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Conservation Group Troubled By Commercial Netters In Bahamas; 'It Could Have A Devastating Effect'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Feb 23, 2010 21:51 EST

A commercial Bahamian purse seine netting operation is attempting to obtain permits to begin operating in the islands of the Bahamas for yellowfin tuna, much to the frustration of conservation groups and sports fishing interests. “If the Bahamian government authorizes...
 
New Insights Into Helping Marine Species Cope With Climate Change; 'They Have To Adapt'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 22, 2010 21:01 EST

Move, adapt or die. Those are the options marine plants and animals have in the face of climate change, said Stanford biologist Steve Palumbi, who has been exploring how to help them go with the first two options, rather than...
 
Professor Presents Case For Dolphins As Nonhuman Persons; 'They Have A Sense Of Choice And Will'
Los Angeles, California - Feb 22, 2010 20:57 EST

Are dolphins nonhuman persons? Loyola Marymount University professor Thomas White insists they are. He presented his research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Diego on Sunday. White, the author of "In Defense of Dolphins: The...
 
Seamount Scientists Offer New Comprehensive View Of Deep-Sea Mountains; 'Amazing New Research'
San Diego, California - Feb 22, 2010 20:48 EST

Lying beneath the ocean is spectacular terrain ranging from endless chains of mountains and isolated peaks to fiery volcanoes and black smokers exploding with magma and other minerals from below Earth's surface. This mountainous landscape, some of which surpasses Mt....
 
Researcher: Damage To Threatened Gulf Of California Habitats Can Be Reversed With 'Reduced Fishing Activity'
San Diego, California - Feb 21, 2010 16:07 EST

Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the "world's aquarium," the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California are under threat. Destructive new fishing methods are depleting the sea's habitats, creating areas that are ghosts of their former existences (see Scripps...
 
Florida Bans All Recreational And Commercial Harvesting Of Lemon Sharks; 'Susceptible To Overharvest'
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb 18, 2010 18:02 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule Thursday to prohibit all recreational and commercial harvest of lemon sharks from Florida waters. The FWC took this action to protect lemon sharks, because they have a high potential...
 
Research: Dolphins' Health Shed Light On Human And Ocean Health; An Important 'Sentinel Species'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 18, 2010 17:55 EST

A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide...
 
Research: Dolphins’ Health Shed Light On Human And Ocean Health; An Important ‘sentinel Species’
Washington, D.C. - Feb 18, 2010 17:55 EST

A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide...
 
Study: Coral Loss Slowed, Reversed By Marine Protected Areas; 'Cumulative Effects Could Be Substantial'
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Feb 16, 2010 21:41 EST

A new worldwide study shows marine protected areas (MPAs), underwater parks where fishing and other potentially harmful activities are regulated, provide an added bonus – helping coral reef ecosystems ward off and recover from threats to their health. Researchers also found...
 
NOAA To Review Status Of 82 Species Of Threatened Coral 'All Linked To Human-caused Greenhouse Gas Emissions'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 12, 2010 17:30 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today announced the agency will evaluate the status of 82 species of stony coral that the Center for Biological Diversity has asked to be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The center said that...
 
Research: Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse Possibly Triggered By Ocean Waves Thousands Of Miles Away
San Diego, California - Feb 12, 2010 17:27 EST

Depicting a cause-and-effect scenario that spans thousands of miles, a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California - San Diego and his collaborators discovered that ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South...
 
San Francisco Conservation Groups Collaborate And Hold Events To Save Sharks
San Francisco, California - Feb 7, 2010 18:04 EST

The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education, known more commonly by its acronym "COARE", announced today, along with partner organizations Sea Stewards and WildAid, that two new shark conservation efforts would be launched at events this weekend. As part of...
 
Shark Attack Study Announced: Politics Of Bite Incidents Under Review
Washington, D.C. - Feb 7, 2010 17:56 EST

Washington, D.C. lobbyist Christopher Neff will commence a doctoral program in Sydney, Australia on March 1st to study the politics of shark attacks. The first of its kind doctoral study will look at the impact of shark attacks on the...
 
A Scientific Milestone: Mexico’s First Artificial Insemination Dolphin Birth
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico - Feb 5, 2010 18:12 EST

One of the world’s rare sex-selected zoological species, a Pacific bottlenose dolphin, was born Dec 4th, 2009 at the Dolphin Adventure Center, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The birth represents the first calf in Mexico to be born after using sperm sexing and...
 
A Sea Lion Goes Back To The Ocean: Happy Ending After Being Entangled In Fishing Line Then Rescued
Sausalito, California - Feb 5, 2010 17:07 EST

After nearly three weeks and 20 rescue attempts, an adult male California sea lion with a tight fishing line entanglement around his neck and mouth was released back to the ocean at Rodeo Beach north of San Francisco today by...
 
Research: Water Movements Can Shape Fish Evolution; 'We Had Never Simulated Anything Living Before'
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Feb 4, 2010 14:44 EST

Researchers from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology have found that the hydrodynamic environment of fish can shape their physical form and swimming style. The research, available on the Journal of Experimental Biology Web site, was sponsored by the...
 
Expert: Increasingly Acidic Oceans Reveal Further Impacts Of Climate Change; 'It Is Incontrovertible'
Birmingham, Alabama - Feb 4, 2010 14:21 EST

The increasing acidity of the world's oceans – and that acidity's growing threat to marine species – are definitive proof that the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is causing climate change is also negatively affecting the marine environment, says world-renowned Antarctic...
 
Research: Egg Disinfectant Shown To Prevent Transmission Of Devastating Viral Hemorrhagic Fish Disease
Reston, Virginia - Feb 3, 2010 19:07 EST

A disinfection solution presently used for salmon eggs also prevents transmission of the virus that causes viral hemorrhagic septicemia or VHS -- one of the most dangerous viral diseases of fish -- in other hatchery-reared fish eggs, according to new...
 
Pair Gets Prison For Illegal Lobster Harvesting In The Florida Keys
Miami, Florida - Feb 3, 2010 18:55 EST

A federal judge said two men will each spend a year and a day in prison for illegally harvesting lobsters in the Florida Keys. The Miami Herald said Wednesday in addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King...
 
UN Turns To Forensic Science To Help Combat Illegal Fishing; 'We Need To Push The Envelope'
Rome, Italy - Feb 1, 2010 21:38 EST

Forensic science, more often associated with solving murders in prime time television crime series, is now helping the United Nations fight illegal fishing, fraudulent product substitution and false documentation that not only cheat consumers but also endanger fish stocks and...
 
Rotting Fish Heads: Novel Studies Of Decomposition Shed New Light On Our Earliest Fossil Ancestry
Leicester, U.K. - Jan 31, 2010 19:28 EST

Decaying corpses are usually the domain of forensic scientists, but palaeontologists have discovered that studying rotting fish sheds new light on our earliest ancestry. The researchers, from the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester, devised a new method...
 
Beaches Closed As Florida Fishermen Reel In Nearly 10-foot Hammerhead Shark
Riviera Beach, Florida - Jan 29, 2010 18:44 EST

Two fisherman caught a 9-foot-9-inch hammerhead shark along a South Florida public beach. The fishermen, who were not identified, were fishing from shore, and they released the shark before it was weighed. Sharks have been gathering along the beach in the annual...
 
Conservation Groups Sue U.S. Navy To Halt Training Near Endangered Whales; 'Playing Russian Roulette'
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Jan 28, 2010 19:03 EST

WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, has teamed with US based conservation groups today challenged the U.S. Navy’s decision to build its $100 million Undersea Warfare Training Range next to the only known calving ground for the critically endangered...
 
Research: Seabirds' Movement Patterns Tied To What Fishermen Toss Away
Princeton, New Jersey - Jan 28, 2010 17:53 EST

Humans and human activities have clearly altered the Earth's landscape and oceans in countless ways, often to the detriment of other plants and animals. But a new report published online on January 28th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication,...
 
Virulent Hemorrhagic Fish Virus Identified For First Time In Lake Superior
Reston, Virginia - Jan 28, 2010 17:09 EST

For the first time, the presence of an exceptionally virulent fish virus (viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus or VHSV) has been identified in fish from Lake Superior by researchers at the Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and confirmed by scientists...
 
Study: Maximum Height Of Extreme Waves Up Dramatically In Pacific Northwest; Re-evaluating '100-year Events'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jan 28, 2010 16:58 EST

A major increase in maximum ocean wave heights off the Pacific Northwest in recent decades has forced scientists to re-evaluate how high a "100-year event" might be, and the new findings raise special concerns for flooding, coastal erosion and structural...
 
Researcher: Sea Level Has Been Rising And Falling Over The Last 2,500 Years; Fluctuations 'Nothing New Under The Sun'
Haifa, Israel - Jan 28, 2010 16:51 EST

The sea level in Israel has been rising and falling over the past 2,500 years, with a one-meter difference between the highest and lowest levels, most of the time below the present-day level. This has been shown in a new...
 
NOAA: December 2009 Global Ocean Temperature Second Warmest On Record
Washington, D.C. - Jan 28, 2010 16:42 EST

The global ocean surface temperature was the second warmest on record for December, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly NCDC analysis is part of the...
 
Picture This: NOAA, Google Join Forces To Visualize Scientific Data; 'A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 28, 2010 16:34 EST

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and Google have signed a cooperative research and development agreement outlining how they will work together to create state-of-the-art visualizations of scientific data to illustrate how our planet works. “It is said that a...
 
University Of Florida Surgeons, Research Biologists Create 'Shark Induced Trauma' Scale To Grade Shark Bite Severity
Gainsville, Florida - Jan 28, 2010 11:42 EST

Shark attack! These words can send waves of fear through the public and often guarantee prominent coverage in the news media — even if the bite is little more than a scratch. To better communicate the actual severity of the bite,...
 
Scientists Studying Britain's Last 'Resident' Orca Pod; 'No Youngsters Have Been Seen For Such A Long Time'
Isle of Mull, Scotland - Jan 26, 2010 22:44 EST

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and PhD student Andy Foote have together been studying the small population of killer whales that inhabit the waters off the west coast of Scotland. The ‘west coast community’, as they are known in...
 
Scientists Launch Response Team As Florida Keys Coral Takes Lethal Hit From Cold
Summerland Key, Florida - Jan 26, 2010 22:28 EST

Sustained cold water temperatures in South Florida and the Florida Keys triggered severe coral bleaching and even coral death, alerting resource managers and prompting a coordinated assessment response from the science community. Temperatures in some nearshore areas of the Florida...
 
Florida Records Unprecedented Number Of Cold-related Manatee Deaths; Over 100 Carcasses Recovered
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 26, 2010 21:12 EST

The cold period that began Jan. 2 and lasted nearly two weeks continues to impact Florida manatees. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented more than 100 manatee carcasses in state...
 
U.S. Retailer Target To Dump Farmed Salmon For Wild Alaska Salmon; 'Incredible Willingness To Challenge Old Paradigms'
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jan 26, 2010 15:53 EST

Target® today announces that it has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen, and smoked seafood offerings in Target stores nationwide. This announcement includes Target owned brands – Archer Farms® and Market Pantry® – and national brands. All...
 
Study: Shark Virgin Birth Shows Offspring Can Survive Long Term; Parthenogenesis No 'Dead-end'
Stonybrook, New York - Jan 25, 2010 21:05 EST

Shark pups born to virgin mothers can survive over the long-term, according to new research published Jan. 25, 2010 in the Journal of Heredity. The study shows for the first time that some virgin births can result in viable offspring. Genetic...
 
Researchers Create Device That Simulates Deep-sea Floor Conditions; 'We're Bringing It To The Lab'
Chicago, Illinois - Jan 25, 2010 20:51 EST

Understanding how deep-sea floor rocks and sediments interact with surrounding fluids and gasses is difficult to access. But a device created by two University of Illinois at Chicago geoscientists will duplicate extreme sea floor conditions inside a small chamber and...
 
UK Gov't Awards Exclusive Salvage Contract To Odyssey Marine Exploration For Recovery Of SS Gairsoppa Silver Cargo
Tampa, Florida - Jan 25, 2010 20:26 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has been awarded the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Gairsoppa by the United Kingdom (UK) Government Department for Transport. The contract...
 
Bubble Physicist Counts Bubbles In The Ocean To Answer Questions About Climate, Sound, Light
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Jan 21, 2010 22:29 EST

The bubbles in your champagne that appear to jump out of your glass and tickle your nose are exhibiting a behavior quite similar to the tiny bubbles found throughout the world’s oceans, according to bubble physicist Helen Czerski. But while...
 
Tsunamis May Telegraph Their Presence; Underwater Communication Network May Sense Tsunamis
Washington, D.C. - Jan 21, 2010 20:28 EST

Tsunamis send electric signals through the ocean that appear to be sensed by the vast network of communication cables on the seabed, according to a new study led by Manoj Nair of the University of Colorado and NOAA. Nair and...
 
Man And Timepiece That Survived World's Deepest Underwater Dive To Appear At LA Watch Shop
Los Angeles, California - Jan 21, 2010 10:25 EST

Retired US Navy Captain Don Walsh is one of only two people in history to have descended to the earth’s deepest ocean floor. Only one very special timepiece can make that claim. On Friday, January 22 at 11am, people across...
 

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