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Downed Pilot's Nightmare In Shark-Infested Waters May Help Save Coral Reefs
Landover, Maryland - Dec 2, 2011 22:26 EST

Twenty five years ago, on December 4, 1986, Walter Wyatt's plane crashed in the waters of Cay Sal Bank, a remote area between Cuba and The Bahamas. It sank almost immediately. Walter, who now lives in Enterprise, Alabama, spent a...
 
Name And Shame: Costa Rican Pirate Fishermen Who Illegally Enter Cocos Islands Identified; 'The Authorities Are So Lax'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Nov 29, 2011 18:30 EST

Costa Rican authorities have published a list of illegal pirate fishermen who have been operating within the Cocos Island marine protected area. The shameful first place prize for illegal entrance goes to "Albatros" with 23 illegal entries, followed by...
 
Submarine Springs Offer Preview Of Ocean Acidification Effects On Coral Reefs; 'Some Good News And Some Bad News'
Santa Cruz, California - Nov 28, 2011 18:30 EST

Observations at submarine springs found along the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are giving scientists a preview of the possible fate of coral reef ecosystems in response to ocean acidification. The naturally low pH (a measure of acidity) in the water...
 
Tour Of South Africa's 'Shark Route' Launched; Top Scientists, Photographers, Divers To Guide Trips
Mossel Bay, South Africa - Nov 28, 2011 18:15 EST

Oceans Discovery has launched the first ever shark route along the coasts of Southern Africa, home to diverse and abundant shark populations and some of the most incredible ocean ecosystems our world has to offer. The shark route...
 
Supercool: Water Doesn't Have To Freeze Until Minus 55 F; 'We're Solving A Very Old Puzzle'
Salt Lake City, Utah - Nov 28, 2011 18:03 EST

We drink water, bathe in it and we are made mostly of water, yet the common substance poses major mysteries. Now, University of Utah chemists may have solved one enigma by showing how cold water can get before it absolutely...
 
Scientific Sleuths Pinpoint The Guilty Coral Killers; 'Different Diseases Can Often Look Very Similar'
Cairns, Australia - Nov 23, 2011 18:54 EST

The elusive culprits that are killing countless coral reefs around the world can now be nabbed with technology normally used to diagnose human diseases, marine researchers say. Coral researchers and reef managers will be able to identify coral infections using a...
 
Interactive Map Of Sea Level Changes Launched; 'Vast Majority Of Sites Indicate A Sea Level Rise'
Southampton, UK - Nov 23, 2011 18:32 EST

A new interactive map that allows users to explore changes in sea level worldwide over five decades has been launched by the UK's Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL). The PSMSL, operated by the National Oceanography Centre under the...
 
Female Guppies Prefer Orange Mates, But Why? Biologists Solve An Evolution Mystery
Los Angeles, California - Nov 23, 2011 18:17 EST

Guppies in the wild have evolved over at least half-a-million years — long enough for the males' coloration to have changed dramatically. Yet a characteristic orange patch on male guppies has remained remarkably stable, though it could have become redder...
 
St. Maarten: Warning As 'Edible' Lionfish Found With Poisonous Ciguatoxin; 'This Is Very Bad News'
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Nov 22, 2011 19:55 EST

The Nature Foundation is recommending that the invasive lionfish not be eaten or consumed based on a recently concluded study where flesh samples which were taken of larger lionfish caught in St. Maarten waters showed levels of the poisonous ciguatoxin...
 
Not So Bad: Great Lakes Fish Feeding On Invading Shrimp
Kingston, Ontario - Nov 22, 2011 19:01 EST

The latest invader of the Great Lakes—Hemimysis anomala, or more commonly the bloody red shrimp after its bright red spots—may become a new food source for fish, allaying concerns about how it will impact native fish populations. "Forecasting how an...
 
Hong Kong-Based Peninsula Hotels Bans Shark Fins From Menus; Hopes To Inspire Others
Hong Kong, PRC - Nov 22, 2011 18:48 EST

In recognition of the threat facing the global shark population and in line with the Company's sustainability vision, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH), parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, today announced that it will stop serving shark fin...
 
Mote Marine Lab's 'Sustainable' Caviar Now Available At Whole Foods; 'Our Missions Intertwine Nicely'
Sarasota, Florida - Nov 22, 2011 18:36 EST

Mote's melt-in-your mouth Siberian caviar has been getting rave reviews since the first exquisite batch was produced in eastern Sarasota County in 2006. Now, Florida connoisseurs have a new source for this undeniable delicacy: Whole Foods Market®. The caviar — being...
 
Robojelly Gets An Upgrade: Underwater Robot Learns To Swim More Like The Real Thing; 'The Flap Plays An Important Role'
Blacksburg, Virginia - Nov 21, 2011 20:49 EST

Engineers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VirginiaTech) have developed a robot that mimics the graceful motions of jellyfish so precisely that it has been named Robojelly. Developed for the Office of Naval Research in 2009, this vehicle was...
 
Oceana Applauds ICCAT Decision To Protect Vulnerable Silky Sharks; Frowns On 'Half-Hearted' Swordfish Protections
Istanbul, Turkey - Nov 19, 2011 19:03 EST

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, applauded the 22nd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) today for establishing new protections for silky sharks, the shark species...
 
Corals Can Sense What's Coming, Commit 'Cell Suicide' When Conditions Deteriorate
Cairns, Australia - Nov 19, 2011 17:00 EST

Australian scientists have thrown new light on the mechanism behind the mass death of corals worldwide as the Earth's climate warms. Coral bleaching, one of the most devastating events affecting coral reefs around the planet, is triggered by rising water temperatures....
 
Small 'Jumbo' Squid Mystery In Mexican Waters Unraveled By Biologist, College Students; 'The Squid Were Pretty Screwed Up'
Palo Alto, California - Nov 18, 2011 19:38 EST

While shorter days and colder weather move many of us to hunker under the covers, researchers who spent their summers in fieldwork are more likely to be hunched over microscopes and curled over keyboards, scrutinizing samples and crunching data from...
 
Decline In Dead Zones: Efforts To Heal Chesapeake Bay Are Working; Fertilizers, Animal Waste, Pollution Reduced
Baltimore, Maryland - Nov 18, 2011 19:19 EST

Efforts to reduce the flow of fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay appear to be giving a boost to the bay's health, a new study that analyzed 60 years of water quality data has concluded. The...
 
Greenpeace Releases Shocking Whistleblower Tuna Fish Footage; 'Obscene Waste Of Ocean Life'
Auckland, New Zealand - Nov 16, 2011 20:39 EST

Greenpeace today released shocking footage and images of whales and a marlin and ray dying at the hands of industrial tuna fishers in the Pacific Ocean. The footage was shot by a New Zealand helicopter pilot turned whistleblower, who undertook aerial...
 
Tasmania: Last Whale Dies After West Coast Mass Stranding; 'We Did Everything Possible'
Hobart, Tasmania - Nov 16, 2011 20:24 EST

The last survivor of the weekend whale stranding on Tasmania's West Coast died at 7pm last night. Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Arthur said the 12-metre sperm whale died following attempts late in the day to return it to...
 
Florida Moves To Protect Tiger, Hammerhead Sharks In State Waters; 'Problems We Avoid' With Conservation
Tallahassee, Florida - Nov 16, 2011 19:59 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) moved Nov. 16 to prohibit the harvest of tiger sharks and three species of hammerheads from state waters in an effort to further protect these top predators that rely on Florida waters...
 
Costa Rica: Tuna Farm Aquaculture Project Near Turtle Beaches Stopped
San Jose, Costa Rica - Nov 11, 2011 17:44 EST

On Monday November 7, 2011 Costa Rica's Environmental Secretariat (SETENA), via official document 2723-2011, stated it would no longer consider Granjas Atuneras de Golfito SA's petition to construct a yellow fin tuna aquaculture project, or tuna farm, at the...
 
Florida's Vandenberg Artificial Reef Wins Conservation Award; 'Attracts Tourists From Around The World'
Key West, Florida - Nov 11, 2011 17:35 EST

The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, an artificial reef located in the Florida Keys, was lauded with a Society of American Travel Writers' Phoenix Award. The honor was announced at the organization's annual convention being staged now in New Zealand. Created in...
 
Violent Passions -- Jealous Cleaner Shrimp Murder Their Rivals Until A Pair Remains
Tübingen, Germany - Nov 10, 2011 20:56 EST

The hermaphroditic cleaner shrimp Lysmata amboinensis usually live in monogamous pairs, but dark passions underlie their social structure. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that cleaner shrimp, in any group larger than two,...
 
Research: 'Fishy Lawnmowers' Help Save Pacific Corals; Parrotfish And Surgeonfish Key To New Reef Growth
Santa Barbara, California - Nov 10, 2011 20:08 EST

Can fish save coral reefs from dying? UC Santa Barbara researchers have found one case where fish have helped coral reefs to recover from cyclones and predators. Coral reefs worldwide are increasingly disturbed by environmental events that are causing their decline,...
 
For Deep-Sea Cephalopods, 'Switchable' Camouflage Saves The Day; 'Seeing Others Without Being Seen Yourself'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nov 10, 2011 19:06 EST

For animals living in the deep sea, it seems that there is no such thing as all-occasion camouflage. Under diffuse light conditions, it's generally best to be transparent. But in the deeper ocean, where predators are equipped with special organs...
 
UN Report: Aquaculture Has Potential To Cut Poverty, Combat Food Insecurity; 'The Greatest Potential To Produce More Fish'
New York, New YOrk - Nov 10, 2011 18:34 EST

More than 50 per cent of the world's food fish will come from aquaculture, making it a crucial method to reduce poverty and combat food insecurity, said a new United Nations report released, while calling for governments to step up...
 
Researchers: Some Coral Reefs Can Lower Ocean Acidity; 'Overall, CO2 Enrichment And Ocean Acidification Is Bad News'
Townsville, Australia - Nov 9, 2011 19:17 EST

Coral reefs can both positively and negatively influence the acidity of their surrounding seawater. That is the take-home message of two papers recently published in the international journal Global Change Biology, by a group of scientists from the Australian Institute...
 
Researchers: Fish Follow The Simple 'Rules Of Motion' To School
Uppsala, Sweden - Nov 7, 2011 20:28 EST

The rules of school are simple: it is all about watching the kid nearest to you and making sure you do what they do. Researchers at the mathematics department at Uppsala University, together with biologists at Sydney University have shown...
 
Into The Deep Unknown: Scientists On A Mission To Explore Underwater Mountains In The Indian Ocean
Cape Town, South Africa - Nov 7, 2011 19:59 EST

Top marine scientists from around the world are setting off on a six-week cruise on board the RRS James Cook today to explore underwater mountains – or seamounts – of the southwest Indian Ocean Ridge. Their main focus will be...
 
Florida Divers Capture 312 Invasive Lionfish During Lower Keys Derby
Stock Island, Florida Keys - Nov 7, 2011 18:32 EST

More than 50 divers collected 312 Indo-Pacific red lionfish Nov. 5 during the final 2011 diver derby to reduce the population of the invasive species in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The Lower Keys Lionfish Derby attracted 14 teams that...
 
Researchers: Climate Change To Force Sea Life To Swim 'Farther And Faster' To Survive; Equator To Empty Out
Cairns, Australia - Nov 3, 2011 21:20 EST

Fish and other sea creatures will have to travel large distances to survive climate change, international marine scientists have warned. Sea life, particularly in the Indian Ocean, the Western and Eastern Pacific and the subarctic oceans will face growing pressures...
 
Researchers: Coral Population Stable And Sea Urchins Are On The Rise In Florida Keys
Wilmington, North Carolina - Nov 3, 2011 21:08 EST

Over the past decade, the populations of staghorn and elkhorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have remained steady after dramatic declines in the last century. Long-term monitoring conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington...
 
Study: Arabian Sea Tropical Cyclones Are Intensified By Air Pollution; 'There Has Been A Real Uptick'
Charlottesville, Virginia - Nov 2, 2011 21:28 EST

A recent increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea may be a side effect of increasing air pollution over the Indian sub-continent, a new multi-institutional study has found. Traditionally, prevailing wind-shear patterns prevent cyclones in the Arabian...
 
RIP: Monterey Bay Aquarium Great White Shark Dies Minutes After Being Returned to Ocean; Staff 'Surprised And Saddened', 'Distressed and Puzzled'
Monterey, California - Nov 2, 2011 20:16 EST

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is deeply saddened to announce the death of the young great white shark released nine days ago off the coast of southern California. "This is a very difficult day for all of us, and for everyone who...
 
Hey, Bacteria, Get Off Of My Boat! Scientists Eye Stimuli-Responsive Surfaces To Combat Biofouling
Nashville, Tennessee - Nov 1, 2011 19:18 EST

Submerge it and they will come. Opportunistic seaweed, barnacles, and bacterial films can quickly befoul almost any underwater surface, but researchers are now using advances in nanotechnology and materials science to design environmentally friendly underwater coatings that repel these biological...
 
Bonnier's Scuba Diving Honors Shark Conservationist Shawn Heinrichs With Sea Hero Of Year Award
Winter Park, Florida - Nov 1, 2011 19:10 EST

Bonnier's Scuba Diving magazine has awarded its top honor of the year to Shawn Heinrichs, a shark conservationist who for years has been dedicated to the fight against shark finning. Scuba Diving, along with title sponsor Oris Watches, will present...
 
Researchers: Human Noise May Be Hindering Dolphin Echolocation
College Park, Maryland - Oct 31, 2011 19:21 EST

On land, the sound of jackhammers or passing semis might make it difficult for humans to hear, but not much is known about how anthropogenic noises in the ocean – from ship's sonar, pier pile drivers, or oil well operations,...
 
Commentary: Sea Shepherd Strongly Opposes Western Australia Government's Call For A Shark Cull
Fitzroy, Victoria - Oct 29, 2011 20:02 EST

The Western Australian (WA) Government has unfortunately given a green light to hunt for a shark that killed a man in the waters off of Rottnest Island on October 22, 2011. The 32-year-old American man was diving and spear fishing,...
 
Professor Trains Goldfish To Recognize Objects; 'A Researcher's Dream Project'
Rochester, New York - Oct 28, 2011 17:42 EST

The fictitious storybook character Dr. Doolittle was known for talking with animals. Caroline DeLong, an assistant professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology, is a real-life Doolittle whose research focuses on object discrimination in goldfish and echolocation in dolphins to...
 
Seaweed Records Show Impact Of Ocean Warming; 'Trees Of The Ocean' Heading Toward Extinction
Perth, Australia - Oct 28, 2011 17:00 EST

As the planet continues to warm, it appears that seaweeds may be in especially hot water. New findings reported online on October 27 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, based on herbarium records collected in Australia since the 1940s...
 



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