I have been super busy these past few weeks catching up at home, writing grant proposals and getting in some quality puppy time and writing grant proposals!! I don’t however want to let the blog I love fall my the wayside.
There have been some pretty big things going on these past few weeks in the marine world:
- International Marine Conservation Congress was held in Glasgow and from the sounds of things was pretty interesting. Lots of great talks including on the need for positivity in a sometimes dismal conservation world! With all the bad we need to bring some of the good news to keep people going, to maintain the focus, to just let us all have some happy…Celebrate the SUCCESSES! The new buzzword/term…“OCEAN OPTIMISM”! I like it.
- The International Whaling Commission meeting on Climate Change also took place recently. Probably a lot less happy going on here. There are no proceeding out yet but I do fear it was less happy, clappy, good news of a meeting.
- Sea World has sad they plan to redesign their marine mammal tanks and also have pledged $10 million to wild killer whale research. Sea World have been hit hard by public backlash and declining sales figures since Blackfish came out and are now trying to claw their way back into the publics good books! Will it work…? I am not so sure.
- We need to act now with conservation actions before we have every single teeny tiny detail. That is the message that Amanda Vincent of the University of British Columbia opened IMCC with. It is true we may never know everything we can ever know when species or habitats are at risk. We have to gather what we know now and put it into action. Sometimes there is just no time to wait. We can keep collecting data but we still need a plan for RIGHT NOW!
“Science matters deeply, but we can’t let ourselves be trapped by the need to gather more data” – Amanda Vincent.
What stories have you been following this week? Let me know in the comments below.