4,600 Sea Turtles Killed Yearly by Fishing

turtle escaping fishing net

A loggerhead escaping from a net equipped with a turtle excluder device. Some 4,600 sea turtles are killed each year by American fisheries, according to a new report published in the journal Biological Conservation. That number, based on data from 2007, represents something of a triumph — it reflects a 90 percent reduction in death […]

Heal the Bay: Long Beach Water Quality

Heal the Bay: Long Beach Water Quality

The waters off Long Beach — long among the most contaminated in the state of California — have improved dramatically in the last year, according to a new report that gives the city’s beaches their highest water-quality ratings in a decade. All the beaches in the city earned grades of A or B in the […]

Oceanic Grandeur, Torres Strait, 3 March 1970

Oceanic Grandeur, Torres Strait, 3 March 1970

The oil spill from the Oceanic Grandeur in Torres Strait in March 1970 highlighted Australia’s lack of preparedness at the time to deal with a major oil spill in the marine environment. Only one pollution incident since, the Kirki in 1991, has resulted in a larger spillage of oil into Australian waters. image from : […]