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No Red Herrings As Scot Zoo Sea Lions Switch To Certified Sustainable Diet
Edinburgh, Scotland - Nov 15, 2010 19:00 EST

Sea lions at the Edinburgh Zoo are now enjoying a full diet of MSC certified sustainable herring. The move comes after the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) made it their goal to source all of its marine animal food...
 
NOAA Reopens More Than 8,000 Square Miles In The Gulf Of Mexico To Fishing; 'All The Samples Passed'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 15, 2010 18:36 EST

NOAA today reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 8,403 square miles of Gulf waters which extend from the Louisiana state water line to due south of the Alabama/Florida state line. This is the eleventh reopening in federal waters since July...
 
How Diving Leatherback Turtles Regulate Buoyancy: By Holding Their Breath
Swansea, United Kingdom - Nov 12, 2010 17:12 EST

A group of Welsh scientists have shed light on a mystery of the oceans: how do turtle regulate their buoyancy when diving deep? Their research has revealed that leatherback turtles control their buoyancy by the amount of air the...
 
Blueprint To Protect The Future Of Australia's Oceans Revealed; Sanctuaries For Half Of Australia's Southwest Oceans
St Lucia, Queensland - Nov 11, 2010 13:57 EST

What is believed to be the first science-based blueprint for managing Australia's oceans has been developed to safeguard marine life and protect economic and social interests. The blueprint is the result of more than two years of analysis by The...
 
Study: Fish Courtship More Complex Than Thought; Ugly Becomes Attractive If Females Are Few And Far Between
Victoria, Australia - Nov 10, 2010 19:18 EST

Monash University researchers have discovered that male Australian desert goby fish are surprisingly strategic when it comes to courtship, adapting their tactics depending on the frequency of their contact with females. Attracting females involves significant time, energy and exposure to predation...
 
Where Is The Gulf Oil? In The Food Web, Says Study; 'Shadows' Of Spill Appear In The Bodies Of Plankton
Dauphin Island, Alabama - Nov 10, 2010 18:37 EST

Scientists at Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) confirmed a telling impact of the oil on the coastal marine food web in a recent scientific report titled "Oil carbon entered the coastal planktonic food web during the Deepwater Horizon oil...
 
Oregon Experiencing Spike Of Leptospirosis, Sea Lion Deaths; 'These Are Very Sick Animals'
Newport, Oregon - Nov 10, 2010 17:52 EST

A sharp increase in the number of sick and dead California sea lions has been reported along the Oregon coast in recent weeks and necropsies conducted on dozens of the animals suggest that many may have died from leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is...
 
Research: Thinning Ozone Could Be Leaving Whales Sunburned; 'Exposure To Strong Sun Is Damaging'
London, England - Nov 9, 2010 21:36 EST

Whales exhibit skin damage consistent with acute sunburn in humans, and it seems to be getting worse over time, reveals research published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Queen Mary,...
 
That Which Doesn't Kill Perch Makes Them Stronger. Or Does It?
East Lansing, Michigan - Nov 9, 2010 21:05 EST

While the causes and effects of fish kills have been studied repeatedly, the outcomes of poisoning that is less than lethal have not. Using a $498,334 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State University will lead a team of researchers...
 
Ecologists Get Fish Eye View Of Sexual Signals; 'New Insights Into How Females May Use Color To Choose The Best Mates'
Exeter, Devon - Nov 9, 2010 19:24 EST

Carotenoid pigments are the source of many of the animal kingdom's most vivid colors; flamingos' pink feathers come from eating carotenoid-containing shrimps and algae, and carotenoid colors can be seen among garden birds in blackbirds' orange beaks and blue tits'...
 
Life In San Francisco Bay 'Linked To Climate Patterns Thousands Of Miles Offshore'
Menlo Park, California - Nov 8, 2010 21:13 EST

Marine life in the San Francisco Bay has flourished over the past decade in concert with a large-scale climatic shift originating far out in the Pacific Ocean, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The study challenges the established...
 
Florida Nurse Nabs New State-Record Alligator: 14 Feet, 3˝ Inches Long And 654 Pounds
Tallahassee, Florida - Nov 8, 2010 20:53 EST

Robert "Tres" Ammerman has been hunting alligators in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) annual statewide alligator harvest for the past seven years. But it wasn't until the last day of this year's season that the Pine Hills...
 
Study: Iron Stimulates Blooms Of Toxin-Producing Algae In Open Ocean; 'Easier To Break An Ecosystem Than It Is To Fix One'
Santa Cruz, California - Nov 8, 2010 18:25 EST

A team of marine scientists has found that toxin-producing algae once thought to be limited to coastal waters are also common in the open ocean, where the addition of iron from natural or artificial sources can stimulate rapid growth of...
 
NOAA Official Asks News Aggregator To Withdraw Story Questioning Safety Of Gulf Seafood
Washington, D.C. - Nov 7, 2010 17:13 EST

A U.S. government spokesperson reacted sharply today to an EIN news story questioning the safety of gulf seafood, saying "the veracity of the federal government seafood safety protocol or results are not in question by any qualified scientist." EINNEWS said...
 
Moved By Religion: Mexican Cavefish Develop Resistance To Toxin; 'The Fish Responded To It Evolutionarily'
College Station, Texas - Nov 6, 2010 18:55 EST

A centuries-old religious ceremony of an indigenous people in southern Mexico has led to small evolutionary changes in a local species of fish, according to researchers from Texas A&M University. Since before the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New...
 
Manned Diving Expedition Launched In The Bahamas To Document's Ocean's 'Twilight Zone'
Providence, The Bahamas - Nov 6, 2010 17:42 EST

Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not-for-profit organization, is proud to announce its forthcoming expedition to explore and document the 'Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO)' to depths in excess of 300 feet. The expedition departs on November 12. The project includes...
 
Scientists: Hearing Loss May Be Responsible For Whale Beachings
Sarasota Florida - Nov 5, 2010 18:46 EST

Few events in the marine world are as upsetting to the public and as mystifying to experts as dolphin and whale strandings, but a new study by a team of scientists led by the University of South Florida and Mote...
 
Researchers Test New Commercial Squid Fishing Nets Designed To Reduce Bycatch; 'The Season Is Open All Year'
Kingston, Rhode Island - Nov 5, 2010 18:21 EST

Two experimental commercial fishing nets for use in capturing squid have been tested by University of Rhode Island fisheries researchers, and preliminary data suggests that they were successful at reducing the capture of non-target species, also called by-catch. "Squid is one...
 
To Punish Or Not To Punish: Lessons From Reef Fish And Saber-Tooth Blennies
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nov 4, 2010 21:22 EST

Researchers have experimentally shown that some species of reef fish will enact punishment on the parasitic saber-tooth blennies that stealthily attack them from behind and take a bite, even though their behavior offers no immediate gain. The study, published online...
 
NOAA Policy Encourages Catch Shares To End Overfishing And Rebuild Fisheries; 'An Effective Tool'
Silverspring Maryland - Nov 4, 2010 14:13 EST

NOAA today released a national policy encouraging the consideration and use of catch shares, a fishery management tool that has shown it can help rebuild fisheries and sustain fishermen, communities, vibrant working waterfronts and culturally important fishing traditions. "Catch share...
 
Study: Melt Water Flowing Through Ice Sheets Accelerates Warming, Could Speed Up Ice Flow
Boulder, Colorado - Nov 3, 2010 19:12 EST

Melt water flowing through ice sheets via crevasses, fractures and large drains called moulins can carry warmth into ice sheet interiors, greatly accelerating the thermal response of an ice sheet to climate change, according to a new study involving the...
 
Large-Scale Fish Farm Production Offsets Environmental Gains; 'Creates Large Scale Problems'
Saanich, British Columbia - Nov 1, 2010 21:33 EST

Industrial-scale aquaculture production magnifies environmental degradation, according to the first global assessment of the effects of marine finfish aquaculture (e.g. salmon, cod, turbot and grouper) released today. This is true even when farming operations implement the best current marine fish...
 
Zebrafish Yield Clues To How We Process Visual Information; 'We Are Particularly Sensitive To High-Contrast'
Berkeley, California - Nov 1, 2010 20:51 EST

To a hungry fish on the prowl, the split-second neural processing required to see, track, and gobble up a darting flash of prey is a matter of survival. To scientists, it's a window into how our brain coordinates the eye motions...
 
King Crab Distributions Limited By Temperature 'Thermal Barrier' In The Southern Ocean
Southampton, UK - Nov 1, 2010 20:18 EST

Invasions of voracious predatory crabs due to global warming could threaten the unique continental-shelf ecosystems of Antarctica, according to newly published findings. "King crabs are ecologically important predators and form the basis of economically significant commercial fisheries," said Dr Sven...
 
NOAA And FDA Announce Chemical Test For Dispersant In Gulf Seafood; 'Should Help Strengthen Consumer Confidence'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 30, 2010 17:32 EST

Building upon the extensive testing and protocols already in use by federal, state and local officials for the fishing waters of the Gulf, NOAA and FDA have developed and are using a chemical test to detect dispersants used in the...
 
Newly Discovered Gene Enables Fish To 'Disappear'
Nashville, Tenneseee - Oct 29, 2010 19:11 EST

Researchers led by Vanderbilt's Roger Cone, Ph.D., have discovered a new member of a gene family that has powerful influences on pigmentation and the regulation of body weight. The gene is the third member of the agouti family. Two agouti genes...
 
NOAA: Tagged Narwhals Track Warming Near Greenland; Highly Efficient And Cost-Effective 'Biological Oceanographers'
Reston, Virginia - Oct 28, 2010 13:52 EST

In a research paper published online Saturday in the Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, a publication of the American Geological Union (AGU), scientists reported the southern Baffin Bay off West Greenland has continued warming since wintertime ocean temperatures were last...
 
Coral Algae Discovered In Black Corals At Never Seen Before Depths
Manoa, Hawaii - Oct 28, 2010 13:45 EST

Researchers at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have made a remarkable new discovery. When most people envision coral, they...
 
Vacuum Cleaners Made Of Recycled Sea Garbage Unveiled, Addressing 'The Need For Better Plastic Karma'
Stockholm, Sweden - Oct 28, 2010 12:01 EST

Electrolux has unveiled five vacuum cleaners made from plastic waste collected from the world's oceans. The launch of the unique vacuums marks the next chapter and continuation of the "Vac from the Sea" initiative that aims to raise awareness around...
 
Cone Of Poison: The Secret Behind The Cone Snail's Venom Pump
Victoria, Australia - Oct 27, 2010 22:15 EST

Scientists have discovered the secret of how an amazing sea snail injects its venom after shooting a harpoon-like tooth into its prey — or some unlucky swimmer — at jetliner speeds. The creatures, called cone snails, use a highly specialized...
 
Scientists: Mysterious Seal 'Corkscrew Killers' Are Likely Boats; 'Sucked Through Large Ducted Propellers'
St Andrews, Scotland - Oct 27, 2010 18:33 EST

Scientists investigating the mysterious spate of fatal 'corkscrew' injuries to seals in the UK believe that boats are to blame. The preliminary findings from a report by experts at the University of St Andrews reject previous claims that the unusual fatalities...
 
Study: Third Of Shark And Ray Species Are Threatened; Conservation Actions Aid Vertebrates, But Not Nearly Enough
Gloucester Point, Virginia - Oct 26, 2010 22:34 EST

Dr. Jack Musick, emeritus professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has overseen a global study suggesting that 33 percent of shark, skate, and ray species are threatened with extinction. The work is part of a major new study of...
 
Research Proves 'Gender-Bending' Chemicals Affect Reproduction; 'Linked With Human Health Impacts Too'
Exeter, Devon - Oct 26, 2010 18:50 EST

New research has provided the first evidence that 'gender bending' chemicals which find their way from human products into rivers and oceans can have a significant impact on the ability of fish to breed in UK Rivers. The findings from the...
 
Don't Blame The Pill: Only A Small Fraction Of The Estrogen Pollution Found In Waterways Comes From Oral Contraceptives
San Francisco, California - Oct 26, 2010 18:25 EST

Oral contraceptives often take the blame for estrogen pollution in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, but a new meta-study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, reports that oral contraceptives are not the source of most of the estrogens...
 
Huge Fish, Tiny Food: How Do They Do It? New Study Reveals Unique Feeding Mechanisms In Whale Sharks
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 26, 2010 16:40 EST

How does earth's biggest fish dine on the tiniest marine critters? New research reveals how whale sharks filter feed in the wild and links their feeding anatomy, behavior and ecology as never before. This study, recently published in the journal...
 
Jean-Michel Cousteau: Despite Gulf Oil Spill, 'I Am More Optimistic Than I'Ve Ever Been'
Santa Cruz, California - Oct 26, 2010 16:17 EST

The images were shocking: oiled birds struggling to move, dead fish floating in the shallows, and a fire burning through an oil slick on the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean environmentalist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau shared first-hand reports and startling footage of...
 
Group Granted Right To Recover Shipwrecks From The Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Oct 25, 2010 13:46 EST

Anchor Research & Salvage, S.R.L. (ARS) has entered into an agreement with the Dominican Republic Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático. The contract gives ARS the exclusive rights to explore and archaeologically recover historic shipwrecks along an undisclosed stretch of...
 
Researchers Probe Transmission Of Human Pathogen To Coral Reefs; 'Triple Jumps Like This Are Rare'
Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 23, 2010 19:04 EST

The spread of lethal diseases from animals to humans has long been an issue of great concern to public health officials. But what about diseases that spread in the other direction, from humans to wildlife? A multidisciplinary team of researchers...
 
Surfer Fatally Attacked By Shark Off California Coast; Bled To Death After Leg Bitten Off
Santa Barbara, California - Oct 22, 2010 18:53 EST

A shark attack on a surfer off the Santa Barbara coast has resulted in the death of 19-year-old Lucas McKaine Ransom of Romoland, California. Ransom was pronounced dead at the scene, having bled to death from a massive wound...
 
Bali Dive Outfit Launches Best Dive Job In The World Contest; 'It's A Great Life'
Bali, Indonesia - Oct 21, 2010 16:15 EST

Indonesia-based dive outfit Blue Season Bali today launched a recruitment campaign to train someone for the best dive job in the world – that of a PADI-certified dive instructor on the island of Bali: For free. Blue Season Bali Director...
 



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