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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...
 
Study Finds Common Fire Retardant Harmful To Aquatic Life; PBDEs linked To 'Disruption Of Thyroid Hormones'
Waco, Texas - May 24, 2011 18:21 EST

A new study by Baylor University environmental health researchers found that zebra fish exposed to several different technical mixtures of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - a common fire retardant - during early development can cause developmental malformations, changes in behavior...
 
Study: Marine Mammals Infected With Two Parasites Normally Found In Land Animals
Bethesda, Maryland - May 24, 2011 18:16 EST

A study of tissue samples from 161 marine mammals that died between 2004 and 2009 in the Pacific Northwest reveals an association between severe illness and co-infection with two kinds of parasites normally found in land animals. One, Sarcocystis neurona,...
 
Scientists: Unusual Earthquake Gave Japan Tsunami Extra Punch; 'It Displaced The Seafloor Dramatically'
Palo Alto, California - May 24, 2011 17:10 EST

The magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 were like a one-two punch – first violently shaking, then swamping the islands – causing tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in...
 
Researchers: 2 Greenland Glaciers Lose Enough Ice To Fill Lake Erie; 'A Kind Of High-Definition Picture Of Ice Loss'
Columbus, Ohio - May 24, 2011 16:35 EST

A new study aimed at refining the way scientists measure ice loss in Greenland is providing a "high-definition picture" of climate-caused changes on the island. And the picture isn't pretty. In the last decade, two of the largest three glaciers draining that...
 
Titanic-Eating Bacterium, Pancake Batfish, Underwater Mushroom Make List As Scientists Name Top 10 New Species
Tempe, Arizona - May 23, 2011 19:06 EST

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of taxonomists from around the world – scientists responsible for species exploration and classification – announced their picks for the top 10 new species described in 2010....
 
Study: Mediterranean Sea Invaded By Alien Species; 'The World's Most Invaded Sea'
Gothenburg, Sweden - May 23, 2011 18:56 EST

More than 900 new alien species have been encountered in the coastal environments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in recent decades, including the poisonous pufferfish. The invasion of alien species has had the consequence that the whole food chain is...
 
New Reefs Found In The Great Barrier Reef 'Twilight' Zone
Townsville, Queensland - May 19, 2011 20:28 EST

An international research team led by researchers from James Cook University using a high-tech underwater robot have discovered diverse coral reef communities living in the unexplored deep waters along the Great Barrier Reef shelf-edge. Tom Bridge, a PhD Candidate in JCU's...
 
After Japan Nuclear Power Plant Disaster: How Much Radioactivity In The Oceans?
Washington, D.C. - May 19, 2011 18:56 EST

Among the casualties of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan was the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A result of the loss of electricity, overheating at the power plant led to significant releases of iodine, cesium...
 
From Costa Rica To Nicaragua: Under The Cover Of Darkness, Foreign Fleet Now Lands Shark Fins In Nicaragua
San Jose, Costa Rica - May 19, 2011 18:35 EST

No longer able to land hundreds of tons of shark fins per year at private docks in Costa Rica, the foreign fleet is now landing its consignment of fins in Nicaragua. Concerned over the situation, Nicaraguan environmental organizations have...
 
Bonefish Spawning Locale Discovered -- They Do It Offshore, In The Dark, At High Tide
Amherst, Massachusetts - May 19, 2011 18:27 EST

Though bonefish are one of the most sought-after tropical sport fish in the world, drawing thousands of anglers to Caribbean waters every season, until recently the only information scientists had about their spawning habits were anecdotes and fish tales. Now,...
 
Angler Teddy Carr Records Top-10 Finish In Weekend Bassmaster Tourney; 'I Caught 25 Fish In A Single Hour'
Marbury, Maryland - May 17, 2011 18:21 EST

GEICO pro angler Teddy Carr executed a perfect gameplan at Saturday's Bassmaster Weekend Series stop on the Potomac River, working the spawning fish and the tidal waters along the tributary to perfection and earning a season-best, top-10 finish with a...
 
Kiwi Researcher: One-Way Barrier Used To Keep Out Koi, Save Lakes; 'It's A Real Simple System Really'
Hamilton, New Zealand - May 16, 2011 20:57 EST

A new barrier designed by a University of Waikato researcher may prove that removing pest fish from lakes and waterways can improve water quality, without forcing farmers to minimize profits. Waikato University researcher Dr Adam Daniel says it's well known pest...
 
Study: Sewage-Derived Nitrogen Increasingly Polluting Caribbean Ecosystems
Washington, D.C. - May 16, 2011 20:03 EST

Nitrogen pollution in our coastal ecosystems, the result of widespread use of synthetic agricultural fertilizers and of human sewage, leads to decreased water transparency, the loss of desirable fish species, and the emergence of toxic phytoplankton species—such as the algae...
 
Researchers: How Can A Colorblind Animal Change Its Colors To Blend Into The Background?
West Point, New York - May 16, 2011 19:33 EST

How could a colorblind animal know how to change its skin color to blend into its surroundings? And what will the animal's predator "see," looking at its prey before and after it hides? These provocative questions are addressed in article published...
 
Successful Expedition Places Humans At Lower Limits Of Mesophotic Zone; 'A Very Exciting Time For Benthic Marine Scientists'
Providence, Rhode Island - May 16, 2011 18:34 EST

Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not for profit organization, is pleased to announce the safe and successful return of an expedition to explore and document the natural history of the mesophotic, or 'middle light', zone from 200 to 500...
 
Researchers Searching For War Of 1812 Shipwrecks In Lake Ontario
Indiana, Pennsylvania - May 16, 2011 11:00 EST

The Titanic may be disintegrating, but if two Indiana University of Pennsylvania professors have their way, shipwrecks from the War of 1812 won't face the same fate. Dr. Katie Farnsworth, IUP Geoscience Department, and Dr. Ben Ford, Anthropology Department, are preparing...
 


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