For more than two decades, I’ve reported and written stories about the marine environment, starting as a cub reporter on the coast of Maine. I covered sustainability, responsible purchasing, and food safety as senior editor of SeaFood Business magazine. Here is a selection of my freelance stories about ocean-related problems and solutions for Smithsonian’s Zoogoer, the quarterly publication for Friends of the National Zoo, and the Global Aquaculture Advocate online publication.

 

Maine Oyster Farmer Stares Down Climate Change

for the Global Aquaculture Advocate

Bill Mook is quickly adapting his shellfish hatchery and farm, Mook Sea Farm, to a new era of more acidic water and more frequent, intense storms as climate change unfolds in the Gulf of Maine.

 

Modern Ark

for Smithsonian’s Zoogoer

Smithsonian conservation biologist Mary Hagedorn is preserving as much of the world’s coral reef ecosystems as she can in a frozen-but-alive bank, inventing new techniques as she goes.

 

 

Washed Ashore

for Smithsonian’s Zoogoer

Every day as she walked her dog on her Oregon beach, Angela Haseltine Pozzi noticed all the plastic trash — until one day she decided to make art from it to help solve the problem. Her larger-than-life sea creatures sculpted of plastic trash tour zoos and aquaria around the country, calling attention to the lethal plastic pollution in the ocean.

 

Plastics at Sea

for Smithsonian’s Zoogoer

Marine habitats are increasingly polluted with the buildup of our discarded plastic that weathers and breaks down into smaller bits over time, but never really goes away. Every year, we churn out another 20 million tons of plastic, killing marine animals and threatening our food supply. Fishing line, water bottles, toothbrushes, toys, toilet seats, flip-flops — you name it and there’s likely to be a plastic version that turns up in the sea.

 

 

 

Stories for The Global Aquaculture Advocate, which supports the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s mission of advocating, educating and demonstrating responsible aquaculture practices worldwide.

Warming Waters off Atlantic Canada prompt Farmed Salmon Industry Adaptation

Salmon farmers face warmer waters off Atlantic Canada, and are partnering with scientists to understand what that means for growing salmon and how to adapt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skinny on oils

A primer on omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and why they matter to our health.

As the aquaculture industry works to use less wild fish to feed farmed fish, it must be mindful of preserving seafood’s healthy halo. Here’s why.

 

 


 

 

 

 

In Sea Lice Fight, Farmers Phasing Out Hydrogen Peroxide

Marine Harvest’s salmon farming operations in Scotland saw some benefits after decreasing its use of hydrogen peroxide.

Two years ago, Marine Harvest used 8 million liters of hydrogen peroxide to treat sea lice and amoebic gill disease at its salmon farms along the coast of Scotland.

The following year, total usage dropped to 6 million liters as the company invested in non-chemical controls like cleaner fish – wrasse and the aptly named lumpsucker fish that swim with the salmon, plucking the sea lice that adhere to the fish’s skin to feed.