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Thieving Whale Caught On Video Gives Rare Clues About Hunting Strategy, Sound Production
San Diego, California - May 21, 2009 17:32 EST

For decades scientists have been intrigued by the variety of sounds emitted by sperm whales, partly due to a popular theory that suggests that the sounds might contain information about the animals' size. But historically it has been extremely difficult...
 
First-Ever Global Report On Shellfish Finds 85 Percent Of World's Oyster Reefs Have Vanished
Arlington, Virginia - May 21, 2009 17:01 EST

The Nature Conservancy has released the first-ever comprehensive global report on the state of shellfish at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Washington, DC. The report, which finds that 85 percent of oyster reefs have been lost worldwide, concludes...
 
NOAA: Report Offers In-depth Look At Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Life, Ecosystems
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 2009 16:44 EST

A new NOAA report on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), protected by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, provides the sharpest picture yet of the region's marine life and ecosystems. Prepared by NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, the report, A...
 
Scientists Find Heat-tolerant Coral Reefs That May Resist Climate Change; 'May Be Tougher Than We Thought'
Palo Alto, California - May 20, 2009 20:15 EST

Experts say that more than half of the world's coral reefs could disappear in the next 50 years, in large part because of higher ocean temperatures caused by climate change. But now Stanford University scientists have found evidence that some...
 
'Groundbreaking' Study Of Marine Mammals Brains Reveals Hazardous Cocktail Of Pesticides
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 20, 2009 20:05 EST

The most extensive study of pollutants in marine mammals’ brains reveals that these animals are exposed to a hazardous cocktail of pesticides such as DDTs and PCBs, as well as emerging contaminants such as brominated flame retardants. Eric Montie, the...
 
MSNBC To Feature Florida Shark Expert Discussing Shark Repellent Technology
Key West, Florida - May 20, 2009 19:56 EST

Tune in to MSNBC News on Friday May 22, 2009 to see live coverage of Florida Keys Community College’s Dean of Marine Sciences, Dr. Patrick Rice, as he shows off his pioneering research in shark repellent technology at the new...
 
Prison For Virginia Man Convicted Of Importing And Mislabeling Frozen Catfish
Los Angeles, California - May 20, 2009 19:41 EST

A Virginia man has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy that led to more than 10 million pounds of frozen catfish being imported from Vietnam, but fraudulently labeled and sold in the United...
 
U.S. Navy Grant To Fund Probe Of Squid And Octopus Camouflage; 'A Virtual Reality Machine For The Ocean'
Durham, North Carolina - May 20, 2009 19:28 EST

Octopuses and squid are big brained species that use much of their mental powers to adjust their own appearances. This remarkable ability to camouflage on the fly has inspired the Office of Naval Research to award $7.5 million to Duke...
 
Scientists Use Hydrophones To Find Endangered Right Whales Where Presumed Extinct
Newport, Oregon - May 20, 2009 19:23 EST

Using a system of underwater hydrophones that can record sounds from hundreds of miles away, a team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has documented the presence of endangered North Atlantic right whales...
 
Marine Exploration's Burt Webber And Crew Are Diving For Sunken Treasure In Dominican Republic Waters
Miami, Florida - May 19, 2009 17:58 EST

Marine Exploration, Inc. (OTCBB:MEXP) announces Burt Webber and crew are in Dominican Republic waters diving for sunken treasure. From the R/V Hispaniola, divers are using unique jet propulsion boots while holding hand-held cesium magnetometers in the search for valuable underwater...
 
NOAA Report: Four Fish Stocks Declared Fully Rebuilt; 'A Significant Milestone'
Washington, D.C. - May 19, 2009 17:45 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service reported to Congress today that four stocks — Atlantic bluefish, Gulf of Mexico king mackerel and two stocks of monkfish in the Atlantic — have been rebuilt to allow for continued sustainable fishing. This is the largest...
 
Scientists Identify World's Largest Leatherback Turtle Population; Gabon 'An Important Nesting Site'
Exeter, UK - May 18, 2009 18:40 EST

An international team of scientists has identified a nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, West Africa as the world's largest. The research, published in the May issue of Biological Conservation, involved country-wide land and aerial surveys that estimated a...
 
Scientists Urge World Leaders To Respond Cooperatively To Pacific Ocean Threats; 'We Must Work Together'
Palo Alto, Califronia - May 15, 2009 18:11 EST

More than 400 leading scientists from nearly two-dozen countries have signed a consensus statement on the major threats facing the Pacific Ocean. The threats identified as the most serious and pervasive include overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change. "This is...
 
May 27th: Vandenberg Sink Date Set; 'Weather And Other Unforeseen Circumstances' Could Delay
Key West, Florida - May 15, 2009 12:43 EST

Project organizers, coordinating the transformation of a retired missile-tracking ship into an artificial reef off Key West, said Friday they hope to sink the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg May 27. "Our sink window opens Wednesday, May 27, and that's the date...
 
Sea Level Rise Threat From West Antarctica Less Than Previously Believed
Bristol, UK - May 14, 2009 16:56 EST

The potential contribution to sea level rise from a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have been greatly overestimated, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Scientists estimate global sea level would rise 3.3 metres,...
 
Shark-Repellent Metal Alloys Available For Sale; 'Able To Reduce Shark Bycatch'
Key West, Florida - May 14, 2009 16:53 EST

SharkDefense Technologies and HEFA Rare Earth Canada, Co. Ltd. announced today that shark-repellent metal alloys are available for sale. The metal alloys are proven to reduce the accidental capture of sharks and are anticipated to benefit many commercial fishing operations. The...
 
Scientists: West Coast Red Urchins Genetically Differentiated; 'There Is No Mixing'
San Diego, California - May 13, 2009 18:11 EST

Despite having one of the longest larval periods of any of the common marine invertebrates, red sea urchins appear genetically differentiated along the west coast of North America. It is the first time scientists have detected any population structure in...
 
WWF: Catastrophic Loss Of Coral Predicted For World's Richest Reefs By End Of Century
Washington, D.C. - May 13, 2009 18:05 EST

Coral reefs could disappear entirely from the Coral Triangle region of the Pacific Ocean by the end of the century, threatening the food supply and livelihoods for about 100 million people, according to a new study from World Wildlife Fund....
 
Unprecedented Gift Assures Florida Keys Diving Education Program; 'Will Touch The Lives Of Thousands'
Key West, Florida - May 13, 2009 18:02 EST

At a time where cut-backs are the norm, Florida Keys Community College is able to announce monumental expansions and improvements to its diving program, thanks to an unprecedented $1 million bequest. The Florida Keys Educational Foundation, a direct-support...
 
Natural Petroleum Seeps Release Equivalent Of 80 Exxon Valdez Oil Spills; 'What Really Is The Ultimate Fate?'
- May 13, 2009 17:55 EST

A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is the first to quantify the amount of oil residue in seafloor sediments that result from natural petroleum seeps off Santa...
 
Study: Surprising New Pathway For North Atlantic Circulation; 'More Difficult To Measure Climate Signals'
Falmouth, Massachusetts - May 13, 2009 17:40 EST

Oceanographers have long known that the 20-year-old paradigm for describing the global ocean circulation– called the Great Ocean Conveyor – was an oversimplification. It’s a useful depiction, but it’s like describing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a catchy tune. The conveyor belt...
 
Scientists Build Near Complete Collection Reef-building Coral; Eye Sequencing Organism's Entire Genome
Austin, Texas - May 11, 2009 20:04 EST

A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals...
 
NOAA Researchers: Blue Whales Re-establishing Former Migration Patterns
Washington, D.C. - May 11, 2009 19:48 EST

Scientists have documented the first known migration of blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska since the end of commercial whaling in 1965. In the scientific journal Marine Mammal Science,...
 
Study: High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along US West Coast Revealed; 'Every Single Spot'
Washington, D.C. - May 11, 2009 19:17 EST

Climate change, fishing and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. "Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National...
 
Scientists Propose New Rules Save The World's Coral Reefs; 'Ecological Connectivity Is Critically Important'
Queensland, Australia - May 11, 2009 19:04 EST

An international team of scientists has proposed a set of basic rules to help save the world's imperiled coral reefs from ultimate destruction. Their proposal is being unveiled at the World Ocean Conference 2009 in Manado, Indonesia, where leaders of six...
 
Officials: Vandenberg To Sink Between May 26 And June 1; 'We Want To Provide Ample Time For Completion'
Key West, Florida - May 11, 2009 12:16 EST

Project organizers, coordinating the conversion of a retired missile-tracking ship into an artificial reef off Key West, have narrowed the timeframe for the scuttling of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. We are now looking at a scheduled sink date between Tuesday,...
 
Jellyfish: Far From Passive Drifters-in-the-Currents; 'Biomixing' Churning Waters, Nutrients
Merced, California - May 8, 2009 18:16 EST

If you were to snorkel just before dawn at the popular tropical Pacific destination Jellyfish Lake, you'd have lots of company: millions of golden jellyfish, known to scientists as Mastigias papua, mill around the western half of the lake, waiting...
 
Florida Homeless Man Arrested In Case Of Sea Turtle Egg Poaching
Palm Beach, Florida - May 8, 2009 17:05 EST

Information gleaned from an early morning traffic stop in Palm Beach on Friday resulted in a multi-agency effort and race against the clock to save more than 100 sea turtle eggs. A police officer, from the Town of Palm Beach, conducting...
 
Research: Winter Disappearing Act Of Basking Sharks Explained; 'A Great Source Of Debate' Since 1954
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 7, 2009 17:30 EST

Researchers have discovered where basking sharks – the world's second largest fish – hide out for half of every year, according to a report published online on May 7th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The discovery revises scientists'...
 
Research: Timing Key For Shrimp Populations In The North Atlantic; Early Indicator Of Changes In Climate, Ecosystems
Washington, D.C. - May 7, 2009 16:55 EST

Even for Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis), which support commercial fisheries worldwide, timing is everything in life. The tiny creatures, eaten in shrimp rolls and shrimp salad, occupy a pivotal role in the oceanic food chain and may serve as early...
 
Again: Florida Fisherman Bucky Dennis Reels In 'Record' 1,000-Pound Hammerhead Shark
Boca Grande, Florida - May 7, 2009 14:28 EST

A Florida fisherman may have set a world record when he reeled in a massive 1,000-plus pound shark off the Florida coast. Bucky Dennis of Port Charlotte in southwest Florida caught the hammerhead in Boca Grande, near Tampa, Tuesday morning. Amazingly, he...
 
Study: 'Sobering' Decline Of Caribbean Big Fish; Loss Of Predators May Have 'Surprising And Unanticipated Effects'
Tallahassee, Floirida - May 7, 2009 08:24 EST

Sharks, barracuda and other large predatory fishes disappear on Caribbean coral reefs as human populations rise, endangering the region's marine food web and ultimately its reefs and fisheries, according to a sweeping study by researcher Chris Stallings of The Florida...
 
New Ocean Data Improves Search And Rescue Ability; Probable Paths Of Drifting Craft, Floating Victims Available
- May 6, 2009 18:03 EST

A new set of ocean observing data that enhances the ability to track probable paths of victims and drifting survivor craft should improve search and rescue efforts along the U.S. coast. The data comes from the Integrated Ocean Observing System...
 
A Dent In The Iron Hypothesis: Plankton Blooms Found Do Not Send Atmospheric Carbon To The Deep Ocean
Berkeley, California - May 6, 2009 17:57 EST

Oceanographers Jim Bishop and Todd Wood of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have measured the fate of carbon particles originating in plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean, using data that deep-diving Carbon Explorer floats collected around...
 
Marine Scientists Return From Expedition To Erupting Undersea Volcano; 'the Ground In Front Of Us Shuddered And Quaked'
Arlington, Virginia - May 5, 2009 17:43 EST

Scientists who have just returned from an expedition to an erupting undersea volcano near the Island of Guam report that the volcano appears to be continuously active, has grown considerably in size during the past three years, and its activity...
 
Study: Climate Change Threatens Lake Baikal's Unique Biota; Reduced Ice Cover Impacts Diatoms
Boston, Massachusetts - May 4, 2009 18:43 EST

Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience. The...
 
U.S. Commerce Secretary Extends 2008 Disaster Declaration Due To Poor Salmon Returns
Washington, D.C. - May 4, 2009 18:27 EST

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said today he was extending the 2008 West Coast salmon disaster declaration for California and Oregon in response to expected poor salmon returns to the Sacramento River, which have led to management reducing commercial salmon...
 
24 27' N, 81 44' W: Locator Map Released For The Proposed Vandenberg Artificial Reef Site Off Key West
Key West, Florida - May 4, 2009 18:13 EST

The locator map of the proposed Vandenberg Artificial Reef site off Key West, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, has been released. The coordinates of the proposed site are 24 27' N, 81 44' W, which is...
 
Threat Of Dogfish Sharks Unite Commercial And Recreational Fishermen From Maine To North Carolina
Trenton, New Jersey - May 4, 2009 18:00 EST

An unprecedented alliance of commercial, recreational and party/charter boat fishermen and associated businesses has formed Fishermen Organized for Rational Dogfish Management (FORDM) to deal with a looming crisis. FORDM has requested assistance from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, newly appointed National Oceanic...
 
Industry: Mercury Study Misleads Americans About Seafood And Health; 'Levels In Actual Fish Aren't Increasing'
Washington, D.C. - May 3, 2009 19:03 EST

A new study about mercury in the Pacific Ocean is completely irrelevant to consumers who eat tuna and other marine fish, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) said today. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, whose work was published today...
 
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