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Help Support Ocean Conservation this Holiday Season and Promote your Ocean Conservation Organization!

ConservationDecember 4, 2013

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, we have entered the season for charitable giving. In America alone, there are thousands of ocean conservation organization that rely on donations and grants for their continued operation. Rather than list out our favorites, which tend to get quite a bit of promotion through Southern Fried Science’s various platforms, […]

What does the new species of hammerhead mean for shark science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 11, 2013

In the year 2000, Dr. William Driggers, now of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Mississippi, was sampling for sharks in South Carolina. Dr Driggers recalls that “at the time I was collecting samples from various species of sharks for life history studies and also collecting tissues for Dr. [Joseph] Quattro’s […]

Happy Fun Science Friday – Blinky, the 3-Eyed Crab

Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine scienceNovember 8, 2013

Happy FSF everyone, this week we bring you Blinky! For the Simpsons aficionados amongst you, we are unfortunately not referring to the affable 3-Eyed fish, indicative of the radioactive influence of Springfield’s nuclear power plant. No Blinky is a real-life, 3-eyed crab, discovered and documented by German researcher Gerhard Scholtz and colleagues while working in […]

What can the funniest shark memes on the internetz teach us about ocean science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

In recent years, some of my favorite ocean predators have started to show up in memes. As part of our tradition of using internet humor to educate our readers, I’ve selected the funniest shark memes on the internetz, and I’ve tried to explain what’s going on in the photos used for those memes. I’m happy […]

10 components of a sustainable shark fishery, and how you can help implement them

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityNovember 7, 2013

In 1999, government officials from all over the world gathered in Rome for a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Committee on Fisheries. The Committee meets every two years,  but one of the numerous outputs of this meeting was particularly significant, at least for sharks. Based on years of consultation and discussion […]

One-fifth of all known hydrothermal vents are threatened by deep-sea mining

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 6, 2013

Few moments have so profoundly altered our understanding of what it means to be a living thing on Planet Earth as the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and the organisms that thrive around them. The first vents visited were dominated by Riftia pachyptila, the giant tube worm, whose magnificent ruby plumage parted to reveal an […]

A Primer on Ethics in the Human Dimensions of Conservation

Conservation, State of the Field, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 30, 2013

Think about the word ‘ethics’ for a moment. For some, the word creates images of smiling people sitting around a table, the picture of diversity, happily planning a future in which no one is ever taken advantage of. For others, the image may be of nun-like ascetics peering over your shoulder with an armful of […]

28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the US West Coast

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceOctober 29, 2013

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news, with recent reports of continued leaks. Coming on the heels of these new reports is a viral blog post entitled 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima. The article is a paranoid, poorly reasoned attempt to […]

Science in the Fleet: The Promise of Technology as a Panacea for Human Impacts

climate change, Fleet, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science Fiction, SustainabilityOctober 7, 2013

Today marks the release of Fleet: Wide Open, part 2 of my serial maritime science fiction adventure. With half the story revealed, we now see the roll technology plays in both the history and the day-to-day operations of the fleet. Specifically, we see three major technological advances that seem as though they would have been […]

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