Fifty years ago, if you pulled a mooring rope from the waters off Cape Cod, it would have emerged covered with mussels, barnacles and algae. Today the lines would be coated with slimy invertebrates called tunicates, one of some 4,000 known invasive aquatic species worldwide. Spread by global trade, invasive species as diverse as tunicates in the Northeast, lionfish in the Southeast, and mangrove trees in Hawaii are competing with native species for resources, attacking indigenous organisms, and restructuring habitats.
President Bush names three new Marine National Monuments, protects areas from commercial fishing, mining and drilling
By Sharon GuynupPosted 01.06.2009 at 11:56 am 1 Comment
After weeks of damaging midnight environmental rulings that have removed crucial endangered species protections, restrictions on mining the Grand Canyon, and allowed leasing of public lands for oil development, President Bush protected a whopping 195,000 square miles of the central Pacific’s tropical blue heart. With the stroke of a pen, he created the Mariana, Rose Atoll and Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments—and set aside an area the size of his home state of Texas, the largest swath of protected ocean on the planet.