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Scientists: Marine Reserves Do Not Aid Coral; 'No Better Condition Than The Fished Reefs'
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2011 20:29 EST

The ability of marine reserves to replenish fish stocks has been studied extensively, but evidence of their ability to benefit shallow-water communities to thrive remains a mystery. A team of scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of...
 
Lungfish Provides Insight To Life On Land; 'Humans Are Just Modified Fish'
Melbourne, Victoria - Oct 4, 2011 19:32 EST

A study into the muscle development of several different fish has given insights into the genetic leap that set the scene for the evolution of hind legs in terrestrial animals. This innovation gave rise to the tetrapods—four-legged creatures, and our...
 
Research Finds Fish Behavior May Seal Their Fate; Timid In The Weeds
Kingston, Ontario - Oct 4, 2011 18:56 EST

A fish's personality may determine how it is captured. This association between personality difference and capture-technique could have significant evolutionary and ecological consequences for affected fish populations, as well as for the quality of fisheries. Anglers fishing near rocky outcrops or...
 
Study: Decline And Recovery Of Hawaiian Coral Reefs Linked To 700 Years Of Human And Environmental Activity
Stony Brook, New York - Oct 3, 2011 19:40 EST

Changing human activities coupled with a dynamic environment over the past few centuries have caused fluctuating periods of decline and recovery of corals reefs in the Hawaiian Islands, according to a study sponsored in part by the Institute for Ocean...
 
3 Green Sea Turtles Being Tracked With Satellite Transmitters At Cocos Island
San José, Costa Rica - Oct 3, 2011 19:32 EST

During the latest expedition to Cocos Island by the Costa Rican organization PRETOMA and their US based partner TIRN on September 21-27, three Pacific green turtles (Chelonia mydas) were tagged with satellite transmitters which will allow the recording of their...
 
Pros Carr, Bradley Qualify For Bassmaster WS National Championship; 'It's Going To Be The Best Of The Best'
Buffalo, New York - Oct 2, 2011 17:21 EST

GEICO anglers pros Carr, Bradley qualify for Bassmaster WS National Championship are heading to the Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship after successfully qualifying for the prestigious event at the final regional tournament on Lake Erie. Bradley and Carr had big final...
 
Living Oceans Foundation Launches Final Bahamas Survey: Andros And Abaco Reefs
Landover, Maryland - Oct 1, 2011 20:28 EST

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches its final mission of coral reef research in the Bahamas, concluding the first year of its ambitious Global Reef Expedition. Having completed research in Cay Sal Bank, Hogsty Reef, and the Inaguas...
 
Japan Urged To Abandon Outdated Whaling Policy; 'The Industry Is Out Of Gas And Crashing'
London, England - Sep 30, 2011 19:44 EST

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed but not surprised that Japan's whaling fleet is reportedly planning a return to Antarctica later this year to kill more whales for its dying market. Following Japanese media reports today that whaling...
 
Florida Divers To Target Lionfish In Keys Derby; $3,000 In Cash Prizes
Stock Island, Florida Keys - Sep 29, 2011 13:54 EST

Divers can become undersea "anglers" during an event designed to control the population of non-native lionfish in Florida Keys waters. Set for Saturday, Nov. 5, the Lower Keys Lionfish Derby is part of an ongoing series hosted by the Reef...
 
Scientists: Jellyfish On The Increase In The Mediterranean; 'Monitoring Jellyfish Is Not Easy'
Aberdeen, Scotland - Sep 29, 2011 13:49 EST

One of Europe's favorite holiday destinations - the Mediterranean - could be facing even more jellyfish outbreaks, according to a scientist who helped set up a citizen database to monitor the problem. Jellywatch - which encourages members of the public to...
 
Invasive Sea Squirt Threatens Connecticut's $30 Million Shellfish Industry; Could 'Spread As Far South As Florida'
West Haven, Connecticut - Sep 29, 2011 11:21 EST

The invasive sea squirt, Styela clava, has now been discovered along the Eastern Seaboard as far south as Bridgeport Harbor and poses a significant danger to Connecticut's $30 million shellfish business, according to field research conducted by Carmela Cuomo, head...
 
Video Shows Tool Use By A Fish; 'It Requires A Lot Of Forward Thinking'
Santa Cruz, California - Sep 28, 2011 18:19 EST

The first video of tool use by a fish has been published in the journal Coral Reefs by Giacomo Bernardi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In the video, an orange-dotted tuskfish digs a...
 
New Analysis Confirms Sharks Are In Trouble; 'Widespread, Substantial, And Ongoing Declines'
Townsville, Queensland - Sep 28, 2011 12:12 EST

Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations. "There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines...
 
Researchers Reveal How Global Warming Could Cause Animals To Shrink; 'Temperature-Size Rule'
London, England - Sep 27, 2011 13:13 EST

The way in which global warming causes many of the world's organisms to shrink has been revealed by new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Almost all cold-blooded organisms are affected by a phenomenon known as the 'temperature-size rule', which...
 
Researcher: 'Illusion Of Plenty' Masking Fish Population Collapse Off California Coast
San Diego, California - Sep 27, 2011 12:48 EST

The two most important recreational fisheries off Southern California have collapsed, according to a new study led by a researcher from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps postdoctoral researcher Brad Erisman and his colleagues examined the health of...
 
Odyssey Confirms Discovery Of WWII-era SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck; 7 Million Ounces Of Silver At 4,700 Meters
Tampa, Florida - Sep 26, 2011 12:16 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. announced today that it has confirmed the identity and location of the shipwreck site of the SS Gairsoppa nearly 4,700 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic, approximately 300 miles off the coast of Ireland...
 
Art Of The Dive/portraits Of The Deep Exhibition Scheduled At Igfa Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum In October
Dania Beach, Florida - Sep 24, 2011 18:34 EST

A group of internationally acclaimed marine artists, including Dr. Guy Harvey, Wyland and sculptor Kent Ullberg, will be among the featured artists in the Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep traveling museum exhibition, scheduled to be on display at the...
 
Wind Whips Angler Teddy Carr At Oneida Lake; 'That's What Killed My Spot'
Syracuse, New York - Sep 24, 2011 18:22 EST

Higher winds at Oneida Lake on the second day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 3 hampered GEICO angler Teddy Carr in his pursuit of a top finish in the final Northern Open of the season. Carr hauled...
 
Mote Reports Death Of 'Harley', Rehabilitated Spinner Dolphin
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 23, 2011 19:47 EST

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium staff are sad to announce the death of a female spinner dolphin named Harley on Friday morning, Sept. 23, 2011. Harley, a Stenella longirostris, came to live at Mote in March 2005. She was about...
 
Goldfish Angry? Study Finds Aquarium Fishes Are More Aggressive In Reduced Environments
Cleveland, Ohio - Sep 23, 2011 12:07 EST

An angry glare from the family goldfish might not be the result of a missed meal, but a too-humble abode. Fish in a cramped, barren space turn mean, a study from Case Western Reserve University has found. Ornamental fishes across...
 
Appeals Court Rules 'Black Swan' Treasure 'Unquestionably The Property Of Spain'; Odyssey Vows To Continue Court Fight
Tampa, Florida - Sep 22, 2011 17:03 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., today announced that it will request an en banc hearing (a hearing before all the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges) in the "Black Swan" case and will point out that today's decision by a panel...
 
Gulf Of Mexico Whale Shark Tagging Expedition Deemed A Huge Success; Winter Migrations 'A Mystery To Us'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Sep 22, 2011 16:37 EST

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in a collaborative effort with several fisheries-based agencies, successfully tagged 10 whale sharks during two recent trips in the Gulf of Mexico. This represents the largest number of whale sharks tagged at...
 
Leaders From Eight Countries Launch New Shark Conservation Effort; 'It Is Necessary For Us To Work Together'
New York, New York - Sep 22, 2011 16:32 EST

Leaders from eight countries launched an initiative today to prevent the extinction of sharks, symbolizing the latest development in the growing movement to safeguard the ocean's top predator. Members of the coalition committed to a declaration supporting the development of...
 
Researchers Discover Freshwater Springs And New Life-Forms In The Dead Sea
Beersheba, Israel - Sep 21, 2011 19:17 EST

Ben-Gurion University researchers announced today that they have discovered deep springs on the floor of the Dead Sea, which provide fresh water to the rapidly dwindling lake. Meanwhile, a parallel study by German researchers has found new forms of life...
 
Undersea Explorer Scott Cassell Completes 30-Mile Dive Off California Coast; Survives Underwater Blackout, Misses World Record
Los Angeles, California - Sep 21, 2011 19:08 EST

On Saturday, September 17th undersea explorer and combat diver Scott Cassell completed a 30-mile dive from Catalina Island to San Pedro, California. The astonishing feat that pushed his body to the physical edge, even causing him to black out underwater...
 
Catch And Release: Small Fish Recover Faster Than Large Fish; 'They All Survived Easily'
Urbana, Illinois - Sep 21, 2011 18:39 EST

In football, linebackers are usually the largest players and have the endurance required to get through a game plus overtime. But when it comes to fish, larger doesn't always mean stronger. A University of Illinois study showed smaller fish recover...
 
Scientists: Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles Cause Brain Injury In Fish
London, England - Sep 21, 2011 18:36 EST

The researchers subjected rainbow trout to titanium oxide nanoparticles which are widely used as a whitening agent in many products including paints, some personal care products, and with applications being considered for the food industry. They found that the particles...
 
Researchers: 'Coral Safe' Captive Breeding Could Transform The Saltwater Aquarium Trade And Save Coral Reefs
Austin, Texas - Sep 20, 2011 13:21 EST

Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs....
 
French Bodyboarding Champion Missing, Presumed Dead After Shark Attack Off Reunion Island; Fourth Attack In 2011
Saint-Paul, Reunion Island - Sep 20, 2011 12:19 EST

Mathieu Schiller, age 38, former champion bodyboarder, was reported missing and presumed dead after being attacked by a shark off the island of Reunion. The latest attack is the second deadly shark encounter at Boucan-Canot, a top tourist beach...
 
Researcher Finds Shark Compound Squalamine Helps In Fight Against Viruses; 'We Intend To Take This Compound Into Humans'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 19, 2011 19:43 EST

A compound initially isolated from sharks shows potential as a unique broad-spectrum human antiviral agent, according to a study led by a Georgetown University Medical Center investigator and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition...
 
Hundreds Of Taiwanese Citizens Call On Costa Rica To Protect Sharks; 'A Horrid, Extremely Horrid Practice'
San José, Costa Rica - Sep 19, 2011 18:46 EST

Last Friday, a petition was delivered to Mrs. Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, with the signatures of 380 Taiwanese citizens calling for a complete ban on the importation of shark fins and other shark products. The signatures include staff...
 
This Is Your Ocean: Sharks Set For South Florida Premiere
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Sep 19, 2011 18:38 EST

Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Oceanographic Center in conjunction with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, presents the Fort Lauderdale premiere of This is Your Ocean: Sharks at The Museum of Art |Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. A public...
 
Anglers Bradley, Carr Land Enough Fish To Qualify For Regional Bassmaster Event; 'I Was Going To Swing For The Fences'
Marbury, Maryland - Sep 19, 2011 17:45 EST

GEICO anglers Christiana Bradley and Teddy Carr accomplished their primary goals in Saturday and Sunday's Bassmaster Weekend Series event on the Potomac River. Both anglers earned enough points in the two-day divisional tournament to qualify for the Bassmaster regional event to...
 
Study: Deep Oceans Can Mask Global Warming For Decade-Long Periods; 'The Heat Has Not Disappeared'
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 18, 2011 18:12 EST

The planet's deep oceans at times may absorb enough heat to flatten the rate of global warming for periods of as long as a decade even in the midst of longer-term warming, according to a new analysis led by the...
 
Odyssey Discovers Mysterious English Channel Shipwreck With Links To Africa
Tampa, Florida - Sep 15, 2011 20:37 EST

What would bring together a cosmopolitan artifact assemblage that includes an unmarked 17th-century tobacco pipe, three glass bottle bases, a wooden folding rule, manilla bracelets and elephant tusks? Although an odd assortment, these unique items were discovered by Odyssey Marine...
 
Researchers: Salmon And Other Fish Predators Rely On 'No Guts, No Glory' Survival Tactic
Seattle, Washington - Sep 15, 2011 20:21 EST

The phrase "no guts, no glory" doesn't just apply to athletes who are striving to excel. Salmon and other fish predators take the adage literally, by having up to three times the "gut" capacity they need on a daily basis just...
 
Aussie Researcher Discovers New Dolphin Species In Victoria; 'A Large Sea Fish Of The Porpoise Kind'
Melbourne, Victoria - Sep 15, 2011 16:11 EST

They're one of the most intelligent marine mammals, well known for their inquisitive and playful nature and now, following an amazing discovery by a Monash University researcher, Victoria's dolphins have been formally recognised as a new species. Kate Charlton-Robb, a PhD...
 
Sea Smarts: Scientists Reconstruct Evolutionary History Of Mollusks; 'Nature Did Many Experiments For Us'
Gainsville, Florida - Sep 15, 2011 14:44 EST

Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according to an international team of researchers, including...
 
Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Drop By 90 Percent Since 1990; Fishing Equipment Preventing Lethal 'Bycatch'
Durham, North Carolina - Sep 14, 2011 21:43 EST

The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation...
 
Scientists Spend Ten Days Underwater In Aquarius Lab To Study Coral Reef Protection
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 14, 2011 21:36 EST

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using the Aquarius underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida to study how the diversity of seaweed-eating fish affects endangered coral reefs. The research mission, which began Sept. 13,...
 



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