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Study: Coral Reefs May Be Protected By Natural Ocean Thermostat; 'Rare Hopeful News'
Boulder, Colorado - Feb 7, 2008 19:14 EST

Natural processes may prevent oceans from warming beyond a certain point, helping protect some coral reefs from the impacts of climate change, new research finds. The study, by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Australian Institute...
 
Probing Question: What Is A Red Tide? 'You Have To Be Careful And Know Where Things Come From'
University Park, Pennsylvania - Feb 7, 2008 18:40 EST

Although its name sounds like a low-budget horror movie, you won't find "Red Tide" at a theater near you. To take in this natural phenomenon, you'll have to venture to the ocean, because red tide — or more scientifically, HAB...
 
Study Links Population Density, Farming To Intersex Fish
Reston, Virginia - Feb 7, 2008 18:07 EST

For several years, scientists have been working to determine why so many male smallmouth bass in the Potomac River basin have immature female egg cells in their testes - a form of intersex. They are closer to finding an answer. Research...
 
Researchers Give New Hybrid Vehicle Its First Test-Drive In The Ocean; 'A Virtually Unlimited Energy Source'
Falmouth, Massachusetts - Feb 7, 2008 16:07 EST

Taking a page out of a science fiction story, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Webb Research Corporation (Falmouth, Mass.) have successfully flown the first environmentally powered robotic vehicle through the ocean. The new robotic “glider” harvests...
 
Canadian Government: Annual Seal Hunt Misinformation Campaign Starts Again
Ottawa, Canada - Feb 6, 2008 18:40 EST

It's that time of year again when certain groups begin distributing misinformation about Canada's harp seal hunt, which tarnishes the reputation of Aboriginal and Atlantic sealers. As Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, I want to make sure the facts...
 
See-through Fish Is Created To Give A Clearer Idea Of How Cancer Spreads
Boston, Massachusetts - Feb 6, 2008 17:59 EST

Zebrafish are genetically similar to humans and are good models for human biology and disease. Now, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have created a zebrafish that is transparent throughout its life. The new fish allows scientists to directly view its...
 
FDA: Seafood Processors Warned Of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning For Catches Near Gulf Of Mexico Marine Sanctuary
Washington, D.C. - Feb 5, 2008 17:51 EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a letter to seafood processors, advising them of recent illnesses linked to consuming fish carrying the ciguatera toxin, which has led to cases of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) in consumers. The...
 
Scientists: Wind Is The Force Behind Fish Booms And Busts; 'Fluctuations Can Be Explained By Natural Phenomena'
San Diego, California - Feb 5, 2008 17:25 EST

The mid-20th century crash of the sardine fishery off California for decades has vexed marine ecologists searching for the root causes of large fluctuations in the sardine population. Before its collapse, the fishery was one of the world’s most productive...
 
Scientists Obtain Core Samples From Subsea Fault System Off Japan; New Data Source For Earthquake Research
Washington, D.C. - Feb 5, 2008 17:09 EST

The third expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) completed its mission off the Kii Peninsula today. The expedition science party, 26 scientists representing 10 countries, set forth on Dec. 19, 2007, aboard the...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Returns Great White Shark To The Wild; 'He Was Getting A Little Too Frisky'
Monterey, California - Feb 5, 2008 09:40 EST

A young white shark on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the past five months was tagged and returned to the wild shortly after sunrise today (Tuesday, February 5). It marks the third time in four years that the...
 
Georgia Lake House's 'Shark Shower' Turns Heads But Doesn't Bite; It's A 'Hit'
Miami, Florida - Feb 5, 2008 06:50 EST

For those that visit John Parker’s lake house for the first time, the experience can be jarring. After all, no one expects to see a giant shark strung up on the deck. But looking closer, the shark is...
 
Scientists: Climate 'Tipping Point' For Ice Sheets, Ocean Circulation On The Horizon; 'False Sense Of Security'
Norwich, U.K. - Feb 5, 2008 05:55 EST

A number of key components of the earth’s climate system could pass their ‘tipping point’ this century, according to new research led by a scientist at the University of East Anglia. Published today by the prestigious international journal Proceedings of the...
 
Report: Illegal Tuna Boat Busted In Cocos Island National Park; Certified 'Dolphin Safe' From A MPA?
San Jose, Costa Rica - Feb 1, 2008 08:48 EST

On January 29th, local Costa Rican fishermen blew the whistle against a purse seine vessel that was illegally fishing inside the marine area of Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, by reporting the incident to officers of the Ministry of...
 
Researchers: Lost City Pumps Life-essential Chemicals At Rates Unseen At Typical Black Smokers
Seattle, Washington - Jan 31, 2008 13:23 EST

Hydrocarbons – molecules critical to life – are being generated by the simple interaction of seawater with the rocks under the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Being able to produce building blocks of life makes Lost...
 
Study: Increased Hurricane Activity Linked To Sea Surface Warming; 'It Has A Large Effect'
London, England - Jan 30, 2008 14:24 EST

The link between changes in the temperature of the sea’s surface and increases in North Atlantic hurricane activity has been quantified for the first time. The research - carried out by scientists at UCL (University College London) and due to...
 
Study: Agriculture Changing Chemistry Of Mississippi River; 'New Large River' From The Corn Belt
Arlington, Virginia - Jan 30, 2008 14:19 EST

Midwestern farming, and increased water flowing into the Mississippi River as a result, have injected the equivalent of five Connecticut Rivers' worth of carbon dioxide into the Mississippi each year over the last 50 years, according to a study published...
 
Scientist Discovers Six New Species Of Deep Sea Fish; 'tremendously Exciting!'
Aberdeen, Scotland - Jan 29, 2008 16:57 EST

A sharp eyed marine scientist who spotted six strange fish during a deep sea research expedition has been rewarded for trusting her instincts. After painstaking work with three taxonomy experts, Dr Nikki King discovered they were – until now –...
 
Biologist: Oxygen-poor Ocean Layer Linked To Jumbo Squid Invasion; 'A New Predator On The Block'
Palo Alto, California - Jan 29, 2008 16:40 EST

In the last six years, California has seen a huge increase in the number of jumbo squid off the coast. Though there are several competing theories as to why this invasion has occurred, a Stanford biologist believes the jumbo squid...
 
Researcher: Earth's Deepest Secrets May Come From The Sea; MERMAIDs To Listen To Underwater Seismic Waves
Princeton, New Jersey - Jan 29, 2008 14:43 EST

Princeton Earth scientist Frederik Simons believes the answers to questions about such unpredictable and destructive acts of nature as earthquakes and volcanoes might best be found floating in the ocean. Despite hundreds of seismometers and geological studies, scientists still have an...
 
Researchers: Corals Thought To Be Pristine Facing Threats, To Be Examined By UAV's
Washington, D.C. - Jan 24, 2008 16:36 EST

A NOAA-sponsored expedition is investigating shallow and deep coral ecosystems off the Caribbean island of Bonaire, part of the Netherland Antilles. Multiple underwater robots and divers are surveying arguably the most pristine coral reefs in the Caribbean to learn why...
 
New Radar Satellite Technique Sheds Light On Ocean Current Dynamics
Frascati, Italy - Jan 24, 2008 12:57 EST

Ocean surface currents have long been the focus of research due to the role they play in weather, climate and transportation of pollutants, yet essential aspects of these currents remain unknown. By employing a new technique – based on the same...
 
Big Tuna: New York Times Should Retract Error-Filled Mercury Story; 'Major Blunders' In Sushi Article
New York, New York - Jan 23, 2008 17:43 EST

Today in a New York Times story claiming sushi-grade tuna is "tainted" with "high mercury levels," health reporter Marian Burros omitted critical information about government standards for mercury levels in fish and seriously misinterpreted their meaning. These errors are significant...
 
Ecologists, Material Scientists Pursue Genetics Of Diatom's Elegant, Etched Casing
Seattle, Washington - Jan 23, 2008 16:52 EST

Diatoms – some of which are so tiny that 30 can fit across the width of a human hair – are so numerous that they are among the key organisms taking the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the Earth’s...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Cover-ups, Misinformation Revealed With Ric Wilson Of The Australian Shark Patrol
San Diego, California - Jan 22, 2008 17:53 EST

The February, 2008 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
 
NOAA: Warm Seas May Mean Fewer Hurricanes; Trend Shows 'An Increase In Vertical Wind Shear'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 22, 2008 15:50 EST

A warming global ocean — influencing the winds that shear off the tops of developing storms — could mean fewer Atlantic hurricanes striking the United States according to new findings by NOAA climate scientists. Furthermore, the relative warming role of...
 
New Tool Developed To Study Drifting Larvae And Juvenile Marine Species
Miami, Florida - Jan 19, 2008 14:37 EST

One of the most significant questions facing marine ecologists today, is just how much of an impact global variations in the environment are having on the dispersal of larval and juvenile marine species from open oceans to coral reefs. Previously,...
 
Fishermen From 30 Countries To Use New Ways To Avoid Snaring Endangered Seabirds
Washington, D.C. - Jan 16, 2008 17:15 EST

Fishing fleets from more than 30 countries on the high seas of the Atlantic and Pacific will now use new ways to avoid accidentally snaring seabirds going after bait on long lines. The new protections are the focus of strong...
 
Groundbreaking Environmental Agreement Reached To Protect The No. 1 Cruise Destination In The World
Washington, D.C. - Jan 15, 2008 18:05 EST

Conservation International (CI), Cozumel’s Department of Tourism and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association today witnessed the culmination of their 12-month partnership with the signing of a groundbreaking conservation agreement by cruise industry leaders representing government, private sector, civil society, and cruise...
 
Sea Otter Study Reveals Striking Variability In Diets And Feeding Strategies
Santa Cruz, California - Jan 14, 2008 18:51 EST

Ecologists have long observed that when food becomes scarce, animal populations exploit a wider range of food sources. So scientists studying southern sea otters at different sites in California's coastal waters were not surprised to find that the dietary diversity...
 
Starfish Outbreak Threatens 'corals Triangle' Off Indonesia; 'We Witnessed A Number Of Active Outbreaks'
New York, New York - Jan 14, 2008 18:06 EST

Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the “coral triangle,” the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral...
 
Researcher: Unusual Fish-eating Dinosaur Had Crocodile-like Skull
Bristol, U. K. - Jan 13, 2008 16:53 EST

An unusual dinosaur has been shown to have a skull that functioned like a fish-eating crocodile, despite looking like a dinosaur. It also possessed two huge hand claws, perhaps used as grappling hooks to lift fish from the water. Dr Emily...
 
Greenhouse Ocean May Downsize Fish; 'The Ocean Biology Is Sort Of On Our Side'
Los Angeles, California - Jan 11, 2008 15:30 EST

By 2100, warmer oceans with more carbon dioxide may no longer sustain 1 of the world's most productive fisheries, says USC marine ecologist The last fish you ate probably came from the Bering Sea. But during this century, the sea’s rich...
 
Malaysian Angler Catches 'Lucky' Horned Snakehead Fish; 'It's Not For Sale'
Sarawak, Borneo - Jan 9, 2008 19:11 EST

A Malaysian fisherman, Saibi Ramli, is looking forward to good times this year because he has caught what he calls his lucky fish -- a snakehead fish with a 2cm horn on its head. Saibi says he has never seen...
 
Stanford, Monterey Bay Aquarium And MBARI Launch Center For Ocean Solutions
Palo Alto, California - Jan 9, 2008 18:50 EST

People have long depended on healthy oceans for food, recreation and commerce. But this irreplaceable resource is in dire trouble, say marine scientists, largely because of human impacts—from pollution to poorly managed fisheries to climate change. To address these and other...
 
Researchers Alarmed By Levels Of Mercury And Arsenic In Chinese Freshwater Ecosystem
Hanover, New Hampshire - Jan 9, 2008 18:44 EST

A team of researchers, led by biologists at Dartmouth, has found potentially dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic in Lake Baiyangdian, the largest lake in the North China Plain and a source of both food and drinking water for the...
 
NOAA: White Marlin Not Threatened Nor Endangered; Population To Remain 'Stable Or Continue To Increase'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 9, 2008 18:37 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today that the Atlantic white marlin, a billfish highly prized by recreational anglers, does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Based on the biological status of the species and consideration...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Interview With Griff McConal, Inventor of Sharkcamo, The 'Holy Grail' of Shark Repellants
San Diego, California - Jan 6, 2008 13:33 EST

The January, 2008 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. This month Shark Conspiracies speaks with Griff McConal, the inventor of Sharkcamo decals. Mr. McConal gave us an exclusive, fascinating interview, and may have discovered the “holy...
 
North Atlantic Warming Tied To Natural Variability; But Global Warming May Be At Play Elsewhere
Durham, North Carolina - Jan 3, 2008 19:13 EST

A Duke University-led analysis of available records shows that while the North Atlantic Ocean’s surface waters warmed in the 50 years between 1950 and 2000, the change was not uniform. In fact, the subpolar regions cooled at the same time...
 
Boy, 12, Hooks Record 551-pound Bull Shark Off Florida Coast; 'This Thing Was Huge'
Palm Beach, Florida - Jan 2, 2008 18:00 EST

After half a day at sea, a 12-year-old boy caught a bull shark weighing more than the state record for a catch of the coastal fish. Aidan Murray Medley reeled in a 551-pound shark Tuesday just north of the Palm Beach...
 
Underwater Digital Camera Mask To Launch; Goggle-cam For Simple Swim Snaps
Sacramento, California - Jan 1, 2008 14:17 EST

A Sacramento, California-based company is releasing a new underwater mask that lets you take pictures while you explore. Costing around the $100, the mask mask lets you record both video and still images thanks to the upto 5-megapixel camera...
 


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