Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/10/2020 - 11:30
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including Indian monkeys and a Parisian duck Continue reading...
04/10/2020 - 02:00
Crisis destroys foreign sales of shellfish and supermarkets close fish counters causing slump during traditional Easter boom period Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scottish fishermen are turning to food banks and welfare organisations, as the coronavirus crisis has led to plummeting demand for seafood, leaving many unable to work to feed their families. Worst-hit are lobster and crab fishermen in Scotland’s south-east and west coasts, according to the Fishermen’s Mission, a Christian welfare charity. Staff at the charity have also identified “pockets of need” in Shetland and as far south as Newlyn in Cornwall. This comes just before the Easter holiday, traditionally a period of increased demand. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 18:55
Swallows and swifts on their annual flight from Africa to Europe have been found dead across Greece Thousands of swallows and swifts migrating from Africa to Europe have been left dead by high winds battering Greece, bird watchers say. The birds have been found in the streets of Athens, on apartment balconies in the capital, in the north, on Aegean islands and around a lake close to the seaport of Nauplia in the Peloponnese. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 15:51
Ocean Leadership ~ The new Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator will assist with expedition-related communications and outreach programs, with the goal of engaging, influencing, and generating public support for a healthy ocean through advanced scientific research, technology innovation, and open sharing of information. The Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator should have an outstanding work ethic, be highly organized, and able to thrive with a highly productive schedule within a small team. A minimum of 2-3 years of relevant experience in communications, public relations, or digital media is required. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ocean science, who is an effective communicator, and who loves working with diverse audiences — from school groups to scientists. The Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Marine Communications, and work together on a variety of strategic communications tasks and initiatives. They will be responsible for implementing expedition outreach plans, generating community engagement, media coverage, and developing written content for Schmidt Ocean Institute’s website and interactive programs. This position may include some travel to the research vessel Falkor (location varies, including international). Responsibilities: Responsible for implementing expedition outreach activities and communications program logistics Assist with the creation and maintenance of research expedition web pages, blogs, real-time and interactive content on the organization’s website including message development about Schmidt Ocean Institute and research vessel Falkor with staff and contractors Assist with the development of school and community outreach activities and events including remote community engagement through live connections to Falkor Assist with media development, press releases, and social media posts Monitor and track communication activities, and identify external opportunities to engage with the public Develop supplementary materials including reports, meeting minutes, fact sheets, posters, and newsletters Compile, edit, and distribute documents to internal and external audiences Assist with and monitor live streaming of deep-sea dives with ROV SuBastian Present and share the organization’s successes and scientific work and discoveries in community and industry presentations and events. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, ocean science, journalism, environmental studies, social science, or related field Two or more years’ of experience in marine science outreach, science/environmental communications, public and media relations, marketing and/or journalism Strong understanding and interest in ocean science Experience developing communications for multiple audiences and proactively working with others to produce material Ability to develop and tailor appropriate communication for diverse audiences Effective storytelling capabilities with a strong ability to develop visual presentations for promotional/outreach material Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to diverse audiences Demonstrated ability to organize and schedule program activities and efficiently plan for multiple events Professional experience managing websites, ideally using WordPress Professional experience developing content and managing social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Proficient in Google suite of office software, including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, etc Experience developing program announcements, including press releases and other public relations materials Experience working with scientists and researchers Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain a positive collaborative relationship with internal staff and external collaborators Ability to independently address and solve problems Comfortable building relationships and working independently or with a distributed network of people across the world. Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, ocean science, journalism, environmental studies, social science, or related field Experience in science/technical translation Experience using Adobe Creative Suite Experience managing the implementation of graphic design work and/or video production Experience with social media analytics Shipboard and boating experience To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume to: jobs@schmidtocean.org that clearly outlines how you meet the above requirements. Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator The post Expedition & Community Outreach Coordinator, Schmidt Ocean Institute (May 1) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/09/2020 - 14:45
Study highlights importance of biodiversity as part of strategy to stop planet overheating Scientists have shown to be true what JRR Tolkien only imagined in the Lord of the Rings: giant, slow-reproducing trees play an outsized role in the growth and health of old forests. In the 1930s, the writer gave his towering trees the name Ents. Today, a paper in the journal Science says these “long-lived pioneers” contribute more than previously believed to carbon sequestration and biomass increase. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 13:15
New research suggests that large-scale environmental factors influence the size of one of the ocean's most abundant forage species. Recently, scientists found that anthropogenic influences affected menhaden in the Atlantic more than in the Gulf, where environmental factors were the more dominant predictors of growth.
04/09/2020 - 12:30
Exclusive: researchers found some areas outside the bounds of the Great Barrier Reef had 90% of their shallow water corals bleached this summer More than half of the spectacular and remote coral reefs beyond the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef suffered severe bleaching this summer, an underwater scientific expedition has found. Several reefs in the vast Coral Sea marine park known among divers for their arrays of corals, large fish and precipitous drop offs into the deep ocean suffered extreme bleaching. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 10:16
Draft policy released by agriculture ministry cites concern over animal welfare and prevention of disease transmission as factors behind move Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Chinese government has signalled an end to the human consumption of dogs, with the agriculture ministry today releasing a draft policy that would forbid canine meat. Citing the “progress of human civilisation” as well as growing public concern over animal welfare and prevention of disease transmission from animals to humans, China’s Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs singled out canines as forbidden in a draft “white list” of animals allowed to be raised for meat. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 10:00
While carbon emissions fall as human activity decreases, in the end it will be about the politics Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The environmental changes wrought by the coronavirus were first visible from space. Then, as the disease and the lockdown spread, they could be sensed in the sky above our heads, the air in our lungs and even the ground beneath our feet. While the human toll mounted horrendously from a single case in Wuhan to a global pandemic that has so far killed more than 88,000 people, nature, it seemed, was increasingly able to breathe more easily. Continue reading...
04/09/2020 - 09:28
#BlossomWatch participants share photos of gardens, parks and streets in bloom Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Some have shared beautiful images of blossoms that are brightening back gardens while others have been spotting the delicate, colourful blooms as they take their permitted daily exercise. Even people confined indoors have contributed by peeking out of windows to glimpse and record the fleeting spring blossom. They are part of the hundreds of thousands of people, old and young, who have joined in with the National Trust’s #BlossomWatch. They have done so either by sending in pictures of blossom or taking a look at what others have contributed. Continue reading...