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Researchers: Coral Records Show Ocean Thermocline Rise With Global Warming
Columbus, Ohio - Oct 12, 2010 20:44 EST

Researchers looking at corals in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have found records linking a profound shift in the depth of the division between warm surface water and colder, deeper water traceable to recent global warming. The finding is the first...
 
Genomic Comparison Of Ocean Microbes Reveals East-West Divide In Populations
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Oct 11, 2010 20:52 EST

Much as an anthropologist can study populations of people to learn about their physical attributes, their environs and social structures, some marine microbiologists read the genome of microbes to glean information about the microbes themselves, their environments and lifestyles. Using...
 
New Deep-Sea Hot Springs Discovered In The Atlantic
Bremen, Germany - Oct 7, 2010 21:40 EST

Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered a new hydrothermal vent 500 kilometres south-west of the Azores. The vent...
 
Ohio Attorney General Issues Memo To Stop Asian Carp Invasion; 'We Will Continue To Fight'
Columbus, Ohio - Oct 7, 2010 21:35 EST

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and fellow Great Lakes states' attorneys general filed a memo late Friday in a case aimed at preventing the dangerous migration of Asian carp into the lakes. The memo responds to a request from Judge Robert...
 
Bite-Sized Popcorn Fish: Popping With Excitement; 'People Of All Ages Will Enjoy This Fun Taste'
St. Simons Island, Georgia - Oct 7, 2010 21:29 EST

Outstanding moms often have an impressive bag of tricks to help them juggle daily activities and delicious meals with ease and style. They want great taste, originality and fun in their kitchen and with SeaPak's all-new Popcorn Fish it's all...
 
Researchers: Still Time To Save The World's Ailing Coral Reefs; 'they Are In Deep Trouble'
Townsville, Queensland - Oct 7, 2010 21:21 EST

There is still time to save the world's ailing coral reefs, if prompt and decisive action can be taken to improve their overall health, leading marine researchers say. Writing in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, eminent marine scientists from...
 
Study: Fish Near Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Lower Levels Of Mercury
Raleigh, North Carolina - Oct 6, 2010 21:31 EST

A new study from North Carolina State University finds that fish located near coal-fired power plants have lower levels of mercury than fish that live much further away. The surprising finding appears to be linked to high levels of another...
 
Divers To Target Lionfish In Nov. 13 Florida Keys Derby; Tastes Like 'Hogfish'
Florida Keys, Florida - Oct 5, 2010 22:03 EST

Divers are to become undersea "anglers" during an innovative event designed to control the population of non-native lionfish in Florida Keys waters. Set for Saturday, Nov. 13, the Lower Keys Lionfish Derby is the final of three derbies organized by...
 
Researchers: 'Alarming' Increase In Flow Of Water Into Oceans; 'In General, More Water Is Good'
Irvine, California - Oct 4, 2010 21:45 EST

Freshwater is flowing into Earth's oceans in greater amounts every year, a team of researchers has found, thanks to more frequent and extreme storms linked to global warming. All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans from...
 
Decade-Long Census Of Marine Life Completed; 'We Prevailed Over Early Doubts'
London, England - Oct 4, 2010 21:29 EST

There are more than one million different types of creatures living in the world's oceans today, according to a newly-released, decade-long effort to record marine life species around the world. The Census of Marine Life, which was an international effort began...
 
Project Hector: Freediver To Attempt World Record 100m Plunge
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2010 21:15 EST

In mid-December William Trubridge will make an attempt at the freediving world record and the monumental depth of 100 meters (328 feet). Freediving is the sport of breath-hold diving, and the unassisted category is the most refined and challenging form of...
 
The Secret Life Of Ireland's Smooth-Hound Sharks; Research Reveals Opportunity To Conserve Species
Dublin, Ireland - Oct 3, 2010 19:34 EST

They grow to over a meter in length, can weigh up to twelve kilos and each summer they swarm into the shallow waters of the Irish east coast. Despite this, the starry smooth-hound has remained Ireland's least well known shark...
 
Surfer Reports Great White Shark Attack Off The Oregon Coast; Board Hit At 'Full Attack Speed'
Los Angeles, California - Oct 2, 2010 08:44 EST

The California-based Shark Research Committee is reporting that surfer off the Oregon coast was recently attacked by a great white shark. On September 27, David Lowden described a terrifying encounter where a shark hit his board at "full attack...
 
Student Swims With Whale Sharks, Finds Possible Career; 'So Excited I Kept Choking On Water'
Terre Haute, Indiana - Oct 1, 2010 19:32 EST

While Darin Lang is walking around the Indiana State University campus, a whale shark named Darin is swimming somewhere in the oceans of the world. Lang, a senior geology major from Terre Haute, named a whale shark after himself while...
 
Florida Researchers Find High Rates Of Gene Transfer Between Bacteria In The Marine Environment
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 1, 2010 19:26 EST

Florida researchers are shedding new light on how marine bacteria manage to adapt so rapidly in a study reported in the new edition of Science which shows widespread, horizontal gene transfers allow the organisms to be resilient in the face...
 
Florida Sea Turtles Have Productive 2010 Nesting Season; 'We're Encouraged By The High Count'
Tallahassee, Florida - Oct 1, 2010 18:23 EST

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), all three species of sea turtles that nest regularly on the state's beaches had annual nest counts well above average for the previous 10 years. This news is especially good...
 
Global Study Finds Widespread Threats To World's Rivers; 'We'Ve Integrated Maps Of 23 Different Stressors'
New York, New York - Sep 30, 2010 14:55 EST

Multiple environmental stressors, such as agricultural runoff, pollution and invasive species, threaten rivers that serve 80 percent of the world's population, around 5 billion people, according to researchers from The City College (CCNY) of The City University of New York...
 
Oceanographer To Lead Return Visit To Least Inhabited Place On Earth: The South Pacific Gyre
Kingston, Rhode Island - Sep 30, 2010 13:59 EST

Four University of Rhode Island oceanographers depart next week for an international research expedition to the middle of the South Pacific Gyre – an area that is as far from any continent as is possible to go on Earth's surface...
 
Unmanned Drones To Watch Over Australia's Marine Mammals; 'They Eliminate Human Risk'
Perth, Western Australia - Sep 29, 2010 22:28 EST

Unmanned aircraft have been zooming around Shark Bay for the past week in Australia's first trial to see whether these military style drones can help us manage and conserve our marine mammals. Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit's Dr Amanda Hodgson, funded...
 
Researchers Find First Genetic Evidence For Loss Of Teeth In The Common Ancestor Of Baleen Whales; Enamel Production 'Inactivated'
Riverside, California - Sep 29, 2010 21:56 EST

In contrast to a toothed whale, which retains teeth that aid in capturing prey, a living baleen whale (e.g., blue whale, fin whale, humpback, bowhead) has lost its teeth and must sift zooplankton and small fish from ocean waters with...
 
Study Examines If Magnetic Fields From Aquatic Power Sources Affect Animals; 'We Need To Know'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 26, 2010 19:42 EST

Super-sized electromagnetic coils are helping explain how aquatic life might be affected by renewable energy devices being considered for placement along America's coastal waters and in the nation's rivers. Scientists with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are...
 
NOAA: Widespread Coral Bleaching Likely In Caribbean This Year; 'Temperatures Are High'
Silverspring, Maryland - Sep 25, 2010 18:49 EST

According to the NOAA Coral Reef Watch monitoring system, coral bleaching is likely in the Caribbean in 2010. With temperatures above-average all year, NOAA's models show a strong potential for bleaching in the southern and southeastern Caribbean through October that...
 
New Group Aims To Stop Seal Killing At Scot Fish Farms; 'We Are Determined'
Lewes, East Sussex - Sep 25, 2010 18:07 EST

Salmon farmers, retailers and animal welfare groups are joining forces to bring to an end the killing of problem seals at salmon farms as quickly as possible. In what is believed to be a world first, Marine Harvest, the world's largest...
 
New Study Affirms Gulf Oil Spill's Vastness: 4.4 Million Barrels; 'We Think It's A Really Good Ballpark'
New York, New York - Sep 23, 2010 19:51 EST

BP's leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it. Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the...
 
Honduras And Palau Challenge The World To Save Sharks; 'Global Leaders In Shark Conservation'
New York, New York - Sep 22, 2010 22:00 EST

Honduras and Palau, two countries that have stopped shark fishing in their waters, are urging the rest of the world to conserve the world's dwindling shark populations or run the risk of losing the ocean's top predator and throwing the...
 
Deep Water Sharks: A New Wave Of Ocean Exploration In The Bahamas
Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas - Sep 22, 2010 21:32 EST

The Shark Research and Conservation Program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute has initiated a new research program this week aimed at investigating the diversity and abundance of deep ocean sharks living in The Bahamas. Collaborating scientists Dr. Dean...
 
Scientists Find 20 Years Of Deep Water Warming Leading To Sea Level Rise
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 21, 2010 21:58 EST

Scientists analyzing measurements taken in the deep ocean around the globe over the past two decades find a warming trend that contributes to sea level rise, especially around Antarctica. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, cause heating of...
 
Scientist Seeks A Less Toxic, More Efficient Oil Dispersant; 'there Is Very Little Published Research'
Buffalo, New York - Sep 21, 2010 19:31 EST

After the failure of the Deepwater Horizon oil well last spring, nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant were released into the Gulf of Mexico to contain the spill. While preliminary reports suggest that it successfully dispersed much of the oil,...
 
Research: 'Bad News' As Female Fish Abandoned By Males Raise Offspring On Their Own
Victoria, Australia - Sep 20, 2010 20:55 EST

Caring for children can be a tough job, particularly if you are a female cichlid fish. Native to the crater lakes of Nicaragua, cichlid fish look after their young by defending them against would-be predators. While male and female cichlid...
 
No 'Silent World': Study Shows 'Noise' Is Symptom Of Coral Reef Health
Bristol, U.K. - Sep 20, 2010 20:27 EST

Healthy reefs with more corals and fish generate predictably greater levels of noise, according to researchers working in Panama. This has important implications for understanding the behavior of young fish, and provides an exciting new approach for monitoring environmental...
 
Anglers And Scientists Join To Track Marlin Swimming Unusual Migration Routes Across The Equator
Palo Alto, California - Sep 17, 2010 19:26 EST

Pacific blue marlin, one of the largest billfish to swim the open ocean, have begun giving up some secrets about their heretofore mysterious ways. New data has surfaced about the marlins' underwater journeys, thanks to "catch and release" anglers participating...
 
Injured Soldiers Certify As Divers, Find Healing In Water; 'We Had To Be Creative'
SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Sep 16, 2010 15:14 EST

Six months of underwater scuba training culminated in diver certification for five Soldiers from Charlie Company, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe at a ceremony held here on Ledward Barracks. Sgt. David Fowler, Sgt. Jason Baker, Sgt. 1st Class Brock Strickland, Spc. William Howell...
 
Study: Satellite Monitoring Shows Coral Disease Outbreaks Linked To Winter Temperatures, Not Just Warm Summers
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 16, 2010 13:43 EST

For the first time, scientists have linked mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. By studying satellite measurements of unusual sea surface temperatures, the international team of scientists also...
 
Study: Fishing Could Feed 20 Million More If Better Managed
Vancouver, British Columbia - Sep 15, 2010 00:12 EST

Global fisheries, a vital source of food and revenue throughout the world, contribute between US$225-$240 billion per year to the worldwide economy, according to four new studies released today. Researchers also concluded that healthier fisheries could have prevented malnourishment in...
 
Sex Life Of Toxic Sea Slugs To Be Studied; 'We Want To Find Out Who The Slugs Are Having Sex With'
Palmerston, New Zealand - Sep 14, 2010 23:50 EST

A three-year $250,000 research project will investigate whether the sex life of toxic sea slugs holds the key to why the creatures are washing up in increasing numbers on Auckland beaches. The Auckland Regional Council erected signs warning people to closely...
 
Lawsuit Launched To Save Tuna Imperiled By Overfishing, Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill; Effects 'Years To Come'
San Francisco, California - Sep 14, 2010 23:28 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity today formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service it intends to sue the agency for failing to respond to a petition to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna. The tuna, which migrates across the Atlantic to spawn...
 
New Current Meter Provides Answers For Lobster Industry, Oyster Farmers; 'It's Lightweight, It's Inexpensive'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Sep 14, 2010 23:08 EST

When a federal fisheries scientist sought to learn how ocean currents affect the catch rate of lobsters, he turned to a University of Rhode Island oceanographer who had developed an innovative and inexpensive meter for measuring currents near the bottom...
 
Marine Scientists Propose Radical Changes To End The Oceans' 'Tragedy Of The Commons'
Queensland, Australia - Sep 14, 2010 23:02 EST

Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance of the world's oceans to rescue them from overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. Based on a successful experiment in Chile, the researchers say a new approach to marine tenure...
 
Research: Human Impacts On The Deep Seafloor Quantified
Southampton, U.K. - Sep 14, 2010 22:55 EST

Scientists have for the first time estimated the physical footprint of human activities on the deep seafloor of the North East Atlantic. The findings published in the journal PLoS ONE reveal that the area disturbed by bottom trawling commercial fishing...
 
Whole Foods Vows To Stop Selling Over-Fished Seafood By Earth Day 2013
Austin, Texas - Sep 13, 2010 21:43 EST

Whole Foods Market today launches the first in-store color-coded sustainability-rating program for wild-caught seafood and commits to phasing out all red-rated species by Earth Day 2013. Through partnerships with Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium, Whole Foods Market is...
 

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