We just arrives in Broome on the day the Perth-based Woodside decied to can their $45B LNG plant construction. The battle between local folks, the traditional owners and the West Australia government ran for 7 years before yesterday. Famed environmental writer Graham Lloyd from the Australian stated it clearly below. The Kimberley is rich in …
MVF and MSSA team up with new Fishtagger app for Conservation
The Fishtagger App is now available from the iTunes Store for use on the Chesapeake Bay with our partner MSSA - the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. MVF is teaming up with MSSA to support their conservation efforts on the Bay in 2013 and including the Championship on the Bay in May, 2013. Stay tuned for more news on www.mssa.net and here.
Aerial Survey of the Kimberley, Western Australia
We have begun a long term project to document the coastal regions of the Kimberley and Pilbara in NW Australia. The region contains 32 different aboriginal clans that date back 40,000 years and has a estimated mineral wealth over $58B. It also has one of the largest humpback whale populations of over 30,000 animals. The growing conflict over cultural and environmental protection verus wealth extraction is a subject of both a citizen science project and documentary film. In this picture, the king tides in the Fitzroy Delta exceed 36 feet and create these intricate patterns in the mud flats.
MVF documentary “A Changing Delta” premiers at Wild and Scenic Film Festival
A Changing Delta Film Premiers at the 2013 Wild and Scenic Film Festial Nevada City, California, January 12, 2013. "Left for dead after decades of neglect, the terminus of the Colorado River in Northern Mexico was once a vibrant wetland ecosystem the size of Rhode Island. “A Changing Delta” chronicles the stories, issues, and people of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, and what they’ve done across the border to reconnect one of the most iconic American rivers to the sea."
Down the Colorado Expedition and Public Information Maps
Down the Colorado is a project of Colorado College students to document the human and environmental condition of the Colorado River Basin. Over two expeditions, the team traveled by kayak and raft the entire 1700 length of the Colorado River from its headwaters in Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
Citizen Science and Coastal Walkabout
Coastal Walkabout is a massive citizen science project started in 2012 to document the coastal and marine life in Western Australia. The goal is to engage citizens along the 4000 mile coastline to document marine life and the impact of mining, oil and gas exploration on the marine environment.
Port Hedland Harbor and Iron Ore Exports
Iron Ore processing plant at the Pilbara coastal port of Port Hedland. Over 60 ore trains each day deliver ore to the port for shipping to China and India. Australia is the largest iron ore exporter in the world and Port Hedland alone exports over 200 million tons per year and is the highest tonnage port in the country. The impact of this massive operation on the marine environment is yet to be quantified and is the subject of our project with Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit in Perth, WA.
Legal Fish Trade in America
The US was the largest importer of billfish for food until the Billfish Conservation Act was signed in October, 2012. Now only Hawaii and regions of the Pacific can catch and sell billfish. We have actively funded and participated in the protection of pelagic fish including billfish, bluefin tuna and dolphinfish. Our current app project - Fishtagger - is a new citizen science tool to protect the marine ecosystem.
Illegal Fish Trade in Argentina
There is a thriving illegal fish trade in the Parana River between Argentina and Paraguay. The Golden Dorado, the national fish of Argentina, is regularly caught and transported through Paraguay to fish buyers in Brazil. Even with a full time presence of the Argentina Navy, the industry continues to thrive. We have funded work to document both the poacher techniques and government and citizen response to the illegal fishing.
Aerial Photo Baselines for the Henrys Fork Watershed
We completed a comprehensive aerial survey of the Henrys Fork Watershed in NE Idaho using three different aerial platforms. The resulting 10,000 images are in the public domain and document both the ecology of the river and the impact of human development. The composite photo shown here was created from 10 separate photos taken by balloon camera system.
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Tom McMurray was recently interviewed by Stephen Tchudi from KZFR in Chico, CA on the radio show Ecotopia about the premier of the documentary film A Changing Delta that premiers January, 12, 2013 at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California. You can listen to the entire show here.
New Colorado River Delta Film released just as new treaty signed between US and Mexico. We are pleased to announce that our film “A Changing Delta” will premier at the 2013 Wild and Scenic FIlm Festival in Nevada City, CA on January 12, 2012. The film was written, edited and produced by Andy Quinn, Brandon …
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The Kimberley region of Western Australia is full of riches. From the 40,000 year cultural history of the Traditional Owners to the wild and now protected Montgomery Reef to the billions of dollars of iron ore, oil, gas, diamonds and coal in the ground, this remote place is the next frontier in the battle …
Andy Quinn and I have just returned from a week at Freshwater Cove, a remote fish camp near Montgomery Reef in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Home to some incredible 12 meter tides, the camp was a meet up place for us with Peter Tucker and Mark Jones of Save The Kimberley nonprofit, a …