Marine Conservation
Salmon Conservation
Written by Ava

We're sure most of you TRT members are big marine, fish, and ocean conservationists and so we're proud to see that concerned citizens in Canada are also taking a stand.  In doing so, they've urged the government to create a conservation program to protect and manage the wild salmon population.  That program is the Wild Salmon Policy.  

Based on this policy, the Watershed Watch Salmon Society and the David Suzuki Foundation have joined forces to write a report on the matter called "Knowledge Integration in Salmon Conservation and Sustainability Planning."  This report serves to continue the conservation and restoration of Pacific Salmon for the benefit of all Canadians.  

The plan focuses on another report--one also written by the David Suzuki Foundation--called Returning Salmon.  Returning Salmon evaluates the Wild Salmon policy and looks at other federal, regional, and provincial government initiatives and how they can all be combined.  We learn that improved and integrated planning with clear focuses on combining all programs should be our objective.  

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words
Written by Ava

A picture's worth a thousand words.  This could easily be Richard Ellis's motto for life and perhaps it has been to this today.  

Richard Ellis is a painter.  But not just any painter. The talent is currently recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in America.  He's painted lots of pieces, including--get this--a 35-foot long whale mural for the Denver Museum of Natural History in 1978! I couldn't believe it, could you? 

Wait, there's more.  Richard is also a published author writing more than eighty magazine articles as well as books on sharks, whales, and the ocean. You can find out about all that he's accomplished on his official site.

Best of all, he considers himself a marine conservationist to the core and are proud to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions. 

Power Players
Written by Ava

As a blog moderator for The Reef Tank, I have the esteemed privilege to communicate with a plethora of science bloggers, marine biologists, conservationists, and scientists.  One such person is Monty Halls, Sr., Secretary of the Shark and Coral Conservation Trust, who's organization believes there's a direct link between the deterioration in the world's coral reef systems and the decrease in the number of sharks. 

Besides believing wholeheartedly in coral conservation (in an e-mail Monty says, "You are right that we are concerned for the future of coral reefs generally.  The major threat to these delicate habitats seems to be posed by progressive ocean acidification,") SCCT aims to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of sharks and coral reef eco-systems and marine biological diversity. 
I Am Fish
Written by Ava

I Am Fish.

Sounds simple, right? Three little words.  But according to the David Suzuki Foundation, an organization who's mission it is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life as well as conserve our environment and provide education education, advocacy, and policy work, through working with government, businesses, and individual, these words mean so much more.  

Chalk it up to an ancient and extraordinary web of biological activity that connects humans with the ocean, the Suzuki Foundation says. 

The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area, or Canada's North Pacific coast (which David Suzuki supports wholeheartedly) has one of the richest and most abundant marine ecosystems on the planet.

Give The Gift of Protecting Nature
Written by Ava

The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization with more than 1 million members working around the globe to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, has come up with their Top 5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Our favorite? The program to Adopt a Coral Reef

The group's Adopt a Coral Reef program raises funds for important coral reef projects in the Dominican Republic, Palau, and Papau New Guinea. The funds provide the protection, restoration, and conservation of some of the best coral reef habitats on Earth! 

As we all know, coral reef worldwide need our attention and care.  If the rate of our destruction continues as it is now, 70% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed by the year 2050.  

The Policy Persuasian
Written by Ava

Scotland and the UK are undergoing radical reform in the way the oceans and coasts are managed and one man to help them engage in this smoothly is Dr. Tavis Potts, a social scientist and member of the Scottish Association for Marine Science with a keen interest in marine and coastal policy on local, national, and international levels, application of environmental policy instruments, and 'green' innovation/urban environmental geography.

Tavis wants to get the world (not just those living on the coasts) interested in marine planning, policy, and helping the world's marine life and marine environment.  

Keeping up his blog Sustainable Seas, a forum for discussion and dissemination of news, views, and ideas about the management of coastal and ocean ecosystems, science and policy, is just one of the ways Tavis is doing this.  Other ways include education, research on Antarctic geography, and helping to formulate marine bills and other forms of public policy.

The Salmon Adventure
Written by Ava

Phil Magistro and Apryle Craig knew they wanted to promote awareness of the plight of the wild Pacific salmon and chose a unique and unconventional way to do so. On May 2nd, they began in Gig Harbor, WA, paddling 1,251 miles to Glacier Bay, AK in a total of 111 days, averaging 17 miles a day.  Along the way, they stopped by many salmon farms and salmon streams along the route, spoke with wild commercial fisherman and locals to find out about their experiences, and raised money for the Living Oceans Society! It was an exhausting but worthwhile journey and they've lived to tell about it! 

We were lucky enough to speak with Apryle about the incredible excursion! For more on the adventures of this marine powerhouse team, check out their site: Elevated Attitude

Please each tell me a little bit about yourselves, including how you got to the point where you are now.

A Whale of a Tale
Written by Ava

When I interviewed CEO Iain Kerr of the Ocean Alliance, an organization that collects data on whales and ocean life, he made sure that I understood that this work is not quite as romantic as it might sound, spending weeks at sea on a small boat with the same people with little or no privacy and always feeling the pinch of funding. He told me that it is very expensive to send a research vessel to sea along with the necessity for an extensive range of local and international research permits.

"You need an expensive vessel, a well-trained crew, and good equipment. Work at sea is high risk," he said.

But as difficult as it is, it's also rewarding.  He knows so much about the ocean's pollutants and what the world can (and must) do to help protect the ocean.  He goes as far as churning out a list below of top ten tips to save the ocean.  

And he's learned so much about the whales through reports on toxicology, bioacoustics, behavior, and genetics as well as efforts to conserve them. 

After all, he says below, "They serve as flagships for the health and well being of the whole marine ecosystem."


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