Thursday, February 22, 2007

Anza Borreggo

This picture of Ram was take by Shelton and Mei Lin Harley when Ram, his wife and young children were in Anza Borreggo.
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Monday, February 19, 2007

Farming the Seas documentary

Dr. Ransom Myers is in the documentary film called Farming the Seas. The film was produced by Habitat Media, who produce "films and other compelling media about efforts to make a better world. Our goal is to show audiences how they, too, can take part in making change."

Steve Cowan, Director of Habitat Media, wrote Ram, "...thank you for being in our film, Farming the Seas. The documentary has been hugely popular worldwide and successful as a wake-up call, in part thanks to your landmark research and commentary in the film.¨"

To buy the film, go to

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ram and his mother

This picture was taken the last time Ram saw his mama. Today, Valentines Day, is her birthday. She would have been 82. She would have been very proud that her son has helped make the world a better place. When she was killed, in October of 78, the future Dr. Ransom Myers was still an unmarried grad student. He had given her lots of things to worry about over the years...from climbing on top of the ice box to having a blow torch in his bedroom, from growing a beard and looking like a hippie to working as a physicist in Kuwait, from traveling a year in Africa to sailing across the Atlanta with one other person and a jar of peanut butter. She would have loved being a grandmother to Ram's five children, especially the one that likes makeup and shopping! And she would have loved Ram's wife Rita like her own daughter. But she missed the past 29 years of her life because of a careless and uncaring farmer named Mohead. She was killed, violently and suddenly, one night on Highway 1 by a cotton trailer with no lights.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Elephant Seals

Picture of Ram and me taken by Ram's wife in February 1996 in San

Simeon, California. I was amazed at the Elephant Seals along the beach. On the right is a picture of San Simeon Elephant Seals in Feb taken by As for the picture on the left, I've taken out of the picture...Ram's baby on his back, my baby in a hippie swing, and Ram's then tween daughters. Dr. Ransom Myers was in California for the International Conference in Monterey. I, Susan G Myers, was living in Bakersfield as President of Mid State Development Corp. And my brother and I ...and our families vacationed in San Simeon.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Botton Dragging "Hugely Distructive"

"You get 10,000-tons of corals for every 4,000-tons of fish, so this is a hugely distructive fishery" Ransom Myers on Bottom Dragging

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Dr. David Suzuki

"In Nova Scotia, I was grateful to be able to spend some time with renowned biologist Ransom Myers, whose work on the depletion of the planet's fish stocks sounded a warning to the world." Canadians are hungry for environmental leadership
"I want you to know that you have long been a big hero of mine," wrote David Suzuki. "Your voice and research have been absolutely crucial in the battle over the future of the seas."
For more about David Suzuki, visit his website at

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Stop Botton Dragging

During his comments to the (St. John's) Board of Trade, John Risley (Chairman of Clearwater) said most of the areas over which bottom dragging is performed is little more than gravel beds anyway and there is really nothing there to protect. In response to that statement Ransom Myers.... pretty much said it all. Myers agreed that the majority of trawling now takes place over areas that are essentially gravel beds but went on to say, "…they weren't mere gravel beds when they started.”

This picture was originally posted on the deapseas blog. The deapseas bog "gives Canadians the opportunity to express their desire for Canada to support a U.N. moratorium on dragging in the high seas."

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Day 70

It has been
70 days
since Ram suffered
a massive stroke
caused by an
Glioblastoma Brain Tumor.
We miss you Ram!

Picture taken by Susan G Myers, late August, 06, Cape Breton
Ransom Myers (RAM) was having headaches then and had already had a CAT scan that did not show anything wrong.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Lament for An Ocean

"I fought hard to get access to the tagging databases because I knew I could infer crucial information on fishing mortality and mitigation rates. However, I was not allowed access to this data, even though I was a DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) employee and was the best qualified person to do this analysis. This was extremely hard on a personal level, to fight to do your job on what was perhaps the most important issue for Newfoundland. After the collapse of the cod, I did get access to the data, and published three papers. And yes, it did show that fishing mortality was very high. But it was too late." --Dr. Ransom Myers as quoted in Lament For An Ocean: The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery by Michael Harris, 1999 edition, page 254

Friday, February 2, 2007

The First Ransom Aldrich Myers

Picture of Ram's parents taken in 1970s, prior to October 1978

RAM's father, died 4 years ago today. The following is an except from his father's obituary: "Ransom Aldrich Myers, Sr., prominent citizen and innovative planter, died Sunday, February 2,2003 at his Mississippi home. He was a graduate of Tunica County High School and Mississippi State University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Myers had traveled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and South America....Mr. Myers is survived by ...two daughters, Joan Fay Myers Peters of Memphis, TN, and Susan Myers Mychesky of Charlotte, NC; two sons, Abbott R. Myers of Dundee and Ransom Aldrich Myers, Jr., of Halifax, Nova Scotia."

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Fighting Against the Odds

"I remember the support we got from this man (Dr. Ransom Myers) back at the time when some of us were fighting like hell trying to save Main River from the greedy clutches of Kruger. His legacy will live on as an inspiration for those who while knowing they are fighting against the odds, refuse to surrender." Lloyd, in a comment to Sue's blog (not ME) entitled "No Man's Ransom" Sunday, January 28, 2007