Slow Growing Cave Sponges Play Surprising Role In Coral Reef Health
Groningen, The Netherlands - Jan 16, 2009 17:15 EST
Tropical oceans are known as the deserts of the sea. And yet this unlikely environment is the very place where the rich and fertile coral reef grows. Dutch researcher Jasper de Goeij investigated how caves in the coral reef ensure...
Research Vessel To Test Iron Fertilization In The Southern Ocean
Bremerhaven, Germany - Jan 16, 2009 17:10 EST
The German research vessel Polarstern is currently on its way to the Southwest Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean. The team of 48 scientists (30 from India) on board left Cape Town on 7th January to carry out the Indo-German...
Florida Fisherman Pleads Guilty To Bombing Fish-eating Dolphins
Panama City, Florida - Jan 16, 2009 15:29 EST
Acting United States Attorney Thomas F. Kirwin, Northern District of Florida, announced today that Garry Alvin Key, a/k/a, “Alvy Stancle Key, Jr.,” 50, of Panama City, Florida, pled guilty in United States District Court in Panama City to a two-count...
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...
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 —...