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...
Model Developed To Predict Hot Spots For Mercury Levels In Fish
Raleigh, North Carolina - Dec 1, 2008 21:45 EST
Mercury levels in fish are prompting widespread consumption advisories and uncertainty among consumers over which species are safe to eat. Now researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a model that will help scientists and regulators around the country...
Scientists: Keep Big Fish In Their Small Ponds -- Or In The Ocean
Toronto, Canada - Nov 27, 2008 18:25 EST
Scientists at the University of Toronto analysed Canadian fisheries data to determine the effect of the "keep the large ones" policy that is typical of fisheries. What they found is that the effect of this policy is an unsustainable fishery.
Smithsonian Puts Tropical Eastern-Pacific Shore Fishes Online
Washington, D.C. - Nov 24, 2008 18:12 EST
A new bilingual online information system created by D. Ross Robertson, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Coeus Knowledge Systems makes it possible for conservationists, sport fishers, tourists, researchers, students and resource managers to identify and generate...
Study: Ocean Growing More Acidic; '10 Time Faster' Than Models Predicted
Chicago, Illinois - Nov 24, 2008 17:55 EST
University of Chicago scientists have documented that the ocean is growing more acidic faster than previously thought. In addition, they have found that the increasing acidity correlates with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a paper published online...
Study: First Ever Evidence Of Natural Disease Resistance In Tropical Corals
Boston, Massachusetts - Nov 21, 2008 18:33 EST
In recent years, tropical coral reefs have become drastically altered by disease epidemics. In a new study published by PLoS ONE, lead author Steven V. Vollmer, assistant professor of biology at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University, finds...
Researchers: Sea Level Rise Will Alter Chesapeake Bay's Salinity
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Nov 20, 2008 15:28 EST
While global-warming-induced coastal flooding moves populations inland, the changes in sea level will affect the salinity of estuaries, which influences aquatic life, fishing and recreation.
Researchers from Penn State and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are studying...