Posts Categorized: Marine Habitat

Manatee, © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock

World Oceans Day »

The ocean plays a critical role in supporting life on this planet. It generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans our drinking water, and even offers ideas for potential medicines.

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Keeping Wildlife and Fisheries Afloat: The conflict over drift gillnets along California’s coast »

Drift gillnets are known to snag an abundance of marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and seals, in addition to the intended fish catch. Once entangled in the nets, these animals cannot surface for air and often drown as a result. The number of deaths caused by drift gillnets is exacerbated by the long lengths of time the nets are left in the water as well as injuries these animals sustain during entanglement.