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'Gray's Paradox' Cracked: Researchers Discover Secret Of Speedy Dolphins
Troy, New York - Nov 24, 2008 18:34 EST

There was something peculiar about dolphins that stumped prolific British zoologist Sir James Gray in 1936. He had observed the sea mammals swimming at a swift rate of more than 20 miles per hour, but his studies had concluded that...
 
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...
 
U.S. Military Technology Protects Critically Endangered Goliath Grouper; 'World's First Use Of An Acoustic Underwater Camera'
Fort Pierce, Florida - Nov 23, 2008 18:06 EST

The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) and its collaborators announced today the world's first use of an acoustic underwater camera to survey juveniles of goliath grouper in mangrove habitats. Goliath grouper, Epinephelus itajara, currently is listed as critically endangered by...
 
'Fish Technology' Draws Renewable Energy From Slow Water Currents; 'Vortex Induced Vibrations'
Anne Arbor, Michigan - Nov 22, 2008 16:33 EST

Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable...
 
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...
 
After 45 Years, NOAA Fisheries Research Ship Albatross IV Is Retired; 'The Grand Old Lady Of The Fleet'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 20, 2008 15:53 EST

The NOAA research ship Albatross IV was decommissioned today, ending its distinguished 45-year career in service to the nation. The vessel sailed over 655,000 miles on 453 research cruises, primarily fisheries surveys off the northeastern coast of the United States....
 
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...
 
Researchers Use Fluorescence To Develop Fast, Simple Method For Detecting Mercury In Fish And Dental Fillings
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Nov 18, 2008 22:07 EST

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a simple and quick method for detecting mercury in fish and dental samples, two substances at the center of public concern about mercury contamination. The technique involves a fluorescent substance that glows...
 
NOAA: Restrictions Recommended As Three Common Pesticides Found To Harm Salmon
Washington, D.C. - Nov 18, 2008 21:43 EST

NOAA today issued a biological opinion to the Environmental Protection Agency that found three chemicals used in pesticides – diazonin, malathion, and chlorpyrifos - are likely to jeopardize 27 populations of salmon on the West Coast that are listed as...
 
New Deep-sea Observatory Goes Live Off California Coast; MARS 'no Easy Task'
Moss Landing, California - Nov 18, 2008 21:34 EST

Off the coast of Central California, in the inky darkness of the deep sea, a bright orange metal pyramid about the size of two compact cars sits quietly on the seafloor. Nestled within the metal pyramid is the heart of...
 
Tuna Commission Set To Decide The Future Of Mediterranean Bluefin As Populations 'Poised For Collapse'
Marrakech, Morocco - Nov 18, 2008 21:25 EST

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will meet from November 17- 24 in Marrakech, Morocco to make decisions on measures to save Mediterranean bluefin tuna from collapse. ICCAT meets this year with mounting evidence of the...
 
Mysterious Microbe May Play Important Role In Ocean Ecology; 'So Many Missing Parts'
Santa Cruz, California - Nov 15, 2008 17:20 EST

An unusual microorganism discovered in the open ocean may force scientists to rethink their understanding of how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ocean ecosystems. A research team led by Jonathan Zehr, professor of ocean sciences at the University of California,...
 
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...
 


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