The Safina Center

Can an Orca be a Slave?:

Free Lolita!


In his latest CNN piece, “Can a Killer Whale be a Slave? Literally?”  Carl Safina and actress/activist Robbyne Kaamil discuss Lolita, “the world’s loneliest Orca,” who’s been captive in a sub-standard tank at the Miami Seaquarium for the past 44 years.

Will Lolita be reunited with her family that still swims free?  Or will she remain a slave to entertainment?  Read the full article here.

AND –  it’s finally official!
NOAA has granted Lolita Endangered Species status.

Although this is not a decision to #FreeLolita, it’s certainly a step in the right direction!

Sign our Avaaz petition: Let’s keep working to #FreeLolita!

Let the Girl Go HOME!  


U.S. East Coast:

Drilling Off Limits

Oil along the Louisiana Coast, Summer 2010

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay
Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

“It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes President Obama’s proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems than an active oil industry would bring….(Environmentalists) warn of another Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez-type fiasco coming to the Southeast. But to me, it’s just about the day-to-day business of chasing oil, the wrong-headedness of it all. The main disaster is the oil we don’t spill. It’s the daily grind of oil extraction.”

Read more – Carl Safina’s opinion piece is on Yale Environment 360

Sustainable Seafood:

Fishing Gear 101

Salmon entangled by its gills in a gillnet. Credit: NOAA.

Gillnets – The Entanglers

Check out the new installment in our
blog series, Fishing Gear 101.

Vast and indiscriminate, gillnets seem to entangle everything that crosses their path, including sea turtles, whales and many other kinds of ocean life. (full blog here)

In our Fishing Gear 101 series, you’ll learn how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, which technologies or regulations can help lessen the gear’s negative effects, and what we see as the path forward to ensure healthy oceans in the future. Gear by gear, you’ll also see why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

Trawls – Bulldozers of the Ocean (1st gear in our blog series.)

Check out our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.