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Pacific Island Nations Call For World's Largest Shark Sanctuary; 'Now We Can Have Balance'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 2, 2011 17:19 EST

An area covering over two million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean, two-thirds of the land area of the United States, is slated to become the world's largest shark sanctuary and the first one ever created through a...
 
Man And The Last Great Wilderness: Human Impact On The Deep Sea
Washington, D.C. - Aug 1, 2011 19:15 EST

he oceans cover 71% of our planet, with over half with a depth greater than 3000 m. Although our knowledge is still very limited, we know that the deep ocean contains a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, supports high biodiversity,...
 
Shark Celebrity Auction Starts Tonight; Dinner With Wyland, Dr. Eugenie Clark, Amos Nachoum, Dr. Sylvia Clark, Dr. Erich Ritter... And Much More
Miami, Florida - Aug 1, 2011 19:08 EST

You've seen them on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Animal Planet, Nat Geo and the BBC − they are the top shark experts in the world! Now meet them in person for lunch or dinner, learn why they love sharks, and...
 
Ebb And Flow: Ancient Tides Quite Different From Today -- Some Dramatically Higher
Corvalis, Oregon - Aug 1, 2011 19:03 EST

The ebb and flow of the ocean tides, generally thought to be one of the most predictable forces on Earth, are actually quite variable over long time periods, in ways that have not been adequately accounted for in most evaluations...
 
Geographic Analysis Offers New Insight Into White Band Coral Disease Spread
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 1, 2011 18:51 EST

In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral responsible for maintaining major marine habitats and providing a natural barrier against hurricanes in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown origin. Now a University...
 
Editorial: Shark Finning Continues In Costa Rica As Regulators Turn A Blind Eye
San Jose, Costa Rica - Aug 1, 2011 18:44 EST

The following is a reprint of "Shark Finning Continues", an editorial by Randall Arauz, President of PRETOMA, which appeared in Periódico La Nación, Costa Rica. August 1, 2011. Op-Ed Section. "Shark finning is prohibited in Costa Rica and there is no...
 
New Report Identifies How Impacts Of Climate Change To Water Supplies & Waterways Will Affect U.S. Cities
Washington, D.C. - Jul 28, 2011 13:36 EST

As the nation grapples with a record year for storms, drought and weather-related devastation, a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals climate change is leaving American cities open to a range of water-related vulnerabilities –...
 
Guy Harvey Foundation Awards UMZ Professor Funding For Research; 'Top Predators Are Under Unprecedented Pressure'
Coral Gables, Florida - Jul 28, 2011 12:51 EST

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) announced that it has awarded funding to Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D., director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami for his research "Assessing the Cascading Ecosystem Impacts of Marine Apex...
 
Editorial: Reforms Needed For Heavy-Handed Touching Exhibits At Public Aquariums
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Jul 27, 2011 16:58 EST

When's the last time you visited an aquarium that had a touching exhibit? Touching exhibits let guests to use their own hands to touch sharks, sting rays, starfish, and many other small aquatic animals and bring knowledge about the importance...
 
Animal Planet's New 'Tanked' Series Plunges Into The Fishy Family Business Of Aquarium Building; 'It's A Flashy Show With Big Reveals'
New York, New Yrok - Jul 26, 2011 19:32 EST

These aren't your father's fish tanks or bright goldfish from your youth... And these are definitely not your typical fish tank builders. Welcome to the wet and wonderful world of TANKED, where owners Wayde King and Brett Raymer build...
 
Group: Most Recent Test Of Oil Spill Response In Us Arctic Called 'Failure'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 25, 2011 18:01 EST

Today, the "United for America's Arctic" coalition challenged oil companies to provide proof that they can clean up oil in America's Arctic in icy conditions. Shell is seeking approval to drill wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in 2012,...
 
Dolphins' 'Remarkable' Recovery From Injury Offers Important Insights For Human Healing
Washington, D.C. - Jul 22, 2011 14:46 EST

A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) scientist who has previously discovered antimicrobial compounds in the skin of frogs and in the dogfish shark has now turned his attention to the remarkable wound healing abilities of dolphins. A dolphin's ability to heal...
 
Inbreeding Raises Fears For Puget Sound Killer Whales; 'We Didn't Think Killer Whales Mated Within Their Own Pod'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 21, 2011 21:54 EST

In a study published online this month in the Journal of Heredity, NOAA researchers and others, using DNA testing to fill in a missing link in the lives of killer whales that seasonally visit Washington's Puget Sound, have discovered that...
 
Research: 'Four-Eyed' Fish Sees Above And Below Water; 'Gene Duplication Can Lead To Innovation'
Vancouver, Canada - Jul 20, 2011 21:41 EST

A "four-eyed" fish that sees simultaneously above and below the water line has offered up a dramatic example of how gene expression allows organisms to adapt to their environment. Gregory L. Owens, a University of British Columbia graduate student, found a...
 
Vessel Seen Landing Shark Fins In Nicaragua Fins Then Imported Into Costa Rica; 'Modern Day Pirates'
San Jose, costa Rica - Jul 20, 2011 21:09 EST

According to reports published in the Nicaraguan press (La Prensa, Monday July 18, page 4a), an unidentified foreign vessel landed between 4 and 8 tons of shark fins in Puerto Sandino, which were then exported to Costa Rica. The...
 
Wounded Warriors Dive With Families In The Florida Keys; 'Emotionally, We're Recharging And Rehabilitating'
Key West, Florida - Jul 20, 2011 21:04 EST

Just seven months after he lost both legs and full use of his right arm following an attack in Afghanistan, a U.S. Army Special Operations soldier has been reintroduced to scuba diving with his wife and son who are learning...
 
Discovery Channel's Sharkcam Goes Live; 'Fish-Eye' View Of Georgia Aquarium
New York, New York - Jul 20, 2011 20:56 EST

After more than 6 years in the development, a camera that can broadcast sharks and manta rays live over the Internet is live at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Operated by the Discovery Channel for Shark Week 2011, the camera...
 
Oceana Finds 17% Of Gulf Shrimp Fishing Vessels Killing 90% Of Sea Turtles Encountered, Far More Than Originally Estimated
Washinton, D.C. - Jul 19, 2011 20:57 EST

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, today released a new report outlining violations of sea turtle protection regulations in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery. Specifically, the data shows that illegal fishing in...
 
Argh! NOAA Says Crew Acted Responsibly Before, After 2009 Whale Collision
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 18, 2011 19:58 EST

A NOAA investigation has found the crew of the NOAA Research vessel Auk, captained by a NOAA contractor, exercised due care before and after it struck a North Atlantic right whale in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the...
 
Scientists Analyze, Explain The Chemical Makeup Of Gulf Oil Spill 'From Pipe To Plume'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 18, 2011 19:52 EST

Taking another major step in sleuthing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has determined what chemicals were contained in a deep, hydrocarbon-containing plume at least 22 miles long that...
 
U.S. Joins More Than 50 Nations In Adopting Recommendation To List Vessels Engaged In Illegal Fishing Around The World
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 17, 2011 17:00 EST

The United States joined more than 50 countries Thursday signing a recommendation to regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) to better track vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing for tunas, swordfish, sharks and other highly migratory species. Annual...
 
Famous Manatee 'Chessie' Sighted In Chesapeake Bay After Long Absence
Gainsville, Florida - Jul 15, 2011 19:34 EST

A manatee spotted this week in Calvert County, Maryland is the same one that first made waves 17 years ago when he appeared in Chesapeake Bay just before the onset of winter and later had to be rescued. Named "Chessie,"...
 
Researchers: 2011 Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Could Be Biggest Ever; Even Bigger Than Delaware And Rhode Island Combined
College Station, Texas - Jul 15, 2011 19:05 EST

Researchers from Texas A&M University have returned from a trip to examine the scope and size of this year's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico and have measured it currently to be about 3,300 square miles, or roughly the...
 
Scientists: Loss Of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption Of Ecosystems
San Diego, California - Jul 14, 2011 19:21 EST

The decline of large predators and other "apex consumers" at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent findings conducted by an international team of scientists and published in...
 
First Study Into Gm Atlantic Salmon Mating Reveals Danger Of Escape To Wild Gene Pool; 'Sneak Fertilization'
Newfoundland, Canada - Jul 13, 2011 19:48 EST

If genetically modified Atlantic salmon were to escape from captivity they could succeed in breeding and passing their genes into the wild, Canadian researchers have found. Their research, published in Evolutionary Applications, explores the potential reproductive implications of GM salmon...
 
DUI Recalls Weight And Trim Systems Due To Drowning Risks
Washington, D.C. - Jul 13, 2011 16:04 EST

Diving Unlimited is recalling about 1,500 Weight & Trim System Classic and DUI Weight & Trim System II weight systems sold in the United States and Canada. The recall is because manufacturing defects in the lanyard connecting the handle...
 
Thousands Sign Letter That Urges Costa Rican President To Ban Shark Fin Imports
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jul 12, 2011 20:07 EST

A letter signed by 4039 Costa Rican citizens was delivered today to the country's President Laura Chinchilla, urging her to sign an Executive Decree banning shark fin imports. The letter was also signed by 324 citizens of 39 countries,...
 
Scientists: Lie Of The Land Beneath Glaciers Influences Impact On Sea Levels; 'This Finding Is Remarkable'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Jul 12, 2011 19:17 EST

Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels. Scientists have shown for the first time that the terrain beneath glaciers influences how much glacier melt contributes to fluctuations in sea levels. Researchers...
 
Researchers: Genetic Switch For Limbs And Digits Found In Ancient Fish; 'Whole Universe Of Questions' Opened Up
Chicago, Illinois - Jul 11, 2011 20:16 EST

Genetic instructions for developing limbs and digits were present in primitive fish millions of years before their descendants first crawled on to land, researchers have discovered. Genetic switches control the timing and location of gene activity. When a particular switch taken...
 
Reversal Of Fortune: Pearson Finishes Strong, Carr Fades At Bassmaster Northern Open; 'This Was A Great Event For Us'
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 9, 2011 19:10 EST

GEICO pro anglers Robert Pearson and Teddy Carr had solid showings on the James River in the first of three Bassmaster Northern Opens on the 2011 schedule. After a sluggish start Thursday where he boated just three bass weighing 5 pounds,...
 
Teddy Carr In Contention At Bass Northern Open; Robert Pearson Plugging Away; 'I Let A Few Get Away'
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 8, 2011 19:56 EST

GEICO angler Teddy Carr began the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 on a high note Thursday, pulling 11 pounds, 5 ounces of bass out of the James River to tie for the No. 16 spot in the star-studded field....
 
Bass Anglers Robert Pearson, Teddy Carr Both Motivated To Do Well In Big Weekend Tournament
Richmond, Virginia - Jul 7, 2011 09:16 EST

The 2011 Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 has arrived at the James River and GEICO pro anglers Robert Pearson and Teddy Carr are both extremely motivated to do well, but for different reasons. For Pearson, the competition and...
 
Chile Bans Shark Finning; 'We Will Have A Critical Tool To Protect And Recover These Most Exploited Species'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 6, 2011 19:23 EST

Today, the Chilean National Congress passed legislation that completely bans shark finning. The bill, promoted by Oceana, requires every shark that fishermen catch to be landed with their fins naturally attached. The President of Chile is expected to sign the...
 
Settlement Reached To Protect Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles In West Coast Waters
San Francisco, California - Jul 6, 2011 18:59 EST

A settlement filed today in federal court between conservation groups and the National Marine Fisheries Service requires the government to make a final rule protecting critical habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle by Nov. 15, 2011. As proposed, the...
 
Study: Gray Whales Likely Survived The Ice Ages By Changing Their Diets, 'Employing Generalist Filter-Feeding Mode'
Berkeley, California - Jul 6, 2011 18:47 EST

Gray whales survived many cycles of global cooling and warming over the past few million years, likely by exploiting a more varied diet than they do today, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Smithsonian Institution...
 
The End? Cast Of Whale Wars To Reconvene In Reunion Special Following Season Finale
New York, New York - Jul 5, 2011 20:11 EST

After an exhilarating, heart-pounding and potentially final season of Animal Planet's most-watched and talked-about series, WHALE WARS, Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds are basking in a hard-fought, if not cautious, victory. Hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean...
 
Research: Warming Ocean Layers Will Undermine Polar Ice Sheets; 'Water Has A Much Larger Heat Capacity Than Air'
Tuscon, Arizona - Jul 3, 2011 16:57 EST

Warming of the ocean's subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new University of Arizona-led research. Such melting would increase the sea level more than already projected. The research,...
 
Study: Zooplankton Could Be Hard Hit By Climate Change; 'Oxygen Minimum Zones Are Very Difficult Places To Survive'
Kingston, Phode Island - Jul 1, 2011 17:58 EST

Tiny marine organisms called zooplankton can use specialized adaptations that allow them to hide from predators in areas of the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that almost nothing can survive, but they may run into trouble as these...
 
Whitetip Sharks Caught In The Jaws Of Tuna Fisheries; 'There Is A Relatively Easy Fix'
La Jolla, California - Jun 30, 2011 19:46 EST

Governments will soon have a chance to help conserve populations of oceanic whitetip sharks, which have declined so much in the eastern Pacific that catch numbers have been reduced to almost zero. Tuna fisheries are primarily responsible for the drastic decrease...
 
Study Documents First Cookiecutter Shark Attack On A Live Human; 'Kind Of Like Using A Melon-Baller'
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 30, 2011 19:33 EST

A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers provides details on the first cookiecutter shark attack on a live human, a concern as warm summer waters attract more people to the ocean. The study currently online and appearing in the...
 

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