Study: Fish Mega-shoals Could Be World's Biggest Animal Group
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mar 26, 2009 18:29 EST
For the first time, MIT engineers and colleagues have observed the initiation of a mass gathering and subsequent migration of hundreds of millions of animals — in this case, fish.
The work, conducted using a novel imaging technique, "provides information essential...
Researcher: Hippos More Closely Related To Whales, Not Pigs
Calgary, Canada - Mar 19, 2009 18:15 EST
Hippos spend lots of time in the water and now it turns out (or researchers argue), they are the closest living relative to whales. It also turns out, the two are swimming in a bit of controversy.
Jessica Theodor, an associate...
Study: Human-generated Sounds May Kill Fish; 'Immediate Death' For Some
College Park, Maryland - Mar 12, 2009 15:09 EST
Anthropogenic, or human generated, sounds have the potential to significantly affect the lives of aquatic animals - from the individual animal's well-being, right through to its reproduction, migration and even survival of the species. According to a study entitled "The...
SeamountsOnline Portal Launches As One Stop-shop For Seamount Managers And Researchers
San Diego, California - Mar 12, 2009 14:30 EST
A free online portal is providing deep-sea researchers and managers with new tools for finding and accessing information on the biological communities that live on seamounts (undersea mountains), facilitating improved management of seamount resources, and conservation of seamount habitat.
NOAA Public Service Announcement: 'Don't Feed Wild Dolphins'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 11, 2009 22:21 EST
“Just stop feeding me!” says an animated dolphin in a new public service announcement released today that highlights the dangers of dolphins getting hooked on human handouts. The PSA was produced by a coalition of government agencies and private organizations.
New Tracking Tags Are Providing Fish-eye Views Of Ways To Manage Depressed Fisheries
Ithaca, New York - Mar 11, 2009 22:00 EST
New tracking and observing technologies are giving marine conservationists a fish-eye view of conditions, from overfishing to climate change, that are contributing to declining fish populations, according to a new study.
Until recently, scientists provided fishery managers only such limited data...
Study: Septic Tanks Affect Coastal Water Quality; 'It Is What We Expected'
Palo Alto, California - Mar 11, 2009 21:29 EST
California Sea Grant researchers have strong evidence that septic tanks in Northern California are leaking nitrogen and phosphate into coastal waters that can trigger algal blooms.
Reporting in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, they report finding elevated levels of these “nutrients”...
Three Louisiana Fishers Face Fines, Jail For Having 85 Sharks On Their Boat
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Mar 4, 2009 12:42 EST
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for allegedly possessing over the limit of shark on Feb. 19.
Agents stopped a commercial fishing vessel for license compliance during a National Marine Fisheries Service joint enforcement...