Honor July 4th throughout the year by saying something

Happy 4th of July! This day is all about celebrating independence, democracy and freedom. But what is the point of celebrating these gifts every July if we don’t make the most of them during the rest of the year? This has been the question on my mind since I attended the Pacific Fisheries Management Council… [read more]

The Pacific Garbage Patch as art

Garbage patch gyre

Do you ever feel like we’re swimming in garbage? Well, we are, both figuratively and literally (or litter-ally). Trash is everywhere. When I go for walks around my neighborhood, I always see trash…always. Usually, it’s fast food containers, leaflets that have fallen off cars and plastic bags. Since I see trash all the time, I… [read more]

Q & A with Nat Geo Photographer Thomas Peschak

©Thomas P. Peschak/National Geographic, This photo is in the March 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine on newsstands February 28. "A relic of the Iran-Iraq war, this oil tanker was scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border on Saddam Hussein's orders, to block access by sea to southern Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities are reluctant to remove the vessel for fear of damaging the wetlands of nearby Bubiyan Island, an important fish nursery and seabird breeding ground."

As part of doing a write up on the The Seas of Arabia article, National Geographic gave me the chance to ask writer Kennedy Warne a few questions and I jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to know more about what happened behind the scenes as he was gathering information for the article. Well,… [read more]

Interesting note on the Disney Oceans movie

When I saw the Disney Oceans movie last year, I wondered, how did they get such great shots of so many species, especially those facing a bleak future? Well, this past weekend, I was wandering around Barnes & Noble and happened upon a book based on the movie titled, “Oceans, a National Geographic official companion… [read more]

An ocean photo contest with a twist

Marine Photobank sponsors a photo contest with a unique twist, instead of submitting your best marine life shot, this contest is looking for photos that are equal parts amazing and devastating. On the left is last year’s winning photo featuring three turtles caught in a fishing net with a potential rescue in progress (devastating) against… [read more]

Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Another World Oceans Day has come and gone. (It was yesterday, June 8th, in case you missed it!) And I can’t stop thinking about an article I read yesterday titled “Goodbye Holocene, hello Anthropocene.” The article discusses how humans have managed to make such an impressively destructive impact on planet earth that we are transitioning… [read more]

Ted Danson on his new book Oceana

I had an awesome weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. For anyone who hasn’t been to the festival, you must go! It’s the largest book festival in the U.S., maybe even the world (but don’t quote me on that), and it’s FREE! The only thing you have to pay for… [read more]

Eating fish, got mercury?

Recently, I discovered several great websites that I’ve been meaning to share. Today, I present a must use resource for fish eaters. Full disclosure, I actually don’t eat fish anymore for many reasons. In general I’m concerned about the future of our oceans and over-fishing, but what sealed the deal was getting really sick after… [read more]