Testimony for NMFS Hearing / Navy Sonar

Testimony of Richard (Dick) Russell HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE AND OCEANS On The NATIONAL OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE ACT OF 2007 (H.R. 2010) July 12, 2007, Washington, D.C. My name is Dick Russell, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you this morning concerning the National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007. I am the author […]

The Revenge of Poseidon?

Gray whales are skinnier and scientists suspect Arctic warming is the reason why – A talk given by Dick Russell at the “Nature and Human Nature Conference,” sponsored by the Foundation for Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California, March 18, 2007. When the ancient Greeks observed that the sea was rough, they said: […]

Conscientious Seafood Buyers may be Greatest Hope to Reverse Widespread Destruction of Fisheries

Low-Impact Fish Farming and Eating Lower on the Food Chain Can Provide More Jobs and Increase Seafood Quality and Safety Washington, D.C. — The world’s beleaguered fish populations have found an unlikely ally: seafood eaters, according to a new Worldwatch study by Brian Halweil, a senior researcher and globally recognized food expert. From Chinese universities that […]

‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish

By Richard Black, Environment correspondent BBC News website – Nov. 2, 2006There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study. Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Writing […]

Other Voices: Pombo’s Bill Threatens Fisheries

A battle is looming in the nation’s Capitol over how best to manage the nation’s ocean fisheries. It has been a decade since Congress considered changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the nation’s primary ocean fisheries law. Since that time, the US Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission concluded […]

The Eye of a Marlin

“Today, the United Nations reports that 75 percent of the world’s fish populations are being overfished.” Back in the ’80s, when we were young and passionately fishing the “blue waters” of the Atlantic off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, there were fish to be had. Huge schools of bluefin, yellowfin and albacore tuna roamed the […]

Fish Fry

Amid all the talk about what rising temperatures and sea levels will mean for human habitation, not as much attention has been paid to what’s going to happen to our oceans and estuaries. We live on a water planet, and we’re killing it on many levels. Studies cited in my book Striper Wars indicate that […]

Deep blues

The lowdown on deep-sea mining Long ago, the dark and chilly regions of the deep-sea floor were thought to be a biological wasteland. How could life survive, let alone flourish, in a region devoid of sunlight and therefore of plant life, subject to immense cold and the pressure of seawater at unimaginable depths? Even after […]

Where the Land Meets the Sea

photo: James D. Watt / Earthviews Rachel Carson, best known for exposing the dangers of DDT in her classic Silent Spring, was also a keen observer of our coasts. “The shore is an ancient world, for as long as there has been an Earth and sea, there has been this place of the meeting of […]