How important is freshwater to the ocean?  According to former Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary manager, Edward Ueber, the freshwater that flows through estuaries to the sea are critical for the survival of marine life. He explains that we need to maintain freshwater flows to the ocean rather than building desalination plants. Ed has a compelling solution to the problem.

Ed Ueber, a former sanctuary manager (Gulf of the Farallones, Cordell Bank) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been integral to ocean management and policy since the 1970s. He has worked successfully with fisherman, political figures, and shipping interests to protect ocean life. Ed shares his wisdom about the ocean, our relationship to it, and how we successfully can work with people who disagree with us.

Some people believe that aquaculture is the solution to the overfishing problem in the oceans.  Zeke Grader, Executive Director of the Institute for Fishery Resources, believes that putting too much faith in aquaculture is naive thinking. This video explains why.

Following in his father's footsteps in the California wild salmon industry, Zeke Grader initially formed a group called Salmon Unlimited that brought together fisherman and conservationists to develop creative ways to protect and preserve salmon fisheries in the west.  A passionate activist for commercial fishermen, Zeke is also well versed in ocean ecology. He discusses important issues such as preditor-prey relationships, and how the small crustacean, krill, plays an important role in the ocean food chain. With the encouragement and support by Zeke's nonprofit organizations, legislators were able to get the nation's first krill ban in the Pacific Ocean.

What is going on when robins fall out of the sky and die? This pressing question is asked by a young daughter to her father. It is also the first step in the journey that led Riki Ott to her passion in life. Riki later became a marine biologist and toxicologist and was one of the first to respond to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound Alaska. Another video in this series describes the disaster [Moving Ideas Into Action] - watch as Part II to this story.  Here is a quick link:  

Have you heard of Copper River salmon? What about the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989?  This massive oil spill off the shore of Cordova, Alaska horrified local fisherman and devastated the community when the Prince William Sound fishery stocks collapsed. Without fish, the economic base of the community was destroyed. Riki Ott shares her story about how she mobilized the community to help in the recovery, and how her experience awakened the need to make corporations more responsible for their actions.