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Study: Death -- Not Just Life -- Important Link In Marine Ecosystems; Copepod Carcasses 'Fuel Microbes'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 13, 2011 18:57 EST

Tiny crustaceans called copepods rule the world, at least when it comes to oceans and estuaries. The most numerous multi-cellular organisms in the seas, copepods are an important link between phytoplankton and fish in marine food webs. To understand and predict how...
 
NOAA Issues Regulations Governing Navy's Sonar Testing Activities In The Keyport, Washington Range
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 12, 2011 19:50 EST

NOAA's Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy that includes measures to protect marine mammals while conducting research, development, test and evaluation activities and range expansion at the Naval Sea System Command...
 
Costa Rican Officials Seize Over 7000 Kilos Of Illegal Sailfish Meat From Seafood Exporter
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Apr 12, 2011 19:35 EST

Costa Rican government officials have released information to The Billfish Foundation (TBF) regarding the seizure of over 7,000 kilos of sailfish meat from a seafood exporter. Sailfish are protected species in the popular Costa Rican fishery. Investigators from two...
 
Risky Strategy Doesn't Pan Out For Bass Angler Bradley; 'We sort of made a decision which kind of bit us'
Woodbridge, Virginia - Apr 11, 2011 17:50 EST

GEICO angler Christiana Bradley got the weather conditions she wanted at Sunday's LAPR Bass Series Potomac River Bass Series event at Leesylvania Park, she just didn't get the fish. "I got what I wished for as far as the weather goes,"...
 
Research: After 40 Million Years, King Crabs Invade Antarctica; 'They Are Coming From The Deep'
Birmingham, Alabama - Apr 11, 2011 10:08 EST

It's like a scene out of a sci-fi movie – thousands, possibly millions, of king crabs are marching through icy deep-sea waters and up the Antarctic slope. "They are coming from the deep, somewhere between 6,000 to 9,000 feet down," said...
 
Feather-Loss Disorder: Emergence Of 'Naked' Penguins Baffle Experts
Bronx, New York - Apr 9, 2011 11:50 EST

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Washington, and other groups are grappling with a wildlife mystery: Why are some penguin chicks losing their feathers? The appearance of "naked" penguins—afflicted with what is known as feather-loss disorder—in penguin...
 
Bass Fisher Christiana Bradley's Weekend Hinges On A Lot Of Variables
Woodbridge, Virginia - Apr 8, 2011 17:48 EST

The LAPR Bass Series presents a different kind of fishing for GEICO pro angler Christiana Bradley. This weekend's LAPR event is a one-day tournament that launches from Leesylvania Park on Sunday, which doesn't give Bradley much time to come up with...
 
New Research Shows Aquaculture Discharge May Not Disperse Evenly In Open Water; Dilution 'Not The Solution'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 7, 2011 19:43 EST

Concentrated waste plumes from fish farms could travel significant distances to reach coastlines, according to a study to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Environmental Fluid Mechanics, available online now. Roz Naylor, Oliver Fringer and Jeffrey Koseff...
 
Research Expedition To Study Coral Reefs Worldwide To Be Launched In The Bahamas
Nassau, The Bahamas - Apr 7, 2011 19:07 EST

The Living Oceans Foundation has chosen The Bahamas for the opening of its Global Reef Expedition, a five year, world–wide study of the health of the coral reef environments. In making the announcement, Captain Philip Renaud, USN (ret), the Foundation's Executive...
 
Scientist: Ancient Corals Provide Insight On The Future Of Caribbean Reefs; 'Corals Will Likely Survive'
Coral Gables, Forida - Apr 7, 2011 18:11 EST

Climate change is already widely recognized to be negatively affecting coral reef ecosystems around the world, yet the long-term effects are difficult to predict. University of Miami (UM) scientists are using the geologic record of Caribbean corals to understand how...
 
Group: Oil Disaster In Gulf Of Mexico Pushes Already Imperiled Dwarf Seahorse Closer To Extinction
New Orleans, Louisiana - Apr 7, 2011 17:18 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the dwarf seahorse, a one-inch long seahorse that lives in seagrass beds in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. The seahorse is threatened...
 
Where Will The Debris From Japan's Tsunami Drift In The Ocean?
Manoa, Hawaii - Apr 6, 2011 18:25 EST

The huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake destroyed coastal towns near Sendai in Japan, washing such things as houses and cars into the ocean. Projections of where this debris might head have been made by Nikolai Maximenko and...
 
World's Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation; 'The Results Of The Study Were Stunning'
Halifax, Canada - Apr 5, 2011 17:39 EST

"Coral reefs provide a range of critical goods and services to humanity—everything from nutrient cycling to food production to coast protection to economic revenues through tourism," says Camilo Mora at Dalhousie University and lead researcher of the study. "Yet the...
 
The Day After Tomorrow: Icy Meltwater Pooling In Arctic Ocean Becomes A Wild Card In Climate Change Scenarios
OOSTENDE, Belgium - Apr 5, 2011 17:27 EST

A massive, growing pool of icy meltwater in the Arctic Ocean is a wild card in future climate scenarios, European researchers said today. Estimated in 2009 at more than 7,500 cubic km – twice the volume of Africa's Lake Victoria...
 
Found: Woods Hole Team Locates Air France Flight 447 Wreckage; 'We Were Searching In The Right Area'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 5, 2011 10:46 EST

A search team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has located the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 some 3,900 meters, or nearly 2.5 miles, below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil's northeastern coast. The team...
 
Study: Leatherback Sea Turtle Nests Increasing In Florida; Climate Change 'Reducing Predators'?
Durham, North Carolina - Apr 4, 2011 20:08 EST

The number of endangered leatherback sea turtle nests at 68 beaches in Florida has increased by 10.2 percent a year since 1979, according to a new Duke University-led study published in the current issue of the journal Ecological Applications. Some beaches...
 
New Fishing Hooks Spares Bluefin Tuna In Gulf Of Mexico But Allows Yellowfin Tuna And Swordfish Catches; 'New Technology'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 4, 2011 19:28 EST

NOAA's Fisheries Service will require commercial fishermen who fish for yellowfin tuna, swordfish and other species with longlines in the Gulf of Mexico to use a new type of hook, called a weak hook, designed to reduce the incidental catch...
 
'Shark Men' Set For New Season; 'Catch And Release' Great White Shark Wranglers Team Up Again With Researcher
Washington, D.C. - Apr 4, 2011 18:48 EST

Science and sport fishing join forces for an unprecedented hands-on research effort to study wild great whites, when Shark Men season two kicks off with back-to-back premieres Sunday, April 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel (NGC)....
 
High School Student Discovers Flair For Dissecting Fish Brains; 'This Work Required Very Strong, Fine Movements'
Brooklyn, New York - Mar 31, 2011 20:17 EST

Spencer Kim, a senior at Sheepshead Bay High School, discovered he has a peculiar talent: He is an excellent dissector of fish brains. "I've played handball and done tae kwon do," he says, "but those don't require delicate movements. This work...
 
Research: Antibacterial Soap Additive Quickly Accumulates In Fish
Anaheim, California - Mar 31, 2011 19:47 EST

In the first report on the uptake and internal processing of triclocarban (TCC) in fish, scientists today reported strong evidence that TCC — an antibacterial ingredient in some soaps and the source of environmental health concerns because of its potential...
 
Study: 'Superfish' With Bigger Hearts Better Equipped For Climate Change; 'They've Adapted'
Vancouver, British Columbia - Mar 31, 2011 18:56 EST

Populations of Fraser River sockeye salmon are so fine-tuned to their environment that any further environmental changes caused by climate change could lead to the disappearance of some populations, while others may be less affected, says a new study by...
 
Biologists Discover New Nudibranch In Florida Fisherman's Catch
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 31, 2011 18:02 EST

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with scientists from California State Polytechnic University, have identified a new marine species found in the Gulf of Mexico. A scientific publication released Thursday officially announced the discovery of...
 
Scientists: 2,000 Year-Old Deep-Sea Black Corals Call Gulf Of Mexico Home
Santa Cruz, Californai - Mar 30, 2011 17:44 EST

For the first time, scientists have been able to validate the age of deep-sea black corals in the Gulf of Mexico. They found the Gulf is home to 2,000 year-old deep-sea black corals, many of which are only a...
 
Scientists: Arctic Ocean Has Become Less Salty, More Unstable
Bremerhaven, Germany - Mar 29, 2011 16:32 EST

The freshwater content of the upper Arctic Ocean has increased by about 20 percent since the 1990s. This corresponds to a rise of approximately 8,400 cubic kilometers and has the same magnitude as the volume of freshwater annually exported on...
 
Survey: Haiti's Coral Reefs Most Overfished In The World; 'No Food Fish Of Reproductive Age'
Pacific Palisades, California - Mar 28, 2011 20:56 EST

Haiti's coral reefs are the most overfished in the world according to initial survey results by Reef Check, a non-profit organization focused on improving reef health worldwide. The first round of surveys completed on February 7th revealed that almost no...
 
Researchers: Deep-Sea Volcanoes Don't Just Produce Lava Flows, They Also Explode!
Montreal, Quebec - Mar 28, 2011 19:33 EST

McGill geology researchers' discovery of high concentrations of CO2 at mid-ocean ridges confirms explosive nature of certain volcanic eruptions Between 75 and 80 per cent of all volcanic activity on Earth takes place at deep-sea, mid-ocean ridges. Most of these volcanoes...
 
It's A Wrap: Red Tide Human Health Study Completes Decade Of Successful Research
Sarasota, Florida - Mar 27, 2011 19:27 EST

The most cohesive and longest-running scientific study looking at how humans are affected by Florida's red tide officially wrapped up last Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Mote Marine Laboratory during a meeting of the 22 investigators from eight organizations who...
 
Scientists: Urgent Action Needed To Halt Increasing Carbon Emissions From Destroyed, Degraded Coastal Marine Ecosystems
Arlington, Virginia - Mar 27, 2011 19:10 EST

The destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, is leading to rapid and long-lasting emissions of CO2 into the ocean and atmosphere, according to 32 of the world's leading marine scientists. That key conclusion highlights a...
 
Out Of The Money: Cool Conditions Slow Bass Angler Christiana Bradley
Charlotte, North Carolina - Mar 27, 2011 18:10 EST

Like most professionals in attendance, GEICO angler Christiana Bradley was wearing a few extra layers of clothing when she departed Blythe Landing and headed out on Lake Norman Friday morning for the second day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster...
 
Scientists Complete First Broad-Scale Maps Of Life On The Australian Sea-Shelf; 'We Identified 37 Environmental Factors'
Hobart, Tasmania - Mar 27, 2011 17:46 EST

Marine scientists from five research agencies have pooled their skills and resources to compile a directory of life on Australia's continental shelf. They examined the shelf seascape during a three-year program of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Marine Biodiversity Hub. Hub...
 
Lost: WHOI Conducts Latest Search For Air France Flight 447
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Mar 25, 2011 19:24 EST

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is again teaming with French authorities to renew the international search for the deep-sea wreck site of Air France Flight 447 and to retrieve the flight recorders from the Airbus A 330. WHOI will lead...
 
Researchers: Antarctic Icebergs Play A Previously Unknown Role In Global Carbon Cycle, Climate
San Diego, California - Mar 25, 2011 19:12 EST

In a finding that has global implications for climate research, scientists have discovered that when icebergs cool and dilute the seas through which they pass for days, they also raise chlorophyll levels in the water that may in turn increase...
 
Algae, Bacteria Hogged Oxygen After Ancient Mass Extinction, Slowed Marine Life Recovery
Palo Alto, California - Mar 25, 2011 19:04 EST

A mass extinction is hard enough for Earth's biosphere to handle, but when you chase it with prolonged oxygen deprivation, the biota ends up with a hangover that can last millions of years. Such was the situation with the greatest mass...
 
Bass Angler Christiana Bradley Bags Her Limit On Lake Norman, Eyes Bigger Fish On Friday; 'It Was Tough Out There'
Charlotte, North Carolina - Mar 25, 2011 10:40 EST

Blustery winds blew across Lake Norman throughout the opening day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open Thursday, but GEICO angler Christiana Bradley held her own as the only female in a field of 174 professionals. Bradley caught her legal...
 
Angler Robert Pearson In The Hunt At FLW Fishing Tournament; 'We Didn't Mess Up Today'
Anderson, South Carolina - Mar 25, 2011 09:52 EST

As the wind gusted off Lake Hartwell Thursday afternoon, GEICO angler Robert Pearson noted that an Walmart FLW Tour tournament can't be won on the first day, but it sure can be lost. While numerous anglers brought in fewer than the...
 
Bass Angler Robert Pearson Ready For Guessing Game In South Carolina; 'The Fish Are Excited'
Anderson, South Carolina - Mar 24, 2011 19:15 EST

Spring has arrived, and for professional fishermen like Robert Pearson, the level of difficulty in finding and catching fish has arrived, too. The GEICO-sponsored angler fishes this week at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina as part of the Walmart FLW Tour....
 
NOAA, FDA Continue To Re-Test Gulf Seafood And Post Results; Consistently Passing 'By A Wide Margin'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 24, 2011 19:10 EST

NOAA continues to re-test seafood from the Gulf of Mexico to demonstrate to American and worldwide consumers that it is safe to eat, and announced today it will continue this re-testing into the summer. Before waters were opened to fishing,...
 
Study: No Association Between Mercury Exposure And Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease; 'Eating Fish Outweighs Risks'
Boston, Massachusetts - Mar 23, 2011 17:54 EST

Although research has shown that eating fish, which is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, mixed evidence from prior studies has suggested that mercury exposure from fish consumption may be linked to...
 
Lab Records Sounds Of March 11 Japan Earthquake And Aftershocks From Underwater Observatories
Barcelona, Spain - Mar 23, 2011 11:04 EST

The Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB), a unit of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), directed by Professor Michel André, has recorded the sound of the earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, March 11. The recording, now available online, was...
 
Researchers: Fish Become Wary Of Spearfishermen; 'The Fish Tended To Move Off'
Townsville, Queensland - Mar 22, 2011 19:20 EST

Fish are not as dumb as people sometimes think: marine scientists have found that fish that are regularly hunted with spearguns are much more wary and keep their distance from fishers. In investigating the effects of marine areas closed to fishing...
 


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