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Annie Reisewitz is a communications and marketing consultant for environmental and green technology initiatives.

The Trendy Fish Diet We Can Get Behind

Everyone wants to eat healthy. Some of us try cutting carbs while others cut out sugar or go vegan. Often, we find these diets hard to sustain without the proper preparation, research and commitment to make sure we are actually eating healthy. Now, imagine trying to create a new diet for farm-raised fish. Can fish…

American Idol-Style Contest for Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed

Small oily fish like anchovy, herring and menhaden are the main target of the industrial fishmeal and oil fisheries. Once captured the fish are ground into feed for fertilizers and animal feed, from beef and chicken to salmon and tilapia. Although many of the fish caught by the fishmeal industry are considered inedible by human…

DOD Tests Environmentally Friendly Motor Oil

By Sarah Martin and Annie Reisewitz The Department of Defense is taking action to be an environmental leader at defense facilities across the U.S. Currently, the DOD, headed by the Defense Logistics Agency, is testing the use of biosynthetic motor oils on their non-tactical vehicle fleets. Several environmentally friendly lubricants companies have supplied bio-based motor oil…

Oil Spills and Corals Don’t Mix

by: Anna Kulow Like tropical rainforests, coral reefs’ unparalleled biodiversity is of great economic and ecological importance. Among branching elkhorn coral and vibrantly-colored sponges is an ecosystem of macro- and microorganisms cycling nutrients, protecting shorelines, and producing natural products used in medicine. Reefs are crucial aspects of the economy – according to NOAA, reef tourism…

Sending our pollution problems down stream

I was planning to travel to St. Martin and Saba for vacation recently. I was excited to go scuba diving again, swim with the turtles, and to once again explore the underwater world that I work to protect. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t take off. Still, I had the days off, so I decided it was…

Minnesota: An Ocean Protection Ally

By Annie Reisewitz Minnesota might not be the first state that comes to mind where you think of sandy beaches, but the home of 10,000 lakes has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. And a bill introduced this year in the state legislature could help make headway protecting ocean waters downstream from the…

Mapping out the chronic effects of silent oil spills

By Anna Kulow We are all familiar with the images from massive oil spills. A sea otter blackened by a thick coating of oil on its fur. Masses of dead fish floating in iridescent seawater. Pelicans being lifted from the water, hydrocarbons dripping from their saturated feathers. However, the majority of oil pollution in our oceans…

Our planet’s odometer is saying it is time for an oil change

By Anna Kulow As car owners, we secretly dread the moment when the odometer reading matches the number on the sticker in the upper corner of our windshield. Every 5,000 miles or so, we must take an hour out of our busy lives to get an oil change. Most of us trust the mechanic performing…