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Anna Lappé

International Year of Sustainable Tourism

International Year of Sustainable Tourism

The UN has affirmed that 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and has set 17 goals as targets for sustainable tourism and development. Achieving these goals not only furthers growth, but improves the quality of life, protects the...

World Maritime Day, September 28

World Maritime Day, September 28

We are all aware of the enormous contribution that global maritime shipping makes to the world economy, however there is a downside. So it is entirely fitting that the theme for 2017 World Maritime Day is multifaceted, addressing many issues including maritime...

Do we have the appetite to curb Invasive Species?

Do we have the appetite to curb Invasive Species?

Lionfish have invaded the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and spread as far south as Brazilian waters, but they aren’t alone! Invasive marine species have been wreaking havoc on indigenous ecological systems for thousands of years. More recently, we just keep better...

Tell Costa Rica No to Sale of Hammerhead Shark Fins

Tell Costa Rica No to Sale of Hammerhead Shark Fins

Blue Ocean Network has long been outspoken it its opposition to the international trade in shark fins. We are alarmed by the recent attempts by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis to overturn his country's ban on the export of shark fins.   In 2013 the...

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

I grew up in Missouri, that’s a long way from the Gulf Coast, so it was always a real treat to sit at a seaside dive and order up a platter of fresh shrimp smothered in hot sauce, delivered directly from the fishermen anchored nearby. How things have changed. The...

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

Two related stories recently crossed our desks that raise profound questions for how we can use aquaculture and the bounty of the sea to feed the world.   Sciencedaily.com just published an article detailing how, through aquaculture, only a tiny fraction of the...

China, Mexico and U.S. join in effort to save the Vaquita

China, Mexico and U.S. join in effort to save the Vaquita

In a last ditch effort to save the endanger Vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, China, Mexico and the U.S. met in Ensenada, Mexico this week to discuss how to stop the illegal Totoaba trade.   Let’s explain all of that.  The Vaquita is a small...

What Produced the Catastrophic Houston Flood?

What Produced the Catastrophic Houston Flood?

Over 50 inches of rain fell on the fourth largest city in the United States, flooding neighborhood after neighborhood. 50 inches of rain is hard to comprehend, for comparison, it translates to nine trillion gallons of water or 15 days of water flowing over Niagara...

What you need to know about Lionfish!

What you need to know about Lionfish!

It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural...

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