I See Seas of Green, Red Corals Too
What a wonderful (ocean) world indeed – with all the coverage around last week’s meetings in Vietnam, I learned about the existence of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site and seventh natural wonder of the world. It’s not surprising, really, since the ocean fills all of us with wonder again and again. The bay’s towering limestone islands, made up of skeletons from long-dead microorganisms, record millions of years of ocean history. Today, the bay is a vibrant hub of fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and trade, with some communities living entirely in floating villages. In recent years, local government has introduced management measures to ensure that this breathtaking place remains healthy and productive for years to come. It really is a wonder.
Speaking of wonder, have you ever wondered about the evolving nature of U.S. ocean policy? For example, what did we learn from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century? What ocean policy initiatives are going on today? How should we shape ocean policy for the future? If you want to learn more about any of those questions, you still have time to register for our upcoming Public Policy Forum, U.S. Ocean Policy: Past, Present, and Future, on March 13 in Washington, D.C. Our expert speakers and panelists will delve deeply into these questions and much more, sharing perspectives from their experience with ocean policy. See you there – for a WONDERFUL forum!
Radio-Tracking Dolphins Reveals Details About Their Behavior
Using telemetry units in hospitals to monitor patient health is standard practice. Now, a similar approach is proving to be invaluable for dolphins, too. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and collaborators have conducted the most extensive radio-tracking effort of bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) using radio-telemetry. Findings from their study reveal new and surprising information about how they use their habitats, how they spend their time, and how they interact with their own species.
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