marine biology

Poaching of the Puget

Clams and oysters are considered delicacies, but soaring prices have created an incentive for poachers to steal shellfish, sometimes from polluted beaches. Earthfix reports on the story from the state of Washington, where fish and wildlife detectives are trying to take down this international black market.

Belugas act as metric for environmental health

The waters of the Great Lakes Basin face many environmental threats, the greatest of which is pollution from chemical production, agricultural runoff, and industrial development. The health of the Great Lakes can be measured in many ways. One of the most unusual and telling is by observing the small isolated population of beluga whales living […]

SciTech Now Episode 219

In this episode, we explore the usage and benefits of wearable technology; architect Jeffrey Pelletier takes us inside his Lego room and reveals some real world applications of the toy; a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries offers hope for oceans; and new drugs may be able to outsmart germs resistant to antibiotics.

Hope spots, vital to the health of the ocean

Maintaining the health of the planet’s largest body of water may start with thinking small. Mission Blue is a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries by identifying what are called hope spots, specific areas that are vital to the health of the ocean.