Sunday, August 31, 2014

HELP PROTECT THE WHALES OF FUNDY: Last day to vote for environmental activist Bob Godfrey.

Hello You  Good People:

We're reaching out to people this last weekend of voting (closes August 31st) for the NRCM Environmental Hero Award.
You folks know not only the Save Passamaquoddy Bay work, you know that Bob has also assisted several groups around
Maine and in the county -- US, Tribal, Canada in their environmental battles.  Since anyone anywhere can vote, we're asking you to add
a note to this message and send it out to everyone on your list.  Please send this today to the folks in Native Environmental Organizations,
Canadian folks, fishermen's association -- everyone you can inspire to vote.  Happily with social media the effort is pretty easy, the timing immediate.  

Thanks so much.

Linda and Bob's nominators -- Sarah Strickland and Kathy Berry, Mill Cove, Robbinston

       —Jacques Cousteau

Environmental heroes can be professionals and they can be regular citizens. If we love this great earth, care about its air, water, land, people and creatures, a time comes when we simply must stand up to protect it. That's what Bob Godfrey in tiny Eastport, Maine did, and is still doing. To some Bob is our beloved relative, to others a trusted friend. He is an uncle and neighbor who cares about the children. He is the voice leading efforts to save glorious Passamaquoddy Bay, fed by the Bay of Fundy in downeast Maine, from massive industrial destruction. His work is for fishermen, whales, migrating birds, tide pools, dark skies, clean air and the abundant sea. 

You know someone who knows Bob or someone like him. You respect the Bobs of the world for their keen minds, unending determination and plain hard work. All around the world, we are asking people to join together in thanking this Bob by voting for him as an "Environmental Hero," part of the People's Choice Award program of the Natural Resource Council of Maine. A vote for Bob is a vote for every individual who has ever put their talents, energy and love of nature out front -- who have done and do small and large acts every day to take care of our great planet and its inhabitants -- because it was and is the right thing to do.

Join this worldwide call to action -- Vote right now for Bob Godfrey, one of Earth's Heroes. Voting ends August 31.

The Nomination Story: 
Robert Godfrey, Eastport — Bob is the backbone of the amazing grassroots organization called Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB). Bob has been nominated for his tenacity, perseverance, good humor, and unswerving devotion to protecting the beauty and heritage of Downeast Maine from the three LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal projects that have been threatening our homeland. Passamaquoddy Bay is an abundant yet fragile environment that needs protection against these monstrous terminals. Bob has worked to save this beautiful and productive bay for a decade. 2014 marks the 10th year that the Save Passamaquoddy Bay organization has followed the simple advice of Jacques Cousteau to "Protect What You Love." Unwavering, committed, vigilant, and steadfast, SPB, under Bob's leadership and strategic guidance, has kept LNG terminals out of precious Passamaquoddy Bay. It has been an intellectual, soulful, physical, and financially demanding fight against a cadre of developers, over a dozen of the nation's largest law firms, and corporate giants who have put at least $70 million into taking the bay to industrialize it. Bottom line: after a decade, there are no LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay thanks to SPB's efforts and Bob's leadership. It has been unbelievably challenging work, yet Bob and hundreds of committed volunteers have done it -- because it has been the right thing to do.  Thank you for your vote! - please ask others to join you today!

VOLUNTEERS: One volunteer position open in marine vertebrates monitoring program in East Kalimantan

Coat of Arms of Indonesian province of East Ka...
Coat of Arms of Indonesian province of East Kalimantan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are looking for motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to engage in the Berau marine vertebrates program, which aims to protect a high diversity of marine vertebrates including cetaceans, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays in the Marine Park of Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia through a seven-day monitoring survey in the beautiful landscape of the Berau archipelago while being mostly based on the island of Maratua (day 1-7) but also three nights on Derawan Island (Day 8-10). Research objectives are determining relative abundance, core area mapping, and assessing seasonal species diversity and site fidelity. Through earlier surveys it was found that the highest relative abundance of ceteaceans was within 5km radius of islands or reefs, and therefore we also conduct coral reef monitoring at several locations by snorkling. This will be the second survey for 2014 using overseas volunteers. 
10-20 October 2014 (space still available for 1 volunteer)
Day by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved can be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website at:
We are looking forward to your partcipation!
Sampai jumpa, Danielle & Budiono
Contact: Danielle Kreb (Ph.D)
Member of IUCN/SSC/Cetacean Specialist Group
Scientific Program Advisor,
RASI Conservation FoundationÂ
Komplek Pandan Pandan Harum Indah C52Â
Samarinda 75124, Kalimantan TimurÂ
Phone: office+ 62.541.744874;Â
Mobile: + 62.81346489515

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JOBS: Permit Analyst, NMFS, Silver Spring MD

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking two senior analysts to support the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources Permits and Conservation Division in Silver Spring, MD. These positions will primarily be responsible for performing analyses and research to enable the issuance of incidental take authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and for ensuring compliance of these MMPA authorizations with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   Positions may also potentially assist with the issuance of scientific research and enhancement permits pursuant to the MMPA and ESA.

Ben Laws
Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries
U.S. Department of Commerce
(301) 427-8425
National Marine Fisheries Service
Incidental Take Program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

JOBS: NAVFAC Atlantic Marine Resources Specialist (US Citizens) - Norfolk, VA

Naval Facilities Engineering Command - logo (l...
Naval Facilities Engineering Command - logo (large). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Job Posting: NAVFAC Atlantic Marine Resources Specialist (US Citizens) -
Norfolk, VA
Seeking qualified candidates with educational emphasis and experience in
marine species biology/ecology (marine mammals, sea turtles, fish,
seabirds, etc.); with skills in research study and design, GIS analysis,
acoustic impact analysis, statistical analysis, written and oral
communication, and public outreach.
Job Duties:

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Conservation
Division in Norfolk, Virginia is currently seeking potential candidates
with outstanding research and communication skills for a career position
in the Marine Resources Branch in the Environmental Business Line. The
person selected for this position will directly support Navy training,
testing, and construction activities around the world. Duties will
include preparation, management, and review of marine resources
assessments; essential fish habitat (EFH) assessments; marine species
density estimates; marine species surveys; technical reports; Endangered
Species Act (ESA) Section 7 documentation; Marine Mammal Protection Act
(MMPA) documentation; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
documentation; marine species mitigation and monitoring plans; and
environmental studies assessing the environmental impacts of proposed
Navy activities. The person selected will participate in consultations
with the !
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS), coordinate projects with a multi-disciplinary
team, and participate in project management for research and compliance
documents. In addition, the person selected will participate in research
and monitoring with regards to the potential impacts on marine species
from Navy activities. Experience in the following is highly desirable:
marine mammal, sea turtle, seabird or fisheries biology; scientific
study design; principals of underwater acoustic analysis; statistical
principles and methods; ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS)
products; environmental legislation and DoD/Navy policy.
Position level is a GS-401-12 (Salary Range: $69,497 to $90,344
depending on education and experience). This position is open to US
citizens only. The USA jobs solicitation open period is 18-27 August and
interested candidates can apply online at:

Mandy Shoemaker
Marine Resources Branch Head
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic

INTERNSHIPS: Cape Ann Whale Watch Fall Internship Position

Official seal of Gloucester, Massachusetts
Official seal of Gloucester, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cape Ann Whale Watch is accepting applications for its Field Research and Environmental Education Internship. Based in Gloucester, MA and partnered with Planet Whale, our whale watch boat takes between 150 and 250 passengers a day on whale watches in and around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We work to educate passengers about marine life and the oceans to foster a sense of importance and personal responsibility in doing a part to contribute to the wellbeing and conservation of the environment. This internship will allow you to gain hands-on experience in research, educational techniques, and the general workings of being on a whale watch boat.

Interns are the core of the education program at Cape Ann Whale Watch. They work collaboratively with the naturalist to help accomplish our goal of educating people about whales and fostering a stronger appreciation and respect for whales and the ocean environment. Educators circulate the boat with hands-on teaching tools to educate the public about whales and their environment. Once the actual whale watching begins, the naturalist provides educational interpretive commentary while the interns collect data on whale behavior and identification for our research.

For more information, see attached document or contact Laura at
Laura Lilly
(978) 302-5802

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Has the Humpback been delisted in BC to allow pipeline construction in their habitat?

This image shows a pair of Humpback Whales &qu...
This image shows a pair of Humpback Whales "lunge-feeding". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Links for a new letter on the delisting of humpback whales and the development of the Enbridge Northern Gateway megapipeline project in British Columbia, Canada, recently published in Science last July.

Basically, we advocate that the decision to downlist humpback whales in British Columbia should account for threats posed by oil pipelines and associated tankers. The downlisting from ‘Threatened’ status to a species of ‘Special Concern’ was significant because the whales’ critical habitat, which overlaps proposed oil tanker routes, does not have to be protected under the revised status.

Delisted whales good news for pipeline

Juan José Alava, Joshua N. Silberg
Science. 07/2014; 345(6194):278-279.
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6194.278-c

The article can be downloaded from the following links:

Juan José Alava
Juan Jose Alava, PhD
Adjunct Professor
School of Resource & Environmental Management
Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Associate Faculty Member
School of Environment and Sustainability,
Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences,
Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada