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Landmark Report Investigates Environmental Impacts Of Aquaculture; Sustainably-Farmed Seafood Key To Future Global Food Security
Bangkok, Thailand - Jun 14, 2011 20:14 EST

A new and comprehensive analysis released by WorldFish Center and Conservation International (CI) has investigated the environmental impact of the world's major aquaculture production systems and species, and today offers a first-ever global assessment of trends and impacts of cultivated...
 
Major Flooding On The Mississippi River Predicted To Cause Largest Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Ever Recorded
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 14, 2011 18:12 EST

The Gulf of Mexico's hypoxic zone is predicted to be the largest ever recorded, due to extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring, according to an annual forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine...
 
Deep Sea Mystery Solved: Copepods Share 'Diver's Weight Belt' Buoyancy Technique With Whales
Cambridge, U.K. - Jun 13, 2011 17:48 EST

A deep-sea mystery has been solved with the discovery that the tiny 3 mm long marine animals, eaten by herring, cod and mackerel, use the same buoyancy control as whales. Reporting this week in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, researchers from...
 
Monster Fish Researcher Zeb Hogan Named National Geographic Fellow; 'It's A Great Honor'
Reno Nevada - Jun 11, 2011 19:35 EST

University of Nevada, Reno researcher Zeb Hogan, who travels the globe to find, study and protect monster freshwater fish, has been named a National Geographic Fellow – one of only 15 men and women worldwide. "It's a great honor," Hogan said....
 
For Some Crustaceans In Polluted Waters, It Could Be Worse‎: They Could Have Healthy Predators
Newark, New Jersey - Jun 10, 2011 18:09 EST

Imagine that you're a grass shrimp. Now, imagine that you're a rational grass shrimp, and that you have a choice of living in an environment with relatively high levels of dioxin, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other floating nastiness or a...
 
Researcher: Male Desert Goby Fish 'Put Courtship Before Childcare'
Melbourne, Victoria - Jun 10, 2011 16:35 EST

After studying male desert goby fish, a team of Monash researchers has suggested that male sexual behavior is primed to produce the greatest number of offspring. In the underwater world of desert goby fish, it is the males whose work is...
 
Group: McDonald's Filet-O-Fish To Carry Questionable Eco-Label; 'Made From A Controversial Fish'
Washington, D.C - Jun 9, 2011 20:09 EST

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Europe: Brussels, Belgium – "It is deeply disturbing that McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich will soon carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label at the fast food chain's European locations. Filet-O-Fish sandwiches are made...
 
Research: Water's Surface Not All Wet; 'the Air-Water Interface Is About 70 Percent Of The Earth's Surface'
Los Angeles, California - Jun 9, 2011 19:41 EST

Air and water meet over most of the earth's surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of...
 
Filmmakers Return From World's First Expedition To Film The 'Most Dangerous Of All Sharks' At Night Without A Cage
Washington, D.C. - Jun 9, 2011 19:17 EST

All Fins On Productions just completed a groundbreaking expedition to film and document the Oceanic Whitetip Shark in the Bahamas. The trip included the first ever planned, organized and photographed night dive with the oceanic whitetip without the protection of...
 
Researchers Discover Diving Bell Spiders Can Breathe Under Water; Spun Silk Air Bubble 'Like A Gill'
Adelaide, Australia - Jun 9, 2011 10:56 EST

Researchers have given us new insights into how a species of air-breathing spider can spend its whole life under water, only venturing to the surface occasionally to replenish its air supply. The 'diving bell spider' or 'water spider' (Argyroneta aquatica) is...
 
Dive Training Organization Relaunches Project AWARE; To Focus On Sharks In Peril And Marine Debris
Rancho Santa Margarita, California - Jun 7, 2011 20:36 EST

PADI, the world's largest diver training organization, today announced its support of Project AWARE Foundation's new movement to protect the ocean and its inhabitants, which will launch on World Ocean Day, June 8. On this day, the 21-year-old foundation will...
 
Scientists Discover A New Tiger Shark Hunting Technique; 'Unprecedented New Insights'
Mānoa, Hawaii - Jun 7, 2011 20:30 EST

In a joint research effort between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Tokyo, the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research, and the University of Florida, scientists have shed new light on the...
 
Study: Ciguatoxin Discovered In Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 7, 2011 19:20 EST

Researchers from NOAA have discovered a potent and highly-debilitating toxin in the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a first-of-its-kind chemical finding that is now prompting investigations of other marine mammals in the state. The toxin, ciguatoxin, is produced by marine algae...
 
Researchers: Dolphins Use Double Sonar; 'We Humans Have A Lot To Learn From Dolphins'
Lund, Sweden - Jun 7, 2011 19:04 EST

Dolphins and porpoises use echolocation for hunting and orientation. By sending out high-frequency sound, known as ultrasound, dolphins can use the echoes to determine what type of object the sound beam has hit. Researchers from Sweden and the US have...
 
Odyssey To Commence Gairsoppa Silver Project; 'Carrying As Much As 7,000,000 Ounces Of Silver'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 7, 2011 18:35 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. has executed a charter agreement to utilize the Russian Research Vessel Yuzhmorgeologiya to conduct search operations for the SS Gairsoppa. The Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in February 1941 while enlisted in the service...
 
Bass Angler Robert Pearson Reveling After His Best Outing As A Professional; 'Fishing Relaxed Is Paying Off'
Herdon, Virginia - Jun 7, 2011 12:22 EST

GEICO angler Robert Pearson is riding high after his best weekend as a professional, finishing 16th in the Walmart FLW Outdoors event on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Pearson earned $12,000 for his efforts, moving up the standings each...
 
Discovery Channel's Shark Week Returns With Andy Samberg For 24th Season
New York, New York - Jun 6, 2011 20:05 EST

SHARK WEEK, cable television's longest-running programming event and the ultimate summertime ritual, returns to Discovery Channel Sunday, July 31 at 9PM with seven all-new specials and some of the most watched shows from recent years. The 24th annual fin-filled...
 
Study: Jellyfish Blooms Shunt Food Energy From Fish To Bacteria; 'Voracious Predators'
Gloucester Point, Virginia - Jun 6, 2011 18:37 EST

Jellyfish can be a nuisance to bathers and boaters in Chesapeake Bay. A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) shows that jellyfish also have a more significant impact, drastically altering marine food webs by...
 
Scientists: Ocean Gliders Uncover Underwater 'Rivers' Off Perth
Perth, Australia - Jun 6, 2011 18:26 EST

Oceanographers at The University of Western Australia have discovered the first underwater 'rivers' to be identified in a sub-tropical region flowing along the ocean bed off Perth's coastline. The finding published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reveals 'rivers' or...
 
Record Smoothhound Sharks Caught Off Scottish Coast; 'Beyond My Wildest Dreams'
Renfrewshire, Scotland - Jun 6, 2011 18:09 EST

Two of the largest smoothhound ever seen in Scottish waters were recently tagged and released by members of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) fishing off the coast of South-west Scotland. The anglers were fishing on-board a locally based charter...
 
Guy Harvey Seeds Cultural Change And Prize Money To Promote Catch And Release Shark Tournaments
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jun 4, 2011 19:52 EST

With shark populations around the world continuing to spiral downward, the result of devastating commercial fishing techniques and an exotic taste for 'shark-fin soup', marine scientists such as Dr. Guy Harvey, are working around the clock to give these magnificent...
 
Bass Angler Pearson Qualifies For Weekend Action For First Time In His Career; 'I'Ve Been Waiting 10 Years For This Day'
National Harbor, Maryland - Jun 3, 2011 19:04 EST

GEICO angler Robert Pearson had one of his best days ever as a professional Friday on the Potomac River and advanced to the third day of the Walmart FLW Tour event at National Harbor. Pearson snagged five bass weighing 15 pounds,...
 
Battle Of Convoy KS-52: NOAA, Partners To Search For Ships Lost In World War II Off North Carolina
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 3, 2011 18:14 EST

NOAA will lead a summer research expedition to locate and study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic, specifically the Battle of Convoy KS-520. The shipwrecks are located in an area...
 
Costa Rican Shrimp Embargo Continued By The United States; 'No Interest Whatsoever In Marine Conservation'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jun 2, 2011 18:57 EST

Shrimp exports to the United States will continue to be embargoed, according to Public Notice 7490 issued by the State Department last May 27, pursuant to section 609 Law 101-162, which imposes embargoes on shrimp from nations whose fleets do...
 
Woods Hole Leads Expedition To Measure Radioactive Contaminants In Pacific, 'Establish A Baseline'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 2, 2011 18:37 EST

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will lead the first international, multidisciplinary assessment of the levels and dispersion of radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean off the Fukushima nuclear power plant—a research effort funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore...
 
Bass Angler Robert Pearson To Literally Enjoy Home Cookin' This Weekend; 'I Have To Find The Bigger Fish'
National Harbor, Maryland - Jun 2, 2011 18:28 EST

As the Walmart FLM Tour prepares for this week's tournament on the Potomac River, numerous pro anglers are turning to GEICO fisherman Robert Pearson. But Pearson, who has extensive experience fishing the Potomac, isn't in a helping mood. Pearson is from...
 
No Joke: Ocean Acidification Leaves Clownfish Deaf To Predators; 'No Response' In 2050 And 2100 C02 Conditions
Bristol, UK - Jun 1, 2011 18:37 EST

Baby clownfish use hearing to detect and avoid predator-rich coral reefs during the daytime, but new research from the University of Bristol demonstrates that ocean acidification could threaten this crucial behavior within the next few decades. Since the Industrial Revolution, over...
 
NOAA Commemorates The 100th Birthday Of Rms Titanic; Shipwreck 'A Powerful Symbol And An Icon'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 1, 2011 17:45 EST

The world's best known shipwreck turned 100 on May 31, 2011. Maritime historians generally consider the date of a ship's launch to be its "official birth date" and the Belfast, Northern Ireland, shipyard of Harland & Wolff launched RMS Titanic...
 
Study: 'Champagne Reefs' Signal Severe Impacts To Coral Reefs Worldwide
Miami, Florida - May 29, 2011 18:51 EST

A new study from University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science scientists Chris Langdon, Remy Okazaki and Nancy Muehllehner and colleagues from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in...
 
7,000 Tanks: University Opens World's Most Modern Zebrafish Facility
St. Louis, Missouri - May 27, 2011 18:13 EST

Tiny tropical fish are helping scientists understand human development and disease, from birth defects and cancer to muscle and nerve disorders. Contributing to this effort, Washington University is now home to one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world. And...
 
Pass: NOAA Finds Endangered Species Listing For Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Not Warranted
Silver Spring, Maryland - May 27, 2011 18:04 EST

After an extensive scientific review, NOAA announced today that Atlantic bluefin tuna currently do not warrant species protection under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA has committed to revisit this decision by early 2013, when more information will be available about the effects of...
 
Scientist: Doubts Raised On Theory That Bacteria Consumed Deepwater Horizon Methane; 'Still A Lot To Learn'
Athens, Georgia - May 26, 2011 19:44 EST

A technical comment published in the current (May 27) edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon...
 
Send In The Lawyers: Experts Create First Legal Roadmap To Tackle Local Ocean Acidification Hotspots
Palo Alto, California - May 26, 2011 19:37 EST

Coastal communities hard hit by ocean acidification hotspots have more options than they may realize, says an interdisciplinary team of science and legal experts. In a paper published in the journal Science, experts from Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions...
 
Researchers Globally Quantify Seagrass Extinction Risk; 3 of 72 Species 'Endangered'
Gloucester Point, Virginia - May 26, 2011 14:27 EST

A team of 21 researchers from 11 nations, including professor Robert "JJ" Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has completed the first-ever study of the risk of extinction for individual seagrass species around the world. The 4-year study, requested...
 
Scientist: Gulf Dolphins Impacted By BP Oil Spill; Dispersants, Oil, Cold 'A Perfect Storm'
Orlando, Florida - May 26, 2011 14:10 EST

The BP oil spill and the dispersants used to clean it up may be contributing to the unusually high number of dolphins dying in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a University of Central Florida scientist. Since BP's Deepwater Horizon dumped...
 
In An Alligator-Eat-Alligator World, Cannibalism Can Mean Population Control
Gainsville, Florida - May 26, 2011 10:31 EST

It's an alligator-eat-alligator world out in the waters of Orange Lake in Alachua County, Florida. Cannibalism among American alligators is responsible for a 6–7% reduction in the number of juvenile gators here each year, according to a new study. This...
 
No Shrimp: Cambrian Super-Predators Grew Large In Arms Race; 'Fierce Horrible Predators'
New York, New York - May 25, 2011 18:35 EST

The Cambrian Period's most ferocious predator clung to life for 30 million years longer than was previously thought. Fossils from Morocco show that sea creatures known as anomalocaridids survived long after they had been understood to have gone extinct, and...
 
Feeding On Tunny, Scientists Discover The Largest Assembly Of Whale Sharks Ever Recorded
Washington, D.C. - May 25, 2011 17:13 EST

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are often thought to be solitary behemoths that live and feed in the open ocean. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and colleagues, however, have found that this is not necessarily the case, finding that whale sharks...
 
NOAA Fisheries Encourages Fishermen To Release Shortfin Mako Sharks Alive, Be 'Leaders In Conservation'
Silverspring, Maryland - May 25, 2011 16:48 EST

NOAA's Fisheries Service today launched a voluntary program to encourage commercial and recreational fishermen to safely release Atlantic shortfin mako sharks alive and report the releases to NOAA for posting on an online map. The new program is designed to encourage...
 
Prized Delicacy Abalone Could Be Doomed By Increasing Ocean Acidity; 'This Is Bad News'
Vancouver, British Columbia - May 25, 2011 16:35 EST

Increasing levels of ocean acidity could spell doom for British Columbia's already beleaguered northern abalone, according to the first study to provide direct experimental evidence that changing sea water chemistry is negatively affecting an endangered species. The northern abalone--prized as a...
 


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