Some Topics I Wish I Had More Time To Write About

This week I have found that my cup runneth over with work. Several things around the web have caught my eye which deserve substantial commentary. That’s what you pay for, right? Unfortunately, today they get a link.

  1. First, here is a specific example of push into the deep as shallow fisheries collapse. In this case, the dwindling numbers of blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay is providing incentive for companies like Benthic Fishing Corp. to fish for the vaguely named “deep sea red crab”, Chaceon quinquedens
  2. Rick at MBSL&S gives us an update of Nautilus Mining’s activities in PNG. Rick reminds us all that

    Nautilus “owns” their seafloor mining sites. And resource owners in coastal villages adjacent to the seafloor mining operation in Madang Province have apparently received absolutely nothing, diddly, squat, zip, zilch, nada, bupkis to have their traditionally owned seafloor stripped. Why this disparity between terrestrial and seafloor extraction practices? Because Nautilus’ operations are invisible in 1,600 meters of water. Out of sight, out of mind.

  3. The identity of the Black Swan is finally revealed. You can read about the saga here, here, and here. Apparently, Spain does have rights to it as it is most likely the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes a Spanish warship sunk by the British navy southwest of Portugal in 1804. Dare I say there has been deception by Odyssey Marine Exploration?
  4. Hank R. points me to this post about whale conservation, economics, and the current strife between the White House and NOAA. Make sure you read the comments for some U.S.A. citizens who likely voted for Bush. My favorites…

    Last time I checked, Vice President Cheney was elected by the will of the people. The bureaucrats at the NOAA were not yet they are demanding that the elected representative bow to their opinion. Seems like a legitimate difference of position where the VP trumps NOAA

    and

    There will always be the old maids who will want to meddle in everyone’s business and tell everyone what to do. In this case it is a bunch of scientists. Most scientific evidence can be used to support any number of contradictory positions so in essence this is a political issue clothed in psuedo-science.

    That’s good stuff manard.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


2 Replies to “Some Topics I Wish I Had More Time To Write About”

  1. The identity of the Black Swan is finally revealed. You can read about the saga here, here, and here. Apparently, Spain does have rights to it as it is most likely the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes a Spanish warship sunk by the British navy southwest of Portugal in 1804. Dare I say there has been deception by Odyssey Marine Exploration?

    The treasure belongs to Spain; they plundered it fair and square from the New World.


  2. Naval and coin experts said they had absolute proof Odyssey’s salvage proceeded from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, which exploded and sank in a naval battle as it sailed back to Spain from South America.



    The coins aboard the ship included gold doubloons or “pieces of eight” minted in 1803 in Lima, Peru, bearing the image of Spain’s King Carlos IV, said ministry coin expert Carmen Marcos…

    Like I said. Maybe Peru should file a claim.

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