The Safina Center

Carl Safina’s Work:

Free Lolita!


Can a Killer Whale be a Slave? Literally?

In his latest CNN piece, Carl Safina and actress/activist Robbyne Kaamil discuss Lolita, “the world’s loneliest Orca,” who’s been in captivity, living 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 Endagered Species status.

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

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

Let the Girl Go Home!  


Fellows Program:

Protect Ocean Cures

Shallow coral reef dominated by soft corals, Bahamas

Why should we curb ocean pollution, stop overfishing, prevent invasive species and save coral reefs?

Because the next wonder drug in the battle against some of our most insidious diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, may be lurking just beneath the waves!

Already, there are eight approved drugs derived from marine chemicals that are being used to fight cancer, pain, viruses and inflammation. Another twelve compounds are in clinical trials with many more in the preclinical phase. Read on.

Huffington Post blog by Drs. Ellen Prager and Carl Safina: To Fight Disease, Protect The Ocean.

More about Dr. Ellen Prager.
More about Safina Center Fellows.

Sustainable Seafood:

Fishing Gear 101

Catch from a trawl net. Photo by Carl Safina.

Trawls – Bulldozers of the Ocean

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

Learn how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, what 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 learn why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

First up – TRAWLS!

Here’s our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.