Fish & Fisheries

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism Awards Grants to Journalists in Three Reporting Categories

In the Summer 2015 cycle of the Fund for Environmental Journalism, SEJ awarded $43,683 in grants to 11 journalism projects in three reporting categories. Pictured: Cynthia Graber (right) and Nicola Twilley of Gastropod, an an award-winning podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

Maryland’s Gigantic New Oyster Reef: a Pearl That Could Save Chesapeake

"The world’s tallest building stands in Dubai. The largest city is in Japan. Brazil’s Amazon is the largest rain forest. ... But the world’s largest man-made oyster reef is in Maryland. It was finished just days ago, and rests at the watery bottom of Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore, spread across more acres than the national Mall."

Source: Wash Post, 09/24/2015

"'Ghost Gear': The Abandoned Fishing Nets Clogging Up Oceans"

"Over the weekend, boats, helicopters and airplanes searched up and down the southern California coast, hoping to rescue an 80ft blue whale spotted entangled in a 200ft fishing line. Exact numbers are unknown, but the National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 entangled large whales per year from 2000 to 2012 along the US west coast."

Source: Guardian, 09/14/2015

Settlement Sets Disclosure on Decade-old Gulf Oil Leak

You'd think there shouldn't be such a thing as a secret oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Earlier this year, the Associated Press uncovered an offshore well in the Gulf that had been leaking for a decade. Now — thanks to a lawsuit from environmentalists — the details will be revealed.


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