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Research: High Carbon Dioxide Levels Cause Abnormally Large Fish Ear Bones; Departure From 'normality Is An Abnormality'
San Diego, California - Jun 25, 2009 15:29 EST

Rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean have been shown to adversely affect shell-forming creatures and corals, and now a new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has shown for the first time that...
 
Research: Close Relationship Between Past Warming And Sea-level Rise; C02 Suggests 25 Meter Sea Level Rise
Tübingen, Germany - Jun 25, 2009 15:20 EST

In a paper in Nature Geoscience, a team from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), along with colleagues from Tübingen (Germany) and Bristol presents a novel continuous reconstruction of sea level fluctuations over the last 520 thousand years. Comparison of...
 
Study: Third Of Open Ocean Sharks Threatened With Extinction By Overfishing; 'Virtually Unprotected On The High Seas'
Gland, Switzerland - Jun 24, 2009 21:46 EST

The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 percent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. The percentage...
 
Scientists At Florida University Collaborate With Egypt To Advance Marine Research In The Red Sea
Miami, Florida - Jun 24, 2009 20:54 EST

Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU Pledge to Cooperate on Oceanographic Research and Education--Scientists will work jointly to advance marine research in the Red Sea. Florida Atlantic University and the Egyptian Ministry...
 
'Bycatch' Whaling A Growing Threat To Coastal Whales Off Japan, Korea; $100,000 For A Minke
Newport, Oregon - Jun 23, 2009 22:01 EST

Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of whales killed as fisheries "bycatch" is threatening coastal stocks of minke whales and other protected...
 
How Can The World's Fisheries Be Sustainable? 'One Of The Most Important Natural Assets To Humankind'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Jun 22, 2009 21:51 EST

According to the most recent report on the status of the world's fisheries by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, fisheries supply at least 15% of the animal protein consumed by humans, provide direct and indirect employment for nearly...
 
Scientists Study Subseafloor Sediment In South Pacific Gyre; 'We Deliberately Went Where No One Ever Goes'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Jun 22, 2009 21:28 EST

An international oceanographic research expedition to the middle of the South Pacific Gyre – a site that is as far from continents as it is possible to go on Earth's surface – found so few organisms beneath the seafloor that...
 
Polar Bear And Walrus Populations In Trouble: Federal Studies Show Tenuous Future For Arctic Icons
Anchorage, Alaska - Jun 22, 2009 18:19 EST

Today, responding to a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released long-overdue reports documenting the status of polar bears and Pacific walrus in Alaska. The reports confirm that polar bears in Alaska are declining and that Pacific walrus...
 
Serial Killers: Geographic Profiling Applied To Track Hunting Patterns Of Great White Sharks In South Africa
Virginia Key, Florida - Jun 22, 2009 08:52 EST

Predation is one of the most fundamental and fascinating interactions in nature, and sharks are some of the fiercest predators on Earth. However, their hunting pattern is difficult to study because it is rarely observed in the wild. As a...
 
Scientists: Water Snake Startles Fish Right Into Its Jaws; 'The Fish Can't Turn Back'
Nashville, Tennessee - Jun 19, 2009 18:08 EST

Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East Asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn...
 
NOAA: Gloucester Seafood Auction Forced To Shut Down For 10 Days Following Sanction
Washington, D.C. - Jun 19, 2009 17:47 EST

NOAA today sent the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction a letter notifying it that in accordance with a 2003 settlement agreement, it is required to refrain from buying, possessing or selling federally regulated fish for 10 consecutive days if they cannot...
 
NOAA Forecast Predicts Large 'Dead Zone' For Gulf Of Mexico This Summer
Washington, D.C. - Jun 19, 2009 17:38 EST

A team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan is forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this summer could...
 
Scientists: Fishing Gear Ban Could Help Save World's Coral Reefs From Climate Change
Townsville, Queensland - Jun 18, 2009 13:51 EST

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world’s coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change. An international team of scientists led by Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre...
 
Florida Leads The Nation In Freshwater Turtle Conservation; 'This Is The Right Thing To Do'
Crystal River, Florida - Jun 17, 2009 17:58 EST

Florida soon will have the strongest conservation measures for the harvest of freshwater turtles in the country as a result of a vote taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday in Crystal River. The FWC...
 
Dive Safety Campaign Aims To Encourage Safety, Reduce Deaths During Florida Lobster Season
Miami, Florida - Jun 17, 2009 17:56 EST

Earlier today, representatives from the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) and the Divers Alert Network (DAN), joined officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for a press conference at the...
 
Research: Controversial New Theory Says Ocean Currents May Control Earth's Magnetic Field
Chicago, Illinois - Jun 17, 2009 17:45 EST

400 years of discussion and we’re still not sure what creates the Earth’s magnetic field, and thus the magnetosphere, despite the importance of the latter as the only buffer between us and deadly solar wind of charged particles (made up...
 
Study: Rising Acidity Levels Could Trigger Shellfish Revenue Declines, Job Losses
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 17, 2009 17:35 EST

Changes in ocean chemistry — a consequence of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industrial activity — could cause U.S. shellfish revenues to drop significantly in the next 50 years, according to a new study by researchers at the...
 
Study: Common Fish Species Has 'Human' Ability To Learn; 'Brain Size Isn't Everything'
Durham, North Carolina - Jun 16, 2009 21:58 EST

Although worlds apart, the way fish learn could be closer to humans' way of thinking than previously believed, suggests a new research study. A common species of fish which is found across Europe including the UK, called the nine-spined stickleback, could...
 
Study: Global 'Geoengineered' Sunscreen Won't Save Corals; 'All Sorts Of Risks'
Palo Alto, California - Jun 16, 2009 19:04 EST

Emergency plans to counteract global warming by artificially shading the Earth from incoming sunlight might lower the planet's temperature a few degrees, but such "geoengineering" solutions would do little to stop the acidification of the world oceans that threatens coral...
 
Mercury In Mackenzie River Delta Dramatically Higher Than Previously Believed; 'Northern Communities Vulnerable'
Edmonton, Canada - Jun 16, 2009 19:01 EST

University of Alberta researchers conducting a water study in the Mackenzie River Delta have found a dramatically higher delivery of mercury from the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean than determined in previous studies. Researcher Jennifer Graydon analyzed water in the...
 
$8 Million Aquarium Opens On Vancouver Island; 'Our Ocean Lives Here'
Sidney, British Columbia - Jun 15, 2009 21:35 EST

The vibrant underwater world of the Salish Sea, on Canada's Pacific Coast, will be revealed in the seaside town of Sidney, B.C. when the new $8-million Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre opens this weekend. Thousands of fish, invertebrates, and marine plant life will...
 
Ocean Sediment Yields Climate Record For Past Half-million Years; 'Unprecedented Among Marine Records'
Columbus, Ohio - Jun 15, 2009 21:16 EST

Researchers here have used sediment from the deep ocean bottom to reconstruct a record of ancient climate that dates back more than the last half-million years. The record, trapped within the top 20 meters (65.6 feet) of a 400-meter (1,312-foot) sediment...
 
Michigan Researchers Discover Caribou Hunting Structures Under The Surface Of Lake Huron
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Jun 15, 2009 21:05 EST

University of Michigan researchers recently announced the groundbreaking discovery of archaeological remains under the surface of Lake Huron — the first such find on the bottom of the Great Lakes. The researchers found caribou hunting structures and camps preserved 100 feet...
 
Loggerhead That Checked Itself Into Florida Turtle Hospital Checks Out After Ten Week Stay
Marathon Key, Florida - Jun 15, 2009 20:39 EST

A loggerhead sea turtle, that was ill and coincidentally found its own way to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, was released Sunday off the Florida Keys. Staff members of The Turtle Hospital saw the turtle swimming near a dock, just 20...
 
'Jellyfish Joyride' A Threat To The Oceans; 'Fish Normally Keep Jellyfish In Check'
- Jun 14, 2009 18:46 EST

New research led by CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and University of Queensland scientist, Dr Anthony Richardson, presents convincing evidence that this 'jellyfish joyride' is associated with over-fishing and excess nutrients from fertilisers and sewage. "Dense jellyfish aggregations can be a...
 
Bahamas Resort And Scientist Partner On Shark-Free Marina Initiative; 'Action Is Required On Every Level'
Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas - Jun 12, 2009 18:07 EST

To combat the unnecessary killing of sharks, The Shark-Free Marina Initiative (SFMI) launched last month with support from researchers and marinas around the world. The Cape Eleuthera Institute's (CEI) Shark Program, led by Edd Brooks, is now an advisor to...
 
Florida Shark Fin Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegally Trafficking In Fins From Protected Species
Washington, D.C. - Jun 12, 2009 17:57 EST

Mark L. Harrison, a resident of Southport, Fla., and Harrison International LLC, a Florida corporation, today pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law, by dealing in shark...
 
Research: Fish Show Evolution Can Occur In Less Than Ten Years
Riverside, California - Jun 11, 2009 16:23 EST

How fast can evolution take place? In just a few years, according to a new study on guppies led by UC Riverside’s Swanne Gordon, a graduate student in biology. Gordon and her colleagues studied guppies — small fresh-water fish biologists have...
 
Odyssey Motion Granted To File Objections In 'Black Swan' Treasure Case; 'I Have Confidence In Our Legal System'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 11, 2009 11:13 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration has announced that U.S. Federal Court Judge Steven Merryday has granted Odyssey's Motion for Extension of Time to Respond to Report and Recommendation. He will allow...
 
Hatchery Fish May Hurt Efforts To Sustain Wild Salmon Runs; 'The Data Are Now Pretty Clear'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jun 10, 2009 22:11 EST

Steelhead trout that are originally bred in hatcheries are so genetically impaired that, even if they survive and reproduce in the wild, their offspring will also be significantly less successful at reproducing, according to a new study published today by...
 
Scientists Discover Methylmercury Contamination In Groundwater; 'Surprisingly High Levels'
Santa Cruz, California - Jun 9, 2009 21:35 EST

For the first time, scientists detect a highly toxic form of mercury in groundwater flows at two coastal sites in California. The UC Santa Cruz researchers who led the NOAA California Sea Grant-funded project believe these flows represent a significant and...
 
Swimming With The Sharks: Interview With Vivian Toro, One Of Stuart Cove's Female Shark Feeders
Nassau, That Bahamas - Jun 9, 2009 21:25 EST

One of the few things you won’t see on the average person's resume, even dive resume, is 'Shark Feeder.' Yet everyday, one of Stuart Cove's dive staff does just that. Under the watchful eye of Stuart Cove and his senior...
 
Florida Governor Proclaims June 27 – July 3 As Dive Flag Awareness Week; 'It's Time Folks Pay Attention'
Tallahassee, Florida - Jun 9, 2009 21:15 EST

In the past five years, 22 divers in Florida’s waters have been killed or injured after a boat struck them. Many of these incidents could have been avoided had the boaters been on the lookout for divers-down flags, or if...
 
World Ocean Day: UN Secretary General Warns World's Oceans Need Rescue From Human Carelessness
New York, New York - Jun 8, 2009 22:51 EST

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the first United Nations World Oceans Day with a warning of the “terrible toll” human activity exacts on the world’s oceans and seas, with a new report highlighting the threat of the rising tide of...
 
Odyssey Provides Additional Update On 'Black Swan' Treasure Case; 'Judges Are Not Infallible'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 8, 2009 22:24 EST

Since the announcement of the Magistrate's recommendation in the "Black Swan" case, intense international media coverage has led to many questions that Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. would like to address. What was this recent court filing by the Magistrate? This...
 
Fossil Shark And Seal Bone Bed Helps Reconstruct Life Along California's Ancient Coastline
Berkeley, California - Jun 8, 2009 22:14 EST

In the famed Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed near Bakersfield, Calif., shark teeth as big as a hand and weighing a pound each, intermixed with copious bones from extinct seals and whales, seem to tell of a 15-million-year-old killing ground. Yet, new...
 
Researchers Dive Into Ancient Greek Treasure; 'This Site Is Of Rare International Archaeological Importance'
Nottingham, U.K. - Jun 8, 2009 21:56 EST

Archaeologists from Britain's University of Nottingham and Greece's Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture are using digital equipment to unlock the mystery behind the ancient Greek town of Pavlopetri, thought to be the oldest submerged town in...
 
Video Released Of Underwater Photographer In Amazing Encounter With Humpback Whales Off Tonga
Carle Place, New York - Jun 8, 2009 21:42 EST

Author and underwater photographer Paul J. Mila has released a four-and-half minute video clip showing Pacific humpback whales playing with divers, and then attempting to make contact with them, in Tonga. Mila took still-photos of the encounters, while Rob Barrel,...
 
Canadian-based UN Coral Reef Expert Dr. Peter Sale Honored At World Meeting In Australia
Perth, Australia - Jun 4, 2009 14:10 EST

World experts meeting in Australia have presented a Canadian-based UN coral reef specialist with a distinguished award for his lifetime of achievement in marine research. Peter Sale, Assistant Director for Coastal Zones at the United Nations University's International Network on Water,...
 
Florida Treasure Hunters Lose Court Battle, Ordered To Turn Over 17 Tons Of Gold And Silver To Spain; 'We Will Object'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 4, 2009 09:24 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration has announced plans to file a written objection to the U.S. Federal Court Magistrate's recommendation that Spain's Motion to Dismiss the "Black Swan" case be granted and that...
 
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