Florida: 337 Document Manatee Deaths In 2008, Slightly Lower Than 5-year Average
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 5, 2009 22:42 EST
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 337 manatee carcasses in state waters in 2008. The low number of red tide-related mortalities last year helped the number of documented manatee deaths...
Study: Can Nature's Leading Indicators Presage Environmental Disaster?
Madison, Wisconsin - Jan 5, 2009 21:56 EST
Economists use leading indicators — the drivers of economic performance – to take the temperature of the economy and predict the future.
Now, in a new study, scientists take a page from the social science handbook and use leading indicators of...
UnderwaterTimes.com's Weirdest Underwater Stories Of 2008
Miami, Florida - Dec 29, 2008 16:25 EST
What do mutant catfish, Robbie Williams, Chinese fish urinals, a lucky lizard and topless fishing all have in common? They all made the list of the weirdest underwater stories from 2008.
The year's weird underwater news proved once again that...
Massive Coral Bleaching Could Decimate SE Asia’s Coral Triangle This Winter
Washington, D.C. - Dec 19, 2008 18:17 EST
Potentially widespread and severe coral bleaching is predicted this winter, which could cause immense damage to some of the world's most important marine environments including the Coral Triangle of SE Asia and the Western Pacific, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)...
Federal Government Considers Ban On Imported Swordfish To Protect Marine Mammals
San Francisco, California - Dec 15, 2008 21:45 EST
The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that it is considering banning the imports of foreign swordfish until exporting countries can provide proof that their fishing practices are equally protective of marine mammals — including whales, dolphins, and sea lions —...
NOAA: Ships Must Slow Down To Protect North Atlantic Right Whales
Washington, D.C. - Dec 8, 2008 21:11 EST
Ships in southeastern Atlantic and mid-Atlantic U.S. waters must slow down to protect endangered right whales starting this week.
A landmark regulation going into effect on Dec. 9 will require ships 65 feet or longer to travel at 10 knots...