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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 Donít 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 UmeŚ 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...
 
Suit Filed To Protect Habitat For California's Endangered Black Abalone; 'On The Cusp Of Extinction'
San Francisco, California - Mar 24, 2010 20:31 EST

Today the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Obama administration for failing to designate critical habitat for the endangered black abalone, an edible shellfish once common in Southern California tide pools that has declined by 99 percent since the 1970s....
 
Dr. William Hamner Awarded The 2009 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award
Monterey, California - Mar 24, 2010 20:18 EST

The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) today (March 23, 2010) announced the 2009 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. William M. Hamner Ph.D. This award is presented annually to an individual from the scientific diving community who has made...
 
Scientists: One Shot And Fish Forget Their Fears
Hiroshima, Japan - Mar 23, 2010 20:39 EST

Imagine if your fear of spiders, heights or flying could be cured with a simple injection. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Behavioral and Brain Functions suggests that one day this could be a reality. The cerebellum, an...
 
Noaa Takes Steps To Assure Fair And Effective Enforcement, Protect Resources
Washington, D.C. - Mar 23, 2010 18:55 EST

NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco today outlined specific steps the agency has taken and will take to assure that NOAA has an effective and fair enforcement program to protect fisheries and other marine resources that sustain the jobs and economic...
 
Researchers: Increased Human Population Is Leading To Sick Turtles
Queensland, Australia - Mar 22, 2010 21:49 EST

University of Queensland researchers have discovered that one of the effects of increased human population is stress being placed on the environment leading to sick turtles. Staff from the Veterinary Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation (Vet-MARTI) unit within the School...
 
Scientists Warn: Eu Fishing Discard Ban Could Damage Sea Bird Success; 'Research Is Needed'
Leeds, U.K. - Mar 22, 2010 19:02 EST

A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers at the University of Leeds. New research led by Dr Keith Hamer will assess...
 
U.N.: Unsafe Water Kills More People Than War; 'An Affront To Our Common Humanity'
Nairobi, Kenya - Mar 22, 2010 18:56 EST

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water...
 
Accelerometer Tags Help Scientists Expose Shark Mating Behaviors; 'Thrashing, Barrel Rolls, Headstands'
Sarasota, Florida - Mar 22, 2010 17:58 EST

Motion sensors like those used in smart phones are helping to reveal how sharks spend each moment in the wild, say Mote Marine Laboratory scientists who were the first to use such sensors to classify mating and other behaviors in...
 
Oceanographer: Nitrous Oxide Emitting Aquatic 'Dead Zones' Contributing To Climate Change
Cambridge, Maryland - Mar 20, 2010 17:45 EST

The increased frequency and intensity of oxygen-deprived "dead zones" along the world's coasts can negatively impact environmental conditions in far more than just local waters. In the March 12 edition of the journal Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental...
 
Report Finds Delta Water Pumping Restrictions To Protect Fish 'Scientifically Justified'
San Francisco, California - Mar 19, 2010 19:13 EST

The National Academy of Sciences today released a peer-review report that validates recent federal “biological opinions” and federal actions, particularly seasonal reductions in water pumping, to protect endangered fish species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. “The Academy of Sciences report confirms...
 
Iceland Illegally Exporting Whale Meat To The European Union; 'Riding Roughshod Over International Law'
London, England - Mar 18, 2010 19:54 EST

Icelandic government records state that the country is exporting meat from slaughtered whales to Latvia and Denmark, as well as Japan - in defiance of international law and a global whaling ban. Data from Statistics Iceland, the source for official Icelandic...
 
Scientists Rush To Examine Seafloor Off Chilean Coast Following Earthquake; 'This Is A Unique Case'
San Diego, California - Mar 18, 2010 19:16 EST

Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will explore the earthquake rupture site of the Feb. 27 massive 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history. Scripps scientists hope to capitalize on a unique scientific...
 
Researcher: Seven Unprovoked Shark Attacks Along U.S. Pacific Coast In 2009; Attacks Trending Up Sharply
Los Angeles, California - Mar 18, 2010 19:06 EST

Shark attacks are trending up for the U.S. Pacific Coast according to new statistics released today by the Los Angeles-based Shark Research Committee. According to Ralph Collier, who heads research for the Shark Research Committee, the average number of...
 
Jaws B.C.: 4 Million-Year-Old Shark Attack Reconstructed; 'The Only Evidence To Go On Was The Bite Marks'
Pisa, Italy - Mar 17, 2010 19:00 EST

It might sound like a mashup of monster movies, but palaeontologists have discovered evidence of how an extinct shark attacked its prey, reconstructing a killing that took place 4 million years ago. Such fossil evidence of behavior is incredibly rare,...
 
Researchers: 'Pregnant' Fish Fathers Abort Babies Of Unsexy Females; 'Males Tend To Seek Out Larger Females'
College Station, Texas - Mar 17, 2010 18:26 EST

Male pipefishes and their seahorse cousins are the only males that actually become pregnant and give birth, but pipefishes likely will never win any Father of The Year awards – their attitude towards their offspring can range from total love...
 


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