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Researcher: Coral Reefs Found Growing In The Ice-cold, Ink-black Depths Of The Atlantic
Den Haag, The Netherlands - Nov 4, 2008 19:08 EST

Imagine descending in a submarine to the ice-cold, ink-black depths of the ocean, 800 metres under the surface of the Atlantic. Here the tops of the hills are covered in large coral reefs. NIOZ-researcher Furu Mienis studied the formation of...
 
DNA Fingerprinting Method May Thwart False Labeling Of Shark Meat
Vigo, Spain - Nov 3, 2008 22:04 EST

Researchers in Spain are reporting that a new DNA identification method could thwart false labeling of shark species used in various seafood products, including the expensive Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup. Their study is scheduled for the November 26...
 
Report: Illegal Shark Fishing Compounds Global Shortfall As Asian Market Fuels Demand
Cambridge, UK - Nov 3, 2008 21:52 EST

As the world’s demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting. The Asian market for shark fin is the key driver of shark fishing globally and is fuelling illegal fishing and high levels of legitimate shark fishing of...
 
Captain Paul Watson Responds To The Accusations From The Japanese Institute For Cetacean Research's Media Release
Friday Harbor, Washington - Nov 2, 2008 18:36 EST

The Institute of Cetacean Research(ICR), a Japanese scientific body that studies whales, today accused the United States television broadcast channel Animal Planet of involvement in ecoterrorism, following criminal attacks against its research ships in the Antarctic Ocean. Captain Paul Watson:...
 
It's Relative: Contrasting Hurricane Theories Heat Up; Recent Hurricane History Provides Diverging Interpretations
Virginia Key, Floria - Nov 2, 2008 17:44 EST

In a paper published in the journal Science today, scientists Gabriel A. Vecchi of NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Kyle L. Swanson of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Atmospheric Sciences Group and Brian J. Soden from the University of...
 
Group: It's Not Too Late To Save Coral Reefs; Recent Study A 'Post Mortem While The Patient Is Still Alive'
San Francisco, California - Oct 31, 2008 09:21 EST

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) responded today to the release of a study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that suggests it may be too late to save coral reefs. While CORAL—whose mission is to protect the world's coral reefs...
 
Survey: Hurricane Ike Reshaped Seafloor, Pushed Sand Out To Sea Off Galveston Island
Austin, Texas - Oct 30, 2008 16:02 EST

Conducting a rapid response research mission after Hurricane Ike, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin surveyed the inlet between Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, discovering the hurricane significantly reshaped the seafloor and likely carried an enormous...
 
Japanese Whale Researchers: Animal Planet Collaborated With Ecoterrorists During 'Whale Wars' Production
Washington, D.C. - Oct 30, 2008 14:32 EST

The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), a Japanese scientific body that studies whales, today accused the United States television broadcast channel Animal Planet of involvement in ecoterrorism, following criminal attacks against its research ships in the Antarctic Ocean. (See footage...
 
Scientists Celebrate As 1,000th Giant Bluefin Tuna Tagged
Babylon, New York - Oct 29, 2008 22:27 EST

A giant Atlantic bluefin tuna weighing more than half a ton had the honor of being fitted with the 1000th electronic tracking tag placed on this threatened species when it was caught and released on Monday (October 20) in the...
 
Study: One-third Of World's Fish Catches Are Being Wasted As Animal Feed; 'It Defies Reason'
Stony Brook, New York - Oct 29, 2008 19:31 EST

An alarming new study to be published in November in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources finds that one-third of the world’s marine fish catches are ground up and fed to farm-raised fish, pigs, and poultry, squandering a precious...
 
Sacred Seashell: Virgin Mary Washes Ashore Along Virginia Coast; 'I Have To Do Something With This'
Wilmington, Virginia - Oct 29, 2008 19:24 EST

UNC Wilmington Senior Tom Benedict was strolling along Wrightsville Beach when he stumbled upon a seemingly sacred sea shell. "I saw it in the sand, looked down and said, man this really looks like the Virgin Mary. I have to...
 
Scientists Find Evidence Of Tsunamis On Indian Ocean Shores Long Before 2004; 'Infrequent And Catastrophic'
Tokyo, Japan - Oct 29, 2008 19:13 EST

A quarter-million people were killed when a tsunami inundated Indian Ocean coastlines the day after Christmas in 2004. Now scientists have found evidence that the event was not a first-time occurrence. A team working on Phra Thong, a barrier island along...
 
Research: Coral Bleaching Disturbs Structure Of Fish Communities; MPA's Have Little Impact On Recovery
Paris, France - Oct 28, 2008 22:18 EST

There is no longer any shadow of a doubt about the impact of global warming on coral reefs. A rise of a few degrees in sea surface temperature induces the expulsion of essential microscopic algae which live in symbiosis with...
 
Canada, Mexico And The United States Push For Vaquita Conservation Plan; 'the World's Most-endangered Marine Mammal'
Mexicali, Mexico - Oct 28, 2008 21:32 EST

In response to the urgent need to save the vaquita porpoise, the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States asked the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to formulate a strategy to support Mexico's efforts to recover the world's most-endangered...
 
Sea Urchin Yields A Key Secret Of Biomineralization; 'Nature's Bottom-up Nanofabrication'
Madison, Wisconsin - Oct 27, 2008 21:45 EST

The teeth and bones of mammals, the protective shells of mollusks, and the needle-sharp spines of sea urchins and other marine creatures are made-from-scratch wonders of nature. Used to crush food, for structural support and for defense, the materials of which...
 
Climate Change Seeps Into The Sea As The Good News Has Turned Out To Be Bad
Washington, D.C. - Oct 24, 2008 17:53 EST

The ocean has helped slow global warming by absorbing much of the excess heat and heat-trapping carbon dioxide that has been going into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution. All that extra carbon dioxide, however, has been...
 
U.S. Pledges $40 Million To Protect Asian Coral Reefs; 'We Can Save These Extraordinary Marine Ecosystems'
Manila, The Philippines - Oct 23, 2008 17:31 EST

The United States Thursday pledged 40 million dollars to help save the Coral Triangle, the world's largest expanse of mangrove, coral reef and fish biodiversity, covering six nations. US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney made the announcement at the on-going...
 
Researchers: New Coral Reef Discovered In The Seychelles; Not 'visible To The Occasional Snorkeller'
Essex, United Kingdom - Oct 23, 2008 17:08 EST

Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences have discovered a previously unknown coral reef in the Seychelles. Dr Dave Smith and Dr Dave Suggett visited Curieuse Island as part of an ongoing study funded by Mitsubishi Corporation in conjunction with the...
 
NOAA And NSF Commissions Study Of Ocean Acidification's Impact On U.S. Waters
Washington, D.C. - Oct 22, 2008 19:53 EST

The first comprehensive national study of how carbon dioxide emissions absorbed into the oceans may be altering fisheries, marine mammals, coral reefs, and other natural resources has been commissioned by NOAA and the National Science Foundation. "Carbon dioxide released into the...
 
Study: Fertilizer Use Damaging Both Water Quality And Aquatic Life
Baltimore, Maryland - Oct 21, 2008 21:16 EST

A rise in carbon emissions is not the only threat to the planet. Changes to the nitrogen cycle, caused in large part by the widespread use of fertilizers, are also damaging both water quality and aquatic life. These concerns are...
 
Research: Mercury Pollution From Fish 'Damages Immune System' Of Seals, Possibly Humans
Liege, Belgium - Oct 21, 2008 21:08 EST

Methylmercury (MeHg), the predominant form of mercury found in the blood of marine mammals and fish-eating communities, could be more damaging to seals than has previously been thought. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health shows that...
 
Researchers: Climate Change Will Have Different Effects On Lakes In Warmer And Colder Regions
Magdeburg, Germany - Oct 21, 2008 20:52 EST

Climate change will have different effects on lakes in warmer and colder regions of the globe. This is the conclusion reached by Japanese and German researchers following studies of very deep caldera lakes in Japan. Scientists from Hokkaido University, the...
 
Scientist Uses Tracer To Predict Ancient Ocean Circulation, Offers Clues To Future Changes During Warming Oceans
Columbia, Missouri - Oct 20, 2008 19:18 EST

Even though the Cretaceous Period ended more than 65 million years ago, clues remain about how the ocean water circulated at that time. Measuring a chemical tracer in samples of ancient fish scales, bones and teeth, University of Missouri and...
 
'Electronic Dive Buddy' Set To Make Scuba Diving A Much Safer Sport; Automatically Adjusts Buoyancy
Aukland, New Zealand - Oct 20, 2008 01:26 EST

An Electronic Dive Buddy built by University of Auckland engineering students could make scuba diving a much safer sport. Anatoly Kudryashov and Jenny Xu from the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Mechatronics Engineering specialisation have designed a computerised system to automatically adjust...
 
Scientific Hunch Poised To Save Thousands From Toxic Ciguatera Poisoning
Queensland, Australia - Oct 20, 2008 01:14 EST

A neuroscientist at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute has found a way to combat a debilitating illness that affects an estimated 50,000 people a year in tropical regions. Ciguatera poisoning – which often results in acute nausea, vomiting and painful gastrointestinal...
 
Scientists Call For Protected 'swimways' For The Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle
Washington, D.C. - Oct 17, 2008 17:35 EST

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress this week adopted a resolution urging nations to protect the leatherback sea turtle and sharks from the world's industrial fisheries by identifying and creating marine protected areas along...
 
Research: Pairing Up Is Better Than Being Single In The Sea; 'you End Up Providing A Better Service To Your Client'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 16, 2008 16:47 EST

UQ research has confirmed teamwork is key to any good relationship, even those between parasite-eating fish. Dr Alexandra (Lexa) Grutter, from UQ's School of Integrative Biology, along with colleagues from Stockholm University and The University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, found cleaner...
 
Study: Genes Hold Secret Of A 'Whole Range Of Biological Functions' In Survival Of Antarctic 'antifreeze Fish'
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Oct 16, 2008 16:12 EST

A genetic study of a fish that lives in the icy waters off Antarctica sheds light on the adaptations that enable it to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet. The study, in the Proceedings of the National...
 
Florida Hunters Battle 13-foot 'Monster' Alligator For Three Hours; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It'
Melbourne, Florida - Oct 16, 2008 15:59 EST

A team of men battled a nearly 13-foot, 640-pound "monster dinosaur" alligator for three hours before killing it. Les Woodring, 44, has been hunting alligators for about 10 years but said he had never encountered anything rivaling the one he and...
 
New Study Reveals The Evolutionary History Of Threatened Sea Turtles
New York, New York - Oct 15, 2008 21:10 EST

It's confirmed: Even though flatback turtles dine on fish, shrimp, and mollusks, they are closely related to primarily herbivorous green sea turtles. New genetic research carried out by Eugenia Naro-Maciel, a Marine Biodiversity Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and...
 
'Fishapod' Reveals Origins Of Head And Neck Structures Of First Land Animals
Chicago, Illinois - Oct 15, 2008 20:54 EST

Newly exposed parts of Tiktaalik roseae--the intermediate fossil between fish and the first animals to walk out of water onto land 375 million years ago--are revealing how this major evolutionary event happened. A new study, published this week in Nature,...
 
Aquarius Mission First To Study Ocean Acidification From The Surface To The Seafloor On Florida Coral Reef
Miami, Florida - Oct 14, 2008 22:42 EST

Scientists equipped with new technology will conduct the first “saturation” mission to study the effect of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems. Ocean acidification describes the changing chemistry of water that occurs as excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is absorbed from...
 
Study: High Mortality Of Endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles In Baja California; 'So Many Dead Turtles'
Santa Cruz, California - Oct 14, 2008 22:17 EST

Along the southern coast of Baja California, Mexico, scientists have been counting the carcasses of endangered sea turtles for a decade as part of an effort to assess and eliminate threats to loggerhead sea turtle populations. Their findings, published this...
 
Professor's Research Suggests 'Smaller, More Nimble And Easier-to-use' Underwater Data Communication
Newark, New Jersey - Oct 14, 2008 22:00 EST

An NJIT professor, who has discovered new communication channels in underwater environments and invented a technique to communicate data through these channels, will be honored later this month by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. His work will eventually...
 
Scientist: Coastal Dead Zones May Benefit Some Species; Clam's Success 'Silver Lining On A Very Dark Cloud'
Providence, Rhode Island - Oct 14, 2008 21:54 EST

Coastal dead zones, an increasing concern to ecologists, the fishing industry and the public, may not be as devoid of life after all. A Brown scientist has found that dead zones do indeed support marine life, and that at least...
 
Trouble In The Pipeline For Grey Whales Off Russia's Coast; Sakhalin Island Lagoon At The Center Of Dispute
Sakhalin, Russia - Oct 12, 2008 16:45 EST

The fate of the world’s few remaining Western Grey Whales now rests on the outcome of appeals to Russian authorities and courts following the refusal of an oil consortium to consider alternatives to a proposal to lay an oil pipeline...
 
Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark; 'Could Become More Common'
Stony Brook, New York - Oct 10, 2008 18:22 EST

Scientists have confirmed the second-ever case of a “virgin birth” in a shark, indicating once again that female sharks can reproduce without mating and raising the possibility that many female sharks have this incredible capacity. This compelling new study will...
 
Saudi Prince Announces Three-Year Scientific Global Reef Expedition; 'We Are Able To Access Any Part Of The World'
Andover, Maryland - Oct 10, 2008 18:02 EST

HRH Prince General Khaled bin Sultan, founder and Chairman of the Living Oceans Foundation, the U.S.-headquartered environmental organization that bears his name, today announced the formal launch of the Foundation's "Global Reef Expedition: Science Without Borders(R)" at the World Conservation...
 
Study: Brainy Genes, Not Brawn, Key To Success On Mussel Beach; Baked And Bathed 'Day-in, Day-out'
Los Angeles, California - Oct 9, 2008 16:51 EST

It's hard being a mussel: you have to worry about hungry starfish and even hungrier humans, not to mention an environment that can change your body temperature 50 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few hours. "It's one of the most variable...
 
Report: Diversity Of Plant-eating Fishes May Be Key To Recovery Of Coral Reefs; 'These Consumers Are Very Important'
Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 8, 2008 22:41 EST

For endangered coral reefs, not all plant-eating fish are created equal. A report scheduled to be published this week in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that maintaining the proper balance of herbivorous...
 


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