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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...
 
NOAA: Bacterial Infection As Cause Of Death For Five Northern Gulf Of Mexico Dolphins; Investigation Continues
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 27, 2011 17:20 EST

Pathology experts contracted by NOAA have identified the bacteria Brucella in five bottlenose dolphins that died in the northern Gulf of Mexico. These five are among the 580 dolphins in higher than expected strandings that began in February 2010 and...
 
Ultimate Survivor: Scientists Film Hagfish Deploying Anti-Shark Slime Weapon
Aukland, New Zeland - Oct 27, 2011 17:15 EST

The hagfish found in New Zealand's deepest waters is grotesque enough, thanks to its scary protruding teeth straight from a horror film. Now, scientists have witnessed the full power of its other gruesome feature – a built-in slime weapon...
 
Illegal Trade In Whale Meat From Iceland's International Airport Exposed; 'A Mockery Of International Law'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 26, 2011 22:30 EST

Defying a worldwide ban on trade in whale products, Iceland is openly selling whale meat packaged for export in the departure area at Keflavik airport to travelers who, if they make the purchase, risk stiff penalties on arrival at their...
 
U.S. Virgin Islands Company Receives Record Fine For Illegal Trade Of Black Coral; 'Sends A Clear Message'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 26, 2011 15:44 EST

A U.S. Virgin Islands company was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., for knowingly trading in falsely-labeled, protected black coral that was shipped into the United States in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey...
 
PETA Sues SeaWorld For Violating Orcas' Constitutional Rights; 'Slavery Is Slavery'
Norfolk, Virginia - Oct 25, 2011 19:33 EST

In the first case of its kind, PETA, three marine-mammal experts, and two former orca trainers are filing a lawsuit asking a federal court to declare that five wild-caught orcas forced to perform at SeaWorld are being held as...
 
NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco Comments On Northeast Fishery Economics Report; Fishermen 'Generally Doing Marginally Better'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 25, 2011 17:57 EST

The following is a statement released today from NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco on release of socioeconomic data on the New England groundfish industry: Today, NOAA Fisheries issued the latest in a series of broad-scale economic reports, examining the economic health...
 
Born Free: Monterey Aquarium Releases Great White Shark After 55 Days; Shark 'Navigating' Changes Cited
Monterey, California - Oct 25, 2011 17:36 EST

The sixth great white shark ever exhibited at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been released back into the Pacific Ocean. The young male shark brought to Monterey on August 31 is being transported to ocean waters south of Point...
 
'Summer Of The Shark Hunt': Shark Attack Researcher Argues Shark Hunts Are Political, Not Practical
Sydney, Australia - Oct 23, 2011 18:26 EST

"This year may be remembered as the 'summer of the shark hunt'," stated Christopher Neff, University of Sydney doctoral research student studying the politics of shark attacks. Neff added, "Shark bites are terrible events and for a third time this...
 
Scientists: Home Washing Machines Source Of Potentially Harmful Ocean 'Microplastic' Pollution
Washington, D.C. - Oct 21, 2011 20:04 EST

Scientists are reporting that household washing machines seem to be a major source of so-called "microplastic" pollution — bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin — that they now have detected on ocean shorelines worldwide....
 
Researchers Identify Mysterious Life Forms In The Extreme Deep Sea; 'Fascinating Giants'
San Diego, California - Oct 21, 2011 19:36 EST

A summer research expedition organized by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has led to the identification of gigantic amoebas at one of the deepest locations on Earth. During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific Ocean's...
 
Pressure: NOAA Releases Status On Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Marine Resources
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 21, 2011 19:26 EST

NOAA scientists have found that pressure from increasing coastal populations, ship and boat groundings, marine debris, poaching, and climate change are critically threatening the health of the Florida Keys ecosystem. Many historically abundant marine resources such as green sea turtles...
 
NOAA: U.S. Residents Say Hawaii's Coral Reef Ecosystems Worth $33.57 Billion Per Year
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 21, 2011 19:21 EST

A peer-reviewed study commissioned by NOAA shows the American people assign an estimated total economic value of $33.57 billion for the coral reefs of the main Hawaiian Islands. "The study shows that people from across the United States treasure Hawaii's...
 
NOAA's Sanctuary Research Vessel To Assist In Recovery Of Cannon From Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 20, 2011 20:55 EST

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will help the State of North Carolina recover a large cannon from the Queen Anne's Revenge, the sunken flagship of the notorious pirate captain Blackbeard. The RV-8501, an 85-foot, NOAA research vessel will be...
 
Fiery Underwater Volcano Offers Geologic Glimpse Into Land That Time Forgot; Scientists Eye Eruption In Real Time
Seattle, Washington - Oct 20, 2011 20:52 EST

The first scientists to witness exploding rock and molten lava from a deep sea volcano, seen during a 2009 expedition, report that the eruption was near a tear in the Earth's crust that is mimicking the birth of a subduction...
 
Research: Deep-Reef Coral Hates The Light, Prefers The Shade; 'Increased Capacity To Exploit Nutrients And Plankton'
Brisbane, Australia - Oct 19, 2011 18:24 EST

Deep-reef coral grows more prosperously in very little sunlight researchers at The University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have found. The research team looked at coral populations from three habitats on coral reefs...
 
Stranded Dolphins Exhibit Bubbles, And Ability To Recover; Marine Mammals Not Immune From The 'Bends'
Arlington, Virginia - Oct 19, 2011 18:12 EST

Scientists know that the blood and tissues of some deceased beaked whales stranded near naval sonar exercises are riddled with bubbles. It is also well know that human divers can suffer from bubbles-induced decompression sickness, also known as the bends....
 
A Flash Of Light: Potential Mechanism For Dazzling Bioluminescence In Oceans Identified
Arlington, Virginia - Oct 19, 2011 17:57 EST

It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes--a type of bioluminescence--that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates. However, a new study has, for the first time, detailed the...
 
NOAA: New, Higher Estimates Of Endangered Humpback Whales In The North Pacific; 'Encouraging'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 18, 2011 21:57 EST

Scientists have increased the estimate on the number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean in a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. The increase follows a refined statistical analysis of data compiled in 2008 from the...
 
Illegal Fishing Threatens To Drive Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Extinct; Trade Ban Urged 'Until Populations Rebuild'
Washington, D.C., - Oct 18, 2011 19:27 EST

An analysis of eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna trade data released today shows that harvests of the imperiled tuna are more than double the legal amount. This calls into question the National Marine Fisheries Service's June decision, responding to a Center...
 
Marine Sanctuaries: Tourism, Diving, Environment Groups Say 'Great For Western Australia'
West Perth, Western Australia - Oct 17, 2011 20:38 EST

Environment groups, divers and tourism operators have rejected negative claims by fishing lobby groups about the impact of new marine sanctuaries, instead agreeing they will be produce a win-win for regional economies and marine life. The coalition of environment, diving and...
 
Turning A Problem Into Profit… Bahamas Resort Introduces Lionfish Nuggets; 'If You Can't Beat Them, Eat Them'
ALICE TOWN, Bimini - Oct 17, 2011 19:38 EST

With more than 400 servings of a new menu item last month, Bimini Big Game Club's General Manager Michael Weber and Chef Alvarez Bastian have found a recipe to help the environment and sate the most discriminating palate at the...
 
Chemical Warfare On The Reef: Study Identifies Molecules Used By Certain Species Of Seaweed To Harm Corals
Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 17, 2011 19:20 EST

Scientists for the first time have identified and mapped the chemical structure of molecules used by certain species of marine seaweed to kill or inhibit the growth of reef-building coral. Chemicals found on the surfaces of several species of seaweed...
 
Research: Hurricane Activity Is Clustered Rather Than Random; 'Clustered Events Are Less Damaging'
Brisbane, Australia - Oct 17, 2011 19:02 EST

New research has found that hurricane activity is 'clustered' rather than random, which has important long-term implications for coastal ecosystems and human population. The research was carried out by Professor Peter Mumby from The University of Queensland Global Change Institute...
 
United States Regrets Japan's Renewed Whaling In The Southern Ocean And Is Concerned About Threats Of Violence
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 15, 2011 17:43 EST

The United States deeply regrets that Japan has decided to continue its controversial whaling in the Southern Ocean. The United States also expresses its deep concern about the possibility of violence in connection with such whaling. "We are very concerned...
 
Russian Ship Finds Tsunami Debris Where Scientists Predicted; 'Radioactivity Level – Normal'
Mānoa, Hawaii - Oct 14, 2011 19:17 EST

Ever since the great Japan tsunami on March 11 washed millions of tons of debris into the Pacific, scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, have been trying to track the trajectory of this debris...
 
Bacterial Communication Could Affect Earth's Climate; 'We Don't Often Think About Bacteria Making Group Decisions'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 14, 2011 19:11 EST

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists have discovered that bacterial communication could have a significant impact on the planet's climate. In the ocean, bacteria coalesce on tiny particles of carbon-rich detritus sinking through the depths. WHOI marine biogeochemists Laura Hmelo, Benjamin...
 
'Shark Girl' And Guy Harvey Painting Collaboration Raises $7500
Coral Gables, Florida - Oct 14, 2011 18:39 EST

Already raising nearly $4,000 for shark research through selling lemonade and shark-shaped cookies at her home in Minnesota, 8-year-old Sophi Bromenshenkel recently joined forces with her hero, celebrated marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, to raise an additional $7,500 for...
 
Dating Drought Or Purple Patch? Fish Reveal How Males Choose Mates
Sydney, Australia - Oct 12, 2011 22:06 EST

Males decide how much effort they put into courtship and which females to court based on how many others they have recently encountered and how attractive they were, according to a new study into the mating tactics of tropical fish. Males...
 
Study: FDA Allowed Unsafe Levels Of Contaminants In Seafood After BP Oil Spill, Study Finds
Washington, D.C. - Oct 12, 2011 21:41 EST

The Food and Drug Administration seriously underestimated the cancer risk from contaminants that can accumulate in seafood when the agency allowed commercial fishing to resume in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill disaster, a new study published...
 
New Computer Program Promises To Save The Whales; 'there Is Little Data On The Number Of Collisions'
Montreal - Oct 11, 2011 21:25 EST

Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed a computer program that enables regulators to evaluate the ecological and economic tradeoffs between marine mammal conservation, whale watching and marine transportation activities in the Saint Lawrence Estuary. "The objective is to...
 
Mercury Pollution In The Great Lakes Region -- Nearly Forgotten, But Not Gone
Detroit, Michigan - Oct 11, 2011 20:42 EST

The scope and intensity of mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region is much greater than previously reported, but additional mercury controls should bring needed improvement, according to a new summary of scientific research on the subject. Despite general declines in...
 
Lair Of Ancient 'Kraken' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered; 'Something Very Odd Was Going On There'
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 10, 2011 20:44 EST

Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount...
 
Poseidon's Post: Waves Wash Retired Professor's Bottled Message Ashore 14 Years Later; 'I Completely Forgot About It'
Lubbock, Texas - Oct 10, 2011 20:32 EST

Perhaps, the lucky numbers of his stateroom – 711 –inspired his experiment. Leaving Honolulu far behind on the way to French Polynesia sometime after the equatorial crossing ceremonies aboard Holland-America's grand ocean liner, SS Rotterdam, George Tereshkovich sat down at...
 
Florida Biologists Fish For Reasons Behind Endangered Grouper's Comeback
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 10, 2011 20:29 EST

In the waters along Florida's east and west coasts, Florida State University marine biologists are collecting new data on the once severely overfished Atlantic goliath grouper, a native species that is making a comeback in the southeastern United States after...
 
Odyssey Announces Second Silver Cargo Shipwreck Discovery For 2011; 'This Was A Contingency Project'
Tampa, Florida - Oct 10, 2011 20:03 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, announced today that it has discovered a shipwreck that was torpedoed during the World War I while carrying a shipment of silver. The SS Mantola sank on...
 
Study Uncovers A Predictable Sequence Toward Coral Reef Collapse; 'Overfished Reefs Can Appear Healthy'
New York, New York - Oct 8, 2011 15:30 EST

Coral reefs that have lots of corals and appear healthy may, in fact, be heading toward collapse, according to a study published by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups. Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian...
 
Biologist: Global Warming Will Reduce Populations Of Plant-Eating Fish; 'Herbivores Are Going To Need More Food'
Vancouver, BC - Oct 7, 2011 19:27 EST

Rising world temperatures will cause most populations of herbivores – including plant-eating fish – to decline, according to a University of British Columbia biologist. That prediction resulted from updated mathematical models that integrate fundamental biological effects of temperature with the way...
 



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