Going, Going, Gone? Berlin Wants Help for Waning Bluefin Tuna Stocks

Going, Going, Gone? Berlin Wants Help for Waning Bluefin Tuna Stocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2010

The plight of the Atlantic bluefin tuna is at the forefront of a European spat. Germany has spoken out in favor of the European Commission's plans to protect flagging fish stocks. Fishing nations France, Spain and Italy, however, want to maintain current catch levels for the favorite sushi dish. more...

New Biotopes in the North Sea: Wind Turbines Create Artificial Reef

New Biotopes in the North Sea: Wind Turbines Create Artificial Reef

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2010

A slew of non-native marine species have made their home on the Alpha Ventus wind turbines off the German coast in the North Sea. Scientists say the oysters and crabs, among others, have not affected the structures. more...

185,000 Species and Counting: Census of Marine Life Reveals Endless Diversity of Sea Creatures

185,000 Species and Counting: Census of Marine Life Reveals Endless Diversity of Sea Creatures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2010

Researchers have compiled an unprecedented catalogue of ocean-dwellers ranging from plankton crabs to the blue whale. They have logged over 185,000 species so far, but that is believed to be only a fraction of the true total. Biologists say research into ocean biodiversity must be speeded up to help counter mounting threats to marine life. By Cinthia Briseņo more...

Phytoplankton's Dramatic Decline: A Food Chain Crisis in the World's Oceans

Phytoplankton's Dramatic Decline: A Food Chain Crisis in the World's Oceans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2010

It is the starting point for our oceans' food chain. But stocks of phytoplankton have decreased by 40 percent since 1950, potentially as a result of global warming. It is an astonishing collapse, say researchers, and may have dramatic consequences for both the oceans and for humans. By Markus Becker more...

The Global Battle over the Whales: Will Commercial Whaling Soon Become Legal?

The Global Battle over the Whales: Will Commercial Whaling Soon Become Legal?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2010

This week an international conference is set to rule on whether commercial whaling should be legalized for the next decade. For years now, countries that hunt the massive sea creatures, like Japan, have made an outright ban on whaling impossible. Many are hoping a new compromise could open the door for a permanent ban on whaling in 10 years. By Rafaela von Bredow more... Comment ]

Hidden Menace in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil Spill's Real Threat Lies Beneath the Surface

Hidden Menace in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil Spill's Real Threat Lies Beneath the Surface

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico spill is vastly larger than the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989, but where is all the oil? While efforts to protect coastlines have been making the headlines, the real ecological catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is unfolding deep beneath the water's surface. By Philip Bethge more...

Sensitive Hearing: Noisy Offshore Wind Park Scares Off Porpoises

Sensitive Hearing: Noisy Offshore Wind Park Scares Off Porpoises

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2010

They might produce renewable energy, but offshore wind farms are a scourge for porpoises. Researchers have found that construction noise at a turbine site off the German coast has scared away the marine mammals, who depend on their acute hearing. A "bubble curtain" could protect the sensitive cetaceans from future stress. more...

Danger for Florida: Oil Slick Could Ride Ocean Current to Pollute Further

Danger for Florida: Oil Slick Could Ride Ocean Current to Pollute Further

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2010

Experts feared that it would happen -- and now it has. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come in contact with a strong ocean current. As a result, the oil could end up further afield, with unforeseen and potentially devastating consequences. By Christoph Seidler more...

Classified German Report: Global Ocean Protection Measures Have Failed

Classified German Report: Global Ocean Protection Measures Have Failed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2010

Thousands of tons of trash are thrown into the sea each year, endangering humans and wildlife. A classified German government report obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE indicates that efforts by the United Nations and the European Union to clean up our oceans have failed entirely. By Axel Bojanowski more...

Eco-Fishing: North Sea Fishermen Labor to Save Fish -- and Jobs

Eco-Fishing: North Sea Fishermen Labor to Save Fish -- and Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2009

Fishermen know that their livelihoods will be at stake if they don't adopt more sustainable fishing methods. And nonprofits are now certifying -- and thereby rewarding -- companies that follow stringent eco-guidelines. Still, many fishermen are frustrated that "going green" often means more work and less money. By Christian Wüst more...