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Florida Regulators Approve New Rules For The Harvest Of Aquarium Species
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb 9, 2009 09:55 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday, Feb. 5, approved a series of rule amendments for the marine life (aquarium species) fishery. These rules are intended to enhance the FWC’s existing marine life regulations to help...
 
FDA Reports Show Unapproved Chemicals Used By Largest Chilean Salmon Farms
Washington, D.C. - Feb 8, 2009 18:31 EST

The Pew Environment Group recently acquired documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealing that three Chilean salmon farming companies, including the two largest producers of farmed salmon, used a number of drugs not approved by the U.S....
 
A Zen Discovery: Unrusted Iron In Ocean; 'The Least Well Understood Major Metabolic Pathway'
Los Angeles, California - Feb 8, 2009 17:27 EST

Iron dust, the gold of the oceans and rarest nutrient for most marine life, can be washed down by rivers or blown out to sea or – a surprising new study finds – float up from the sea floor. The discovery,...
 
Legal Issues Cleared As Vandenberg Moves To Shipyard For Final Cleanup Before Sinking Off Key West
Norfolk, Virginia - Feb 6, 2009 18:38 EST

After an almost nine-month stall, a Key West artificial reef project is back on course, after tugboats shifted the 524-foot Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg 1/8-mile from Colonna's Shipyard to W3 Marine Friday morning. The former missile tracking ship will be evaluated...
 
Scientists Present New Equation For Seawater; TEOS-10 'Well Received By The Scientific Community'
Virginia Key, Florida - Feb 5, 2009 15:54 EST

Seawater is a complex, dynamic mixture of dissolved minerals, salts, and organic materials that despite scientists best efforts, presents difficulties in measuring its potential to contain and disperse energy. Like the water itself, the calculations scientists employ to measure seawater...
 
Researchers: After Collapse Of Antarctic Ice Sheet, Sea Level Rise Around North America Higher Than Expected
Toronto, Ontario - Feb 5, 2009 15:49 EST

University of Toronto geophysicists have shown that should the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse and melt in a warming world – as many scientists are concerned it will – it is the coastlines of North America and of nations in...
 
Study: Countries In Africa, South America And Asia Will Suffer The Most As Climate Change Imperils Fisheries
Penang, Malaysia - Feb 5, 2009 15:47 EST

With climate change threatening to destroy coral reefs, push salt water into freshwater habitats and produce more coastal storms, millions of struggling people in fishery-dependent nations of Africa, Asia and South America could face unprecedented hardship, according to a new...
 
What's Killing The Coral? DNA Array Sheds Light On Coral Disease
- Feb 4, 2009 21:49 EST

The answer to what's killing the world's coral reefs may be found in a tiny chip that fits in the palm of your hand. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Merced are using an innovative DNA...
 
Scientist: Warming Waters And Predatory Crabs Threaten Antarctic Sealife; 'A Sadder, Duller Place'
Melbourne, Florida - Feb 4, 2009 21:30 EST

Climate change is about to cause a major upheaval in the shallow marine waters of Antarctica. Predatory crabs are poised to return to warming Antarctic waters and disrupt the primeval marine communities. "Nowhere else than in these ecosystems do giant sea...
 
Scientists: 'Seuss-like' Sea Creatures Discovered; 'New Things, Magical Things'
Pasadena, California - Feb 4, 2009 21:22 EST

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and an international team of collaborators have returned from a month-long deep-sea voyage to a marine reserve near Tasmania, Australia, that not only netted coral-reef samples likely to provide insight into the...
 
Research: Transitional Whale Species Hunted At Sea, Gave Birth On Land; 'Tied To The Shore'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Feb 3, 2009 21:50 EST

Two newly described fossil whales---a pregnant female and a male of the same species--reveal how primitive whales gave birth and provide new insights into how whales made the transition from land to sea. The 47.5 million-year-old fossils, discovered in Pakistan in...
 
Researchers: Squid Sucker Rings Inspire Nanostructure Material Designers; 'Like Miniature Eiffel Towers'
Riverside, California - Feb 3, 2009 21:33 EST

A chance encounter with a Humboldt squid on a fishing trip left quite an impression on James Weaver, a research associate at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering. In fact, the lasting impression also provided the impetus for further research conducted...
 
Study: Long-term Recovery Of Reefs From Bleaching Requires Local Action To Increase Resilience
Virginia Key, Florida - Feb 3, 2009 21:16 EST

In the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Dr. Peter Glynn, and 2008 Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation and Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew Baker, assess more than 25 years...
 
Group: Secret U.S. Plan To Expand Whaling Released; 'A Bad Deal For Whales'
Yarmough Port, Massachusetts - Feb 2, 2009 21:37 EST

Documents released today by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) confirm the United States' leadership in negotiations to undo the global moratorium on commercial whaling and extend unprecedented authorization to the Government of Japan to kill whales off its coastline and...
 
Study: Older Killer Whales Make The Best Mothers; 'Maternal Experience' Leads To More Effort
Seattle, Washington - Feb 2, 2009 21:29 EST

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) nearing the menopause may be more successful in rearing their young. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that estimated survival rates for calves born to these older mothers were...
 
Report: Arctic Region Underprepared For Maritime Accidents; More 'Disaster Scenarios'
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 2, 2009 20:34 EST

The existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases, according to new report...
 
Ocean Animal Trackers Collaborate On New Google Earth For Oceans; 'Its An Important Evolution'
Pacific Grove, California - Feb 2, 2009 20:28 EST

A consortium of researchers led by Stanford University Professor Barbara Block collaborated with Google for more than a year, providing animal tracking data for the new Google Earth release, which features a three-dimensional, interactive ocean. In the animal tracking layer,...
 
Geologists: Ancient Turtle Migrated From Asia To America Over A Tropical Arctic; C02 Fueled Polar Heat?
Rochester, New YOrk - Feb 1, 2009 18:12 EST

In Arctic Canada, a team of geologists from the University of Rochester has discovered a surprise fossil: a tropical, freshwater, Asian turtle. The find strongly suggests that animals migrated from Asia to North America not around Alaska, as once thought,...
 
Scientists: 'Hot Spot' For Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms Discovered Off Washington Coast
Arlington, Virginia - Jan 31, 2009 17:00 EST

A part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates Washington state from Canada's British Columbia, is a potential "hot spot" for toxic harmful algal blooms affecting the Washington and British Columbia coasts. Marine scientists found that under certain conditions,...
 
Research: Ocean Islands Fuel Productivity And Carbon Sequestration Through Natural Iron Fertilization
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 30, 2009 18:45 EST

An experiment to study the effects of naturally deposited iron in the Southern Ocean has filled in a key piece of the puzzle surrounding iron's role in locking atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean. The research, conducted by an...
 
Study: Fish Show No Such Thing As A 'Born Leader'; Social Feedback Eyed As Key Factor
Cambridge, UK - Jan 29, 2009 14:28 EST

Followers are just as important to good leadership as are the leaders themselves, reveals a new study of stickleback fish published online on January 29th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. By randomly pairing fish of varying degrees of "boldness,"...
 
Study: Sinking Bales Of Crop Residue In The Deep Ocean Could Cut Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Seattle, Washington - Jan 29, 2009 14:22 EST

Making bales with 30 percent of global crop residues – the stalks and such left after harvesting – and then sinking the bales into the deep ocean could reduce the build up of global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by...
 
Scientists: Good Weather Conditions Cited As Record Number Of Manatees Counted In Latest Florida Survey
Miami, Florida - Jan 28, 2009 18:37 EST

A team of scientists counted an all-time-high number of manatees during the annual manatee synoptic survey conducted the week of Jan. 19. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) reported a preliminary count...
 
Review Clears Controversial Southern Ocean Iron 'Fertilization' Experiment; 'Germany Remains A Reliable Partner'
Bremerhaven, Germany - Jan 28, 2009 17:52 EST

After an extensive scientific review, a controversial "ocean fertilization" experiment has the OK to procede. The German science ministry had earlier suspended a planned Indo–German ocean fertilization experiment in the Southern Ocean, and asked the German research institute behind...
 
Emperor Penguins March Toward Extinction? 'They Adapt Slowly'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 26, 2009 20:58 EST

Popularized by the 2005 movie “March of the Penguins,” emperor penguins could be headed toward extinction in at least part of their range before the end of the century, according to a paper by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers...
 
Ocean Research Officials Hail Completion Of Modernization For US Scientific Ocean Drilling Vessel
Washington, D.C. - Jan 26, 2009 20:32 EST

Senior officials from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Implementing Organization for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program today marked the occasion of the research vessel JOIDES Resolution sailing off from Singapore for science sea trials and transit to...
 
Researchers: Unchecked Global Warming Would Lead To Dramatic Expansion Of Dead Zones In The Oceans
Copenhagen, Denmark - Jan 25, 2009 19:26 EST

Unchecked global warming would leave ocean dwellers gasping for breath. Dead zones are low-oxygen areas in the ocean where higher life forms such as fish, crabs and clams are not able to live. In shallow coastal regions, these zones can...
 
NOAA Gives Navy Marine Mammal Protection Measures For Sonar Training Off Hawaii
Washington, D.C. - Jan 23, 2009 19:22 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization to the U.S. Navy to impact marine mammals while conducting training exercises around the main Hawaiian Islands. The regulations require the Navy to implement measures designed to protect and...
 
Scientists Solves Deepsea Mystery: Three Fish Are All The Same; 'An Incredibly Significant And Exciting Finding'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 23, 2009 19:12 EST

For decades scientists have known about three different fishes called tapetails, bignose fishes and whalefishes. A team of scientists, including Smithsonian ichthyologist Dave Johnson, however, have recently discovered that they are actually all part of the same family. The team’s...
 
Gift Of Caviar May Be Product Of Endangered Species' Illegal Harvest; 'The Pressure To Act Is Increasing'
Cookeville, Tennessee - Jan 23, 2009 18:47 EST

Tennessee Tech University professor and U.S. Geological Survey researcher Phil Bettoli and colleagues accompanied commercial fishermen in Tennessee during the 2007 fishing season and estimated that hundreds of large, mature pallid sturgeon have been illegally harvested in recent years for...
 
Geologist: Danube Delta Holds Answers To 'Noah’s Flood' Debate; 'No Evidence For A Catastrophic Flood'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 23, 2009 18:29 EST

Did a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions drown the shores of the Black Sea 9,500 years ago, wiping out early Neolithic settlements around its perimeter? A geologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and two Romanian colleagues report in...
 
Study: Food Choices And Location Influence California Sea Otter Exposure To Disease
Reston, Virginia - Jan 21, 2009 18:12 EST

Sea otters living along the central California coast risk higher exposure to disease-causing parasites as a consequence of the food they eat and where they feed. Sea otters that eat small marine snails are at a higher risk of exposure to...
 
Coastal Barrier Island Researchers Learn Lessons From Ike Destruction; 'There Is No Answer Yet'
Galveston, Texas - Jan 21, 2009 17:09 EST

When more than 20 coastal barrier island researchers arrived on Galveston Island in early January, many had never seen the level of destruction wrought by Hurricane Ike. They came from New England, the Pacific coast and all points between where ocean...
 
Research: Fish Shows The More Promiscuous The Female, The Speedier The Sperm
Hamilton, Ontario - Jan 20, 2009 18:34 EST

Female promiscuity appears to have triggered changes in the type of sperm a male produces, according to new research on fish from central Africa. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, examines...
 
Chemical Come-on Successfully Lures Love-sick Lampreys To Traps; 'It's Very Potent'
East Lansing, Michigan - Jan 20, 2009 18:17 EST

A synthetic chemical version of what male sea lampreys use to attract spawning females can lure them into traps and foil the mating process of the destructive invasive species, according to Michigan State University scientists. Pheromones, chemical scents used to attract...
 
Research: Nile Delta Fishery Grows Dramatically Thanks To Run-off Of Sewage, Fertilizers
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Jan 20, 2009 16:05 EST

While many of the world’s fisheries are in serious decline, the coastal Mediterranean fishery off the Nile Delta has expanded dramatically since the 1980s. The surprising cause of this expansion, which followed a collapse of the fishery after completion of...
 
Bacterial Pathogens And Rising Temperatures Threaten Coral Health; Vibrio Linked To Yellow Band Disease
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 20, 2009 10:56 EST

Coral reefs around the world are in serious trouble from pollution, over-fishing, climate change and more. The last thing they need is an infection. But that’s exactly what yellow band disease (YBD) is—a bacterial infection that sickens coral colonies. Researchers...
 
Report: Japan's Whalers Actions 'Inconsistent With The Antarctic Legal Regime'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 19, 2009 18:15 EST

An independent group of Antarctic law and policy experts, convened in Canberra by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), has released a report detailing options available to the Australian Government to challenge Japan’s whaling program through the Antarctic Treaty System...
 
Study Links Water Pollution With Declining Male Fertility; 'Anti-androgens' From Drugs, Pesticides Inhibit Testosterone
Exeter, U.K. - Jan 19, 2009 18:08 EST

New research strengthens the link between water pollution and rising male fertility problems. The study, by Brunel University, the Universities of Exeter and Reading and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, shows for the first time how a group of...
 
Study: Swings In North Atlantic Oscillation Variability Linked To Climate Warming
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 16, 2009 17:18 EST

Using a 218-year-long temperature record from a Bermuda brain coral, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have created the first marine-based reconstruction showing the long-term behavior of one of the most important drivers of climate fluctuations in the...
 


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