Are you a Nurdle Collector?

Well, maybe you’d like to become one. If you don’t know what a “nurdle” is, please read the article below. This new crisis to our waterways and oceans is very real and VERY destructive. We are finding nurdles regularly on our beaches in Bandon. They are extremely dangerous to the fish in our oceans, so we at SEA are putting together monthly “Nurdle Patrols” to do our part in trying to reduce the damage being done by the manufacturers of nurdles. Please let us know if you want to be added to our email list for alerting you to the dates of our nurdle patrols. Just send an email to info@sea-edu.org and we will send you dates and locations as they become available.

https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2019/12/13/ever-hear-of-a-nurdle-the-western-pa-ethane-cracker-could-bring-this-new-form-of-pollution-to-the-ohio-river/

Tufted Puffins delight visitors to the Oregon Coast. But their population has plummeted.

If you are like the thousands of people who flock to the Oregon Coast every summer to catch sight of a tufted puffin, you should know that this “Clown of the Sea” is in danger of disappearing from our shores. Read the article below and see what is happening to this beautiful sea bird.

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/02/08/cannon-beach-last-place-to-see-tufted-puffins-from-shore-but-for-how-long/

Thiamine deficiency: is it killing wildlife?

It is fascinating to read about new discoveries that the scientific community is making. As these occur, the question becomes what to do with what we learn? And are the conclusions we make and the solutions we offer reliably accurate? Here’s an article that demonstrates the thinking and debate about what is generally becoming regarded as an enormous problem in wildlife. Read on and see which way you might choose. Click on this link:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-oceans-mysterious-vitamin-deficiency/?omhide=true&utm_source=Hakai+Magazine+Weekly&utm_campaign=30cedcad4e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_06_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0fc1967411-30cedcad4e-121639553

The Aquacultural Revolution

We are hearing more and more about the wonders of aquaculture and how it will be the centerpiece of our solution to the problem of feeding an over-populated planet (estimated to be 9.7 billion by 2050). This article gives us a sobering look into the benefits as well as the dangers it holds. A successful aquaculture industry depends on how wisely and carefully we pursue this path. Can humanity over our history be considered both wise AND careful? Read on for a look at where mankind seems headed.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/big-fish-the-aquacultural-revolution/?omhide=true&utm_source=Hakai+Magazine+Weekly&utm_campaign=63ad28ec53-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_06_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0fc1967411-63ad28ec53-121639553

Humpback whales adopting new strategies for hunting?

Read the following article and be amazed at the intelligence demonstrated by humpback whales off of Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska recently.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/10/humpback-whales-herd-fins-salmon/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Compass_20201219&rid=A1CE690D28D0DF00425BC46AE25E0BE5

Sunflower Stars Now Critically Endangered

With more than 90% of the world’s sunflower starfish gone, it is urgent to do something. Click on the link below to see what is being explored to save the sunflower starfish. Scientists believe “hope is not lost.”

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/videos-visuals/sunflower-sea-stars-now-critically-endangered/?omhide=true&utm_source=Hakai+Magazine+Weekly&utm_campaign=a5a8764fd2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_06_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0fc1967411-a5a8764fd2-121639553

Urchins and Kelp: The need to balance

Throughout the Pacific we are seeing an alarming reduction in the number of kelp forests. The sea star wasting that has been decimating the sea star populations along the US and Canadian West Coast, and the absence of sea otters along much of this same region, has left sea urchins without their main predators and has allowed them to devour many kelp forests.

The Haida Gwaii of British Columbia depend on kelp forests for the health of their waters and on sea urchins for their diet. They have found a way to address the problem in their tribal waters. Click on the link below and learn what they are doing for the sake of their tribal waters and the future of their people.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/videos-visuals/smashing-urchins-for-kelp/