Discard Studies

This compendium and rubric are of interest to working on waste and oceans:


Oceans Like Us – references

Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) | Census of Marine Life

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Dossier: The Ocean Atlas | Heinrich Böll Foundation

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface. It is rich in resources and provides us with food, energy, and minerals. Oceans are important transportation routes and crucial for the stability of our climate and the weather. But due to overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and ocean pollution, the future of this unique ecosystem faces a grave threat today.

Ocean wilderness ‘disappearing’ globally

Scientists have mapped marine “wilderness” areas around the world for the first time. These are regions minimally impacted by human activities such as fishing, pollution and shipping. The team, led by researchers in Australia, found that just 13.2% of the world’s oceans could be classed as wilderness – most in international waters, away from human populations.

Oceans Like Us / The Cosmopolitans


The flathead mullet is cosmopolitan in coastal waters of the tropical, subtropical and temperate zones of all seas.[2]



Oceans Like Us / words+ideas


Wet synanthropes

Death of a thousand signing animals (right whale epitaphs)

People statues (Jason Decares)

Plastic pollution (see vids of people scuba diving through a plastic debris wind)

crushed ocean foods, plastics, murkiness, plankton dust

ghost nets

Whale vomiting plastic bags

plastic sex toys in fish mouths

plastic in translucent whales and fish

plastic dancing with humans

humans and plastic in deep sexual embraces


Humbacter (human bacteria hybrids)

Hydrocarbon dreaming (new hybrids and up cycled conveyances)

Broken world broken stuff

Dishes playing in the shallows (Japanese woodblock)

Gag ordered scientists

Amphibious diving vehicles for corporate use only

Dredges and diggers

The qualities of water

The ocean as a heterotopia



Sketch drawings and notes:



Oceans Like us / octopi


Gimme shelter, says your new neighbor, the urban – Anthropocene

DAILY SCIENCE City life may suit the world’s largest octopus species, according to a new study from researchers in Seattle. The study is a rare look at how urbanization affects marine organisms. It suggests that the sea, too, has its synanthropes – wild species that live in, and even benefit from, human-dominated landscapes.

Octopi* Wall Street

Wade sez, “This cartoon appeared in U.S. Money vs. Corporation Currency, ;Aldrich plan’ by Alfred Owen Crozier, published by The Magnet company in Cincinnati, Ohio.” *I have one (1) delicious knuckle-sandwich here for the first wisenheimer to engage in octopi/octopuses pedantry. “Octopuses Wall Street?” Really? (Thanks, Wade!)

Octopi Wall Street!

This lovely piece of art, by graduate students Laurel Hiebert and Kira Treibergs with artwork by Marley Jarvis, made the rounds last week. We are thrilled to have been given permission to post it on Deep Sea News!


Jelly Cam and jelly info

I’ve been more disorganized than I thought I’d be on my residency in Houston! That’s by way of saying, I don’t have any extensive reports, but more generally, I’ve been working two prongs: one, learning more about port operations and sidling up close to big ships and black boxes; two, jellyfish – learning about them, conceptualizing a world dominated by these “global citizens” and figuring out inventive ways to eat them.

I had the honor of spending a day with Juli Berwald, a science writer spending a lot of time thinking about jellyfish.

But this post is primarily a link to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live jellyfish cam, featuring sea nettles (Chrysaora fuscescens).

Jelly Live Web Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watch live as our breathtaking sea nettles drift and pulse in our Open Sea exhibit.

If the screen is black, try Sea Nettle Jelly Cam After Hours