Your Olive Branch
John Weller, photographer and author, is the topic of an article in the 1 March 2012 edition of yourolivebranch.org. In it, the author writes, “John Weller wants you to care about the ocean - one in particular that you may have never heard of. Located in the unforgiving, frigid bay of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, the Ross Sea is considered the last healthy marine ecosystem on the planet. Despite being the windiest, driest and coldest place on earth, the ecosystem is teeming with predatory fish, whales, seals, and an astonishing one third of the world’s Adélie penguins, Emperor penguins and Antarctic petrels. Unlike the rest of the world’s oceans, the Ross Sea has remained virtually untouched by human industry, pollution, invasive species and overfishing. Unfortunately, the commercial fishing industry views the Ross Sea as an untapped market, and since 1996 around 3,000 tons of Antarctic Toothfish have been removed from its waters each year. Weller, and his Last Ocean Project, seek to stop this before it’s too late.”
Read the article, Preserving the World's Last Ocean, on yourolivebranch.org.
In addition, John Weller’s photo of Adélie penguins hunting on the Ross Sea off Antarctica was selected as a photo of the month for February 2012 by The Star-Ledger.