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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...
 
Researchers Publish Ocean Fertilization Summary For Policymakers; 'Modest' Impact?
Stockholm, Sweden - Jan 31, 2011 17:42 EST

Failure to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions effectively has led to intensifying debate on geoengineering - deliberate large-scale schemes to slow the rate at which Earth is heating up. The public debate often mixes opinion with fact so scientists have...
 
Research Explores Use Mining Of By-Products To Reduce Algal Blooms
Perth, Western Australia - Jan 30, 2011 17:14 EST

A joint project between CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Water investigated a range of mining industry by-product materials, which are currently unused, to determine whether they could instead be used to filter nutrients from natural waters or to...
 
Taiwan Reaffirms Support For Shark Conservation; Will Continue To 'Promote Sustainable Fisheries'
Taipei, Taiwan - Jan 30, 2011 17:03 EST

Taipei's Economic and Cultural Office has issued a press release in response to news reports naming Taiwan as one of the top shark-catching countries in the world. The text of the press release follows: "Taiwan regulates shark fishing and will continue...
 
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...
 
Greenpeace Urges Re-Opening Whale Meat Embezzlement Probe; 'Systemic And Deep-Rooted Corruption'
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 28, 2011 18:15 EST

Greenpeace is calling for the official investigation into systematic embezzlement within Japan's whaling program to be re-opened following disciplinary action against whaling officials for accepting whale meat 'gifts' from Kyodo Senpaku, the company that conducts the hunt. As the ailing and...
 
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...
 
Northern Mariana Islands Passes Shark Fin Ban Legislation
SAIPAN, Northern Marianas Islands - Jan 27, 2011 15:46 EST

WildAid and Sharksavers congratulate Governor Fitial and the Legislature of the Northern Mariana Islands for passage of anti shark fin legislation. In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Governor Benigno Fitial today signed into law an important bill -...
 
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...
 
Scientists: CO2-Chomping Microbes Battling For Ocean Iron
Victoria, Australia - Jan 24, 2011 20:47 EST

Australian, Belgian and New Zealand scientists have expanded our understanding of the way phytoplankton take up scarce iron in the ocean – a process that regulates ocean food chains from the bottom up and helps remove up to 40 per...
 
Researchers: Monk Seal And Hump-Backed Dolphin Are Threatened By Fishing Activities Off Coast Of Mauritania
Madrid, Spain - Jan 21, 2011 19:03 EST

Catalan researchers have studied the marine trophic network in Mauritania, on the northwest coast of Africa, which is an extremely heavily exploited fishing area, as well as being home to two of the world's most threatened species of marine mammal...
 
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...
 
PhD Studies The Politics Of Shark Attacks; 'We Need To Update The Rogue Shark Theory'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 20, 2011 15:07 EST

In July 1916, during a summer heatwave, a series of shark attacks along the coast of New Jersey left four people dead and another seriously injured. The attacks, over a 12-day period, caused widespread panic, and as newspapers shocked their...
 
New Species Of Crustacean Discovered In The El Cachucho Marine Protected Area
Madrid, Spain - Jan 20, 2011 14:24 EST

Researchers at the Spanish Intitute of Oceanography (IEO) have described a new species to science, the third species described to date in the El Cachucho Marine Protected Area. After scientific community acceptance of the isopod Haplomesus longiramus and the amphipod...
 
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...
 
Study: Sharks May Be Colorblind; 'Yum, Yum Yellow' A Myth?
Perth, Australia - Jan 18, 2011 17:50 EST

New research on how sharks see may help to prevent attacks on humans and assist in the design of fishing gear that may reduce shark bycatch in long-line fisheries. The joint study between researchers at The University of Western Australia and...
 
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...
 
Bass Angler Has Clear Mental Path For Season-Opening Fishing Tournament; 'I've Fished This Lake Every Night In My Sleep'
Kissimmee, Florida - Jan 17, 2011 16:54 EST

GEICO angler Christiana Bradley has never wet a line in the waterways that make up Lake Tohopekaliga, but she's already fished the location dozens of times in her head. "I have a mental picture and a game plan for what I...
 
Coral Has Rhythm Helping To Beat Night-Time Blues; 'A Matter Of Life Or Death'
Townsville, Queensland - Jan 15, 2011 17:26 EST

The world's corals not only display stunning beauty and diversity – they also have rhythm, man. And that helps to keep them going through the lonely low-‐point of the night, when their partner robs them blind. That corals, among the simplest...
 
Panama Is First Central American Country To Add Longlining Restrictions Within Its Waters
Panama City, Panama - Jan 14, 2011 17:39 EST

After banning commercial purse seining from its waters in July, the Republic of Panama has taken further steps adding restrictions on longlining for the conservation of its marine life and its socio-economic growth. In letters to Panamanian officials, Ellen Peel,...
 
Study: Fisheries Management Makes Coral Reefs Grow Faster; 'Cascading Effects Of Predator Loss' Illustrated
Bronx, New York - Jan 14, 2011 17:24 EST

An 18-year study of Kenya's coral reefs by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California at Santa Cruz has found that over-fished reef systems have more sea urchins—organisms that in turn eat coral algae that build tropical reef...
 
Research: Dramatic Ocean Circulation Changes Caused The Climate To Warm And Cool For Centuries At A Time
Cardiff, Wales - Jan 14, 2011 17:02 EST

The unusually cold weather this winter has been caused by a change in the winds. Instead of the typical westerly winds warmed by Atlantic surface ocean currents, cold northerly Arctic winds are influencing much of Europe. However, scientists have long...
 
Toxic Sea Slug Fever For Kiwi Scholarship Student; 'You Develop An Attachment'
Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand - Jan 12, 2011 20:27 EST

Sea slugs may not be the cutest creatures, but for one University of Waikato summer scholarship student they have a certain appeal. "When you feed and care for something, you develop an attachment, and sea slugs are definitely cute," says Serena...
 
NOAA To Work With Six Nations To Address Illegal, Unreported, And Unregulated Fishing
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jan 12, 2011 20:00 EST

NOAA today submitted a report to Congress identifying six nations – Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Portugal, and Venezuela – whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2009 and/or 2010. This opens the way for continued...
 
Whale Wars: Japanese Whalers Subjected To Sea Shepherd Flash Bangs, Smoke Bombs, Fouling
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 10, 2011 21:47 EST

The crew of a Japanese whaling vessel claim activists from the Sea Shepherd environmental group threw smoke bombs and grappling irons at their harpoon ship in the Antarctic Ocean on Sunday, thus endangering the vessel and its personnel. The text of...
 
Hard-To-Find Elephant Fish Reveals Shared Developmental Toolbox Of Evolution; 'Like Winning The Lottery'
Chicago, Illinois - Jan 10, 2011 21:09 EST

A SCUBA expedition in Australia and New Zealand to find the rare embryos of an unusual shark cousin enabled American and British researchers to confirm new developmental similarities between fish and mammals. Elephant fish, a relative of sharks, utilize the...
 
Study: Young Fish Like Noisy Neighbors; 'Reefs With Added Noise Always Attracted More Fish'
Auckland, New Zealand - Jan 10, 2011 20:39 EST

Noisy neighbors can be desirable – at least if you're a young reef fish trying to choose a home. New research from the Universities of Auckland and Bristol found that juvenile fish listen to the sounds made by local residents...
 



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