Breach the Snake River Dams

Killer whale with salmon

By Kenneth Balcomb, guest essayist Note: In this guest essay, long-time killer whale researcher Ken Balcomb shows how obsolete but still salmon-killing dams are helping cause the decline of killer whales due to food shortage in the Northwest. The dams do feed us one thing: propaganda. As Ken wrote to me, “I was flabbergasted that […]

A Recipe for Seafood Survival

Photo courtesy of Rare

Co-authored by Brett Jenks You know that hunger and the oceans are on a collision course when your 89-year-old mother phones you — as Safina’s mom did this morning — and says, “Did you see the article saying that we’re driving seafood extinct? We’d better go get some oysters and some blackfish before they’re all […]

Near Collapse of Gulf of Maine Cod Leads to Fishing Ban

Atlantic cod. Photo Credit: NOAA

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last Monday, fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that they are banning nearly all fishing for Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod for at least the next 6 months, to protect the severely depleted population. In August, scientists declared that the abundance of Gulf of Maine […]

Watch the First Season of “Saving the Ocean” for FREE on PBS.org

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With Saving the Ocean, our focus is on people who have solutions.   It is also beautiful, bringing viewers into the majesty and magic of the sea while showcasing practical innovation. Saving the Ocean is a new kind of TV nature series.   By showing solutions, we give you a glimpse of what’s possible—a vision of hope.  […]

Life Finds a Way—But Needs Our Help

Carl Safina and Robert Steneck survey a recovering Pacific reef in Palau. Photo credit: Suzanne Arnold.

Originally posted on Huffington Post on July 17, 2012. I can’t remember who dragged me to see the movie Jurassic Park, but one resonant line in that movie was worth the price of admission, this unforgettable sentence: “Life finds a way.” It popped out at me because it so economically summed up a truth behind […]