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Sylvia Earle

Updated on June 28, 2013

Sylvia Earle - Deep Sea Explorer and Ocean Conservationist

Sylvia Earle, often known as "Her Deepness," is a marine scientist, author, and former chief of the NOAA who holds the record for walking untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other person. She has also been recognized by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend.

(Public domain image of Sylvia Earle by NOAA)

Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans

Amazon calls this book, "an enthusiastic celebration of that diversity and abundance. It's also a profoundly sobering account of the shortsighted human assault on ocean life." For me, one of the most sobering parts of the book was when Earle compared the food/energy required to make a pound of beef (20 lbs of plants consumed per pound of body weight for a year-old cow) vs. the food/energy required for a pound of bluefin tuna (thousands of pounds of fish that consumed thousands of pounds of smaller fish, which in turn consumed thousands of pounds of plants). It puts everything in perspective.

A fascinating read I recommend!

Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans
Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans

Book description: Amazon calls this book, "an enthusiastic celebration of that diversity and abundance. It's also a profoundly sobering account of the shortsighted human assault on ocean life." For me, one of the most sobering parts of the book was when Earle compared the food/energy required to make a pound of beef (20 lbs of plants consumed per pound of body weight for a year-old cow) vs. the food/energy required for a pound of bluefin tuna (thousands of pounds of fish that consumed thousands of pounds of smaller fish, which in turn consumed thousands of pounds of plants). It puts everything in perspective.

A fascinating read I recommend!

 

Save the Oceans with Your Seafood Choices

Seafood to Avoid

Sylvia Earle has worked to save oceans and to educate people about our impact on them. One of the many ways we affect the world's seas is overfishing and poor fishing practices. You can avoid contributing to this problem by avoiding certain types of seafood. The list below shows seafood to avoid because it has been overfished and/or fished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. The data here comes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood WATCH guide. You'll find more information, as well as a list of "good" seafood choices by visiting their site.

Seafood to Avoid

Caviar, Sturgeon (Imported)

Chilean Seabass

Cod, Atlantic

Conch, Queen

Corvina, Gulf (Gulf of California)

Crab, King (Imported)

Crayfish (Imported farmed)

Dogfish shark

Eel, Freshwater

Flounder, Soles (Atlantic)

Grenadier (U.S. Pacific)

Groupers (U.S. Atlantic, U.S. Gulf of Mexico)

Groupers (Main Hawaiian Islands)

Haddock (trawl-caught)

Hake, White

Halibut, Atlantic

Halibut, California (set gillnet)

Lobster, Spiny (Caribbean imported)

Mahi Mahi / Dolphinfish (Imported longline)

Marlin, Blue (Imported)

Marlin, Striped

Monkfish

Monkfish liver

Octopus (sushi)

Orange Roughy

Plaice, American

Pompano, Florida

Rockfish (trawl-caught)

Salmon (farmed)

Salmon Roe (farmed)

Sea Turtles

Sea Urchin (Maine)

Shark

Shrimp (Imported farmed)

Shrimp (Imported wild-caught)

Skates

Snapper, Pink (Main Hawaiian Islands)

Snapper, Red (U.S. Gulf of Mexico)

Snapper, Red (Imported)

Snapper, Red (Main Hawaiian Islands)

Snapper, Ruby (Main Hawaiian Islands)

Snapper, Vermilion (U.S.)

Spearfish, Shortbill (Imported)

Sturgeon (Imported wild-caught)

Swordfish (Imported)

Tilapia (China, Taiwan farmed)

Tilefish, Blueline (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic)

Tilefish, Golden (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic)

Totoaba (Gulf of California)

Trout, Lake (Lake Huron, Lake Michigan)

Tuna, Albacore (Worldwide except Hawaii longline)

Tuna, Bigeye (Worldwide except U.S. Atlantic longline)

Tuna, Bluefin

Tuna, Skipjack (Imported longline)

Tuna, Yellowfin (longline)

Yellowtail (Australia farmed)

Yellowtail (Japan farmed)

More Books by Sylvia Earle

If you're interested in marine conservation, sustainable seas, saving coral reefs or anything related to our beautiful oceans, check out these other books by Her Deepness.

National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean: The Deep Frontier
National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean: The Deep Frontier

Atlas of the oceans includes 150 maps, photographs, and satellite images of areas such as the Mariana Trench and the MidAtlantic Ridge and explores the flora, fauna and phenomena of the seas

Accompanying exquisite, up-to-the-minute maps, Earle's compelling text reveals the beauty and complexity of the ocean structure-past, present, and future-and explores its flora, fauna, and diverse phenomena, from giant squid and kelp to the smallest microbial bodies. Fascinating point maps take us into the planet's deepest abyss, the Mariana Trench; along the planet's longest mountain chain, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; on the migration route of humpback whales; and to a host of marine sanctuaries worldwide. An unequaled resource for both education and entertainment, Atlas of the Ocean also explores the progress of fascinating technological developments that will help scientists discover the ocean's innumerable uncharted regions and life-forms.

 
Wild Ocean: America's Parks Under the Sea
Wild Ocean: America's Parks Under the Sea

A photo essay of America's national marine sanctuaries

 

Help Save the Oceans - For Free!

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Simply visit the site and click the "Click to Help" button. When you do, a donation will be generated for Oceana's ocean protection programs. Contributions are funded by advertisers who have agreed to pay for clicks in exchange for being featuring on the Race for the Oceans. 100% of the net revenues are donated to Oceana, a nonprofit organization working to save the world's oceans.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      I'm intrigued that some farmed fish is on the avoid list. What's the reason for that?

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have such great admiration for Sylvia Earle. She is an amazing person who has truly made so many important contributions. May we all join in spirit and action with her to save our world's oceans.

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