13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Photo © Tiomax80 / Flickr CGS writer Justine Hausheer is an avid photographer and nature-lover, and social media helps her engage with those passions in her daily life.

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

It was clear from our visit to the Tapajós communities that they must be at the center of any conservation program, as the river and the resources in it are intimately linked to their identity, economic well-being, and deep social and cultural values.

A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

But the Twilight Zone specimens that Rocha and his colleagues bring back to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, including unique corals and fishes, are helping them piece together a snapshot of one of the weirdest habitats on Earth.

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Shell Lip Thickness Is the Most Reliable Proxy to Sexual Maturity in Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) of Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize; Informing Management to Reduce the Risk of Growth Overfishing.

Quarantine Stories: How We Get Our Nature Fix

Quarantine Stories: How We Get Our Nature Fix

I moved in March, so I spent my first week of lockdown unpacking boxes and starting a new yard list .I even managed to see the Spotted Gars spawning; something I’ve only observed three times in 20 years of studying these ancient fish!

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

22 April 2020, Rome - While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru.

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

It may seem like a bit of conjecture – avian innovations resulting in species longevity – but Simon Ducatez, a post-doctoral researcher in Barcelona and McGill University and Louis Lefebvre, a Canadian professor of biology at McGill, have arrived at the conclusion scientifically.

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Lelo, a Swedish luxury sex toy brand, says it has seen sales increase by 40 percent.Illicit Encounters, a dating website for those seeking extra-marital affairs, has experienced a 15 percent increase in activity based on this time last year.

The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop

The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop

Experiments by the nonprofit Resource Renewal Institute suggest that introducing fish to rice paddies kicks off a cascade of events that changes the water's bacterial communities and ends with less methane leaking into the atmosphere.

Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing

Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing

Dolphin numbers in the Indian Ocean may have dropped by more than 80 percent in recent decades, with an estimated 4 million small cetaceans caught as “by-catch” in commercial tuna-fishing nets since 1950, according to a study.

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

“The razorback sucker has been in the Colorado River for millions of years, but recently the river has changed significantly,” says Zach Ahrens, native aquatics biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

Interestingly, while the human-made pacemaker makes the jellyfish swim three times as fast, the animals only used twice as much energy to do it.

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

“The Nature Conservancy needed a conservation solution that could tackle bycatch challenges while still providing economic opportunities for sustainable fishing in coastal fishing communities,” said Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fishery Project Director with TNC’s California Oceans Program.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA is heading out into the Hauraki Gulf this month to carry out a survey of juvenile snapper– the first of its kind for 20 years.Fisheries scientists aboard NIWA research vessel Kaharoa are trying to understand how many one and two-year-old snapper are in the area known as the Snapper 1 fishery.

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The invasive fish known collectively as Asian carp represent four species: silver, bighead, black and grass carp.“Our ability to control water levels at Emiquon means that if Asian carp, or other non-native species, become too invasive, we can dry the preserve up and start again,” says Blodgett.

50 Fish, 50 States: Small Stream Wonders

50 Fish, 50 States: Small Stream Wonders

Miller I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.The cutlip minnow has been swimming in streams I’ve poked around my whole life, and this is my first meeting.

Fish snack on microplastics

Fish snack on microplastics

Microplastics are being fed to snapper, New Zealand’s most popular recreational fish species, at NIWA’s aquaculture research facility near Whangarei in a bid to establish some baseline data about how fish are being affected.

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers will be stationed at boat ramps in the region at various times for the next five months where they will approach recreational fishers and ask them to participate in a research survey about their catch and effort when targeting rock lobsters.

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

In fact, one of the leading reasons for removing obsolete dams is to improve community safety and the cultural benefits that come with restoring a river.Identifying and prioritizing removal of obsolete dams offers many benefits, including improving water quality and wildlife habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities, recharging aquifers and improving human safety.

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

The quest rewarded: Greenback cutthroat trout at 11,000 feet © Matt Miller I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.

50 Fish, 50 States: The Bass of Emiquon

50 Fish, 50 States: The Bass of Emiquon

Miller / TNC As white bass fishing on Emiquon goes, this is a slow day.I know bass fishing is just a small part of Emiquon Preserve.

Radio Tracking a Rare Crayfish

Radio Tracking a Rare Crayfish

Nicole Sadecky, the biologist tracking them, uses the radios to learn more about the endangered Guyandotte crayfish.Sadecky says the radios had previously proven effective for tracking the non-endangered New River crayfish, which is similarly sized and uses similar habitat.

50 Fish, 50 States: Garkansas

50 Fish, 50 States: Garkansas

The next time I get this question, I’m pointing them to Henry Foster, an 11-year-old kid who draws fish cartoons and has already led a successful effort to have Arkansas designate a state primitive fish. I had heard of Henry, and his campaign to make alligator gar the state fish of Arkansas.

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded with chemicals, pesticides, and human waste from 31 states and two Canadian provinces is draining straight into the marshes and bayous of the Gulf of Mexico —the nurseries of Arnesen’s fishing grounds—upsetting the delicate balance of salinity and destroying the fragile ecosystem in the process.

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot mimics the entrancing locomotion of a jellyfish and uses the resulting disruption of water flow to manipulate objects, or to burrow to camouflage itself.

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area, or ELA, are testing grounds that allow researchers to isolate a pocket of water within a lake and add pollutants like hormones and flame retardants—and now potentially microplastics—and watch how the ecosystem responds.