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Argh! NOAA Says Crew Acted Responsibly Before, After 2009 Whale Collision
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 18, 2011 19:58 EST

A NOAA investigation has found the crew of the NOAA Research vessel Auk, captained by a NOAA contractor, exercised due care before and after it struck a North Atlantic right whale in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the...
 
Scientists Analyze, Explain The Chemical Makeup Of Gulf Oil Spill 'From Pipe To Plume'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 18, 2011 19:52 EST

Taking another major step in sleuthing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has determined what chemicals were contained in a deep, hydrocarbon-containing plume at least 22 miles long that...
 
U.S. Joins More Than 50 Nations In Adopting Recommendation To List Vessels Engaged In Illegal Fishing Around The World
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 17, 2011 17:00 EST

The United States joined more than 50 countries Thursday signing a recommendation to regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) to better track vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing for tunas, swordfish, sharks and other highly migratory species. Annual...
 
Famous Manatee 'Chessie' Sighted In Chesapeake Bay After Long Absence
Gainsville, Florida - Jul 15, 2011 19:34 EST

A manatee spotted this week in Calvert County, Maryland is the same one that first made waves 17 years ago when he appeared in Chesapeake Bay just before the onset of winter and later had to be rescued. Named "Chessie,"...
 
Underwater Antarctic Volcanoes Discovered In The Southern Ocean; 'There Is So Much That We Don't Understand'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Jul 15, 2011 19:17 EST

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands. Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, the scientists found 12 volcanoes...
 
Researchers: 2011 Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Could Be Biggest Ever; Even Bigger Than Delaware And Rhode Island Combined
College Station, Texas - Jul 15, 2011 19:05 EST

Researchers from Texas A&M University have returned from a trip to examine the scope and size of this year's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico and have measured it currently to be about 3,300 square miles, or roughly the...
 
Winner Announced For The IUCN's 2011 Underwater Photographer Of The Year Contest
Gland, Switzerland - Jul 15, 2011 18:59 EST

As part of the IUCN 2011 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, IUCN received 132 photographs of exceptional quality and creativity. Congratulations to the three winners: William Goodwin, Andre Seale and Lill Haugen. The overall winner is William Goodwin, for his...
 
Not Helpful: Indian Ocean Pirates Impede Climate Observations
Victoria, Australia - Jul 15, 2011 18:47 EST

Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean. "We have not been able...
 
Scientists: Loss Of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption Of Ecosystems
San Diego, California - Jul 14, 2011 19:21 EST

The decline of large predators and other "apex consumers" at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent findings conducted by an international team of scientists and published in...
 
First Study Into Gm Atlantic Salmon Mating Reveals Danger Of Escape To Wild Gene Pool; 'Sneak Fertilization'
Newfoundland, Canada - Jul 13, 2011 19:48 EST

If genetically modified Atlantic salmon were to escape from captivity they could succeed in breeding and passing their genes into the wild, Canadian researchers have found. Their research, published in Evolutionary Applications, explores the potential reproductive implications of GM salmon...
 
DUI Recalls Weight And Trim Systems Due To Drowning Risks
Washington, D.C. - Jul 13, 2011 16:04 EST

Diving Unlimited is recalling about 1,500 Weight & Trim System Classic and DUI Weight & Trim System II weight systems sold in the United States and Canada. The recall is because manufacturing defects in the lanyard connecting the handle...
 
Thousands Sign Letter That Urges Costa Rican President To Ban Shark Fin Imports
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jul 12, 2011 20:07 EST

A letter signed by 4039 Costa Rican citizens was delivered today to the country's President Laura Chinchilla, urging her to sign an Executive Decree banning shark fin imports. The letter was also signed by 324 citizens of 39 countries,...
 
Scientists: Lie Of The Land Beneath Glaciers Influences Impact On Sea Levels; 'This Finding Is Remarkable'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Jul 12, 2011 19:17 EST

Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels. Scientists have shown for the first time that the terrain beneath glaciers influences how much glacier melt contributes to fluctuations in sea levels. Researchers...
 
Researchers: Genetic Switch For Limbs And Digits Found In Ancient Fish; 'Whole Universe Of Questions' Opened Up
Chicago, Illinois - Jul 11, 2011 20:16 EST

Genetic instructions for developing limbs and digits were present in primitive fish millions of years before their descendants first crawled on to land, researchers have discovered. Genetic switches control the timing and location of gene activity. When a particular switch taken...
 
Research: Marine Protected Areas Should Take Into Account Larval Fish Migrations; 'Some Traveled Almost 200 Km'
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo - Jul 11, 2011 19:50 EST

Networks of biologically-connected marine protected areas need to be carefully planned, taking into account the open ocean migrations of marine fish larvae that take them from one home to another sometimes hundreds of kilometers away. Research published today in the international...
 
Reversal Of Fortune: Pearson Finishes Strong, Carr Fades At Bassmaster Northern Open; 'This Was A Great Event For Us'
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 9, 2011 19:10 EST

GEICO pro anglers Robert Pearson and Teddy Carr had solid showings on the James River in the first of three Bassmaster Northern Opens on the 2011 schedule. After a sluggish start Thursday where he boated just three bass weighing 5 pounds,...
 
Teddy Carr In Contention At Bass Northern Open; Robert Pearson Plugging Away; 'I Let A Few Get Away'
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 8, 2011 19:56 EST

GEICO angler Teddy Carr began the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 on a high note Thursday, pulling 11 pounds, 5 ounces of bass out of the James River to tie for the No. 16 spot in the star-studded field....
 
Group: Increased Protection Urgently Needed For Threatened Tunas; 'Marine Life And Jobs For Future Generations Are Both At Stake'
Gland, Switzerland - Jul 7, 2011 18:06 EST

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a...
 
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...
 


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