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Sea Shepherd's Watson Vows to Stop B.C. Ocean Fertilization Plan


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Cal
- 610 days ago - theglobeandmail.com
Russ George, the architect of a controversial ocean fertilization project off Haida Gwaii, has come under attack from the federal government, the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization - and now Paul Watson has piled on.



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Eternal Gardener (703)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:09 pm
Good on him!
 

Christeen Anderson (465)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:14 pm
Why? It sounds to me like he is doing a good thing.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:23 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

Jules W. (61)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:45 pm
Support Pete, enough said...
http://www.earthraceconservation.org
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5:39 pm
As long as the fertilization-project doesn't risk creating a dead zone by depleting the oceanic oxygen, ocean fertilization sounds like a wonderful idea to restore depleted fish-populations and oceanic ecosystems. Of course, a shocking number of "environmentalists" don't actually understand what they and doing, nor what they combat. I am not surprised to see this coming out of Watson: The man needs to align himself with international groups, regardless of the cause, because a political victory is the only way to keep himself from getting extradited to a country that wants him arrested.
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 8:34 pm
Last week the International Maritime Organization expressed “grave concern” about the Haida Gwaii experiment, saying ocean fertilization “has the potential to have widespread, long-lasting, and severe impacts on the marine environment, with implications for human health.”

Protect our Oceans! Ocean dumps so large we cannot fathom them without seeing them, the oceans have enough human "input"........

Noted, Thank you
 

John S. (297)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 4:17 am
Thanks, interesting.
 

rene davis (74)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 8:08 am
I don't know? This guy is not trying to improve the ocean/ocean life because he cares but rather to make $!
 

Lea Johnson (2)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 9:06 am
Let's see, capitalist venture or Paul Watson. I'll stick with Paul.
 

Susan T. (20)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 12:29 pm
Russ George is an a--hole. He, and HSRC, violated a number of international laws with this iron dump.

@ Stephen Brian "As long as the fertilization-project doesn't risk creating a dead zone by depleting the oceanic oxygen, ocean fertilization sounds like a wonderful idea" Well that's the big question which no one knows the answer to, isn't it? It remains to be seen whether this technique will deplete oxygen or actually increase CO2 overall, since the plankton will emit CO2 as it dies and degrades. In the meantime, no one knows how it might effect the overall health of the ocean. BTW, it's not just uneducated dumb hippie environmentalists who live in trees and have never taken a biology / chemistry class in their lives who oppose this. "“It is difficult if not impossible to detect and describe important effects that we know might occur months or years later,” said John Cullen , an oceanographer at Dalhousie University. “Some possible effects, such as deep-water oxygen depletion and alteration of distant food webs, should rule out ocean manipulation. History is full of examples of ecological manipulations that backfired.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/16/1018831/october-16-news-geoengineering-experiment-spawns-massive-plankton-bloom/

Don't know what you do for a living but I suspect that guy really knows what he is talking about.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 8:41 pm
Hi Susan :)

Yup, trying to engineer any natural system is dangerous when we do not fully understand it and would have trouble getting intermediate data. Deep ocean-manipulation should either be done in very small scales for research-purposes (raising the scale of the experiment until the result is measurable, after developing measuring-tools which can spot an effect long before it reaches any dangerous level).

This one looks like it is coastal and consists primarily of restoring conditions which were changed by over-fishing. That is not to say it is necessarily safe, but as long as it stays in shallow water where changes are easily measurable and does not seek to establish unprecedented conditions which would have unknown effects, it is worth looking at Russ George's numbers and local ecological impact-analyses before declaring that the project should be stopped.
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday November 9, 2012, 3:35 am
Much more study needed!
And unless this project is using GM fertilazation components that can withstand being drenched in oil, I say we take care of the bigger problem right now and protect our waters from those that would ravage it for profit.
I love Cap'n Paul, and i'm a member of the SSCS, but I agree that he may want to reign it in a bit as those against him personally may let that cloud their judgement on the real issue at hand...
 
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