Welcome To Interwebs Save the Deep Sea Blog

From NOAA: A huge colony of Lophelia lives on the stempost. Image courtesy of Sheli Smith, Lophelia II 2009: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs and Wrecks.

For me DSN is not nearly enough deep sea on the web.  Thankfully Save the Deep Sea Blog from the Deep-Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) is now here.  Make sure you add this to your RSS feeds, Google Reader, Bookmarks, and tattoo the url on your arm so you are never without it.

DSCC is a global coalition of over 70 organizations who are care about the Earth’s largest habitat and hope to achieve a greater impact through collaboration. Since their start in 2004 they have strived to eliminate destructive deep-sea fishing and protect vulnerable species and habitats (like the coral above).

A lot has been accomplished over the years.  This includes strong resolutions from the United Nations General Assembly, protected areas, and FAO guidelines for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas. Yet much work remains to be done.  This year is critically important for the world’s nations to move from political commitments to real action in the water.  We hope you will follow along and help support our efforts.

You can expect lots of great information from their blog on the latest science, challenges in conservation, and opportunities to protect my favorite habitat. I am also looking forward to interviews with experts who are navigating the politics of conservation.

Another great thing you can expect is synergy between DSN and Save the Deep Sea.  We will be regularly drawing upon their network to feature policy and conservation experts here at DSN. You can also expect to contribute some content to their blog that we will cross post here.  So hold on to your britches cuz’ thangs are goin’ to get crazy.

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.

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