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Shark Attacks Surfer In The Galapagos Islands; Foot, Hand Severely Injured
Guayaquil, Equador - Jan 13, 2009 13:01 EST

A surfer has been bitten by a shark while surfing off a beach in the Galapagos Islands. The surfer, identified as Gonzalo Vasquez Alcivar, 22, suffered serious injuries to the leg and hand. The attack occurred last Saturday,...
 
U.S. Pacific Coast Shark Attack Statistics For 2008 Released; Reported Attacks Up Dramatically In New Century
Los Angeles, California - Jan 13, 2009 08:58 EST

New statistics for shark attacks during 2008 along the United States are now available. There were 5 unprovoked shark attacks confirmed from the Pacific Coast of North America during 2008, which is slightly more than half of the total...
 
NOAA: Saltwater Recreational Fishermen $31 Billion Boon For U.S. Economy
Washington, D.C. - Jan 12, 2009 21:27 EST

Recreational saltwater anglers pumped more than $31 billion into the U.S. economy in 2006, with Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana, and North Carolina receiving the largest share according to a new study issued by NOAA’s Fisheries Service. At the national level, saltwater...
 
Ice Age: 'Cruel Trick Of Nature' Threatens Recovering Brit Bass Stocks; 'Tragedy' For Class Of 2008
Kent, United Kingdom - Jan 12, 2009 09:45 EST

“A cruel trick of nature threatens the first positive signs of a recovery in the recruitment of bass stocks” says John Leballeur, Chairman of the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society’s Bass Restoration team. “Following three disastrous years when bass recruitment seemed...
 
Aussie Scuba Certification Agency Releases New Certification Card Design Amid Global Push
Victoria, Australia - Jan 10, 2009 09:33 EST

Associated Underwater Scuba Instructors (AUSI) has released a new certification card design; the new card became available on 1 January 2009. Mr Steve Sinclair, AUSI’S Chief Executive Officer, said the new card design is exciting because it better reflects AUSI’s global...
 
Study: Decline Of Carbon Dioxide-gobbling Plankton Coincided With Ancient Global Cooling
Ithica, New York - Jan 8, 2009 18:03 EST

The evolutionary history of diatoms -- abundant oceanic plankton that remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year -- needs to be rewritten, according to a new Cornell study. The findings suggest that after a sudden...
 
Ocean Core 'Treasures' Stored At Texas A&M's IODP Repository; 'It's A Slice Through The Layers'
College Station, Texas - Jan 8, 2009 14:35 EST

Priceless treasure from the bottom of the sea is locked away at Texas A&M University, stacked on floor-to-ceiling racks and kept secure in 15,000 square feet of refrigerated space. Although it's not gold bullion or precious gems, this treasure dazzles...
 
Surprising Return Of North Atlantic Circulation Pump; Sea Ice Decline May Actually Have Aided Ocean Overturning
Falmouth, Massachusetts - Jan 6, 2009 22:25 EST

One of the “pumps” contributing to the ocean’s global circulation suddenly switched on again last winter for the first time this decade, scientists reported Tuesday (Dec. 23) in Nature Geoscience. The finding surprised scientists, who had been wondering if global...
 
NOAA: Report Finds Commercial And Recreational Fishing Generated More Than Two Million Jobs
Wasington, D.C. - Jan 6, 2009 22:15 EST

U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated more than $185 billion in sales and supported more than two million jobs in 2006, according to a new economic report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service. The commercial fishing industry — harvesters, seafood processors and...
 
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...
 
NOAA: Researchers Identify Wintering Ground And Potential Breeding Ground In The Gulf Of Maine
Washington, D.C. - Jan 1, 2009 11:56 EST

A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine in recent days, leading right whale researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a...
 
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...
 
Scientists: Trees, Mangroves Won't Stop Tsunamis; Assumption 'Was Not Well Founded'
Townsville, Queensland - Dec 25, 2008 18:35 EST

Claims that coastal tree barriers can halt the might of a tsunami are false and dangerous, a team of international marine scientists said today. There are many reasons for preserving the world's dwindling stocks of mangroves, but protecting people from tsunamis...
 
Whale Wars Wins Ratings Battle; Series Maiden Voyage Is Animal Planet's Most Watched Series Ever
Silver Spring, Maryland - Dec 23, 2008 17:12 EST

Animal Planet's WHALE WARS stormed audiences on its second voyage delivering more than 1.1 million viewers (1.153M P2+), the network's best performing Friday primetime telecast in five years. The momentum for the series grew in its second week garnering...
 
Could Deep-Sea Microbes Teach Us About Alien Life? 'Black Smokers' Home To 'Microbial Zoo'
Amherst, Massachusetts - Dec 23, 2008 16:17 EST

Hovering in a tiny submarine 1.4 miles beneath the Pacific Ocean, a University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist felt as if he were in a time machine, witnessing the ancient past, or a scientist’s fantasy future. Just inches away, an undersea...
 
China’s Largest Shopping Sites, Alibaba And Taobao, To Ban Shark Fin Sales, Fight Illegal Wildlife Crime
Beijing, China - Dec 23, 2008 12:43 EST

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org.cn) has announced that Taobao (www.taobao.com.cn), China's largest shopping website, will soon halt the sale of shark fin products on the site. Taobao.com has told its 400 million online members that...
 
Scientists: New 'Seawater' Definition Needed; 'Absolute Salinity' And 'Conservative Temperature' More Accurate
Hobart, Australia - Dec 22, 2008 17:38 EST

The science case for a change in the definition of seawater was first agreed to in 2006 when the international guiding body, the Scientific Committee on Oceans Research (SCOR) established a working group, chaired by Dr Trevor McDougall, of CSIRO's...
 
Biofuel Development Shifting From Soil To Sea, Specifically To Marine Algae; 'It's Early But I'm Excited'
San Diego, California - Dec 20, 2008 16:45 EST

Bell-bottoms… Designer jeans… Disco… Big hair… Gas shortages. Some icons of the 1970s are emblazoned in the memories of those old enough to remember. A few styles, to the dismay of many, have come back in vogue—oil-related crises among them. Broad...
 
Unusual Microbial Ropes Found Growing Slowly In Cave Lake; 'Extra-cellular Polymeric Substance'
University Park, Pennsylvania - Dec 19, 2008 18:51 EST

Deep inside the Frasassi cave system in Italy and more than 1,600 feet below the Earth's surface, divers found filamentous ropes of microbes growing in the cold water, according to a team of Penn State researchers. "Sulfur caves are a...
 
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)...
 
China's Largest Shopping Site Bans Sale Of Shark Fin Products; 'Consuming Wildlife Equals Killing'
Beijing, China - Dec 19, 2008 15:38 EST

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW-www.ifaw.org.cn) congratulates Taobao (www.taobo.com.cn), China's largest shopping website for its ban on the sale of shark fin products on the site. Taobao.com announced to its 400 million online members that all shark fin products...
 
Shrinkage: Sport Diver Purchases Scuba Diving Magazine As F+W Media Exits Scuba Marketplace
Winter Park, Florida - Dec 18, 2008 11:01 EST

Bonnier Corporation, publisher of Sport Diver, today announced the purchase of Scuba Diving magazine from F+W Media Inc. The acquisition positions Bonnier as the dominant media company in the dive industry and expands its presence as the pre-eminent enthusiast sports...
 
Seattle Photographer Snags 'Nature’s Best Photography' Winner With 'Cheshire Cat Grin' Lemon Shark
Bellevue, Washington - Dec 18, 2008 08:52 EST

Bruce Yates is an investment manager by day, but spends his spare time as an avid nature photographer. Originally from Boise, Idaho, he settled in Bellevue, WA, where he founded the investment firm Appropriate Balance Financial Services, Inc. 24 years...
 
Brit Group, MPs Lobby Prime Minister For A Seal Ceasefire; 'The Government Must Act'
London, UK - Dec 18, 2008 08:35 EST

On Tuesday 16th December Liberal Democratic MP for Lewes 'Norman Baker' and Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South 'Robert Flello' joined campaigners at 10 Downing Street calling for an immediate and comprehensive ban on the deliberate killing of all seals in...
 
Shrouded By The Sea - The Terrible Truth About Dolphins And Whales Caught In Fishing Gear
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Dec 17, 2008 21:18 EST

An animal welfare problem of major proportions has been uncovered in a new report by WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. The report, Shrouded by the sea, reveals the shocking truth behind the entanglement of whales, dolphins and porpoises in...
 
Biologist Finds Link Between 'Bloodless' Icefish Of Antarctica And Anemia And Osteoporosis
Boston, Massachusetts - Dec 17, 2008 20:47 EST

Biologists face the major challenge of understanding genetic and environmental risk factors underlying human diseases. Surprisingly, animal species in the wild have sometimes acquired the characteristics of a human disease through evolution. Yet, the ‘disease’ trait is precisely what allows...
 
Florida Bank Secures Rights To Vandenberg; Keys Artificial Reef Project Should Move Forward
Norfolk, Virginia - Dec 17, 2008 15:12 EST

First State Bank of the Florida Keys purchased the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg at auction Wednesday, making it possible for the 524-foot decommissioned Air Force missile tracking vessel to be scuttled as an artificial reef off the Florida Keys. Key West...
 
Human Connection To Our Nation's Fisheries Comes Alive Through Oral History Project; 'Stories To Tell'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 16, 2008 19:09 EST

Voices from the Fisheries, an archive of oral histories of recreational and commercial fishermen and the communities and families that rely on them, documents the human experience with the nation's coastal, marine and Great Lakes environments and living marine resources. Social...
 
Oceanography Mission Data Now Available From NASA Satellite; 'A New Era Has Dawned'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 16, 2008 19:05 EST

Oceanography data that will help scientists around the world better understand climate change are now available. The data come from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, also known as OSTM/Jason-2, a spacecraft developed jointly by NASA and the French space agency. Launched...
 
Florida Governor Christ's Wedding Features Florida Farmed-raised Caviar; 'It’s Truly An Honor'
St. Petersberg, Florida - Dec 16, 2008 18:54 EST

Caviar raised at Mote Aquaculture Park in eastern Sarasota County was served during the wedding reception of Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Rome at the historic Vinoy in St. Petersburg on Saturday. According to Mote’s wholesale distributor, Tom Neeley of...
 
Study: Ocean Fish Farming Harms Wild Fish; Higher Density Promotes Infection, Infection Lowers Fitness
Honolulu, Hawaii - Dec 15, 2008 22:04 EST

Farming of fish in ocean cages is fundamentally harmful to wild fish, according to an essay in this week’s Conservation Biology. Using basic physics, Professor Neil Frazer of the UHM Department of Geology and Geophysics explains how farm fish cause nearby...
 
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 —...
 
Expedition Uncovers Three Never-before Identified Coral Reefs Off Florida's Coast; 'This Is A Big Win'
Miami, Florida - Dec 13, 2008 18:31 EST

The team efforts of scientists and crew from the Waitt Institute for Discovery, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have paid off with the recent discovery of three never-before identified Lophelia coral reefs...
 
Study: Beaked Whales' Tusks Evolved Through Sexual Selection Process; 'Most Bizarre Whales In The Ocean'
Corvallis, Oregon - Dec 12, 2008 18:40 EST

For years, scientists have wondered why only males of the rarely seen family of beaked whales have “tusks,” since they are squid-eaters and in many of the species, these elaborately modified teeth seem to actually interfere with feeding. A newly published...
 
U.S. Coast Guard Responds To Healy Tragedy, Opens Regional Dive Facilities; 'We Will Not Accept Preventable Loss Or Injury'
San Diego, California - Dec 11, 2008 16:22 EST

On Aug. 17, 2006, two active duty military members' lives were cut short during a cold water familiarization diving accident in the Arctic aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The Coast Guard initiated an immediate administrative and safety investigation into...
 
Tiny Knights In Shining Armor – Bacteria Detoxify Deadly Seawater; 'Very Positive As Well As A Worrying'
Bremen, Germany - Dec 11, 2008 15:59 EST

Hydrogen sulphide is well known for its characteristic smell of rotten eggs. But hydrogen sulphide is not only smelly, it is also highly toxic. Humans can die within minutes when exposed to high concentrations of hydrogen sulphide. This foul-smelling gas...
 
First-ever Socioeconomic Study On Coral Reefs Points To Challenges Of Coastal Resource Management
Washington, D.C> - Dec 10, 2008 23:13 EST

A first of its kind study, "Socioeconomic Conditions Along the World's Tropical Coasts: 2008," reports on the social and economic ramifications of healthy coral reefs in 27 tropical nations and points to the inability of coastal managers to effectively implement...
 
Report: 20% Of World's Corals Already Dead; Climate Change Tipping Point 'Less Than A Decade Away'
Pozan, Poland - Dec 10, 2008 13:57 EST

Increasing pressures from climate change will reach a tipping point in less than a decade triggering a significant decline in the health of the planet's coral reef ecosystems according to the findings in an international report issued today. Released by the...
 
Acoustic Phenomena Explain Why Boats And Animals Collide; 'Slow Speeds Actually Exacerbate The Risks'
Miami, Florida - Dec 9, 2008 21:45 EST

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have laid the groundwork for a sensory explanation for why manatees and other animals are hit repeatedly by boats. Last year, 73 manatees were killed by boats in Florida’s bays and inland waterways. Marine authorities...
 


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