March 3, 2013 |
ORACABESSA BAY, Jamaica - Mats of algae and seaweed have shrouded the once-thick coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica's north coast. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral, and in a cascade of ecological decline, the sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons. Now, off the shores of Jamaica, as well as in Caribbean islands from Bonaire to St. Croix, conservationists are planting fast-growing coral species to try and turn things around by "seeding" reefs.
June 26, 2011
These are regularly scheduled boat rides. This list includes as many as we could confirm but may not include every ride. It does not include airboats, charters or private cruises. Miami-Dade County Island Queen Cruises, departs from Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-379-5119; www.islandqueencruises.com . The Island Queen, the Island Lady and the Miami Lady, double-decker yachts with air-conditioned lower salon and open-air upper deck hold up to 140 passengers.
September 19, 2010 |
MIAMI - There's a turf war going under the warm waters off the Florida Keys, a battle for no less than dominance of dying coral reef tracts. It's sponge vs. seaweed, a matchup that for obvious reasons hasn't generated much attention. With the competitors lacking charisma, claws, teeth, spines, fins, legs, or any mobility whatsoever, this struggle is slow - painfully so. But scientists running a long-term monitoring program call its outcome crucial to an array of fish, lobster, and other reef denizens.
July 3, 2009 |
The End of the Line , an eco-mentary that warns against overfishing, baits its hook with alarmist rhetoric and aversion therapy. First, filmmaker Rupert Murray treats us to undersea footage of iridescent fish frolicking in coral reefs. He intercuts this with nausea-inducing images of bluefin tuna being gutted, sliced, and greedily consumed. Then he offers the expert testimony: If fishing continues at current rates, the planet's oceans will be fished out by midcentury. The film's strident tone is established by Charles Clover, the British investigative reporter on whose work the documentary is based.
August 21, 2005 |
It's safe to say that unless you are a diver, the Maldives never crossed your mind, at least until Dec. 26, when the little nation of about 1,200 islands was smacked by the tsunami that ran over parts of southeast Asia. The Maldives? (That's MALL-deevz, although lots of people also say the second syllable like the English word dives, which makes sense, given the country's spectacular diving sites.) Where are they? They're in the Indian Ocean, to the west and south of Sri Lanka, an isolated nation of about 280,000 people.
August 25, 2004
The Inquirer recently asked readers for their "nightmare tales" of vacations gone wrong. Here's what one Philadelphia woman experienced: Saturday, Day 1: 11 p.m. Cathy and I arrive in Puerto Rico where "the sun always shines. " 11:15 p.m. Using trash bags as umbrellas, we wade through puddles to the Tres Palmas guest house. 12:15 a.m. In line at one of Puerto Rico's hottest discos. 1:30 a.m. Still in line. 3:01 a.m. Someone grabs my purse. I'm on the ground.
April 23, 2004
Sunny days. Temperatures flirting with 80. It's beach time. Get out those umbrellas. The Shore is calling. The rejuvenating power of the tide beckons 180 million people every year to play on our nation's beaches. The oceans supply much more than fun. They are a vast natural resource, offering food, water, weather, even life-giving oxygen. Coastlines provide a home to half the U.S. population and employ tens of thousands in fishing, recreation, and tourism. U.S. ports handle $700 billion in goods.
December 26, 2003 |
There is more to stamps than sending letters, reckons the U.S. Postal Service. The agency often uses its stamps to illustrate how other inhabitants of the Earth exist. The Postal Service's 2004 program will be launched on Jan. 2 with a souvenir sheet of 10 Pacific Coral Reef commemoratives depicting 30 undersea creatures. The agency said it hoped the stamps would illustrate the beauty and complexity of an aquatic ecosystem. Some of the 37-cent stamps include more than one marine creature, as portrayed in a panorama by artist John D. Dawson from the western Pacific near Guam.
April 22, 2002 |
When Enron cooked its books by hiding huge liabilities in elaborate shell games, the house of cards tumbled, investors were left cheated, and employees were left broke. Likewise, we're in danger of overspending what we've been given by the environment, creating the possibility of widespread suffering and loss. Consider the environment in financial terms, as a stock of "natural capital" that pays "dividends. " The environment pays many dividends in the form of essential life-support services - oxygen production, water purification, water storage, topsoil formation, waste recycling, and climate stability.
January 28, 2001 |
Once I found out that Bonaire is considered the flamingo capital of the world, I couldn't wait to get there. According to travel brochures, the pink birds outnumber the people by more than two to one. (The people population: about 14,000.) Truth be told, I've always had a flamingo fixation. I own a wide assortment of flamingo paraphernalia - coffee mugs, salt and pepper shakers, straws, pens, lawn statues, Christmas ornaments, earrings, a mirror, sunglasses with rhinestone studs, and even a toilet-brush holder.