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Scientists: Rising Seas Will Affect Major Us Coastal Cities By 2100; 'Like A Block Of Ice On The Sidewalk In The Summertime'
Tucson, Arizona - Feb 15, 2011 21:32 EST

Rising sea levels could threaten an average of 9 percent of the land within 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, according to new research led by University of Arizona scientists. The Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts will be particularly hard...
 
Lawsuit Launched To Protect Endangered Whales From Gulf Of Mexico Oil Exploration; 'The Feds Are Still Violating The Laws'
San Francisco, California - Feb 14, 2011 20:32 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity, Gulf Restoration Network, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club filed a formal notice of intent to sue Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Wednesday for ignoring marine-mammal protection laws when approving offshore oil and gas activities...
 
Female Angler Snags World Record Blue Tilapia; 'It Was Always My Mission To Catch A Record [fish]'
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb 14, 2011 12:25 EST

It's official. Pamela Henry of Stuart broke state and world records when she reeled in a 9.6-pound blue tilapia last August. The fish measured 24 inches long. A taxidermist is mounting the record-breaking fish. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...
 
SeaWorld Will Likely Ask Judge To Close OSHA Hearings, Seal 'Unfounded Allegations' From The Public
St. Pete Beach, Florida - Feb 13, 2011 16:43 EST

It is anticipated that an Orlando Judge will be asked to sign a "Protective Order" for an upcoming SeaWorld vs. OSHA hearing, effectively sealing off the details of this high profile case forever. The proceedings before Federal Judge Ben...
 
Pheromone Linked To Aggressive Behavior In Squid; 'the Extremely Competitive Aggression Has A Payoff'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 12, 2011 17:57 EST

Scientists have identified a pheromone produced by female squid that triggers immediate and dramatic fighting in male squid that come into contact with it. The aggression-producing pheromone, believed to be the first of its kind discovered in any marine animal,...
 
Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Returning To Wild Off South Texas Coast After Freeze; 'We Saved These Turtles' Lives'
South Padre Island, Texas - Feb 11, 2011 19:28 EST

Hundreds of rare sea turtles stunned by the longest spate of sub-freezing days in decades in South Texas are to be returned to the wild today and tomorrow. As of this morning, more than 800 sea turtles had been rescued...
 
When Nature Calls: Biologists Unlock Chemical Clues To Courtship In Swordtail Urine
College Station, Texas - Feb 10, 2011 16:02 EST

When you've got to go, you've got to go — upstream, that is, if you are a male swordtail fish seeking a mate, according to research from Texas A&M University. A recent study led by Texas A&M biologists Dr. Gil Rosenthal...
 
Snookered: Employees At Four Florida Restaurants Cited For Buying Illegal Fish
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb 8, 2011 21:49 EST

Five employees at four Palm Beach County restaurants face misdemeanor charges as a result of a five-month investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) into the illegal buying and selling of saltwater fish. Working on information obtained by...
 
NOAA, Partners, Launch New Website Highlighting African-American Maritime Heritage; 'Rich, Untold History'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Feb 8, 2011 21:31 EST

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in partnership with Murrain Associates, Inc., and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), today launched Voyage to Discovery, a new website and education initiative highlighting untold stories of African-Americans and the sea....
 
Why Leatherback Turtles Linger In South Pacific Gyre, And Why It Matters; 'Feeding Behavior'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 8, 2011 19:16 EST

Leatherbacks. They are the Olympians of the turtle world – swimming farther, diving deeper and venturing into colder waters than any other marine turtle species. But for all their toughness, they have still suffered a 90 percent drop in their...
 
Angler Robert Pearson Lands More Than 200 Fish, But Misses The Cut And A Big Fish; 'I Never Got A Big One On The Line'
Clewiston, Florida - Feb 7, 2011 18:33 EST

Catching bass wasn't a problem for GEICO angler Robert Pearson during the FLW Tour season opener at Lake Okeechobee, catching the monsters was the big stumbling block. Pearson said he was snagging an average of more than 100 bass a day...
 
Shark Attacks Increase Worldwide; Florida Continues Four-Year Decline; 'You Should Have More Attacks Than The Previous Year'
Gainsville, Florida - Feb 7, 2011 12:15 EST

The number of reported shark attacks last year increased worldwide but declined in Florida, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File annual report released today. Ichthyologist George Burgess, director of the file housed at the Florida Museum of...
 
Researchers: Arctic Fisheries' Catches 75 Times Higher Than Previous Reports; 'We Now Offer A More Accurate Baseline'
Vancouver, BC - Feb 4, 2011 19:02 EST

University of British Columbia researchers estimate that fisheries catches in the Arctic totaled 950,000 tonnes from 1950 to 2006, almost 75 times the amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during this period. Led by Prof. Daniel...
 
Smithsonian Scientists Discover Seven New Species Of Fish; 'Current Concepts May Be Surprisingly Incomplete'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 4, 2011 18:52 EST

Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish—something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what...
 
NOAA: Death Of Young Right Whale Highlights That Prevention Of Entanglements Is Key
Silver Spring, Maryland - Feb 4, 2011 17:57 EST

The death of a young right whale off Florida drives home the point that while disentanglement responses give the animals a better chance at survival, prevention of entanglements in fishing gear is paramount. On February 3, NOAA scientist Barb Zoodsma joined...
 
Scientists Find Part Of New Zealand's 'Eighth Wonder Of The World', Submerged 'Pink Terraces'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 4, 2011 17:21 EST

They were called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Until the late 19th century, New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces along Lake Rotomahana on the North Island, attracted tourists from around the world, interested in seeing the beautiful natural formations...
 
One Ocean: SeaWorld To Launch New Killer Whale Show; 'Rhe Whales Interact In New Ways With Trainers'
Orlando, Florida - Feb 3, 2011 12:33 EST

SeaWorld parks across the United States will debut an all-new killer whale show this spring and summer, connecting guests to the sea with a new level of energy, excitement and vibrancy as it educates and inspires them to make a...
 
90% Lost: New Survey Reveals Oysters At Risk Around The World
Reston, Virginia - Feb 3, 2011 09:56 EST

A new, wide-ranging survey that compares the past and present condition of oyster reefs around the globe finds that more than 90 percent of former reefs have been lost in most of the "bays" and ecoregions where the prized molluscs...
 
NOAA Attempts To Charge Oceana 16k For Release Of Sea Turtle Records; 'It Is Unconscionable'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 2, 2011 21:07 EST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking payment of more than $16,000 from Oceana in order to disclose documents of grave public concern about threatened sea turtles in U.S. waters. In late-March, Oceana submitted a Freedom of Information...
 
Oil's Well: NOAA Reopens More Than 4,000 Square Miles Of Gulf Waters To Royal Red Shrimping
New Orleans, Louisiana - Feb 2, 2011 18:45 EST

NOAA tomorrow will reopen 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to royal red shrimping. The area was closed to this type of deep water fishing on Nov. 24 as a precautionary measure...
 
Angler Has Big Plans For Catching Big Bass In Florida; 'I Think I'm Already Up To Plans E And F'
Clewiston, Floridas - Feb 1, 2011 22:52 EST

GEICO bass angler Robert Pearson has practiced on Lake Okeechobee and has been studying weather charts ahead of this weekend's FLW Tour Open. Now all he needs to do is formulate a game plan – or two. "I think I'm already...
 
Unprecedented: Canadian Tourist Attacked By Shark In Cancun
Cancun, Quintana Roo - Jan 31, 2011 21:19 EST

Nicole Ruth, a Canadian tourist, has been bitten by a shark off the beach of the Royal Park hotel in Cancun. Local police say the attack, which they deemed unusual and unprecedented, occurred around noon on Monday. The 38-year-old...
 
Water No Match For New Self-Healing Sticky Gel; 'Everything Amazingly Just Self-Assembles Underwater'
Chicago, Illinois - Jan 31, 2011 18:21 EST

Scientists can now manufacture a synthetic version of the self-healing sticky substance that mussels use to anchor themselves to rocks in pounding ocean surf and surging tidal basins. A patent is pending on how to make the substance. Potential applications...
 
Favorable Weather Leads To High Manatee Count In Florida; 'The Relatively High Counts This Year Are Encouraging'
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 29, 2011 17:52 EST

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 4,840 manatees statewide during the annual synoptic survey. The survey took place Jan. 20 and Jan. 24. A team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted...
 
Surf's Up: New Research Provides Precise Way To Monitor Ocean Wave Behavior, Shore Impacts
Corvalis, Oregon - Jan 28, 2011 18:05 EST

Engineers have created a new type of "stereo vision" to use in studying ocean waves as they pound against the shore, providing a better way to understand and monitor this violent, ever-changing environment. The approach, which uses two video cameras to...
 
Analysis: Shark Populations Dwindle As Top Catchers Delay On Conservation Actions
Washington, D.C. - Jan 27, 2011 16:27 EST

A decade after members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that it has yet to be fully implemented. With 30 percent of all shark species...
 
Study: Warming North Atlantic Water Tied To Heating Arctic; 'Well Outside The Natural Bounds'
Boulder, Colorado - Jan 27, 2011 15:40 EST

The temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean adjacent to Greenland -- the warmest water in at least 2,000 years -- are likely related to the amplification of global warming in the Arctic, says a...
 
Famed 'Cowboy' Shark Dive Operator Jim Abernethy Bitten By Shark In The Bahamas
Miami, Florida - Jan 26, 2011 21:25 EST

The U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated the controversial shark dive operator Jim Abernethy after he was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. Abernethy, 55, was on a diving excursion with the commercial diving vessel Shear Water about 18...
 
Study: Mercury In Bay Area Fish A Legacy Of California Mining; 'We See At Least Two Separate Fingerprints'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Jan 26, 2011 19:23 EST

Mercury contamination, a worldwide environmental problem, has been called "public enemy No. 1" in California's San Francisco Bay. Mercury mining and gold recovery in the mid-1800s to late 1900s, combined with present day oil refineries, chemical manufacturing plants and wastewater treatment...
 
Study: Some Fish Do Not Respond Well To Relocation; 'Fish Of The Same Kind Are Distinct'
Montreal, Quebec - Jan 26, 2011 18:49 EST

Not all trout are created equal. Those swimming up the streams of British Columbia might resemble their cousins from Quebec, yet their genetic makeup is regionally affected and has an impact on how they reproduce, grow and react to environmental...
 
Centuries Of Sailors Weren't Wrong: Looking At The Horizon Stabilizes Posture
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jan 26, 2011 18:22 EST

Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon. For a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers measured how much people sway...
 
Research: Fluorescent Color Of Coral Larvae Predicts Whether They'll Settle Or Swim
Austin, Texas - Jan 26, 2011 18:17 EST

Young staghorn coral that fluoresce redder are less likely to settle and develop into coral polyps than their greener peers, University of Texas at Austin biologists have discovered. The finding may help scientists monitor how corals adapt to global warming because...
 
First Study Of Dispersants In Gulf Spill Suggests A Prolonged Deepwater Fate; 'Resisted Rapid Biodegradation'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 26, 2011 17:59 EST

To combat last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, as scientists...
 
Bass Angler Christiana Bradley Has Learning Experience In Florida; 'No Help, No Local Knowledge'
KISSIMMEE, Florida - Jan 25, 2011 20:42 EST

GEICO bass angler Christiana Bradley knew last weekend's Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Tohopekaliga in central Florida was going to be an uphill battle from the very start. Bradley, the lone female in a field of 193 anglers, said finding fish...
 
Bait And Switch: Seafood Wholesaler Pleads Guilty To Selling Falsely Labeled Fish, Smuggling, And Misbranding
Washinton, D.C. - Jan 25, 2011 18:05 EST

Karen L. Blyth and David H.M. Phelps pleaded guilty today in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 13 felony offenses for their roles in purchasing and selling farm raised Asian catfish and Lake Victoria perch falsely labeled as grouper; selling...
 
Newly Discovered Group Of Algae Live In Both Fresh Water And Ocean; 'One Of Many Microbes That We Know Nothing About'
Monterey, California - Jan 21, 2011 17:37 EST

A team of biologists has discovered an entirely new group of algae living in a variety of marine and freshwater environments. This group of algae, which the researchers dubbed "rappemonads," have DNA that is distinctly different from that of other...
 
Seawater Plus Calcium: Scientists Work To Speed Up Mother Nature's Very Own C02 Mitigation Process
Livermore, California - Jan 19, 2011 17:56 EST

Using seawater and calcium to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) in a natural gas power plant's flue stream, and then pumping the resulting calcium bicarbonate in the sea, could be beneficial to the oceans' marine life. Greg Rau, senior scientist with...
 
Undercover Testing Finds High Levels Of Mercury In Tuna And Swordfish Sold In California; 'People Need To Know'
San Francisco, California - Jan 18, 2011 18:45 EST

A statewide investigation of mercury levels in supermarket fish and sushi found alarming levels of the neurotoxin in many samples purchased at grocers and restaurants across California. The study also revealed that less than half the stores posted mercury warning...
 
World-Renowned Chefs Among More Than 25,000 People In 99 Countries Backing Boycott To Save Overfished Tuna
San Francisco, California - Jan 18, 2011 17:17 EST

Two of the United States' leading chefs have joined the Center for Biological Diversity's campaign to save bluefin tuna, one of the world's most imperiled fish. Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, Calif., and Dan Barber, owner of...
 
Scientists Successfully Use Chemical Sedation To Free Entangled Right Whale; 'Less Stressful For The Animal'
Silver Spring, Marlyand - Jan 18, 2011 17:04 EST

Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service and its state and nonprofit partners successfully used at-sea chemical sedation to help cut the remaining ropes from a young North Atlantic right whale on January 15 off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. The...
 

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