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Scientists Eavesdrop On Lake, Detect Early Warning Signal For Aquatic Ecosystem Collapse; 'It Is A Strong Signal'
Madison, Wisconsin - May 2, 2011 10:06 EST

Researchers eavesdropping on complex signals emanating from a remote Wisconsin lake have detected what they say is an unmistakable warning — a death knell — of the impending collapse of the lake's aquatic ecosystem. The finding, reported today (April 29) in...
 
Researchers: Mercury Converted To Its Most Toxic Form In Ocean Waters
Edmonton, Alberta - Apr 30, 2011 18:47 EST

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater. After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the...
 
Company Launches Sleek High Tech Underwater Scooter For Two; 'Something You Should Do At Least Once In Your Lifetime'
Plantation, Florida - Apr 30, 2011 18:02 EST

Building upon the success of the single seat AS1 model, Aqua Star envisioned a two person scooter, the AS2. After intense design and engineering, it is now a reality. Now couples can share the underwater experience together. The second person...
 
Scalloped Hammerheads Declared Overfished In U.S. Atlantic; 83% Population Decline
Washington, D.C. - Apr 29, 2011 18:48 EST

Shark Advocates International is highlighting a new National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determination that U.S. Atlantic scalloped hammerhead sharks are overfished and subject to excessive fishing pressure. Scientists estimate that the population has declined by more than 80% from its...
 
Researchers: Eddies Found To Be Deep, Powerful Modes Of Ocean Transport
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 29, 2011 18:14 EST

Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies—known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface—can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500...
 
New Method For Measuring Biomass Reveals Fish Stocks Are More Stable Than Widely Believed
Seattle, Washington - Apr 28, 2011 15:36 EST

Fish and marine species are among the most threatened wildlife on earth, due partly to over exploitation by fishing fleets. Yet there are differences in assessing trends in worldwide fishing stocks which, researchers writing in Conservation Biology argue, stem from...
 
Eat Your Anchovies: Fish Livers Contain Beneficial Fatty Acids
Almeria, Spain - Apr 28, 2011 15:27 EST

The fishing industry usually discards fish livers, but a team of researchers from the University of Almeria (Spain) has confirmed that they are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial to health. Anchovies are one of the...
 
Researcher: Jump In Communication Skills Led To Species Explosion In Electric Fishes; 'It Sounds Like A Frying Pan'
St. Louis, Missouri - Apr 28, 2011 15:21 EST

Bruce Carlson stands next to a fish tank in his lab, holding a putty colored Radio Shack amplifier connected to two wires whose insulation has been stripped. At the bottom of the tank a nondescript little fish lurks in a...
 
Through Unique Eyes, Box Jellyfish Look Out To The World Above The Water
Copenhagen, Denmark - Apr 28, 2011 14:49 EST

Box jellyfish may seem like rather simple creatures, but in fact their visual system is anything but. They've got no fewer than 24 eyes of four different kinds. Now, researchers reporting online on April 28 in Current Biology, a Cell...
 
Research: Fish Can Detect And Record Marine 'Dead Zones'
Syracuse, New York - Apr 28, 2011 10:48 EST

The discovery that fish can pick up — and physically record — evidence of "dead zones" in oceans and coastal waters could help scientists understand how fish deal with the growing problem of low-oxygen areas that threaten fisheries and tourism...
 
Researchers Determine How Fire Ants Build Waterproof Rafts; 'A Fluid Composed Of Ant 'Molecules''
Atlanta, Georgia - Apr 28, 2011 10:37 EST

It's a naturally occurring phenomenon that has puzzled biologists for decades: Place a single fire ant in water and it will struggle. But a group of fire ants will bind together and float effortlessly for days. Georgia Tech researchers – Nathan...
 
June 3: Animal Planet's Whale Wars Returns For The Ultimate Battle That May End The Antarctic Whaling War Forever
New York, New YOrk - Apr 27, 2011 23:22 EST

When the Japanese whale meat processing ship - the Nisshin Maru - turned around and set its course back to its home port in mid-February, Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds declared a cautious victory. Watson and his international...
 
Study: 'Explosive' Evolution In Seen Pupfish, Changing Up To 130 Times Faster
Davis, California - Apr 27, 2011 22:29 EST

Two groups of small fish, one from a Caribbean island and one from the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, exhibit some of the fastest rates of evolution known in any organism, according to a new UC Davis study. About 50 species of...
 
Scientists Can Track Origin Of Shark Fins Using 'Zip Codes' In Their DNA; 'Identify Source Populations'
Stony Brook, New York - Apr 27, 2011 21:59 EST

An international team of scientists, led by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, has used DNA to determine that groups of dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus) and copper sharks (Carcharhinus brachyurus) living in different coastal regions across...
 
Record Number Of Whales, Krill Found In The Antarctic Bays; 'The Lack Of Sea Ice Is Good News For The Whales'
Durham, South Carolina - Apr 27, 2011 19:47 EST

Scientists have observed a "super-aggregation" of more than 300 humpback whales gorging on the largest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in more than 20 years in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. The sightings, made in waters still largely ice-free...
 
Operation Squid Skin: Team To Mimic Camouflage Skill Of Marine Animals In High-Tech Materials
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 27, 2011 19:25 EST

Camouflage expert Roger Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is co-recipient of a $6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to study and ultimately emulate the exquisite ability of some marine animals to instantly change their skin...
 
Prey-Tell: Why Right Whales Linger In The Gulf Of Maine; 'The Behavior Of The Prey Influences The Behavior Of The Whales'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 26, 2011 18:17 EST

As they might with most endangered animals, scientists consider the whereabouts and activities of right whales extremely important. "It is helpful to know where they go, why they go there and what they do when they're there," says Mark F....
 
Angel Effect: National Geographic Features Cave Diver's Story Of Life, Death And The Third Man
Lexington, Kentucky - Apr 25, 2011 18:28 EST

University of Kentucky geologist and cave diver Stephanie Schwabe recalls her 1997 dive into the Mermaid's Lair, on the south side of Grand Bahama Island quite plainly. Schwabe is not one to embellish or exaggerate. A simple account of her...
 
Trustees Announce $1 Billion 'Milestone Agreement' To Fund Early Gulf Coast Restoration Projects
Washington, D.C. - Apr 23, 2011 17:42 EST

Under an unprecedented agreement announced today by the Natural Resource Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Trustees), BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to address injuries to natural resources...
 
Serial Abalone Poacher Gets Prison Sentence, $20,000 Fine, Lifetime Fishing Ban; Profit 'Clearly Outweighs The Risks Of Getting Caught'
San Francisco, California - Apr 22, 2011 17:23 EST

A San Francisco man who was caught taking abalone out of season three times over a three-week span has been convicted on poaching charges. Qiong Wang, 32, pled guilty to felony conspiracy and taking abalone for commercial purposes in Mendocino...
 
How Fish Swim: 'Treadmill For Fish' Reveals Contribution Of Fins To Propulsion
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Apr 22, 2011 16:39 EST

There are fish tales and then there are fish tails. And a report from Harvard researchers in the current issue of the journal Biology Letters seems to demonstrate that previous theories about how bony fish move through the water were,...
 
Bigger Isn't Always Better In University Of Miami's Underwater Photo Contest; 'Just Spectacular'
Miami, Florida - Apr 21, 2011 16:15 EST

Tobias Friedrich of Germany has been named the Overall Winner of the 2011 Annual Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. The winning photograph was submitted under the Macro category...
 
Big Tuna: In Spite Of Widely Publicized Fears, Bluefin Tuna Populations Are Actually Rebounding
San Diego, California - Apr 21, 2011 09:55 EST

A study released on April 19 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) offers a dire prediction: More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to...
 
Pew Applauds Chilean Senate Vote To End 'Wasteful' Shark Finning
Washington, D.C. - Apr 20, 2011 18:57 EST

Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the Chilean Senate passage of Chile's first-ever ban on shark finning, requiring that ships catching sharks have to land them...
 
Andy Samberg Becomes Discovery Channel's New 'Chief Shark Officer', To Host Shark Week
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 20, 2011 18:48 EST

After a long and arduous process of blood typing, insurance verification and wetsuit fittings, Discovery Channel today announced the appointment of its first ever Chief Shark Officer (CSO), Andy Samberg. As CSO, Samberg will host the network's 24th annual SHARK...
 
Scientists: 657 Barrier Islands Newly Identified In Global Survey; 'Exist In Every Climate And In Every Tide-Wave Combination'
Durham, North Carolina - Apr 20, 2011 14:01 EST

Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College. The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images, topographical maps and navigational charts....
 
Putting A Price On Sea Fish: Study Says Commercial Fishing Rights Lead To More Sustainable Fishing Methods
Gothenburg, Sweden - Apr 19, 2011 18:56 EST

Håkan Eggert's studies from Iceland and the Gullmar fjord on the Swedish west coast, reveal that when commercial fishermen are given fishing rights they voluntarily choose more sustainable fishing methods and earn far more. His research at the University of...
 
Study: Propeller Turbulence May Affect Marine Food Webs; 'Reducing The Supply Of Food Energy Available To Fish'
Gloucester Point, Virginia - Apr 19, 2011 17:41 EST

A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that turbulence from boat propellers can and does kill large numbers of copepods—tiny crustaceans that are an important part of marine food webs. The study—by VIMS graduate student...
 
Researchers: New 'Legal Drugs' Could Help Goldfish And Koi With Fish Lice
Gainsville, Florida - Apr 18, 2011 20:35 EST

The lack of legal ways to eliminate fish lice is frustrating for goldfish and koi enthusiasts, but a University of Florida study in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health reports that a cure is in the works. Fish lice, which are...
 
Researchers: Pumping Oxygenated Water Down To A Depth Of 120 Meters Can Save The Baltic Sea
Gothenburg, Sweden - Apr 18, 2011 19:43 EST

Scientists have shown that oxygenation can bring dead sea bottoms to life. This creates the necessary conditions for the establishment of new ecosystems that enable nature itself to deal with eutrophication. By conducting pilot studies in two fjords in Sweden,...
 
The Feathers Have It: Mercury On The Rise In Endangered Pacific Seabirds
Boston, Massachusetts - Apr 18, 2011 19:26 EST

Using 120 years of feathers from natural history museums in the United States, Harvard University researchers have been able to track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), an endangered seabird that forages extensively throughout the...
 
Professor Christopher McQuaid Named Gilchrist Award Winner For 'Enhancement Of Marine And Coastal Science In South Africa'
Grahamstown, South Africa - Apr 18, 2011 18:09 EST

Rhodes University's Prof Christopher McQuaid has been awarded the prestigious Gilchrist Award for his "outstanding contribution to the enhancement of marine and coastal science in South Africa including the Southern Ocean". The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR)...
 
'This Is Your Ocean: Sharks' To Premiere At Newport Film Festival; Guy Harvey, Wyland, Jim Abernethy To Attend Showing
Newport Beach, California - Apr 18, 2011 17:21 EST

International marine and wildlife conservation artists Guy Harvey and Wyland join with renown SCUBA diver and wildlife photographer Jim Abernathy to showcase This is Your Ocean: Sharks, as the Eco Spotlight feature at the Newport Beach Film Festival, scheduled for April...
 
Scientists: Ocean Warming Detrimental To Inshore Fish Species; 'Slowing Growth And Increased Physiological Stress'
Tasmania, Australia - Apr 18, 2011 12:17 EST

The findings of a study published today in Nature Climate Change indicate negative effects on the growth of a long-lived south-east Australian and New Zealand inshore species – the banded morwong. Scientific monitoring since 1944 by CSIRO at Maria Island,...
 
Rowing Expedition To Use First Miniature Sensors To Measure The Temperature Of The World's Oceans
Swanton Morley, UK - Apr 15, 2011 16:45 EST

The first miniature sensors designed to measure saltiness and temperature across the world's oceans will be put in use later this week on an ambitious expedition. A four-man team of officers from Swanton Morley, UK, will set off to row 3,100...
 
Outreach: NOAA Names Former Commercial Fisherman As Fishing Industry Compliance Liaison; 'I Speak The Regulatory Language'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 15, 2011 16:35 EST

Building on NOAA's previous actions to improve its enforcement program and to strengthen its efforts to improve communication with and outreach to the fishing industry, a former commercial fisherman has been tapped as NOAA Office of Law Enforcement's compliance assistance...
 
Study: Bone-Munching Worms From The Deep Sea Thrive On A Variety Of Bones; 'Very Satisfying'
San Diego, California - Apr 14, 2011 19:25 EST

A new study led by a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is painting a more complete picture of an extraordinary sea worm that makes its living in the depths of the ocean on the bones...
 
Humpback Whale Songs Spread Eastward Like The Latest Pop Tune; 'Cultural Change On A Vast Scale'
Brisbane, Queensland - Apr 14, 2011 19:18 EST

Humpback whales have their own version of the hit single, according to a study reported online on April 14th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. at any given time within a population, male humpbacks all sing the same mating...
 
Researchers Develop Foam Material To Remove Radioactive Contaminants From Drinking Water
Raleigh, North Carolina - Apr 14, 2011 19:10 EST

A combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, researchers from North Carolina State University have found. "As we're currently seeing in Japan, one of the major health risks posed by...
 
Bass Angler Pearson Fired Up For Lake Chickamauga Tournament; 'Almost Giddy'
Hixon, Tennessee - Apr 14, 2011 19:04 EST

Christmas is more than eight months away, but for GEICO angler Robert Pearson, it could come early. Pearson has high hopes in this weekend's Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga in Hixson, Tenn. Despite the fact he hasn't fished this...
 


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