Report: Environmentalists' 'marine reserve' proposals for North Sea misguided
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - Mar 27, 2006 19:14 EST
Proposals by environmentalists to declare small areas of the North Sea as 'no-fishing' zones would not save our flagging fish stocks, suggests a new report by Newcastle University for the British Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA).
Satellite making first direct measurements of ocean surface velocities
Bergen, Norway - Mar 27, 2006 18:50 EST
For more than a decade space-based radar instruments have been routinely observing ocean surface phenomena including wind, waves, oil slicks, even the eyes of hurricanes. Now – employing the same principle as police speed guns – satellite radar has also...
Researcher: Seagrass in decline worldwide; human activity is to blame
Durham, North Carolina - Mar 27, 2006 18:45 EST
Around the world, seagrass beds – shallow-water ecosystems that are important habitats, food sources, and sediment stabilizers – are in decline, says Frederick Short, research professor of natural resources and marine science at the University of New Hampshire. And as...
Scientists discover interplay between genes and viruses in tiny ocean plankton
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mar 25, 2006 11:26 EST
New evidence from open-sea experiments shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic material going on among the ocean's tiny plankton. It happens via ocean-dwelling viruses, scientists report this week in the journal Science.
Conducted by biological oceanographers Sallie Chisholm and her...
Tests: Red Tide Caused Sea Turtle Die-off in El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador - Mar 23, 2006 18:12 EST
A “Red Tide” event that occurred off the coast of El Salvador late last year directly caused the deaths of some 200 sea turtles, according to test results released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations.
Study: Deep-sea Fish Populations Boom Over the Last 15 Years
San Diego, California - Mar 23, 2006 17:42 EST
The largest habitats on Earth are located in the vast, dark plains at the bottom of the ocean. Yet because of their remoteness, many aspects of this mostly unexplored world remain mysterious.
New research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at...
Scientists: 'Supramolecules' Could Cleanup Mercury in Latin America's Rivers
Surrey, United Kingdom - Mar 22, 2006 19:16 EST
Mercury pollution is poisoning many Latin American rivers. The Argentinean, Brazilian, Peruvian, British, Swedish and Spanish researchers working on the Mercury project are now tackling this specific problem with the aid of some remarkable supramolecules.
"Latin America could experience a disaster...
British Invester Wants to Build Giant Aquarium in Bali
Denpansar, Bali - Mar 22, 2006 19:07 EST
British investor Newman Bio Marine Pte Ltd wanted to build a giant aquarium in popular tourist resort in Sanur area on Bali Island, a British businesswoman said.
The company wished to make a large aquarium in Sanur since the area`s underwater...
13-year old Deaf and Dumb Boy Becomes India's Youngest Scuba Diver
Port Blair, India - Mar 22, 2006 18:46 EST
A 13-year old deaf and dumb boy from Andaman and Nicobar islands has become India's youngest scuba diver.
Gaurav Baidya became the youngest scuba diver when he received the Pacific Area Diving Institute (PADI) certificate, the international scuba body certificate, after...
Scientists use satellites to detect deep-ocean whirlpools
Newark, Delaware - Mar 20, 2006 17:58 EST
Move over, Superman, with your X-ray vision. Marine scientists have now figured out a way to "see through" the ocean's surface and detect what's below, with the help of satellites in space.
Using sensor data from several U.S. and European satellites,...
Seoul Museum Buys Shark in Formaldehyde for $4m; 'The Wrath of God'
Seoul, South Korea - Mar 19, 2006 19:29 EST
The Samsung Museum in Seoul has bought Damien Hirst’s The Wrath of God (2005), a new version of the artist’s shark suspended in formaldehyde, for $4m from the Galeria Hilario Galguera in Mexico City. The Korean corporate museum has also...
Report: Filipino Fishermen Having a Blast, Scaring Whales, Destroying Coral
Babuyan Islands, The Philippines - Mar 19, 2006 19:04 EST
Fishermen in the once tranquil Babuyan Islands in Cagayan province are literally having a blast.
Local fishermen, citing poor catch in recent months, have resorted to dynamite blasting to salvage metal from shipwrecks surrounding the islands, according to the World Wildlife...
New Zealand Takes Action to Ban Global Fish Subsidies
Geneva, Switzerland - Mar 19, 2006 19:01 EST
New Zealand has unveiled proposed new international trade rules to stop governments paying massive subsidies to fishermen to exploit the world’s already over fished oceans.
“The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has stated that 75 per cent of world fisheries...
Scientists: Radar Altimetry Revolutionizing the Study of the Ocean
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mar 15, 2006 18:20 EST
Imagine a space tool so revolutionary it can determine the impact of climate change, monitor the melting of glaciers, discover invisible waves, predict the strength of hurricanes, conserve fish stocks and measure river and lake levels worldwide, among other scientific...
Geologist: 'Mini tsunami' likely along Thai coast in the next 50 years
Bangkok, Thailand - Mar 13, 2006 19:46 EST
Geologists have forecast that Thailand's Andaman coast could face a "mini tsunami" in the next 50 years, and warned that the area's "improper" land use could put local residences in real danger if a worse-case scenario occurs.
The magnitude of the...
Aussie Scientists Discover Underwater Ant; 'We Were Sort of Dumbfounded'
Townsville, Australia - Mar 12, 2006 21:31 EST
Australian scientists have discovered what they think is the only species of ant that can live under water.
Researchers at Townsville's James Cook University said Sunday that the newly discovered species - polyrhachis sokolova - nest in submerged mangroves and hide...
DAN America Insurance Dumped at 10 Popular Dive Destinations; Cozumel, Belize, Bahamas, Galapagos...
Durham, North Carolina - Mar 9, 2006 19:33 EST
In a news release dated March 9, 2006, hyperbaric chamber operators from some of the world's most popular dive destinations have announced they will no longer accept DAN America insurance. The destinations include The Bahamas, Baja California, Belize, Cancun,...
Researchers: Bering Sea ecosystem changing 'from arctic to sub-arctic'
Arlington, Virginia - Mar 9, 2006 18:50 EST
Physical changes--including rising air and seawater temperatures and decreasing seasonal ice cover--appear to be the cause of a series of biological changes in the northern Bering Sea ecosystem that could have long-range and irreversible effects on the animals that live...
Scientist warns of threat to last stronghold of endangered turtle
Exeter, UK - Mar 7, 2006 19:37 EST
A major conservation effort, led by Dr Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter, has just got underway to help protect endangered leatherback turtles which nest in Gabon, West Africa. The region is thought to be the animals' last global...