An Orca whale jumping out of the water off the coast of southeast Alaska.
I am here in picturesque Juneau, Alaska where the North Pacific Fishery Management Council discusses the fate of the Grand Canyons of the Sea. Thanks to actions taken by more than 100,000 people, I’m carrying the voices and concerns of more than just the interests of the fishing industry. Continue reading →
If you’ve never had the opportunity to see a leatherback turtle, scientists say you are running out of time. One of the most remarkable creatures on earth, these Volkswagen-sized turtles can dive down to 4000 feet and migrate distances of 7000 miles. They have been around so long that they have seen the dinosaurs come and go, and shifting continents have moved their feeding and breeding areas to opposite ends of the earth. Unfortunately, unless we get our act together, they may be headed for extinction. According to Dr. Thane Wibbels, author of a new report, “if the decline continues, within 20 years it will be difficult if not impossible for the leatherback to avoid extinction.” Continue reading →