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NOAA Lists Shipwreck Joffre On National Register Of Historic Places; Landed Over 15 Million Pounds Of Fish
Washington, D.C. - Mar 3, 2009 16:31 EST

The wreck of an early 20th century fishing vessel that represents technological changes in New England’s fishing industry has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The 105-foot...
 
Oldest Fossil Brain Found In Kansas And Imaged In France; 'It Is Really Bizarre'
Paris, France - Mar 2, 2009 20:46 EST

When Alan Pradel of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris CAT scanned a 300-million-year-old fossilized iniopterygian from Kansas, he and his colleagues saw a symmetrical blob nestled within the braincase. This turned out to be the oldest brain found...
 
Silent Diving Systems Recalls Uncrimped Scuba Diving Hoses Over Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C. - Feb 27, 2009 18:24 EST

Silent Diving Systems is recalling about 820 scuba diving hoses because of a drowning hazard. The diving hoses may have been made without crimps, which can allow gas to leak or water to enter into the re-breather unit of the scuba...
 
Study: Commercial Ships Spew Half As Much Particulate Pollution As World's Cars; 'A Significant Health Concern'
Boulder, Colorado - Feb 27, 2009 17:27 EST

Commercial ships emit almost half as much particulate pollutants into the air globally as the total amount released by the world's cars, according to a new study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado...
 
Kiwi Study: Scat And Regurgitate Reveal Seals Eating Fish With Little Or No Commercial Value
Wellington, New Zealand - Feb 26, 2009 14:07 EST

Every so often departmental staff are asked the question: ‘Are seals to blame for reduced fish catch?’ A recent study, undertaken by the Department of Conservation (DOC) has looked at the diet of New Zealand fur seals/kekeno around Banks Peninsula,...
 
Researchers Expose Sherlock Holmes Of The Marine World; 'Physiological Basis For Color Vision'
Brisbane, Australia - Feb 25, 2009 21:27 EST

Scientists from The University of Queensland have revealed a coral reef fish has been successfully living incognito by using its colour-changing ability. Lead author of the study Dr Karen Cheney, from UQ's School of Biological Sciences, said the blue-striped fangblenny...
 
Fossilized Fish Shows Sex Began 380 Million Years Ago; 'Concrete Evidence For Vivparity'
London, England - Feb 25, 2009 20:49 EST

A 380-million-year-old fossil fish that shows an unborn embryo and umbilical cord has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Nature. The extremely rare specimen shows incredible detail. The umbilical cord is attached to an area of small bones, corresponding to...
 
Research: Oceanic Seesaw Links Northern And Southern Hemisphere During Abrupt Climate Change
Cardiff, Wales - Feb 25, 2009 18:44 EST

Very large and abrupt changes in temperature recorded over Greenland and across the North Atlantic during the last Ice Age were actually global in extent, according to an international team of researchers led by Cardiff University. New research, published in the...
 
Great Lake's Sinkholes Host Exotic Ecosystems; 'Materials From 400 Million Years Ago'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 24, 2009 22:18 EST

Researchers are exploring extreme conditions for life in a place not known for extremes. As little as 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface of Lake Huron, the third largest of North America's Great Lakes, peculiar geological formations—sinkholes made by water...
 
Psychedelica: DNA Evidence Is In, Newly Discovered Species Of Fish Named
Seattle, Washington - Feb 24, 2009 22:06 EST

"Psychedelica" seems the perfect name for a species of fish that is a wild swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes and behaves in ways contrary to its brethren. So says University of Washington's Ted Pietsch, who is the first...
 
Researchers Studying Spiny Dogfish, Gulf Of Maine's Mini Shark; 'We Need To Understand Their Basic Life History'
Durham, New Hampshire - Feb 24, 2009 21:41 EST

For such a small shark species, there seems to be super-sized confusion about its population status. But for researchers at the University of New Hampshire, one thing is clear — definite changes have occurred to spiny dogfish shark populations in...
 
Barreleye: Researchers Solve Mystery Of Deep-sea Fish With Tubular Eyes And Transparent Head
Monterey, California - Feb 23, 2009 18:22 EST

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently solved the half-century-old mystery of a fish with tubular eyes and a transparent head. Ever since the "barreleye" fish Macropinna microstoma was first described in 1939, marine biologists have known that...
 
Beginning Of The End As Vandenberg Undergoes Final Cleanup, Inspections Before Trip To Key West
Key West, Florida - Feb 23, 2009 18:08 EST

After an almost nine-month stall, a Key West artificial reef project is back on course. The 524-foot Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is undergoing final cleanup and inspections, so it can be towed to Key West for a planned scuttling in the...
 
Florida Biologists Use Magnets To Keep Nuisance Crocodiles Away, Break The 'homing' Cycle
Miami, Florida - Feb 23, 2009 17:59 EST

Magnets usually attract, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want magnets to do just the opposite. FWC biologists are studying if magnets can keep state-endangered American crocodiles from returning to situations where they are not welcome,...
 
WWF: Philippines Fishers Face Collapse And Food Security Threat From Live Fish Trade; 'Highly Overfished'
Palawan, The Philippines - Feb 23, 2009 17:51 EST

The livelihoods of more than a hundred thousand people in the Philippines are under threat with the trade in live reef fish destined for the seafood restaurants of Hong Kong and mainland China facing imminent collapse. A summit on sustainable...
 
Japanese Corals Change Sexes On The Sea Floor; 'Males Are Less Expensive To Maintain'
Tel Aviv, Israel - Feb 20, 2009 18:18 EST

Trees do it. Bees do it. Even environmentally stressed fish do it. But Prof. Yossi Loya from Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology is the first in the world to discover that Japanese sea corals engage in "sex switching" too. His...
 
World's First Electronic Water Monitoring Network Begins Tests In Florida's Indian River Lagoon
Fort Pierce, Florida - Feb 20, 2009 18:14 EST

The world's first network of ORCA's Kilroy water monitoring systems, the newest conservation tool being developed by the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) to provide more accurate water quality data than conventional sampling methods, will begin initial monitoring tests...
 
Scientists Find Black Gold Amidst Overlooked Data; Oil Seeping From Seafloor Found With 'Sun Glints'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Feb 20, 2009 18:09 EST

About half of the oil in the ocean bubbles up naturally from the seafloor, with Earth giving it up freely like it was of no value. Likewise, NASA satellites collect thousands of images and 1.5 terrabytes of data every year,...
 
Lake Michigan Fish Populations Threatened By Thriving Junk Food Mussel, Decline Of Nutritious Tiny Shrimp
Washington, D.C. - Feb 19, 2009 16:03 EST

The quick decline of a tiny shrimp-like species, known scientifically as Diporeia, is related to the aggressive population growth of non-native quagga mussels in the Great Lakes, say NOAA scientists. As invasive mussel numbers increase, food sources for Diporeia and...
 
Shark Bite Recession: Economy Implicated As 2008 Shark Attack Numbers Slump To Five-year Low; Long-Term Rise Expected
Gainsville, Florida - Feb 19, 2009 14:09 EST

The recession may be responsible for a slump of a different sort: an unexpected dive in shark attacks, says a University of Florida researcher. Shark attacks worldwide in 2008 dipped to their lowest level in five years, a sign that...
 
Curious Gold 'Flowerette' Artifact Discovered On Santa Margarita Shipwreck
Key West, Florida - Feb 18, 2009 21:24 EST

The crew of Keith Webb’s Blue Water Ventures Key West, joint-venture partners of Mel Fishers Treasures, have discovered the first gold treasure of the 2009 search and recovery season, a gold “flowerette” of jewelry, and an intriguing square of decorative...
 
Link Determined Between Unexploded Munitions In Oceans And Cancer-causing Toxins
Athens, Georgia - Feb 18, 2009 21:10 EST

During a research trip to Puerto Rico, ecologist James Porter took samples from underwater nuclear bomb target USS Killen, expecting to find evidence of radioactive matter – instead he found a link to cancer. Data revealed that the closer corals...
 
Bigger, Better 'Super Abs' Raised On Macroalgae; 'Diet Drives The Way Animals Taste And The Way They Look'
San Diego, California - Feb 18, 2009 20:59 EST

If you are looking for ways to improve farmed red abalone growth rates, their shell color, or even taste, you may want to consider supplementing the animals’ diet with some red algae. Mike Graham, a seaweed ecologist at Moss Landing Marine...
 
NASA Unveils 'One-stop' Hurricane Web Page; 'Hurricanes Can Be Scary'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Feb 17, 2009 20:55 EST

Hurricanes and tropical cyclones develop in various places around the world all year 'round, and NASA's Hurricane/Tropical Cyclone Web page covers them. The web page offers daily storm updates and satellite images, latest research, stunning video animations, educational tools, scientist...
 
Study: Historical Photographs Expose Decline In Florida's 'Trophy' Fish; 'Large Fish More Abundant In The Past'
San Diego, California - Feb 17, 2009 20:49 EST

A unique study by a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has provided fresh evidence of fishing's impact on marine ecosystems. Scripps Oceanography graduate student researcher Loren McClenachan accessed archival photographs spanning more than five decades...
 
Marine Scientists To Assess Environment Before Offshore Drilling Begins In 'Sensitive' U.S. Arctic Waters
Austin, Texas - Feb 17, 2009 20:29 EST

Through a $2.9 million, three-year grant from the Minerals Management Service (MMS), a team led by University of Texas at Austin marine scientists will assess the biological and chemical conditions on the seabed of the Chukchi Sea before the area...
 
When Fish Farms Are Built Along The Coast, Where Does The Waste Go? Solution 'Not Dilution'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 15, 2009 19:28 EST

If you are a fish eater, it's likely that the salmon you had for dinner was not caught in the wild, but was instead grown in a mesh cage submerged in the open water of oceans or bays. Fish farming,...
 
NOAA: No Detectable Impact From Humans On Hurricanes; Simulations Point To Stronger, Fewer Hurricanes
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:15 EST

Research so far on global warming and Atlantic hurricanes indicates: It is premature to conclude that human activity--particularly greenhouse warming--has had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricanes, and Model simulations indicate that 21st century greenhouse warming may lead to greater...
 
German National Charged In U.S. Federal Court With Smuggling 40 Tons Of Coral From The Philippines
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:07 EST

Gunther Wenzek, a German national, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., on a nine count indictment charging him with three felony counts of smuggling protected coral into the United States port of Portland, Ore., three...
 
Research: Hundreds Of Identical Species Thrive In Both Arctic, Antarctic; 'We See Life Everywhere'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:01 EST

Earth's unique, forbidding ice oceans of the Arctic and Antarctic have revealed a trove of secrets to Census of Marine Life explorers, who were especially surprised to find at least 235 species live in both polar seas despite a distance...
 
Antibiotic Resistance: A Rising Concern In Marine Ecosystems; Threats As Well As Cures Found In The Ocean
Washington, D.C. - Feb 13, 2009 18:10 EST

A team of scientists, speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, called for new awareness of the potential for antibiotic-resistant illnesses from the marine environment, and pointed to the marine realm as...
 
Researcher: Warming To Shift Fish Towards The Poles 25 Miles Per Decade
Vancouver, British Columbia - Feb 12, 2009 18:10 EST

A University of British Columbia researcher put a number to the impact of climate change on world fisheries at today’s Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. A team of researchers from UBC’s Sea...
 
Research: Seamounts May Serve As Refuges For Deep-sea Animals That Struggle To Survive Elsewhere
Moss Landing, California - Feb 11, 2009 20:50 EST

Over the last two decades, marine biologists have discovered lush forests of deep-sea corals and sponges growing on seamounts (underwater mountains) offshore of the California coast. It has generally been assumed that many of these animals live only on seamounts,...
 
NASA Ocean-Observing Satellites Begin Tandem Tango; 'The Goal Is To Map Global Ocean Current'
Pasadena, California - Feb 11, 2009 20:35 EST

What's true for television screens and digital images also applies to satellite data. The more resolution, the better. When the two ocean-observing satellites OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-1 begin their tandem mission in February, they'll be flying in a new configuration designed...
 
NOAA Sea Grant Seeks To De-Fund Scientist For Advocacy; Anti-Oil Industry Bias Seen To 'Cause Problems Nationally'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 11, 2009 08:55 EST

A well-respected University of Alaska marine scientist will have his federal funding cut after a top National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration official complained about his "advocacy" on behalf of marine conservation, according to documents released today by Public Employees for...
 
Scientists Uncover A Dramatic Rise In Sea Level And Its Broad Ramifications; 21 Meters Higher 400,000 Years Ago
Washington, D.C. - Feb 10, 2009 21:59 EST

Scientists have found proof in Bermuda that the planet's sea level was once more than 21 meters (70 feet) higher about 400,000 years ago than it is now. Their findings were published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews Wednesday, Feb....
 
Study: 'Miiddle Class' Coral Reef Fish Feel The Economic Squeeze; 'Socio-economics Can Influence Reef Fisheries'
New York, New York - Feb 10, 2009 21:51 EST

The economy isn't just squeezing the middle class on land, it's also affecting fish. According to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, researchers discovered a surprising correlation between "middle class" communities in Eastern Africa and low...
 
Research: Mama Whales Teach Babies Where To Eat; 'What Are Whales Going To Do With Global Warming'
Salt Lake City, Utah - Feb 9, 2009 21:08 EST

University of Utah biologists discovered that young "right whales" learn from their mothers where to eat, raising concern about their ability to find new places to feed if Earth's changing climate disrupts their traditional dining areas. "A primary concern is, what...
 
Study: Carbon Acts Like Rustoleum Around Hydrothermal Vents; 'Iron Doesn't Behave As We Had Expected'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 9, 2009 20:19 EST

The cycling of iron throughout the oceans has been an area of intense research for the last two decades. Oceanographers have spent a lot of time studying what has been affectionately labeled the Geritol effect ever since discovering that the...
 
Divers Alert Network Adds Real-time Travel Intelligence Offering; 'Better Than An Entire Library Of Travel Books'
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 9, 2009 17:24 EST

The new year brings new benefits from Divers Alert Network (DAN) to all DAN America Members, and first on the list is the WorldcuePlanner™ Real-Time Travel Intelligence Resource®. The same travel resource used by top government officials, corporate executives...
 


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