainablefisheries . * Don’t forget to show #flatsharks some love on this day, too. They desperately need it! * #sharks #sharksandrays #conservation #marineconservation #saltlife #research #healthyoceansneedsharks #protectwhatyoulove #themoreyouknow #sharkfinID . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Here's to the real #SharkWeek ! A scientist presenting on what we all suspect is happening with poor media portrayal of sharks at a conference. I love seeing important topics get investigated in academia! The peer review process of publishing scientific literature ensures collaboration among other scientists in the field, where they review each others' methods before agreeing the results can make a generalizable statement and add to our knowledge base. Otherwise, it's easy to get information passed into a policy or law that could actually have negative effects and not achieve the goal we want as conservationists! Conferences, like this, are where scholars share their current work with a wider audience in their field, most of which is done before publication and peer review. I hope we get to read about the results from this study once they're published, because they could really help champion conservation efforts! #Repost @whysharksmatter // Ready for my North American Congress for Conservation Biology #NACCB2018 talk! #marinebiology #science #ocean #sharks #conservation #toronto #ontario #canada . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
It’s so important to stay informed on the issues facing our environment - some great information via @bellavoulgaris on the Adani Coal Mine threatening Queensland & and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia 🙅🏼‍♀️🚫 . . Some things i’ve learned about Adani and water, that i think are important and you might be interested in: Last year, Adani were granted FREE UNLIMITED WATER LICENCE UNTIL 2077. Adani themselves have stated that they will use 26 MILLION LITRES OF WATER A DAY. This mine will drain enormous amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin (for free lol); create at least 6 huge pits which will result in massive water losses by evaporation, and pollute our waterways with toxic mining wastewater. Recently, Adani has applied to build a 100km pipeline (🙄) to take water from the Suttor River when flooded to wash the coal from his proposed mega mine. He plans to sell the surplus to smaller mines in the Galilee Basin. This flood water would otherwise be used for irrigation in central Queensland given they have been suffering from CHRONIC WATER SHORTAGE. This application could actuate the ‘water trigger’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) – which requires that large gas and mining operations must have federal assessment and approval if they may potentially have a significant effect on a water resource. Adani’s licence does not cover this application – and therefore, the ‘water trigger’ should be activated. However, Adani is claiming that the trigger should not be activated as this water is to be used after the mining process for washing coal, and not for the process of mining itself (cue face palm 🤦‍♀️). If the water trigger is activated, then it is a far more rigorous and lengthy process for the application to be passed. If not, then Adani basically has free rein to build this pipeline and exploit this water resource, without scientific scrutiny. (Continued in her comments) .... . .
An important look into shark conservation that you probably won't see on @sharkweek this year. Thank you for sharing your work, @debra.abercrombie ! Check out her original post for more photos. #Repost @debra.abercrombie // It always saddens me to see threathened species, like these scalloped hammerheads, at fisheries landing sites. But what is more worrisome is what most people don't see. These females were actually pregnant, and the damage caused by incidental mortaliy like this isn't often reflected in official landings statistics from areas where this vital information is actually being collected. For the handful of shark species for which population status has been assessed (via stock assessments), this is but one reason the data is so uncertain, and the precautionary principle must be applied when making management decisions. Note: this type of post is a departure from the norm for me, but I thought it was important to consider. If you feel the need to comment, please make it a positive one. You likely have not had to make tough decisions like some of the fishermen I have spoken to around the world who are merely trying to support their families in areas where sharks and rays are a significant source of protein and food security is an issue. Please contact your favorite shark conservation campaign (working towards sustainable fisheries, effective trade controls and/or demand reduction initiatives) and get involved! #sharksandrays #marineconservation #sharkconservation #research #protectwhatyoulove #sharkfinID #ecosystembasedmanagement #staypositive #findsolutions . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Some great plastic free tips for the final days of @PlasticFreeJuly ! #Repost @ecowithem_ // Random piece of trivia for the day: the first Plastic was invented in 1869 by John Hyatt. Errrr... good one, John! He wanted to create a substitute for the ivory being used in billiard balls that was driving the mass slaughter of elephants for aforementioned ivory. Nawww... John, dude. Sorry. Forgive me for what I said when I was angry 🐘💗. Those good intentions went awry when - post World War II - plastic “went viral” in day to day lives. We started using a material that last forever for functions that required minutes. My point is, the 1950s aren’t so long ago. These are relatively new habits. A teeny speck on the time spectrum of humans on Planet Earth. So it reeeeally shouldn’t be that hard to simply dial it back a notch. Adopt the sensible, more resourceful, less plastic habits of our grandparents. It isn’t that hard. It’s common sense. Here are some ideas inspired by yesteryears on how to store food without all the plastic. . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Great message on #sharktruth from OneOcean Global Ambassador @tobeykai // she’s taken the time to create this piece, check out her extended version too!! Sharks are apex predators, not monsters. PS: This is what I sound like sped up because... 60 seconds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Video by @this_is_chris_campbell ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @oceanconservancy @nakawe_mexico @nakaweproject @oneoceanconservation @oneoceanglobal @oneoceandiving @oceana @oceanramsey @juansharks @keiko_conservation @oceanicpreservationsociety @oceanicwildlife @oceanskeepers @yarmouthmazda @yarmouthnissan . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @saltybluegypsy
Especially in conservation work, it's important to back suspicions with science and to have the resulting study peer-reviewed for academic accuracy. Thank you for doing this work, @diegocardenosa ! #Repost @diegocardenosa // Our new study is the largest survey on the shark fin trade to date. The differences between data reported by CITES parties and the proportion of CITES-listed species in trade (9,200 samples analyzed), suggest that there is still a large volume of fins being illegally traded into Hong Kong and highlights the need for better enforcement of international trade laws. Improving inspection efficiency by centralizing ports of entry for fins and conducting real-time DNA testing in the field are some of the measures that CITES-parties can put in place to meet their obligations to this treaty. Read the paper for details Link of the paper in my bio #sharkfin #sharkfintrade #sharkconservation #sharkresearch #sharkweek #turningthetide @sea_legacy @realeliroth @discoversharks @biminisharkgirl @sharkweek @regisunday @sharkgirlmadison @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @shawnheinrichs @andy_mann. . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
Because in many parts of the developed world, we don't have to see the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. Great awareness for @plasticfreejuly , #Repost @sustainablecoastlineshawaii // This video was taken by the team on Saturday, July 14th at Playa Montesinos in the Dominican Republic, where Parley is currently on site working with the navy, the army, public workers and the municipal government. After three days of cleanups they have intercepted over 30 tons of plastic, but there is a lot more work to be done. Over 500 public workers have been mobilized for this cleanup operation. We need a wave of change and a Material Revolution. Wherever you are in the world, you can be part of the solution: #ParleyAIR : Avoid. Intercept. Redesign. @corona @oceanplastic #100islandsprotected #cleanyobeach #cleanbeachesstartathome #cansurf #icewave #slushwave #parleyxcorona #coronaxparley #malamaikekai #dominicanrepublic . . . Want to learn more & find ways you can become an #oceanconservationist ? Visit > conservation. Want to become a @oneoceanglobal ambassador? Tell us why at Tag #oneoceanglobal to be featured! Post/repost by: @namsundri
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