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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...
 
Sea Algal Antifreeze Makes Inroads Into Ice; 'Productivity Is Expected To Increase In A Warming Climate'
Seattle, Washington - Mar 3, 2011 14:34 EST

Sea-ice algae the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability. The same gel-like mucus secreted by...
 
International Fishing Fleet Caught Landing Shark Fins At Puntarenas Public Dock; 'The System Is Working'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Mar 3, 2011 11:12 EST

Yesterday, Incopesca fisheries inspectors discovered the international longline fishing vessel Hung Chi Fu XII landing shark fins at a public dock in Puntarenas-a blatant violation of Article 40 of the Fisheries Law that states that fins must be attached to...
 
New, Jaguar-Like Species Of Catfish Discovered In The Amazon; 'Very Hard To Find'
Belem, Brazil - Mar 2, 2011 19:09 EST

A series of expeditions to explore the unknown biodiversity of the forests of the northern margin of the Amazon River in Brazil yielded a new species of catfish, researchers from Brazil announced today. Published in the journal Zootaxa in January,...
 
New Stingray Genus Discovered In The Amazon; 'they Are Uncommon Fishes And Therefore Difficult To Obtain'
Toronto, Ontario - Mar 2, 2011 18:03 EST

A biologist from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has discovered a new kind of tropical freshwater stingray. Nathan Lovejoy, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UTSC, is co-author on a new study detailing the discovery of...
 
Bass Angler Robert Pearson Facing Tough Conditions, Daunting Odds; 'the Guys Who Are Mentally Tough Will Break Through'
Rogers, Arkansas - Mar 2, 2011 15:13 EST

The next few days on Beaver Lake is lining up to be some of the toughest in the career GEICO bass angler Robert Pearson. The Walmart FLW Tour is making its annual stop in Arkansas March 3-6 and water conditions are...
 
Guy Harvey Calls For Bahamas Shark Fishing Ban 'Before It Is Too Late'
Nassau, The Bahamas - Mar 1, 2011 22:05 EST

Dr. Guy Harvey, world-renowned scientist and marine wildlife artist, has joined the growing ranks of individuals and organizations calling for strict regulations to ban the commercial fishing of all sharks in The Bahamas. In support of the program, Dr.Harvey is...
 
Shark Tracking Reveals Impressive Feats Of Navigation‎; 'They Know Where They Are Going'
Gainesville, Florida - Mar 1, 2011 21:54 EST

Some shark species are able to navigate to specific locations up to 50km away, a new study published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology has found. Re-analysing tracking data from tagged sharks, ecologists found that while some...
 
Scientists Track Great Hammerhead Shark Migration; 'An Extraordinary Large Movement In A Short Amount Of Time'
Miami, Florida - Feb 28, 2011 22:21 EST

A study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science details the first scientific research to successfully track a great hammerhead shark using satellite tag technology. Rosenstiel Schhol Research Assistant Professor Neil Hammershlag...
 
Researchers Discover How Mercury Gets Into Fish We Eat: Oxidation
Jerusalem, Israel - Feb 28, 2011 21:10 EST

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the US have discovered the mechanism whereby dangerous mercury eventually finds its way into the fish we eat from the open seas and oceans. The researchers, Prof. Menachem Luria from the Fredy...
 
Scottish Government Sanctions Cull Of Over 1,000 Seals; 'Three Seals Shot Every Single Day Is Too High A Price'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Feb 25, 2011 18:09 EST

The Scottish Government has published details on it's website of the number of seals that can be killed this year under the new seal licensing scheme introduced under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. Under the new scheme, 65 licenses have...
 
$10,00 Tickets Still Available For Voyage To Pacific Garbage Gyre; 'You'll Earn Your Sea Legs'
Long Beach, California - Feb 24, 2011 15:24 EST

Environmentalists, researchers and adventure-seekers are being offered the rare opportunity to join one of the world's leading marine research organizations on its next high-seas expedition in search of plastic marine pollution, July 7 through 27, 2011. Algalita Marine Research Foundation has partnered...
 
Stranded Dolphin Rescued From The Wild Ready For New Home At Zoo; 'Taz Has Been A Wonderful Little Patient'
Sarasota, Florida - Feb 24, 2011 09:00 EST

The young bottlenose dolphin brought to Mote after stranding on a sandbar off Sanibel Island will soon be moving to a new permanent home. "Taz," a male dolphin estimated to be about 6 months old at stranding, was brought to Mote's...
 
Tiny Water Flea Has Large Effect On Lake Huron; 'A Key Predator On Zooplankton'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Feb 23, 2011 19:00 EST

An invasive species, the spiny water flea, is likely a primary driver of changes in Lake Huron's food web over the past decade, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The USGS research suggests that consumption of prey by...
 
Oldest Fossils Of Large Seaweeds, Worm-Like Animals Tell Story Of Ancient Oxygen; 'Preserved In Pristine Condition'
Arlington, Virginia - Feb 23, 2011 18:33 EST

Almost 600 million years ago, before the rapid evolution of life forms known as the Cambrian explosion, a community of seaweeds and worm-like animals lived in a quiet deep-water niche near what is now Lantian, a small village in south...
 
Analysis: 75% Of World's Coral Reefs Currently Under Threat From Local, Global Pressures; 'A Wake-Up Call'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 23, 2011 18:24 EST

A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures. For the first time, the analysis includes threats from climate change, including warming seas and rising ocean acidification. The...
 
Semporna May Have Richest Marine Biodiversity In The World; Fish Species Counts Rival The Philippines, Greater Than Indonesia
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Feb 23, 2011 18:12 EST

The preliminary results of the Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition (December 2010) indicate that Semporna may have the world's highest marine biodiversity. The expedition yielded a record number of 43 species of mushroom corals. Furthermore, some new species were discovered, among...
 
NOAA Begins National Survey Of The Economic Contributions Of Saltwater Angling
Silver Spring, Maryland - Feb 22, 2011 18:22 EST

NOAA is again surveying saltwater anglers across the nation to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the U.S. economy. "The money that millions of recreational anglers spend on fishing trips each year...
 
International Consortium Formed To Study Fertilizing Oceans With Iron; 'An Important First Step'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Feb 22, 2011 18:08 EST

The University of Rhode Island is helping to create an international oceanographic consortium to study the potential affects of fertilizing the oceans with iron in an effort to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and mitigate the...
 
Scientists Observe: Krill Do It Deep In The Southern Ocean; 'Chase', 'Probe', 'Embrace', 'Flex' And 'Push'
Kingston, Tasmania - Feb 21, 2011 22:10 EST

In a world first, the sex life of Antarctic Krill in the wild has been caught on camera revealing the shrimp-like creatures are able to mate deeper in the ocean than previously thought. Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division have used...
 
Reunion Island Surfer Attacked By Shark, Loses Leg; 'Sharks Are Unpredictable'
Saint-Denis, Reunion - Feb 20, 2011 17:44 EST

A surfer has lost his leg in a shark attack off the western shore of Reunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. The attack occurred Saturday at 6 pm at Three Rocks, Saint-Gilles, in an area...
 
Archaeologists: Irish Medieval Fishing Site Will Be 'Lost To The Tide'
Dublin, Ireland - Feb 18, 2011 22:47 EST

One of Europe's best preserved medieval fishing structures located on the Fergus Estuary in County Clare, Ireland, will be washed away by tidal flows before archaeologists can reveal its secrets. A team of University College Dublin archaeologists who have been visiting...
 
Researchers: Fishing Down Food Web Leaves Fewer Big Fish, More Small Fish In Past Century
Vancouver, British Columbia - Feb 18, 2011 22:41 EST

Predatory fish such as cod, tuna, and groupers have declined by two-thirds over the past 100 years, while small forage fish such as sardine, anchovy and capelin have more than doubled over the same period, according to University of British...
 


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