Working to Protect Marine Ecosystems: Oregon Bans Shark Fin Trade

In June 2011, Oregon passed legislation that prohibits the distribution and possession of shark fins within its state. Oregon House Representative Brad Witt, House District 31, sponsored House Bill 2838, which declares that an individual may not “possess, sell or offer for sale, trade or distribute a shark fin” within the state. Bill 2838 effectively … Read more

Pain in the Bass

A few years ago I surveyed several fisher persons with the question “Do fish feel pain?”. The response was a unanimous “NO WAY”! I then decided to pose the same question to my ichthyologist friends and the responses varied from “probably not” to “maybe” and “just a little” and even “you’re so smart, Halstead, why … Read more

Wruck Diving in the Philippines

When Ben Davison first approached me about writing a blog for Undercurrent my first thought was “Great, I can write a puff piece about my organization, Seacology, for my favorite dive magazine.”  But then I channeled the voice of my friend and fellow blogger Bret Giliam saying “Duane, first write about an interesting dive adventure … Read more

No Contest

We have taken a long break from blogging because we’re putting together an updated version of the Raja Ampat dive guide we produced for Conservation International.  The new book will encompass all the of the Bird’s Head Seascape, so it’s larger and more time consuming to write and illustrate.  But we were interested to read … Read more