VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In April 2010 – 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana – the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig exploded. Tragically, the blowout killed 11 and changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf coast.
To uncover what happened, a global team of scientists is working together to study the spill’s environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to better cope with future oil spills.
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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf
Dr. Cynthia Smith (NMMF) is a marine mammal veterinarian. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and well-being of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego. Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Celebrating a Win for Seagrass in California
A large area of valuable seagrass was protected from expanded shellfish farming thanks to the California Coastal Commission, a state agency tasked with protecting the California coastline.
The initial proposal by Coast Seafoods (a subsidiary of Pacific Seafoods) aimed to farm 922 acres of shellfish in eelgrass habitat. If the vote had gone through, it would’ve damaged critical eelgrass and wildlife habitat in Humboldt Bay. Instead, the Commission approved a project that is slightly reduced in size from the existing 300-acre farmed area, which will help protect eelgrass, herring and birds. It was a good decision, one that acknowledges the importance of aquaculture in California’s present and future while also balancing the conservation of sensitive intertidal ecosystems.
Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.
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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.
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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.
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