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Those looking for a beautiful and informative book on winged waders will do well to pick up Shorebirds in Action, An introduction to waders and their behaviour. The book offers a balanced blend of spectacular photographs and engaging text representing a lifetime of work.

Photo courtesy of Coreen Weilminster from the National Estuarine Research Reserve in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

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Image courtesy of Greenpeace, China Maritime Search and Rescue Centre, and NASA’s Earth & Space Research Ocean Surface Current Analyses Real-time (OSCAR) global surface current database.

Chinese authorities say satellite data shows that three oil slicks from a sunken Iranian tanker have widened to an area totaling about 332 sq km. The largest single slick measured about 328 sq km. Overall, the spill off China’s east coast has more than tripled in size in just over a week since the Iranian tanker ship sank in a ball of flames.

Environment Coastal and Offshore (ECO) and Ocean News and Technology (ON&T) magazines will be well-represented at Oceanology International 2018, to be held 13-18 March at ExCel London. Both magazines are produced by TSC Publishing, a multi-media company that returns to Oi in 2018 in order to showcase their refreshed branding and to network with the companies who represent both the subject and object of their global coverage. Visit them at Stand P550.

Photo courtesy of Puyallup Watershed Initiative.

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) announced on 16 January 2018 that, after five years of development, local action, and community guidance, its Puyallup Watershed Initiative (PWI) will transition to an independent nonprofit as of January 1, 2018. The Puyallup watershed includes 1,000 square miles, 316,000+ people, 2 Tribal nations, 17 cities and towns, pristine forests, rich agricultural lands and one of the busiest ports on the West Coast. It is located in four Washington state counties.

“Few things bring me more joy than showing someone the beady, black eyes topping the mollusk's long, skinny eyestalks. They have faces! They move! Did I mention that they're adorable?!” - Kristin Aquilino, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. Photo courtesy of NOAA Fisheries.

These heroes wear waders, bow ties, hard hats, and lab coats—one even totes around a killer whale skull. The thing they have in common is a desire to help prevent vulnerable species from becoming extinct.

Screen capture courtesy of K-nep Images.

Bathtub Beach in Martin County, Florida suffered serious erosion during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The County ordered a beach re-nourishment project that didn't go as planned. 

This Southern resident killer whale was believed to be over a century old when it died last year, but according to a new paper, there is little guarantee her kind will survive without serious changes in the way their food supply is managed. Photo credit: Stefan Jacobs.

Depleted Food Supply Could Mean Extinction for Southern Resident Killer Whales

Painting by Alexandra Manukyan. Alexandra resides in Los Angeles, California. To see more of Manukyan’s art, visit www.alexandramanukyan.com.

Beginning October 10th, artists from around the world are encouraged to create a visual representation of one of the below issues facing our ocean. A judging panel, curated by Oceanic Global and Alpha'a, will select two winners from each category to be unveiled during Art Basel Miami Week 2017 at the Mana Wynwood.

One of the Grade 4 winners from 2017 was this image from Marguerite A. of California. You can see winners from multiple years at the project website.

Do you know a young student who wants to communicate their passion for a cleaner marine environment? Tell them that the NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now open through November 30th.


ecoCURRENTS is a joint initiative between ECO and select universities that benefits science students by recruiting them to summarize the latest marine science research and providing them with published bylines. We also cover items of interest to environmental practitioners, such as citizen science, community engagement, the arts, and human-interest stories.

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