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Bass Anglers Robert Pearson, Teddy Carr Both Motivated To Do Well In Big Weekend Tournament
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 7, 2011 09:16 EST

The 2011 Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 has arrived at the James River and GEICO pro anglers Robert Pearson and Teddy Carr are both extremely motivated to do well, but for different reasons. For Pearson, the competition and...
 
Chile Bans Shark Finning; 'We Will Have A Critical Tool To Protect And Recover These Most Exploited Species'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 6, 2011 19:23 EST

Today, the Chilean National Congress passed legislation that completely bans shark finning. The bill, promoted by Oceana, requires every shark that fishermen catch to be landed with their fins naturally attached. The President of Chile is expected to sign the...
 
Settlement Reached To Protect Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles In West Coast Waters
San Francisco, California - Jul 6, 2011 18:59 EST

A settlement filed today in federal court between conservation groups and the National Marine Fisheries Service requires the government to make a final rule protecting critical habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle by Nov. 15, 2011. As proposed, the...
 
Study: Gray Whales Likely Survived The Ice Ages By Changing Their Diets, 'Employing Generalist Filter-Feeding Mode'
Berkeley, California - Jul 6, 2011 18:47 EST

Gray whales survived many cycles of global cooling and warming over the past few million years, likely by exploiting a more varied diet than they do today, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Smithsonian Institution...
 
Research: Artificial Iron Fertilization Would Significantly Impact Deep-Sea Ecosystems
Southampton, U.K. - Jul 6, 2011 18:42 EST

Geo-engineering schemes aimed at tackling global warming through artificial iron fertilization of the oceans would significantly affect deep-sea ecosystems, according to research involving scientists from the United Kingdom's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) as well as former Ocean and Earth Science...
 
First In Melanesia: Fiji Government Moves To Protect Sharks, 'King Of The Seas'
Suva, Fiji - Jul 6, 2011 10:01 EST

First it was turtles and now the Fijian Government is out to protect sharks. A new landmark policy to counteract the alarming decline of sharks in Fiji is being drafted by Government. Deaprtment of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Commander...
 
The End? Cast Of Whale Wars To Reconvene In Reunion Special Following Season Finale
New York, New York - Jul 5, 2011 20:11 EST

After an exhilarating, heart-pounding and potentially final season of Animal Planet's most-watched and talked-about series, WHALE WARS, Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds are basking in a hard-fought, if not cautious, victory. Hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean...
 
The Bahamas Government Bans Commercial Shark Fishing; 'Year Of The Shark'
Nassau, The Bahamas - Jul 5, 2011 19:38 EST

Sharks in The Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation's government announced today that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country's waters is now prohibited. "2011 is fast becoming the...
 
Research: Antarctic Krill Help To Fertilize Southern Ocean With Iron; Seafloor Visits 'Common'
Cambridge, U.K. - Jul 5, 2011 19:04 EST

A new discovery reveals that the shrimp-like creature at the heart of the Antarctic food chain could play a key role in fertilizing the Southern Ocean with iron – stimulating the growth of phytoplankton (microscopic plant-like organisms). This process enhances...
 
First As Aussie Scientists Map The Staghorn Coral Genome; 'Project Has Both Practical And Scientific Significance'
Cairns, Australia - Jul 5, 2011 18:28 EST

Australian scientists today announced they have sequenced the genome of the staghorn coral Acropora millepora, a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. This is the first animal genome project to be carried out entirely in Australia,...
 
Scotland: Sharkatag 2011 Results Reveal Tope Numbers Down And No Sign Of Cuckoo, Blonde Or Spotted Rays
Renfrewshire, Scotland - Jul 4, 2011 18:06 EST

Are Scottish tope shark stocks in decline and will we ever see any rays again? These are two of the questions facing Scottish fisheries managers following last weeks Sharkatag as, for the third year in a row, the numbers of...
 
Research: Warming Ocean Layers Will Undermine Polar Ice Sheets; 'Water Has A Much Larger Heat Capacity Than Air'
Tuscon, Arizona - Jul 3, 2011 16:57 EST

Warming of the ocean's subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new University of Arizona-led research. Such melting would increase the sea level more than already projected. The research,...
 
Study: Zooplankton Could Be Hard Hit By Climate Change; 'Oxygen Minimum Zones Are Very Difficult Places To Survive'
Kingston, Phode Island - Jul 1, 2011 17:58 EST

Tiny marine organisms called zooplankton can use specialized adaptations that allow them to hide from predators in areas of the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that almost nothing can survive, but they may run into trouble as these...
 
Redefinition Of 'Seawater' To Aid Climate Research; 'A More Accurate Calculation Of Salinity'
Canberra, Australia - Jun 30, 2011 20:08 EST

A specialist in thermal fluid dynamics, CSIRO Wealth from Ocean Flagship's Dr Trevor McDougall, recently led an international science team which has – following its acceptance by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – now released a new thermodynamic definition of salinity,...
 
Whitetip Sharks Caught In The Jaws Of Tuna Fisheries; 'There Is A Relatively Easy Fix'
La Jolla, California - Jun 30, 2011 19:46 EST

Governments will soon have a chance to help conserve populations of oceanic whitetip sharks, which have declined so much in the eastern Pacific that catch numbers have been reduced to almost zero. Tuna fisheries are primarily responsible for the drastic decrease...
 
Study Documents First Cookiecutter Shark Attack On A Live Human; 'Kind Of Like Using A Melon-Baller'
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 30, 2011 19:33 EST

A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers provides details on the first cookiecutter shark attack on a live human, a concern as warm summer waters attract more people to the ocean. The study currently online and appearing in the...
 
Study: Plastic Found In Stomachs Of 9% Of Fish In The 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'
San Diego, California - Jun 30, 2011 18:52 EST

The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean...
 
Researchers: Sea Urchins See With Their Entire Body; 'A Huge Compound Eye'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Jun 30, 2011 18:10 EST

Many animals have eyes that are incredibly complex – others manage without. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have shown that sea urchins see with their entire body despite having no eyes at all. The study has been published in...
 
Invasionsoft: Researcher Invents Software To Model Lionfish Invasions; 'I Don't See How It's Possible To Get Rid Of Them'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jun 30, 2011 12:49 EST

A Nova Southeastern University (Nova) researcher has invented software that helps predict invasion patterns of non-native species including the lionfish, a predatory species that has invaded Florida's coastal waters as well as the Loxahatchee River. Matthew Johnston, M.S., a researcher at...
 
Rare Deep-Water Giant Squid From South Florida Brought To UF For Research; 'It Took About Six People To Move It'
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 28, 2011 21:59 EST

University of Florida researchers received a rare 25-foot-long, deep-water giant squid Monday, the only one of its kind in the collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Recovered by recreational fishermen who found the creature floating on the surface about...
 
Indonesia's Wakatobi National Marine Park To Be Designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
Jakarta, Indonesia - Jun 28, 2011 21:26 EST

Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau is said to have called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands, an "underwater nirvana." UNESCO is soon to designate Indonesia's Wakatobi National Marine Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, as...
 
Researchers: Single Fish A Keystone Nutrient Recycler In Streams
Athens, Georgia - Jun 28, 2011 21:08 EST

Researchers from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have found that certain neotropical stream ecosystems rely almost entirely on a single fish species known as the banded tetra for the critical nutrient phosphorus. In a paper recently published...
 
Are Fish Much Smarter Than We Think? Fish Found Using Simple Tool To Smash Shells
Sydney, Australia - Jun 28, 2011 20:51 EST

Fish are not renowned for their smarts, but new evidence suggests that they may even be able to use simple tools. In a paper published today in the journal Coral Reefs, researchers from Macquarie University and Central Queensland University report on...
 
Research: Efforts To Spear Invasive Lionfish Not Likely To Curb Population; 'You'D Have To Fish Them Hard' For A Long Time
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 18:34 EST

Lionfish are causing problems for native fish populations in Florida's coastal waters, such as grouper and snapper, prompting efforts to try and curb populations of the invasive species. But a new University of Florida study suggests that eradicating lionfish isn't likely...
 
170-Yr-Old Shipwrecked Beer Reveals No Live Yeast Cells, Seawater Contamination, 'Beautiful Pale Golden Color'
Otaniemi, Finland - Jun 27, 2011 18:20 EST

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has examined one of five bottles of beer salvaged last summer by divers from the wreck of a ship that sank an estimated 170 years ago in the Εland Islands. The examination yielded...
 
Conservation Dollars And Sense: A Case For Shark Conservation Through Ecotourism; Sharks 'Worth More Alive Than Dead'
Miami, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 17:39 EST

Shark populations over the last 50 years have decreased dramatically. From habitat degradation to overfishing and finning, human activities have affected their populations and made certain species all but disappear. A new article in Current Issues in Tourism by Austin...
 
Fighting Back From Extinction, New Zealand Right Whales Are Returning Home; 'The First Pioneers'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jun 27, 2011 12:36 EST

After being hunted to local extinction more than a century ago and unable to remember their ancestral calving grounds, the southern right whales of mainland New Zealand are coming home. A new study published today has shown for the first time...
 
First As Costa Rica Hotels Agree To Stop Serving Sailfish, Marlin; 'Good For The Oceans And Good For Business'
Fort Lauderdal, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 11:56 EST

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) entered into an agreement with its conservation partner, the Costa Rica Sport Fishing Federation (FECOPT) and four participating Hilton Worldwide hotels in Costa Rica, pledging to stop serving all sailfish and marlin. Based on a...
 
Scientists: Plankton Species Makes First Known Migration From Pacific To Atlantic Via Pole; 'Brightly Flashing Warning Signals'
OOSTENDE, Belgium - Jun 26, 2011 17:38 EST

Some 800,000 years ago – about the time early human tribes were learning to make fire – a tiny species of plankton called Neodenticula seminae went extinct in the North Atlantic. Today, that microscopic plant has become an Atlantic resident again,...
 
Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary; Tourists 'Spend Money To See The Sharks'
Roatan, Honduras - Jun 24, 2011 20:10 EST

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa announced a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters today, building on the country's 2010 shark-fishing moratorium. The designation encompasses all 240,000 square kilometers (92,665 square miles) of the country's exclusive economic zone on its Pacific...
 
More Than 300 New Species Discovered In The Philippines By New Expedition; 'The Hottest Of The Hotspots'
San Francisco, California - Jun 24, 2011 19:47 EST

This spring, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences braved leeches, lionfish, whip-scorpions and a wide variety of other biting and stinging creatures to lead the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever conducted in the Philippines, documenting both terrestrial and...
 
National Geographic Honors Kenny Broad, Wes Skiles, Jack Johnson And Ibm At Inaugural 'Evening Of Exploration' Celebration
Washington, D.C. - Jun 24, 2011 18:38 EST

Three exceptional individuals and a corporation were honored by the National Geographic Society at its first ever "Evening of Exploration" gala event Thursday night, presented by Rolex. Environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad and the late underwater photographer Wes Skiles were named "Explorers...
 
Research Discovering Lost Salmon At Sea; 'Every Single Salmon Contains The Natural Chemical Tag'
Southampton, U.K. - Jun 23, 2011 20:48 EST

Where Atlantic salmon feed in the ocean has been a long-standing mystery, but new research led by the University of Southampton shows that marine location can be recovered from the chemistry of fish scales. Surprisingly, salmon from different British rivers...
 
Study: Modern Fish Communities Live Fast And Die Young; 'Fishing Removes The Slower-Growing, Longer-Lived Species'
New York, New YOrk - Jun 23, 2011 18:50 EST

Fish communities in the 21st Century live fast and die young. That's the main finding of a recent study by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society who compared fish recently caught in coastal Kenya with the bones of fish contained...
 
'Orca Ears' Inspire Researchers To Develop Ultrasensitive Undersea Microphone; 'Tthey Can Sense Sounds Over A Tremendous Range'
Palo Alto, California - Jun 23, 2011 18:37 EST

For most people, listening to the ocean means contemplating the soothing sound of waves breaking gently on a sandy beach. But for researchers studying everything from whale migration to fisheries populations, and from underwater mapping to guiding robots trying to repair...
 
Enric Sala, James Cameron Named National Geographic's Newest Explorers-In-Residence
New York, New York - Jun 23, 2011 11:05 EST

Two outstanding explorers — filmmaker and alternative-energy proponent James Cameron and marine ecologist Enric Sala — are the National Geographic Society's newest Explorers-in-Residence. Both were honored today at a special gathering of National Geographic's top explorers at Society headquarters. Explorers-in-Residence are...
 
Study: Rare Cuban Crocs Breeding With American Crocs, Threatening Their Fate
New York, New York - Jun 22, 2011 18:48 EST

A new genetic study by a team of Cuban and American researchers confirms that American crocodiles are hybridizing with wild populations of critically endangered Cuban crocodiles, which may cause a population decline of this species found only in the Cuban...
 
Dixon Rings: 1940's Technology Could Help Today's Submariners Breathe Easier
London, England - Jun 22, 2011 18:24 EST

A UK engineering firm is helping to develop a way of keeping the air clean and safe in deep sea submarines. Croft Engineering Services is working with two of the country's leading universities to help create a chemical-free system of removing...
 
Research: Teeming With Life, Pacific's California Current Likened To Africa's Serengeti Plain; 'Where Food Is Most Abundant'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 22, 2011 17:23 EST

Like the vast African plains, two huge expanses of the North Pacific Ocean are major corridors of life, attracting an array of marine predators in predictable seasonal patterns, according to final results from the Census of Marine Life Tagging of...
 
Decade-Long Study Of Pacific Predators Shows Importance Of Biological 'Hotspots'
Newport, Oregon - Jun 22, 2011 16:43 EST

An unprecedented decade-long study of apex predators in the Pacific Ocean found a wider range of distribution among some species than previously thought, unknown relationships between other species, and the importance of biological "hotspots" to the survival of most of...
 


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