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Study: Continental Drift, Sinking Ocean Basins Major Factor In Sea Level Changes
Sydney, Australia - Mar 11, 2008 07:52 EST

Sea levels were 550 feet (170 m) higher in the late Cretaceous period, about 80 million years ago, than today, shows a new reconstruction of historic ocean basins published in the journal Science. The authors say the work may help...
 
IFAW: Slaughter Of 275,000 Harp Seal Pups 'Completely Indefensible' In Face Of International Outcry And Dwindling Markets
Ottawa, Canada - Mar 10, 2008 14:45 EST

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has once again decided to ignore scientific advice, and the wishes of the majority of Canadians, by increasing the total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals. "Quite frankly, I'm stunned." Said Sheryl Fink, a...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Fatal Shark Attack On Markus Groh Examined
San Diego, California - Mar 8, 2008 09:15 EST

The April, 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...
 
Argh! NOAA Scientists Spot Rare White Killer Whale; Like 'Finding A Needle In A Haystack'
Seattle, Washington - Mar 6, 2008 16:53 EST

Scientists aboard the NOAA research vessel Oscar Dyson in the North Pacific have sighted a creature of great rarity and even myth: a white whale. Scientists aboard the NOAA research vessel Oscar Dyson in the North Pacific have sighted...
 
Group: Bahamas Shark Feeding Tours Endangering Others; Calls On Government To Prohibit Feeding
Miami, Florida - Mar 6, 2008 14:50 EST

Shark feeding tours to The Bahamas – like the one that ended last week in the tragic death of an Austrian diver – also pose a threat to island visitors not involved in these expeditions, said a spokesman for a...
 
Breath Of The Ocean Links Fish Feeding, Reefs, Climate; 'They're Not Smelling Food, But Other Cues'
Davis, California - Mar 6, 2008 14:09 EST

An ocean odor that affects global climate also gathers reef fish to feed as they "eavesdrop" on events that might lead them to food. Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is given off by algae and phytoplankton, microscopic one-celled plants that float in the ocean....
 
Scientists: Changes In Ocean Conditions In Sargasso Sea Potential Cause For Decline In Eel Fishery
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 6, 2008 14:05 EST

American eels are fast disappearing from restaurant menus as stocks have declined sharply across the North Atlantic. While the reasons for the eel decline remain as mysterious as its long migrations, a recent study by a NOAA scientist and colleagues...
 
Massive 1,000-pound, 14-foot Hammerhead Shark Landed Off Florida Coast; 'I Can't Believe It'
Singer Island, Florida - Mar 6, 2008 10:05 EST

A massive 1,000-pound, 14-foot hammerhead shark was caught by a Florida fisherman Wednesday afternoon in shallow water. Fritz Van Der Grift was fishing off of Singer Island in Palm Beach County when he snagged the shark, which he says he never...
 
NOAA: Ocean 'Deserts' Are Expanding; 'Consistent' With Global Warming Or Sample 'Variation'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 5, 2008 14:02 EST

The least biologically productive areas of the oceans are expanding much faster than predicted, according to a new study by researchers at NOAA and the University of Hawaii. This change in ocean biology, linked to the warming of sea surface...
 
Record 1100-pound Shark Caught Off Tunisia; Biggest Fish Ever Landed Off Northern Africa
Tunis, Tunisia - Mar 4, 2008 18:07 EST

A fisherman made the catch of a lifetime Monday off the coast of Tunisia in the Mediterranean Sea. Weighing in at more than 1,100 pounds, locals said it was the biggest fish ever caught out of the north African country. After it...
 
Research: Dissolved Organic Matter In The Water Column May Influence Coral Health
Port Aransas, Texas - Mar 4, 2008 17:22 EST

Bacterial communities endemic to healthy corals could change depending on the amount and type of natural and man-made dissolved organic matter in seawater, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory in...
 
Tiny Polyps Need 2 Kinds Of Carbon To Survive Coral Bleaching; Photosynthesis Vs. Zooplankton
Columbus, Ohio - Mar 4, 2008 17:13 EST

How well ocean reefs recover from the growing damage caused by warming sea temperatures depends both on how much the tiny coral polyps can eat, and how healthy they can keep the microscopic algae that live inside their bodies. New research...
 
Record As Florida Marine Lab Recovers Tagged Shark 11 Years After Release
Sarasota, Florida - Mar 4, 2008 10:07 EST

A shark tagged by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists off Pensacola , Fla., spent nearly 11 years at liberty before being caught last May by a fisherman who returned the tag to Mote. The tag return marks the longest period of...
 
NOAA Researchers: Northern Right Whales Head South To Give Birth, Leave Genetic 'fingerprints'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 3, 2008 17:31 EST

Like many northerners who head south to warmer climates for the winter, many Northern right whales also head south in November and stay into April. Their destination is the only known calving ground for this rare and endangered population—the waters...
 
NOAA Aids Lab In Growing Coral For Transplantation To Damaged Reefs
New Haven, Connecticut - Feb 29, 2008 15:29 EST

Scientists at the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) are currently growing more than 400 corals from the larval stage as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -funded research, and will transplant them to restore damaged coral reefs. Producing...
 
Dive Industry Trade Group Expresses Sympathy For Diver's Family; Encourages Dive Operators To Adhere To Established Shark Diving Guidelines
San Diego, California - Feb 29, 2008 08:11 EST

DEMA (The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) is deeply saddened by the recent events that lead to a diver's death after participating in a shark dive in the Bahamas last weekend. This tragic incident is an unusual occurrence, yet...
 
Seafloor Cores Show Tight Bond Between Dust And Past Climates; Shed Light On Proposed Manmade Climate 'Repairs'
New York, New York - Feb 28, 2008 14:31 EST

Each year, long-distance winds drop up to 900 million tons of dust from deserts and other parts of the land into the oceans. Scientists suspect this phenomenon connects to global climate—but exactly how, remains a question. Now a big piece...
 
Research: 2 Oxygenation Events In Ancient Oceans Sparked Spread Of Complex Life
Blacksburg, Virginia - Feb 25, 2008 17:22 EST

The rise of oxygen and the oxidation of deep oceans between 635 and 551 million years ago may have had an impact on the increase and spread of the earliest complex life, including animals, according to a study reported in...
 
Researchers Awarded $3.9M For Lab Under The Sea; 'No One Has Ever Done A Project Like This Before'
Los Angeles, California - Feb 25, 2008 17:09 EST

Think of bacteria eating rock. Now think of bacteria eating rock below the ocean floor. How about experimenting on bacteria in that rock 15,000 feet underwater" With a $3.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, USC researcher Katrina...
 
'Cowboy' Shark Dive Operator Warned Over Safety Before Fatal Attack; 'Accident Waiting To Happen'
Miami, Florida - Feb 25, 2008 13:37 EST

The dive operator that ran a shark expedition where a diver was killed by a shark bite had been warned to stop the practice of "dangerous" shark interactions in the islands of the Bahamas. Neal Watson, president of the...
 
Wallet Missing For 36 Years Found Inside Shark; 'I Was Wondering What Else Was In There'
Monterey, California - Feb 22, 2008 15:30 EST

Royal Seafoods has been bringing in the day's catch for generations. Employees at the company said they thought they'd seen it all, until the good ship Irene's Way pulled up the other day. A huge shark was onboard, and...
 
Researchers Challenge Analyses On Sustainability Of Gulf Of Mexico Fisheries; 'Little' Fluctuation Over 50 Years
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Feb 20, 2008 17:12 EST

Louisiana’s coastal fisheries produce approximately 25 percent of the total catch by weight in the lower 48 states. With such a substantial portion of the nation’s economy dependant on the state of these waters – particularly the Gulf of Mexico...
 
Shark Conspiracies: 'Absurdity' Of ISAF's 2007 Shark Attack Numbers Examined
San Diego, California - Feb 19, 2008 16:59 EST

The March 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...
 
To Save Or Savor? It's Decision Time For Atlantic Bluefin Tuna; 'You've Got To Keep A Lot Of Bluefin In The Bank'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 18, 2008 13:51 EST

Giant bluefin tuna are in trouble, primarily because the powerful muscles that propel their extensive ocean migrations come with an Achilles' heel: They're tasty. Prized by sushi lovers for their savory succulence and by fishermen for the incomparable price they command-one...
 
Research Unveiling The Underwater Ways Of The White Shark; 'Appear Again And Again At Very Specific Areas'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 18, 2008 13:47 EST

It's hard to study a creature when you only catch fleeting glimpses of it. Up until recently, that was one of the big stumbling blocks for marine biologists and ecologists, but advances in electronic tracking technology have allowed them to...
 
Researcher: Small Sea Creatures May Be The 'canaries In The Coal Mine' Of Climate Change
Boston, Massachusetts - Feb 17, 2008 18:44 EST

As oceans warm and become more acidic, ocean creatures are undergoing severe stress and entire food webs are at risk, according to scientists at a press briefing this morning at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...
 
Study: Fish Devastated By Sex-changing Chemicals In Municipal Wastewater; Estrogen Eyed
New Brunswick, Canada - Feb 16, 2008 15:14 EST

While most people understand the dangers of flushing toxic chemicals into the ecosystem through municipal sewer systems, one potentially devastating threat to wild fish populations comes from an unlikely source: estrogen. After an exhaustive seven-year research effort, Canadian biologists found that...
 
Research: Bottom Trawling Impacts Clearly Visible From Space; Human's 'most Destructive Actions' In The Ocean
Boston, Massachusetts - Feb 15, 2008 14:45 EST

Bottom trawling, an industrial fishing method that drags large, heavy nets across the seafloor stirs up huge, billowing plumes of sediment on shallow seafloors that can be seen from space. As a result of scientific studies showing that bottom trawling kills...
 
World's Largest Marine Protected Area Created In Pacific Ocean; 'A Commitment Of Historic Proportions'
Arlington, Virginia - Feb 14, 2008 17:24 EST

The small Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has become a global conservation leader by establishing the world’s largest marine protected area – a California-sized ocean wilderness of pristine coral reefs and rich fish populations threatened by over-fishing and climate change. The...
 
Pacific Northwest 'Dead Zone' Events Unprecedented; 'We May Have Crossed A Tipping Point'
Corvallis, Oregon - Feb 14, 2008 17:22 EST

A review of all available ocean data records concludes that the low-oxygen events which have plagued the Pacific Northwest coast since 2002 are unprecedented in the five decades prior to that, and may well be linked to the stronger, persistent...
 
Study: 40 Percent Of The World’s Oceans Are Heavily Impacted By Human Activities; 'More Than Expected'
Washington, D.D. - Feb 14, 2008 17:20 EST

More than 40 percent of the world’s oceans are heavily impacted by human activities, including overfishing and pollution, according to a new study that will appear in tomorrow’s peer-reviewed journal Science. Dr. Kenneth Casey, with NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center in...
 
Gharials, Monarchs Of Indian Rivers, Under Grave Threat; 'A National Crisis'
Delhi, India - Feb 13, 2008 18:11 EST

More than 90 gharials (Gangeticus gavialis) have been reported dead in the last 2 months in the National Chambal Sanctuary in India for yet-to-be diagnosed reasons. The monarch of Indian rivers is under severe threat. A team of international veterinarians...
 
ISAF: Human Deaths From Shark Attacks Hit 20-year In 2007; Not 'Too Many Made-for-movie Moments'
Gainsville, Florida - Feb 12, 2008 19:16 EST

Fatal shark attacks worldwide dipped to their lowest levels in two decades in 2007 with the sole casualty involving a swimmer vacationing in the South Pacific, according to the latest statistics from the University of Florida. Except for 1987, when there...
 
Study: Dramatic Declines In Wild Salmon Populations Are Associated With Exposure To Farmed Salmon
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Feb 11, 2008 18:23 EST

Since the late 1970s, salmon aquaculture has grown into a global industry, producing over 1 million tons of salmon per year. However, this solution to globally declining fish stocks has come under increasing fire. In a new study published this...
 
New Fish Parasite Species Described; Farmed Fish Infected With Serious Disease
Oslo, Norwary - Feb 11, 2008 17:32 EST

While studying towards his doctorate of philosophy, Anders Jørgensen discovered a previously undescribed species of parasite that infects farmed fish and produces serious disease. Single-celled parasites of the genus Spironucleus are known to produce serious illness in farmed and aquarium...
 
Sixth Defendant Pleads Guilty In Connection With Illegal Sea Turtle Smuggling; 'We Mean Business'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 8, 2008 16:54 EST

Esteban Lopez Estrada, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Denver to one felony count of smuggling and one felony count of money laundering in connection with the smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins...
 
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...
 


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