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NOAA Charges 'Unscrupulous' Charter Operators With Illegal Fishing For Striped Bass
New York, New York - Nov 14, 2008 18:00 EST

A joint undercover operation by NOAA’s Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement and New York and New Jersey enforcement agents has uncovered evidence of alleged illegal fishing by two charter operators. The operators, Steven N. Forsberg and Viking Starship Inc....
 
Fishermen Block Costa Rican Port To Protest New Law Banning Shark Finning
San Jose, Costa Rica - Nov 14, 2008 09:52 EST

A cruise ship carrying 1,300 passengers that was scheduled to arrive at Costa Rica's Pacific port of Puntarenas had to be diverted to Panama because of a protest by fishermen that left three people arrested and caused an estimated $250,000...
 
Study: Fish Choose Their Leaders By Consensus; Prefer 'Fat Over Thin, Healthy Over Ill'
Uppsala, Sweden - Nov 13, 2008 16:34 EST

Just after Americans have headed to the polls to elect their next president, a new report in the November 13th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, reveals how one species of fish picks its leaders: Most of the...
 
NOAA: Flower Garden Marine Sanctuary In Good Condition But Facing Emerging Threats
Washington, D.C. - Nov 13, 2008 16:26 EST

A new NOAA report on the health of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary indicates that the sanctuary’s marine life and habitats are in good overall condition but face emerging threats from potential oil spills, invasive species, commercial development, climate...
 
To Satisfy Shipyard Lien, Florida State Agency To Commit $1.6 Million To Sink Vandenberg Artificial Reef
Nottingham, U.K. - Nov 11, 2008 22:11 EST

The State of Florida is poised to contribute up to $1.6 million to satisfy a shipyard lien so a 524-foot decommissioned Air Force missile tracking vessel can be scuttled as an artificial reef off the Florida Keys, Key West officials...
 
Scientists: Urgent Action On International Coral Reef Crisis; 'The Need For Region-wide Action Is Paramount'
Townsville, Australia - Nov 10, 2008 21:55 EST

Coral reef scientists and policy makers from the world's most prominent coral reef nations are meeting in Australia this week to develop urgent action plans to rescue the world's richest centre of marine biodiversity from gradual decline. Human pressures on the...
 
Controversial Whale Wars Premiers On Animal Planet; 'Entertainment With A Conservation Message'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Nov 7, 2008 19:09 EST

Captain Paul Watson founded his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 because he believed his new organization had to go even further to eradicate whaling, poaching, shark finning, habitat destruction and purported ocean law violations than the Greenpeace group he...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Files Claims On Two More North Atlantic Shipwrecks; 'Valuable Cargo'
Tampa, Florida - Nov 7, 2008 18:59 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration has filed Admiralty Arrest Complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on two separate shipwreck sites recently located by the company. Both sites lie in the North Atlantic Ocean beyond the territorial...
 
Undersea Lab's First 'Teachers Under The Sea' Program Brings Marine Science To The Classroom
Miami, Florida - Nov 7, 2008 18:45 EST

High school teachers Mark Tohulka of Miami, Fla., and Stephen Houwen of Longmont, Colo., will have an unusual experience this fall when they take part in the 100th mission to NOAA’s Aquarius Reef Base, becoming the first teachers to live...
 
Study: Overfishing Threatens European Bluefin Tuna; Stocks In The Northeast Atlantic And Mediterranean At Risk
Kavalergården, Denmark - Nov 7, 2008 18:02 EST

Bluefin tuna disappeared from Danish waters in the 1960s. Now the species could become depleted throughout the northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean, according to analyses by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua) and University of New Hampshire. The species is...
 
Study: Sunlight Has More Powerful Influence On Ocean Circulation And Climate Than North American Ice Sheets
Santa Barbara, California - Nov 7, 2008 17:48 EST

A study reported in today's issue of Nature disputes a longstanding picture of how ice sheets influence ocean circulation during glacial periods. The distribution of sunlight, rather than the size of North American ice sheets, is the key variable in changes...
 
Shark Kills Philippines Fisherman Swimming In Bloody Waters
Ilocos Norte, The Philippines - Nov 7, 2008 07:56 EST

A fisherman died after a shark attacked him off the coastal town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, Thursday afternoon. Coastal villagers found the mutilated body of Joel Bacud, 38, of Barangay Callaguip, floating on the sea near his fishing boat. Police said...
 
Scientists: Impact Of Climate Change On Aquatic Environment More 'Profound' And 'Intense' Than Predicted
Paris, France - Nov 6, 2008 16:00 EST

International consensus on the reality of climate change is now apparent: global warming is ascribable in large part to human activities. It is causing rapid deterioration of the environment and is increasing the threat to biodiversity. However, the mechanisms of...
 
Study: Drought And Sediment Shift Lead To Increase In Lake Powell's Capacity To Hold Water
Durham, North Carolina - Nov 5, 2008 10:17 EST

A Duke University-led study of changes in the floor of Lake Powell, the nation's second-largest reservoir, found that during a period of prolonged drought, massive transfers of sediment from the perimeter of the reservoir into its deepest sections occurred, increasing...
 
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...
 


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