|January 2009||Protecting Our Ocean Wilderness Through Public Stewardship www.farallones.org|
IN THIS ISSUE
San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.
February 12 The joint GFNMS/MBNMS Advisory Council meeting will be held in Half Moon Bay.
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Meet Terri Watson, New FMSA Executive Director
New to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is Terri Watson, Executive Director. An avid lover of everything outdoors and oceanic, Terri’s career path en route to this seat has held plenty of variety.
A military and commercial pilot since 1983, Terri has flown extensively in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft in locales as far a field as Antarctica, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America, and throughout the Rocky Mountain states.
Gray Whales: A Conservation Success?
Right around the winter solstice, we see the first wave of the southbound gray whale migration passing our shores from their Arctic feeding grounds to their Mexican breeding grounds.
The Eastern Pacific stock of this species will travel nearly 12,000 miles round-trip, returning north in the spring.
Obama's Marine and Coastal Agenda
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama outlined an aggressive set of changes he’d bring to the U.S. government’s stewardship of our marine and coastal environment and business.
Here are some of the highlights:
Wildlife Spotlight: Jumbo Squid
Eighteen months ago, off the coast of Baja California, a net full of jumbo squid was hauled aboard a fishing vessel and suspended above the hold.
However, something seemed strange—these squid weren’t just passively sitting in the net awaiting to be unloaded, they were eating each other.
An observer remarked that if anything would have fallen in the net, including a human, it would have been devoured instantly.
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