News about the ecology of our oceans, for late October 2008:
– Researchers in California are trying to figure out why local salmon runs have nearly disappeared there
– Activists in Nova Scotia are trying to deacidify the rivers there so that extinct runs of salmon that depend upon those rivers can be restored
– In New England, a company is planning to recover the massive amounts of ghost gear (wrecked fishing gear adrift on the ocean floor) in the area and process it in a way that will generate electricity
– Also in New England, the Conservation Law Foundation has filed a petition to seek official under the Endangered Species Act for the Atlantic wolffish, which has suffered from a combination of overfishing and habitat destruction
– A study by the National Marine Fisheries Service has confirmed that long lines laid by commercial fishing operations in the Gulf of Mexico are killing large numbers of protected loggerhead turtles
– Although some groups have described a group of about a dozen bottlenose dolphins in New Jersey’s Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers as lost and in trouble, the National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it will not attempt to move the dolphins back to sea, because the dolphins do not appear to be unhealthy and the Service regards their entry into the river as part of the natural process of exploration and migration that dolphins typically display
– Coral reefs in the Seychelles are in danger because of climate change. However, there’s good news that a large reef has been discovered and studied for the first time there, off the shore of Curieuse Island, which was thought to have no reefs at all.