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Research: Human Feces Killing Corals In The Florida Keys; 'These Bacteria Do Not Come From The Ocean'
Athens, Georgia - Aug 17, 2011 21:56 EST

A research team from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral. Once the most common coral in the...
 
Researchers: Soft Coral Builds Strong Reefs, Key To Health Of Oceans
Tel Aviv, Israel - Aug 16, 2011 23:03 EST

Scientists have long believed soft corals, one of the many endangered elements of marine life, are only minor contributors to the structure of coral reefs. But that's not true, says new research from Tel Aviv University — and the preservation...
 
Scientists: First As Japanese Tsunami Picked Up By Radar; New Warning System Possible
Davis, California - Aug 16, 2011 22:53 EST

The tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11 was picked up by high-frequency radar in California and Japan as it swept toward their coasts, according to U.S. and Japanese scientists. This is the first time that a tsunami has been...
 
Get Out Of The Water: Seychelles Tourism Board Issues Emergency Decree After Second Shark Attack In 16 Days
Victoria, Seychelles - Aug 16, 2011 22:51 EST

The Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs, Environment, Transport & Energy, Mr. Joel Morgan, chaired an emergency meeting last night in his office to consider the unfortunate freak shark accident off the island of Praslin, which has resulted in the following...
 
PADI Set To Award 20 Millionth Scuba Diving Certification; 'The Way The World Learns To Dive'
Rancho Santa Margarita, California - Aug 15, 2011 22:33 EST

PADI, the world's largest diver training organization, today announced its "Countdown to 20 Million" campaign, which will award a fantastic trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the diver who receives the 20 millionth PADI scuba certification. PADI has...
 
Hidden Baja Undersea Park Is The World's Most Robust Marine Reserve; 'An Extraordinary Recovery '
San Diego, California - Aug 12, 2011 19:24 EST

A thriving undersea wildlife park tucked away near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has proven to be the world's most robust marine reserve in the world, according to a new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of...
 
Under Pressure: Worldwide Map Identifies Important Coral Reefs Exposed To Stress
New York, New York - Aug 11, 2011 19:09 EST

Marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups have created a map of the world's corals and their exposure to stress factors, including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature...
 
Decade-Long Study Reveals Recurring Patterns Of Viruses In The Open Ocean
Santa Barbara, California - Aug 11, 2011 16:07 EST

Viruses fill the ocean and have a significant effect on ocean biology, specifically marine microbiology, according to a professor of biology at UC Santa Barbara and his collaborators. Craig A. Carlson, professor with UCSB's Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology,...
 
Study: 'Surprise' As Computer Simulation Says Arctic Ice Melt Could Pause For Several Years, Then Resume Again
Boulder, Colorado - Aug 11, 2011 15:31 EST

Although Arctic sea ice appears fated to melt as the climate continues to warm, the ice may temporarily stabilize or somewhat expand at times over the next few decades, new research indicates. The computer modeling study, by scientists at the National...
 
U.S. Navy Researching Cellular-Level Effects Of Underwater Pressure On Divers; 'This Is A Huge Leap Forward'
Arlington, Virginia - Aug 10, 2011 21:51 EST

Reaching a new threshold in underwater medical studies, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), today announced a novel capability for examining how cells work at pressures far below the sea surface. Researchers at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) have designed,...
 
Ban Sought On International Bluefin Tuna Trade; Protection Sought To Slow Illegal Fishing, Improve Catch Limit Compliance
Washington, D.C. - Aug 10, 2011 21:41 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the United States seek protection for Atlantic bluefin tuna under an international treaty that would ban cross-border trade of this imperiled fish. Listing bluefin under Appendix I of the Convention on International...
 
Woods Hole Team Joins NOAA's Battle Of The Atlantic; U-boats 'Sank Ships At Will'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 10, 2011 18:18 EST

It's been called everything from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to Torpedo Junction. By whatever name, the seas off the coast of North Carolina during World War II were the site of a devastating period for the United States, during...
 
NOAA, University Of Hawaii, Research Maui's World War II Legacy; 'Like Windows Into The Past'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Aug 10, 2011 18:11 EST

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' Maritime Heritage Program and the University of Hawaii's Marine Option Program have completed a survey of sunken World War II-era aircraft and shipwrecks along Maui's southern coast. The two-week survey continues a longstanding collaboration...
 
Scientists Discover New Eruption At Undersea Volcano Off Oregon Coast, After Successfully Forecasting The Event
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 9, 2011 22:18 EST

A team of scientists just discovered a new eruption of Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano located about 250 miles off the Oregon coast – and one of the most active and intensely studied seamounts in the world. What makes the event...
 
Bass Angler Bradley Doing The Research Necessary To Catch The Big Fish In Maryland; 'I'm Prepared For Anything'
Marbury, Maryland - Aug 9, 2011 21:29 EST

GEICO pro angler Christiana Bradley has been playing the role of weatherman and marine biologist for the past few weeks as she prepares for this Saturday's Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on the Potomac River. "The weather patterns have changed a...
 
Under-The-Sea Art Exhibition Opens On A Sunken Ship Off Florida Coast
Key West, Florida - Aug 8, 2011 23:30 EST

An underwater art exhibit has debuted on a former Air Force missile-tracking ship sunk in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seven miles south of Key West to become an artificial reef. Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke is exhibiting a dozen...
 
Scientist Urges Government Ruling On Genetically Engineered Salmon; 'Any New Technology Can Have Risks'
West Lafayette, Indiana - Aug 8, 2011 22:48 EST

A Purdue University scientist is urging federal officials to decide whether genetically engineered salmon would be allowed for U.S. consumption and arguing that not doing so may set back scientific efforts to increase food production. William Muir, a professor of animal...
 
Study: Severe Low Temperatures Devastate Coral Reefs In Florida Keys; 'Extreme Cold Is Just One Stressor Among Many'
Athens, Georgia - Aug 8, 2011 21:53 EST

Increased seawater temperatures are known to be a leading cause of the decline of coral reefs all over the world. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that extreme low temperatures affect certain corals in much the same...
 
Tohoku Tsunami Created Icebergs In Antarctica; 'We Knew There Would Be Enough Swell'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Aug 8, 2011 21:47 EST

A NASA scientist and her colleagues were able to observe for the first time the power of an earthquake and tsunami to break off large icebergs a hemisphere away. Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.,...
 
Researcher: 'Smell Of Death' Effective At Repelling Sea Lampreys; 'It Will Prove Quite Useful'
East Lansing, Michigan - Aug 5, 2011 18:43 EST

A repellant for sea lampreys could be the key to better controlling one of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes, says a Michigan State University researcher. Scientists have seen the effect alarm cues have on lampreys. When scents...
 
Montana Researcher Looks At The Ocean Temperatures Off Peru And Discovers A Link To Montana Weather
Bozeman, Montana - Aug 5, 2011 18:00 EST

A Montana State University researcher who analyzed 100 years of data has found a significant link between extreme Montana weather and the ocean temperatures near Peru. Montanans who want to know what to expect from the weather should look to the...
 
Ocean Probes To Help Refine Climate Change Forecasting; 'Oceanography Is Risky; You Lose Things'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 5, 2011 17:43 EST

A USC researcher has opened a new window to understanding how the ocean impacts climate change. Lisa Collins, environmental studies lecturer with the USC Dornsife College, spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps in the San Pedro Basin off...
 
Study: Artificial Reefs Are Economic Boon; Enjoy Widespread Public Support
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 4, 2011 19:05 EST

A newly released University of Florida study of artificial reef use in six southwest Florida counties shows the structures lure a lot more than fish. The reefs, which provide habitat for popular sport fish and other marine life, pulled more than...
 
Alien Deep: New Field Of Hydrothermal Vents Discovered Along The Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Cork, Ireland - Aug 4, 2011 18:13 EST

The Irish-led VENTuRE scientific expedition aboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has discovered a previously uncharted field of hydrothermal vents along the mid-Atlantic ridge – the first to be explored north of the Azores. The mission, led by...
 
Underwater Archaeologists Discover Shipwreck Believed To Be From Captain Henry Morgan's Lost Fleet
Norwalk, Connecticut - Aug 4, 2011 17:48 EST

A team of leading U.S. archaeologists have discovered the wreckage of a ship they believe to be part of Captain Henry Morgan's lost fleet at the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama. Near the Lajas Reef, where Morgan lost...
 
In A Big Leap Forward For Sustainable Fishing, Company Spawns Natural Bluefin Tuna
San Diego, California - Aug 4, 2011 10:51 EST

It's a key goal in sustainable fish farming: ensuring that a population of fish is breeding naturally within their holding pens. Now Umami Sustainable Seafood, a holding company of fish farming operations supplying sashimi-grade Northern Bluefin Tuna to the global...
 
Odyssey's Gairsoppa Shipwreck Project Underway, Seeking 7,000,000 Ounces Of Silver; 'It's An Exciting Season'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 3, 2011 12:52 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has begun its search for the SS Gairsoppa aboard the Russian research vessel the RV Yuzhmorgeologiya. "The team, tools and technology are in place for the Gairsoppa project...
 
New 'The Sharks Of North America' The Most Comprehensive Compilation Ever About North American Sharks
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 2, 2011 17:59 EST

In The Sharks of North America, Dr. José I. Castro provides a comprehensive account of 135 shark species with unrivaled authority and aesthetic detail. The book, published by Oxford University Press, is illustrated with stunning, anatomically correct drawings by Diane...
 
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...
 



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