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The Pool Is Open: Divers Descend On The Vandenberg; 'It's The World's Best Wreck Dive'
Key West, Florida - Jun 1, 2009 22:06 EST

A retired Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary opened Saturday, May 30, to the public. The 523-foot-long Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is situated about seven miles south of Key...
 
Dolphin's Death Concludes Mote's Longtime Study Of Its Life; 'We Will All Miss This Old Girl'
Sarasota, Florida - May 29, 2009 17:56 EST

A female wild dolphin monitored for 38 years by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program based at Mote Marine Laboratory died May 22, leaving behind two documented generations of offspring to continue her legacy. Waterfront residents found the 46-year-old dolphin — known...
 
Massachusetts Man Indicted For Trafficking In Illegally-Imported Sperm Whale Teeth
Washinton, D.C. - May 29, 2009 17:40 EST

A Massachusetts man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with crimes related to the illegal importation and illegal trafficking of sperm whale teeth, the Justice Department announced today. On May 13, 2009, a federal grand jury sitting in...
 
Study: Height Of Large Waves Changes According To Month; 'Not The Same Height In Winter And Summer'
Madrid, Spain - May 29, 2009 16:34 EST

"Anybody who observes waves can see that they are not the same height in winter and summer, but rather that their height varies over time, and we have applied a 'non- seasonal' statistical model in order to measure extreme events...
 
Vandenberg Artificial Reef Open On Saturday For Diving; 'We Waited For It A Real Long Time'
Key West, Florida - May 29, 2009 15:38 EST

The new Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg artificial reef is scheduled to open to the public Saturday morning, project officials said Friday. The installation of mooring buoys was completed Thursday, according to Kent Edwards, Lower Keys regional manager of the Florida Keys...
 
Non-toxic Hull Coating Resists Barnacles, May Save Ship Owners Millions; 'Very Promising'
Raleigh, North Carolina - May 28, 2009 17:50 EST

North Carolina State University engineers have created a non-toxic "wrinkled" coating for use on ship hulls that resisted buildup of troublesome barnacles during 18 months of seawater tests, a finding that could ultimately save boat owners millions of dollars in...
 
Studies Shed Light On Collapse Of Coral Reefs; Biologists 'Starting To Think More Outside The Box'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 28, 2009 15:41 EST

An explosion of knowledge has been made in the last few years about the basic biology of corals, researchers say in a new report, helping to explain why coral reefs around the world are collapsing and what it will take...
 
Satellite Breakthrough Made In Assessing Marine Phytoplankton Health; 'Until Now We've Really Struggled'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 28, 2009 15:28 EST

Researchers from Oregon State University, NASA and other organizations said today that they have succeeded for the first time in measuring the physiology of marine phytoplankton through satellite measurements of its fluorescence – an accomplishment that had been elusive for...
 
Melting Greenland Ice Sheets May Threaten Northeast United States, Canada; Impacts 'This Century'
Boulder, Colorado - May 27, 2009 18:53 EST

Melting of the Greenland ice sheet this century may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and in Canada, according to new research...
 
'A Gift To History': The 'Vandenberg' Slips Below The Waves As The Second-largest Intentionally Sunk Ship; Sinking Picture Gallery
Key West, Florida - May 27, 2009 18:28 EST

Thirteen years in the making, the plan to sink the decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” finally came to fruition today. At 10:24 a.m. EST, cutting charges were detonated and ship quickly sank below the waves 114 seconds...
 
'Vandenberg' Artificial Reef Successfully Deployed Off Key West, Florida; 523-foot-vessel Sinks In 114 Seconds
Key West, Florida - May 27, 2009 17:37 EST

The highly anticipated placement of the world’s second-largest ex-military ship as an artificial diving and fishing reef, near Key West, is finally a reality. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked closely with its many project partners to...
 
Spectacular Deep-water Coral Province Discovered Off Ireland's West Coast
Galway, Ireland - May 26, 2009 19:40 EST

NUI Galway researchers, during a recent deep-water expedition, have confirmed the existence of a major new coral reef province on the southern end of the Porcupine Bank off the west coast of Ireland. The province covers an area of some...
 
Four Angel Sharks Born At San Francisco Aquarium; 'We're Thrilled To Have These Rare Births'
San Francisco, California - May 26, 2009 17:57 EST

Keeping in line with the pupping season for many local shark species, Aquarium of the Bay welcomed the births of four Pacific Angel Sharks in its Under the Bay exhibit today. Aquarium of the Bay is the only nature center...
 
Shark-free Marinas Initiative Launched To Reduce Worldwide Shark Mortality; Fishermen Urged 'To Start Releasing Their Catch'
San Diego, California - May 25, 2009 20:21 EST

Shark-Free Marinas has a singular purpose, to reduce worldwide shark mortality. Today the not-for-profit company launches its strategy which intends to prevent the deaths of millions of vulnerable and endangered species of shark. The initiative aims to win over the...
 
Ocean Life In Olden Days: Researchers Upend Modern Notions Of 'Natural' Animal Sizes, Abundance
- May 24, 2009 19:03 EST

Before oil hunters in the early 1800s harpooned whales by the score, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today - according to one of several astonishing reconstructions...
 
Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, Featured On ABC's Good Morning America Weekend TV Shows
New York, New York - May 22, 2009 17:02 EST

Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America Weekend Adventure segment aired 5/17/09. Stuart Cove was interviewed and spoke about his famous Shark Dive Adventure at his Nassau, Bahamas operation. Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is one of...
 
Second Season Ordered As River Monsters Hooks Viewers; Animal Planet's Highest Rated Series Ever
New York, New York - May 22, 2009 16:55 EST

Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS, hosted by extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade, reeled in an average of more than a million households (1.05M) across its seven premiere episodes, making it the best-performing series in network history. The series averaged more...
 
Vandenberg Fact Summary; Sinking Set For May 27th Off Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2009 10:32 EST

The decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” will sail on its final voyage, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. It is scheduled to be sunk as an artificial reef the following day. Vandenberg Fact summary What: Sinking of the former USAF Gen....
 
Special Security Precautions Announced For Vandenberg Sinking Off Key West
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2009 09:57 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other law enforcement agencies will escort the decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” on its final voyage, Tuesday, May 26, weather permitting. The following day, the ship will slip beneath...
 
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...
 
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