Category Archives: Global Climate Change

Saving Grand Cayman’s Killer Pillar

I recently published a story about coral disease in Yale Environment 360, and I’ve had a lot of follow-up through social media. One of the top questions/comments I’ve received concerns Killer Pillar, a Grand Cayman dive site mentioned in the … Continue reading

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As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions (Excerpt from Yale E360)

The following is an excerpt of my article on climate disease fromYale Environment 360. Click “CONTINUE” at the end of the excerpts to read the full article at In September 2014, William Precht received an alarming phone call. “I’m … Continue reading

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NMFS Solicits Public Comment on Protective Regulations for Listed Coral Species

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) officially began soliciting public input as they consider developing a section 4(d) rule for the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and … Continue reading

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Why Giving away Dogfish at the Food Pantry May be a Bad Idea

If you visited the Falmouth Service Center’s food pantry last week, you may have been offered a fillet of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Brenda Swain, the service center’s director, says they have “been working really hard on nutrition,” and she’s thrilled … Continue reading

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President and CEO of PIJAC Continues Spread of Disinformation

The president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Ed Sayres, attended the Aquatic Experience this past weekend and blogged about it on Monday. In his blog entry, Sayres asks, “[W]hy is the aquatics community under attack by … Continue reading

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Assessing Cause and Effect with Data in Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery

Yesterday I reported on the 2015 commercial northern shrimp fishery moratorium in New England, an event where ocean warming, rather than poor fishery management, is likely responsible for fishery collapse. Today, I want to take a look at Hawaii, where anti-aquarium fishery … Continue reading

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2015 Commercial Northern Shrimp Fishery Moratorium Announced

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has for the second year in a row issued a moratorium on the commercial northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) fishery. The decision was made Wednesday in Portland, and it’s one that will no doubt hurt … Continue reading

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