GULF UPDATE: Want to Help the Gulf of Mexico? Kill Your Lawn. | ExpeditionDispatch from 1planet1ocean (Vol. 4 No. 3)


28 June 2010 (Vol. 4 No. 3) GULF OIL DISASTER UPDATE

Want to Help the Gulf of Mexico? Kill Your Lawn.

Helping the Gulf Begins in Your Back Yard — Literally

The lawn has become as much of an American icon as baseball and apple pie. But at what cost? (Photo credit: From the cover of “The American Lawn” by Georges Tevssot)

From “The Ocean Doctor” blog:
Since 1948, radio station KBMW has been serving as the “Voice of the Southern Red River Valley,” a tri-state area including North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, boasting some of the “richest farmland in the United States.” So why did they want to interview a city boy who lives for salt water? To update their listeners on the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and most importantly, tell their listeners how they could help. Like so many of us, they feel a deep connection to the Gulf, even from more than 1,200 from water’s edge, and the daily images of oil erupting from the BP well has led to palpable frustration. It’s hard to watch and not be able to help. Truth is, KBMW’s listeners are more connected than they may realize, and they can materially help the Gulf of Mexico — and their own neighborhoods, by just getting outside and doing some gardening.
Read on…

Rebuilding the Gulf’s Shattered Fishing Industry – On Land

Next-Generation Land-Based Aquaculture Offers a Way to Keep the Gulf in the Seafood Business…Sustainably

The Gulf of Mexico and its Fishing Industry Face Uncertainty

From “The Ocean Doctor” blog: NOAA announced further fishing closures in the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Now a total of 37 percent of federal Gulf waters are off limits to fishing, an area of nearly 89,000 square miles where NOAA considers fish and shellfish potentially too toxic for human consumption. For a region where commercial fishing is a vital part of the economy, the future of the region grows increasingly uncertain with each barrel of oil spewed into the deep Gulf waters. There’s a solution: Rebuild the Gulf of Mexico fishery on land. Investing in “next-generation” sustainable land-based, closed-containment recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) could keep the Gulf region in the seafood business profitably, while creating green jobs and reducing fishing pressure on wild stocks.

What is “next-generation” RAS aquaculture? From the outside, many of the systems look like an ordinary warehouse. Inside, they’re a specially-constructed system of pumps and filters that recycle 99 percent of their water and grow healthy and heathful fish without chemicals, antibiotics or genetically-modified anything. Read on…

On ABC’s Good Morning America…

The “Ocean Doctor” Talks with ABC’s Bill Weir on the Impacts of Methane in the Gulf of Mexico, Risks to Cuba’s Corals, and Potential Solutions, Including Next-Generation Aquaculture

Help Protect Cuba’s Ecosystems

from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Cuba's beautiful and unspoiled Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve, a critical sea turtle nesting area

Please Contribute:

The Ocean Foundation’s Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Fund

We’re working around the clock to help our Cuban colleagues prepare for the possibility of an oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. None of this work was anticipated and there’s much to do, so we urgently need your help to fund our efforts and ensure that we’re prepared in advance should the worst occur.

Learn more about Cuba’s vulnerability to this catastrophic oil spill.

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