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Bad Weather Throws Wrinkle Into Plans Underwater Ironing Record Bid; 'Diver Safety Is Paramount'
Kew West, Florida - Apr 30, 2010 20:22 EST

A National Weather Service forecast for strong winds and rough seas has forced organizers of the Key Largo's Extreme Underwater Ironing event to change the date for their wacky activity. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 1, but now...
 
Study: Increased Enforcement Is Cheapest Way To Save Southeast Asia's Coral Reefs From Blast Fishing
Washington, D.C. - Apr 29, 2010 12:06 EST

A new study analyzing the destruction of Southeast Asia's coral reefs by blast fishing finds that an ounce of prevention is indeed better than a pound of cure. The authors of the study in the journal Conservation Letters find that...
 
Study: Melting Sea Ice A Major Cause Of Warming In Arctic; 'Like A Shiny Lid On The Arctic Ocean'
Melbourne, Australia - Apr 28, 2010 21:44 EST

Melting sea ice has been shown to be a major cause of warming in the Arctic according to a University of Melbourne, Australia study. Findings published in Nature today reveal the rapid melting of sea ice has dramatically increased the...
 
Researchers: Asteroid Ice May Be 'Living Fossil' With Clues To Oceans' Origins
Orlando, Florida - Apr 28, 2010 21:29 EST

The first-ever discovery of ice and organic molecules on an asteroid may hold clues to the origins of Earth's oceans and life 4 billion years ago. University of Central Florida researchers detected a thin layer of water ice and organic...
 
Eyeing Iceland: Scientists To Measure Impact Of Volcanic Ash On Ocean Biology
Southampton, U.K. - Apr 27, 2010 20:47 EST

A team led by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, have today set sail from Govan in Scotland towards the region of the North Atlantic Ocean affected by ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption to investigate potential impacts...
 
Scientists: Massive Southern Ocean Current Discovered; 'Carries Dense, Oxygen-Rich Water'
Victoria, Australia - Apr 26, 2010 22:19 EST

In a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, the researchers described the current –more than three kilometers below the Ocean's surface – as an important pathway in a global network of ocean currents that influence climate patterns. "The current carries dense,...
 
Scientists: Ancient Asphalt Domes Found Off California Coast; 'What Oil Looks Like After… 35,000 Years'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 25, 2010 17:16 EST

They paved paradise and, it turns out, actually did put up a parking lot. A big one. Some 700 feet deep in the waters off California's jewel of a coastal resort, Santa Barbara, sits a group of football-field-sized asphalt domes...
 
Noaa Celebrates Stimulus Projects On Earth Day; 'Investing In Nature Through Restoration Pays High Dividends'
Arlington, Virginia - Apr 24, 2010 18:10 EST

As part of Earth Day, The Nature Conservancy welcomes visitors from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to three of its projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Last year, The Nature Conservancy was selected by...
 
Website Launched To Rebut 'Fish Stories' On Misguided 'Mercury Facts'
Williamsburg, Virginia - Apr 23, 2010 19:17 EST

At the "International Mercury Expo 2010" this weekend at the College of William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new website to counter misinformation on 'mercury facts' spread by industry and groups claiming to represent consumers –...
 
Scientists Report Several Different Species Of Killer Whales Likely: Mammal-Eating Vs. Fish And Seal-Eating
Reston, Virginia - Apr 22, 2010 15:14 EST

In a report published today in the journal Genome Research, scientists report finding strong genetic evidence supporting the theory there are several species of killer whales (Orcinus orca, also known as orcas) throughout the world's oceans. Scientists have suspected for some...
 
Scientists: Whale Poop Is Vital To Ocean's Carbon Cycle; 'Huge Amounts Of Iron'
Australian Antarctic Division - Apr 22, 2010 14:47 EST

The important role whale poo plays in the productivity of the Southern Ocean has been revealed in a new study. Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) are looking at how...
 
Catch, Release, Conserve: The Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge A New Model For Sport Fishing Of Vulnerable Predators
North Port, Florida - Apr 21, 2010 21:48 EST

Sport fishing, science, business and humane interests are coming together for the first time in support of a new kind of catch-and-release fishing tournament for sharks that demonstrates that a fishing competition really can support shark protection while providing the...
 
Ironing To Sink To New Depths At Florida Keys Guinness Record Bid; 'Not A Complete Waste Of Time'
Key Largo, Florida - Apr 21, 2010 21:40 EST

While many people only iron clothes under protest, on Saturday, May 1, a group of divers in the Florida Keys plan to attempt it under the sea. Organizers of Key Largo's Extreme Underwater Ironing event anticipate more than 100 divers are...
 
Carbon, Nitrogen Link May Provide New Ways To Mitigate Pollution Problems; 'Same Correlation... Wherever We Looked'
Boulder, Colorado - Apr 21, 2010 21:20 EST

A new study exploring the growing worldwide problem of nitrogen pollution from soils to the sea shows that global ratios of nitrogen and carbon in the environment are inexorably linked, a finding that may lead to new strategies to help...
 
Biologists: Celebrity Manatee 'Ilya' Survived Florida’s Harsh Freeze; 'We Think He Spent The Winter In Southeast Florida'
Reston, Virginia - Apr 20, 2010 21:41 EST

Ilya, an adventurous manatee that wandered as far north as Cape Cod last summer, has recently been sighted at several locations around Miami's Biscayne Bay, confirmed U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists. After a winter of harsh conditions that led to hundreds...
 
First As Oregon Man Sentenced For 'In Stream Work', Habitat Alteration; 'Coho Salmon Are A Gift'
Portland, Oregon - Apr 20, 2010 21:10 EST

U. S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton today announced the conviction of Gary R. West Jr. for unlawfully discharging fill material into a stream, in violation of the Clean Water Act, and illegally taking threatened coho salmon, in violation of the...
 
Researchers: Lionfish Invasion Continuing To Expand; 'Native Fish Literally Don't Know What Hit Them'
Exuma, The Bahamas - Apr 19, 2010 20:42 EST

Their numbers continue to expand. They are spreading throughout the Caribbean Sea. Eradication appears almost impossible. Even limited amounts of control will be extremely difficult, and right now the best available plan is to capture and eat them. Such is the...
 
Scientists: 'Black Box' Opened, Plankton Found To Have Huge Role In Ocean Carbon Fixation
Southampton, U.K. - Apr 16, 2010 19:06 EST

Carbon fixation by phytoplankton in the open ocean plays a key role in the global carbon cycle but is not fully understood. Until now researchers believed that cyanobacteria overwhelmingly accounted for phytoplankton's role in carbon fixation in the open ocean....
 
Florida Lab To Release Turtle After A Year Of Rehabilitation; 'We Like To Give Them A Little Base Tan Before They Go Back To Sea'
Sarasota, Florida - Apr 15, 2010 13:41 EST

A green sea turtle will be released Friday from Lido Beach after nearly a year of care in Mote's Sea Turtle Hospital, which remains over-full due to a recent surge in turtle strandings. The 21-pound juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia...
 
Moray Eel Evolution Baffles Scientists; 'Species Don’t Do That'
St. Louis, Missouri - Apr 13, 2010 22:13 EST

Joshua Reece became interested in moray eels in 2005 when he was applying to the PhD program at the University of Hawai'i. Instead of taking him on a campus tour, his host, Brian Bowen, PhD, a biologist at the university,...
 
DNA Analysis Suggests Whale Meat From Sushi Restaurants Originated From Japan; 'No Other Known Source Of Sei Whales'
Corvallis, Oregon - Apr 13, 2010 21:25 EST

An international team of Oregon State University scientists, documentary filmmakers and environmental advocates has uncovered an apparent illegal trade in whalemeat, linking whales killed in Japan's controversial scientific whaling program to sushi restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, and Los Angeles,...
 
New Mathematical Model Shows How Heat Gives Coral Diseases An Upper Hand; 'There'S A Lag'
Sarasota, Florida - Apr 13, 2010 21:09 EST

One flash of hot summer weather may leave corals ailing for months, according to a new mathematical model based on Mote Marine Laboratory's studies of bacteria living on corals. The findings were recently reported in a study called "How Microbial...
 
Research: Long-Distance Larvae Speed To New Undersea Vent Homes; 'We Got A Surprise'
Woods Hold, Massachusetts - Apr 12, 2010 20:41 EST

Working in a rare, "natural seafloor laboratory" of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other institutions have discovered what they believe is an undersea superhighway carrying...
 
British Scientific Expedition Discovers World'S Deepest Known Undersea Volcanic Vents; 'Awe-Inspiring'
Southampton, U.K. - Apr 12, 2010 20:35 EST

A British scientific expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, known as 'black smokers', 3.1 miles (5000 meters) deep in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. Using a deep-diving vehicle remotely controlled from the Royal Research Ship James...
 
Report: Mangrove Forests In Worldwide Decline, One In Six Face Extinction
Gland, Switzerland - Apr 9, 2010 18:36 EST

More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging, and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the...
 
Researchers: Ancient Supervolcano Created Giant Underwater Mountain Chain
Washington, D.C. - Apr 9, 2010 18:09 EST

The eruptions of "supervolcanoes" on Earth's surface have been blamed for causing mass extinctions, belching large amounts of gases and particles into the atmosphere, and re-paving the ocean floor. The result? Loss of species, increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,...
 
Hawaiian Submarine Canyons Are Hotspots Of Biodiversity And Biomass For Seafloor Animal Communities
Manoa, Hawaii - Apr 7, 2010 20:48 EST

Underwater canyons have long been considered important habitats for marine life, but until recently, only canyons on continental margins had been intensively studied. Researchers from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) have now conducted...
 
Researchers Using Acoustic Broadband To Count Fish In High-Def; 'New Milestones Are In Front Of Us'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 6, 2010 22:56 EST

Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed two advanced broadband acoustic systems that they believe could represent the acoustic equivalent of the leap from black-and-white television to high-definition color TV. For oceanographers, this could mean a major upgrade...
 
Research: Commercial Fishing Estimated To Kill Millions Of Sea Turtles; 'It'S Not A Lost Cause'
Durham, North Carolina - Apr 6, 2010 22:30 EST

The number of sea turtles inadvertently snared by commercial fishing gear over the past 20 years may reach into the millions, according to the first peer-reviewed study to compile sea turtle bycatch data from gillnet, trawl and longline fisheries worldwide. The...
 
Researchers: Medicine Residues May Threaten Fish Reproduction; 'We Are Finding These Levels In Treated Waste Water'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Apr 6, 2010 21:24 EST

Researchers at Umeå University and the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg have discovered that traces of many medicines can be found in fish that have been swimming in treated waste water. One such medicine, the hormone levonorgestrel, was...
 
Nasa Demonstrates Novel Ocean-Powered Underwater Vehicle; 'Not A True Perpetual Motion Machine'
Pasadena, California - Apr 5, 2010 21:31 EST

U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy. The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle uses a novel thermal recharging engine...
 
National Investigation Exposes Fraud In Frozen Seafood Labeling; $23/pound For Ice
Lincoln, Nebraska - Mar 30, 2010 22:06 EST

Consumers and businesses may be paying up to $23 per pound for ice when purchasing frozen seafood products. This according to a national investigation earlier this year that revealed some packers are including the weight of ice glazing in the...
 
Scientists: Ocean Acidification, 'Evil Twin' Of Global Warming, Threatens World Oceans; Another 'Great Dying'?
Brisbane, Australia - Mar 29, 2010 22:34 EST

The rise in human emissions of carbon dioxide is driving fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry and ecosystems of the world's oceans, international marine scientists warned today. "Ocean conditions are already more extreme than those experienced by marine organisms...
 
Urine Spray Signals Sex, Violence To Crayfish; Females Use It As An Aphrodisiac, Males As A Challenge To Fight
Hull, U.K. - Mar 29, 2010 21:21 EST

Walking through urine drives crayfish into an aggressive sexual frenzy. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology suggest that a urine-mediated combination of aggressive and reproductive behavior ensures that only the strongest males get to mate. Fiona Berry and...
 
Researchers Equip Robot Sub With Sensory System Inspired By Blind Fish; 'Snookie' Features Artificial Lateral-Line System
Munich, Germany - Mar 29, 2010 21:07 EST

Clever as a blind fish, the underwater robot "Snookie" can orient itself in murky waters with an artificial sensory organ inspired by the so-called lateral-line system, found in fish and some amphibians. The experimental vehicle was developed by researchers at...
 
The Benthic Storm: Research Shows Underwater Waves Begin Deep; 'They Can Be Up To 80 Meters High In Water Columns'
Perth, Australia - Mar 28, 2010 17:58 EST

In an Australian first, researchers have observed the generation of internal waves flowing hundreds of meters beneath the ocean surface on the North West Shelf. The research - carried out by The University of Western Australia and funded by the Western...
 
Research: Human Introduction Of Non-Native Fish Increased The Average Body Size Of Fish, Altering Aquatic Ecosystems
Paris, France - Mar 27, 2010 18:01 EST

New research has shown that human introduction of fish into rivers over the past 150 years have modified the average body size of fish in many areas of the world. A study conducted by researchers from CNRS, the University of...
 
Atlantis? Oceanographers Find Signs Of Atlantic Disaster 2,000 Years Ago
Kiel, Germany - Mar 25, 2010 14:20 EST

Scientists said Thursday they have discovered evidence that a major natural disaster occurred in the Atlantic Ocean around 2,000 years ago - possibly triggering a monster tsunami. The edge of the African continental shelf broke off and scattered debris over 150,000...
 
Research: Zebrafish Can Regenerate Damaged Heart Muscle; Cellular Grown-Ups Outperform Stem Cells
La Jolla, California - Mar 24, 2010 21:34 EST

Bony fish like the tiny zebrafish have a remarkable ability that mammals can only dream of: if you lop off a chunk of their heart they swim sluggishly for a few days but within a month appear perfectly normal. How...
 
Florida'S Record Cold Leads To Record Number Of Manatee Deaths; 'Of Great Concern'
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 24, 2010 20:46 EST

As of March 19, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) have documented 431 manatee carcasses in state waters so far in 2010. This preliminary data indicates that in just three...
 


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