Category Archives: Ecosystem Destruction

Where’s the Gulf oil? In the Coastal Planktonic Food Web, Study Says

Marine plankton. Photo source: ©© Chris Moody


A new study by scientists with Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides more evidence that the 200 million gallons of oil released from the BP Macondo well disaster were quickly turned into food by bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a research paper published Monday morning in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters, the scientists found that larger animal plankton organisms contained a greater percentage of a lighter isotope of carbon than of a heavier isotope of carbon, an indicator that the smaller organisms they were feeding on contained carbon from oil…

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Oil carbon entered the coastal planktonic food web during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Study Published by the Environmental Research Letters

Potentially devastating impacts of major coastal developments, Australia

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The establishment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facilities at Gladstone could have a disastrous impact on threatened marine life, the World Wildlife Fund says.

Endangered species will include Australia’s only native dolphin, the rare snubfin dolphin…

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Protection of Coastal Marine Ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Seaweed farmers, Tanzania. Photo source: ©©


The year 2010 has been a marker for reflecting upon the reduction of biodiversity loss around the world, as participating countries to the World Summit, held in 2005 in New York, have committed themselves to reduce this loss by 2010. Today, the increasing threat of biodiversity and devastating destructions on the environment are especially eminent in tropical coastal marine ecosystems, where, inter alia, mangrove forests, coral reefs and numerous fish species support not only local livelihoods, but also a growing economic niche for tourism development and marine species trade. This is particularly prevalent in developing African countries with a high biodiversity of marine ecosystems, such as Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique…

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Savagery without Borders: Whaling: When the sands turns from white to blood red in the bays

After the kill…Pilot whale hunt, Hvannasund, Faroe Islands. Captions and Photo source: ©© Hans Juul Hansen

Savagery without Borders

Whaling: When the sands turns from white to blood red in the bays of the Faroe Islands.
Excerpts from Animal Health, Wikipedia, Geraldine, and Claire Le Guern

Denmark is involved in a shameful practice. While it may seem incredible, even today a whale slaughtering custom continues, in the Faroe Islands. The sea is stained in red and currently it’s not because of the climate or effects of nature. It is the slaughtering of hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins, which are a type of Pilot whales. An intelligent dolphin that is placid and approaches humans out of friendliness.


This happens every year in Faroe Island in Denmark. In this slaughter the main participants are young teens. This is perceived as a celebration and as a form of social identity and cultural rite of passage for the islanders.

Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, it’s near extinction and they get near men to play and interact.

The Faroe Islands (Faroese: Føroyar, Danish: Færøerne) are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Great Britain and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland.

Records of drive hunts in the Faroe Islands date back to 1584. It is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission’s legal authority to regulate small cetacean hunts. Hundreds of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer.

The hunts, called “grindadráp” in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate.

Some Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history.They do use the pilot whale carcasses for meat and oil, but perhaps it’s not that important to the people’s food supply if they could get alternative funding or food supplements to replace these stores of whale blubber.

The defense the people take for this ritual is that it is no different from killing a sheep. However, because the times have changed and their own society has become modernized, chance to help them change for the better exist….to be able to progress past this barbarism.

Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.


This is an utterly distressing, yet quintessential illustration of the human tragedy… which is an insatiable thirst for control and power, rooted in a deep sense of fear and weakness. Violence, here physical ,is the unfortunate and lost path, chosen by so many weak, threaten, ignorant minds, in order to attempt, fallaciously, to reach a place where ” control ” is felt… whatever name is then branded as a socially accepted justification: tradition, culture, rite…

Stop the Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark- Petition Online

Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark, Protect The Ocean


Dolphins Escape an Annual Japanese’s Hunt, AFP
Japanese police have launched a probe after nets on holding pens for dolphins in the coastal town of Taiji were cut during an annual hunt, possibly by foreign activists, a press report said Wednesday. Taiji, located on the western Japanese peninsula of Kii, has drawn worldwide attention after a US documentary film, The Cove, which described the slaughter of dolphins there, won an Oscar for best documentary this year. Every year, fishermen in Taiji herd about 2,000 dolphins into a shallow bay, select several dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks and harpoon the rest for meat…

New Plan to Save Mediterranean Ecosystem

Sardinia. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


An alliance of conservationists and international donors on Wednesday unveiled a map of six areas on the Mediterranean rim aimed at guiding policy for preserving precious habitats and threatened species.

The 251-page “ecosystem profile” was launched by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, including the US-based NGO Conservation International, the World Bank, the government of Japan and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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