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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...
 
Researcher: Lake Tahoe Native Fish Population Declines Sharply, Invasives On The Rise; 'The Numbers Are Alarming'
Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Mar 22, 2011 18:57 EST

In a lakewide study, a team of scientists lead by University of Nevada, Reno limnologist Sudeep Chandra has found a considerable decline in native fish species density at Lake Tahoe since 1951. In their final report, they are recommending establishing...
 
Lake Scientist Stephen Carpenter Gets World's Top Water Prize; 'So Many Great People Have Received This Award'
Madison, Wisconsin - Mar 22, 2011 18:35 EST

Noted University of Wisconsin-Madison limnologist Stephen Carpenter has been awarded the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize, the world's most prestigious award for water-related activities, it was announced in Stockholm, Sweden today (Tuesday, March 22). The award, which comes with $150,000 and a...
 
Researchers: Huge Ocean 'Frisbees' Spin Off Brazil's Coast 'Bigger, Faster, And Taller' Than Previously Thought
Miami, Florida - Mar 21, 2011 18:20 EST

As the North Brazil Current (NBC) moves northward along the northeastern coast of Brazil, it draws water from the South Equatorial Current and the freshwater outflow from the Amazon River, providing a source for warm, nutrient-rich water. Just northwest of...
 
One Fish, Two Fish … Reef Fish: Marine Biologists Tackle Fish Counting Conundrum
Miami, Florida - Mar 21, 2011 18:14 EST

Marine biologists have solved a conundrum that has stumped them for years – how to count reef fish. It may sound simple, but the task is actually complex and critical in helping to evaluate the state of our oceans, coral...
 
Groups: U.S. Government Fails To Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles By Legal Deadline; 'It Is Disgraceful'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 17, 2011 14:44 EST

The U.S. government failed to meet its legal deadline Wednesday for issuing a final rule providing additional protections for loggerhead sea turtles, whose populations have faced severe declines over the past decade. The rule is required as a result of...
 
Global Warming Was More Common 50m Years Ago; 'Hyperthermal' Events Triggered By Deep Ocean Carbon Dioxide Releases
San Diego, California - Mar 17, 2011 14:24 EST

Bursts of intense global warming that have lasted tens of thousands of years have taken place more frequently throughout history than previously believed, according to evidence gathered by a team led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers....
 
Study Provides New Tool To Monitor Coral Reef 'Vital Signs'
Miami, Florida - Mar 17, 2011 14:16 EST

University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science scientist Chris Langdon and colleagues developed a new tool to monitor coral reef vital signs. By accurately measuring their biological pulse, scientists can better assess how climate change and...
 
Commerce Secretary Announces Additional Reforms To Overhaul NOAA's Law Enforcement System
Washington, D.C. - Mar 17, 2011 11:25 EST

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that he would allow fishermen and businesses until May 6, 2011 to submit complaints about potentially excessive enforcement penalties to the Special Master for review, as well as request stays of their penalties...
 
Report: Sonar Linked To Beaked Whale Strandings; 'Stopped Foraging Prematurely And Made Unusually Long And Slow Ascents'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Mar 16, 2011 17:34 EST

Scientists have long been aware of a link between naval sonar exercises and unusual mass strandings of beaked whales. Evidence of such a link triggered a series of lawsuits in which environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy to limit sonar...
 
Damage Done: Two Tropical Cyclone Names Retired From List Of Atlantic Storms
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 16, 2011 17:23 EST

Two tropical cyclone names in the Atlantic were retired from the official name rotation by the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee because of the deaths and damage they caused in 2010. The committee issues the list of potential names for...
 
Pro Angler Christiana Bradley Finishes Mid-Pack In LAPR Tournament; 'Fishing Has It's Ups And Downs'
Woodbridge, Virginia - Mar 16, 2011 14:39 EST

GEICO pro angler Christiana Bradley showed up to Leesylvania State Park for this past weekend's 2011 Potomac River Bass Series event with high hopes, but dicey conditions made the fish hard to find and she wound up 18th overall with...
 
Researchers Reveal That Sharks Are Hygienic; 'An Important Life Function Which Is Easily Disturbed By Man'
Bangor, Wales - Mar 15, 2011 22:36 EST

Scientists at Bangor University have shown for the first time, that sharks visit shallow tropical reefs or 'seamounts', to benefit from cleaning services and rid themselves of cumbersome parasites. The strategy is risky however, since by being there,...
 
Canadian Government Invests In Geoduck Clam Industry; 'This Promotion Is Absolutely Necessary'
Ottawa, Ontario - Mar 15, 2011 21:49 EST

The Government of Canada is investing $195,000 to help the Underwater Harvesters Association increase exports of Canadian geoduck clams, announced the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, Prince Edward Island. "The geoduck clam...
 
Dr. Peter Mumby To Receive Prestigious 2011 Rosenstiel Award For Work On Coral Reef Conservation Strategies
Miami, Florida - Mar 14, 2011 18:00 EST

The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is proud to announce that Dr. Peter Mumby is the 2011 recipient of The Rosenstiel Award, one of the School's top honors. Mumby, a British marine ecologist and professor...
 
Biologist Wins Waterman Award, To Launch 'Shovel-Ready Project' To Collect Rare Deep Ocean Siphonophores
Providence, Rhode Island - Mar 14, 2011 17:30 EST

A Brown University biologist who uses sophisticated genomic and computational techniques to learn about little-known animals that help show how complex multicellular organisms, including humans, were formed, has been named the 2011 recipient of the National Science Foundation's Alan T....
 
Scientists: Nassau Grouper Showing Signs Of Recovery Since Caymans Islands Protections
Corvallis, Oregon - Mar 14, 2011 12:32 EST

Scientists studying the Nassau grouper, an iconic Caribbean reef fish decimated by over-fishing, say it is showing tentative signs of recovery off the Cayman Islands since the government there imposed protective restrictions eight years ago. However, their research also shows that...
 
Study: Extent And Speed Of Lionfish Spread In U.S. Waters Unprecedented; 'Nothing Like This Has Been Seen Before'
Gainsville, Florida - Mar 14, 2011 12:24 EST

The rapid spread of lionfish along the U.S. eastern seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean is the first documented case of a non-native marine fish establishing a self-sustaining population in the region, according to recent U.S. Geological Survey studies. "Nothing...
 
Atlantis Found? New Documentary Highlights Professor's Efforts To Locate Fabled Lost City
Hartford, Connecticut - Mar 12, 2011 18:56 EST

Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, a team of experts (led by University of Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund) has been surveying marshlands in Spain to...
 
Study Reveals Widespread Plastic Ingestion By Fish; 'Tons Of Plastic Are Floating In Our Oceans'
Long Beach, California - Mar 11, 2011 18:50 EST

New research unveiled publicly today indicates possible widespread ingestion of plastic by fish in the world's oceans, a finding that could prove troubling to the marine food chain and the world's commercial fisheries. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation of Long...
 
Pro Angler Robert Pearson 3 Ounces Short Of Tournament Money; 'We Learned A Lot'
Rogers, Arkansas - Mar 10, 2011 14:53 EST

As frustrating as a missed three-foot putt, GEICO pro angler Robert Pearson ended his experience at the Walmart FLW Tour stop at Beaver Lake just three ounces out of the money with a two-day total of 12-pounds, 7-ounces. Fighting chilling temperatures,...
 
Study: Shallow-Water Shrimp Tolerates Deep-Sea Conditions; 'Probably Inherited From An Ancestral Species'
Southampton, U.K. - Mar 10, 2011 13:57 EST

By studying the tolerance of marine invertebrates to a wide range of temperature and pressure, scientists are beginning to understand how shallow-water species could have colonized the ocean depths. Scientists believe that climate changes at various at various times during Earth's...
 
Research: Weed-Eating Fish May Be Vital To Saving The World's Coral Reefs; 'We Are Seeing A Fundamental Change'
Cairns, Australia - Mar 9, 2011 21:38 EST

Preserving an intact population of weed-eating fish may be vital to saving the world's coral reefs from being engulfed by weed as human and climate impacts grow. A new study by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef...
 
Researchers To Examine Effects Of Shipping Containers Lost At Sea; 'Stepping Stones Between Ports, Highways Of Debris'
Moss Landing, California - Mar 9, 2011 20:31 EST

Each year, an estimated 10,000 shipping containers fall off container ships at sea. Although many of these containers float at the surface for months, most eventually sink to the seafloor. No one knows what happens to these containers once they...
 
Follow The Robotic Leader: Researcher Reveals Robot Fish Can Trick The Real Thing
New York, New York - Mar 8, 2011 21:59 EST

Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new adhesives, clues from the natural world often lead to advances in our...
 
First Census Finds Surprisingly Few White Sharks Off Central California Coast; 219 'A Real Surprise'
Davis, California - Mar 8, 2011 21:13 EST

In the first census of its kind, research led by UC Davis and Stanford University found that there are far fewer white sharks off central California than biologists had thought. The study, published today in the journal Biology Letters, is the...
 
Japan-Based Conservation Organization Kicks Off Inaugural Philippine Shark Study Tour
Tokyo, Japan - Mar 7, 2011 20:37 EST

PangeaSeed, a Japan-based nonprofit conservation organization, is kicking off its inaugural Philippine shark study tour 26 March ‐10 April 2011. PangeaSeed in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines and the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project will host...
 
Huge New Marine Protected Area For Cocos Islands Offers Hope For Endangered Sharks And Sea Turtles
Arlington, Virginia - Mar 4, 2011 17:42 EST

A massive new marine protected area around Cocos Island is a beacon of hope for ocean health and human well-being in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, and will offer endangered marine species such as hammerhead sharks and leatherback turtles, as well...
 


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