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White Shark Tag Attached In Massachusetts Surfaces Off Florida Coast; 'This Particular Shark Is A Snowbird'
Boston, Massachusetts - Jan 21, 2010 09:47 EST

State marine biologists have tracked an electronic tag placed on a white shark in waters off Cape Cod last September to the coast of North Florida, providing clues to the wintering grounds and other habits of these top marine predators,...
 
Study: First Direct Evidence Of Ocean Acidification; 'Many Centuries Of Ugly Consequences'
Tampa, Florida - Jan 20, 2010 22:22 EST

Seawater in a vast and deep section of the northeastern Pacific Ocean shows signs of increased acidity brought on by manmade carbon dioxide in the atmosphere -- a phenomenon that carries with it far-reaching ecological effects -- reports a team...
 
Group: Suit Will Be Filed To Protect 83 Corals Threatened By Global Warming, Ocean Acidification
San Francisco, California - Jan 20, 2010 22:13 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity has formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service of its intent to sue the agency for its failure to respond to a petition seeking to protect 83 imperiled coral species under the Endangered Species Act....
 
Exceptional Weather Conditions Lead To Record High Florida Manatee Count; 'Wonderful News'
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 20, 2010 18:44 EST

After nearly two weeks of record cold weather in Florida, biologists counted an all-time-high number of manatees during the annual synoptic survey the week of Jan. 11. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute...
 
Study: Ending Seal Hunt Makes Economic Cents; 'It's All Been Tried, With Little Success'
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts - Jan 19, 2010 22:39 EST

On the heels of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea's taxpayer-funded trip to China in attempt to drum up markets for seal products, a new economic analysis indicates that Canadian taxpayers would be much better served by ending the seal hunt altogether. The...
 
Study: Red Grouper To Be 'Frank Lloyd Wrights Of The Sea'; Sandy Architecture 'A Monument To Interconnectedness'
Talahassee, Florida - Jan 19, 2010 21:36 EST

To the casual observer in the Gulf of Mexico, the seemingly sluggish red grouper is more of a couch potato than a busy beaver. But a new study led by researchers at The Florida State University reveals the fish to...
 
Florida Cold Snap Clouds Contain A Silver Lining; 'We've Been Able To Tag Many More Turtles Than Ever Before'
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 19, 2010 20:49 EST

Even though the recent cold snap brought many cold-stunned sea turtles into shallow waters and onto shorelines across the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its many partners saved the majority of the animals from certain...
 
Obama Administration To Revisit Bush-Era Sonar Policies; Marine Mammal 'Hotspots' Could Be Placed Off-Limits
Washington, D.C. - Jan 19, 2010 20:39 EST

The National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA) today announced steps to protect whales and other marine life from Navy sonar, which can cause injury and even death in deep-diving mammals. NOAA plans to identify sensitive marine mammal habitat along the Atlantic...
 
Study: Minke Whales Are Not Preventing Recovery Of Larger Whales; Population 'Roughly Similar' To Prior Whaling
Washington, D.C. - Jan 14, 2010 22:25 EST

Genetic analyses refute the hypothesis that an overly abundant population of minke whales is creating too much competition over food for populations of other whale species to rebound, according to a new study supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program and...
 
New Underwater World Category For Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2010
London, England - Jan 14, 2010 21:26 EST

CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year is calling for entries that deal with some of the most important issues of our time. Now in its fourth year, CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions...
 
Nation’s First Marine Debris Action Plan Implemented In Hawaii; 'Taking The Lead In Finding A Solution'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 12, 2010 22:33 EST

Today, NOAA and several partners in Hawaii announced a comprehensive long-term plan to actively assess and remove plastics, derelict fishing gear, and other human sources of marine debris from coastal waters and coral reefs along the island chain. The plan,...
 
Microbe Understudies Await Their Turn in the Limelight: Deep-Sea 'Lost City' Shows Rare Microbes Can Become Dominant
Seattle, Washington - Jan 12, 2010 21:56 EST

On the marine microbial stage, there appears to be a vast, varied group of understudies only too ready to step in when "star" microbes falter. At least that's what happens at the Lost City hydrothermal vent field, according to work...
 
Stimulus: Florida University Receives $15 Million To Build The Country’s Largest Coral Reef Research Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jan 11, 2010 22:39 EST

Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center recently received $15 million in federal stimulus money to build the country’s largest coral reef research center. The 86,000-square-foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility will house local, national and international coral...
 
MonsterQuest: Florida's Cold Weather Reveals Manatee With Strange Tail
Palm Beach, Florida - Jan 11, 2010 22:05 EST

Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists believe that the cold weather has helped to uncover a local mystery; the identity of the mysterious sea monster featured on the TV show MonsterQuest which airs on the History Channel. As hundreds of manatees huddled...
 
New Acoustic Telemetry System Helps Explain Salmon Migration; 'A Clearer, More Complete Picture'
Richland, Washington - Jan 8, 2010 16:20 EST

A new acoustic telemetry system tracks the migration of juvenile salmon using one-tenth as many fish as comparable methods, suggests a paper published in the January edition of the American Fisheries Society journal Fisheries. The paper also explains how the...
 
Brrrr... Florida Establishes Hotline To Report Cold Manatees, Turtles
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 7, 2010 17:58 EST

The current cold snap is having an effect on some of Florida’s fish and wildlife as temperatures dip below normal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to monitor the species affected most by the cold and is...
 
Sea Shepherd Press Release: Japanese Whalers Ram Sea Shepherd Ship Ady Gil; 'A Substantial Loss'
Friday Harbor, Washington - Jan 6, 2010 21:23 EST

Famed trimaran is sinking in the Southern Ocean Six crewmembers Rescued by the Sea Shepherd Ship Bob Barker In an unprovoked attack captured on film, the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and caused catastrophic damage to the Sea...
 
NASA: Sun Glints Seen From Space Signal Oceans And Lakes; Could Aid In Search For Water On Extrasolar Planets
Pasadena, California - Jan 6, 2010 21:00 EST

In two new videos from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, bright flashes of light known as sun glints act as beacons signaling large bodies of water on Earth. These observations give scientists a way to pick out planets beyond our solar...
 
Florida Officials Release Final Manatee Mortality Numbers For 2009; Cold-stress Deaths Spike
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 6, 2010 11:02 EST

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 429 manatee carcasses in state waters in 2009. A combination of factors contributed to the high total, as indicated by record high numbers in...
 
Spanish Galleon From The 1700's Found Off The Dominican Republic Coast; Treasures of 'Incalculable Historical Value'
Miami, Florida - Dec 29, 2009 18:46 EST

A research team has discovered off Nagua, a city in the northeastern Dominican Republic, a Spanish galleon that apparently sank in the area between 1690 and 1700, a media report said. The galleon, whose name is unknown, was found in...
 
Humane Society Of The US, Retailer Urge The End To East Coast Commercial Shark Killing Tournaments
Washington, D.C. - Dec 29, 2009 18:36 EST

The Humane Society of the United States and Fishpond, Inc., a prominent outdoor and fishing equipment retailer, urge an end to commercial shark killing tournaments along the East Coast. The HSUS sent letters on Friday to the organizers of the...
 
Research: Glacial Watersheds May Contribute To Oceanic Food Web; 'Export Dissolved Organic Matter'
Portland, Oregon - Dec 25, 2009 17:02 EST

A study recently completed in the gulf coast of Alaska by federal and university researchers has found that as glacial ice disappears, the production and export of high-quality food from glacial watersheds to marine ecosystems may disappear too. This trend...
 
Odyssey Marine "Black Swan" Case To Move To Appeals Court; 'We Look Forward To Presenting Our Case'
Tampa, Florida - Dec 24, 2009 16:57 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), has received notification from the U.S. District Judge that he has adopted the Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation in the “Black Swan” case in favor of Spain. Although the Judge complimented Magistrate Pizzo’s Report and...
 
Paleontologist Launches Fossil Shark Hunt; 'What Is Primitive About Living Sharks?'
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 23, 2009 13:52 EST

Chicago Paleontologist Michael Coates has spent his career mining the marine fossils of far-flung continents for evolutionary insights. From Scotland’s Midland Valley to Wyoming’s Beartooth Butte to Grahamstown, South Africa, he scours sediments hundreds of millions of years old for the...
 
Cressi Ellipse Regulator Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard; High Pressure Port Obstructed
Washington, D.C. - Dec 23, 2009 13:27 EST

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Cressi Ellipse Black...
 
Turtles' Christmas Journey Tracked By Scientists; 'The Ancient Mariners Of The World'
Exeter, UK - Dec 23, 2009 13:18 EST

The journeys of two marine turtles around the world's oceans will be available to view online this Christmas, thanks to a new research project launched by the University of Exeter. Noelle and Darwinia are two adult female leatherback turtles that nest...
 
Australian Fossil Unlocks Secrets To The Origin Of Whales; 'A Bottom-feeding Mud-sucker'
Victoria, Australia - Dec 22, 2009 22:50 EST

Museum Victoria palaeobiologist Dr Erich Fitzgerald has made new groundbreaking discoveries into the origin of baleen whales, based on a 25 million year old fossil found near Torquay in Victoria. Dr Fitzgerald's study, which is published in the Zoological Journal of...
 
Dive Rite Wings Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard; Rusting Over Pressure Valve Blamed
Washington, D.C. - Dec 22, 2009 22:37 EST

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Dive Rite Wings Units: About 16,000 Manufacturer:...
 
New Study Finds Catch Shares Improve Consistency, Not Health, Of Fisheries; No 'Panacea'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 21, 2009 22:08 EST

Catch share programs result in more consistent and predictable fisheries but do not necessarily improve ecological conditions, according to a new study published online this week by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Employed by nations around the...
 
MARES Initiative To Provide Comprehensive View Of South Florida Marine Ecosystems
Miami, Florida - Dec 21, 2009 21:15 EST

Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) is a new collaborative initiative, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), designed to guide regional resource managers in protecting the fragile marine coastal environment in South Florida. Through...
 
Florida Wildlife Commission Expects Record Number Of Manatee Deaths In 2009
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 19, 2009 11:33 EST

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 419 manatee carcasses in state waters as of Dec. 11. This preliminary data indicates that the total number of manatee deaths for 2009 has...
 
What's The Deal With Fish Oil? Omega-3 Industry Responds To New York Times Editorial 'Misinformation'
Sunrise, Florida - Dec 18, 2009 14:57 EST

In Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on December 15, 2009 (A Fish Oil Story by Paul Greenberg) raising concerns that fish oil supplements are a major contributor to depleting supplies of menhaden, a fish that plays an important...
 
Endangered Turtle Flies Home, In Passenger Cabin Of Commercial Airplane
Wilmington, North Carolina - Dec 18, 2009 14:40 EST

An endangered turtle named Anita made history on Dec. 15, when she became one of the only live marine turtles to ever fly in the passenger cabin of an airplane, thanks to a one-time exemption by American Airlines and the...
 
Study: Boating Pours $8.5 Billion Into Florida's Economy
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 18, 2009 14:25 EST

A four-year study of Florida’s boating facilities and the economics of boating in this state is just in, and the numbers are enough to make your head swim. For instance, Florida boaters spent $3.384 billion on boat trips in 2007. That’s...
 
First As ROV Captures Images Of The Deep-sea Volcano Erupting Molten Lava; 'It Happens So Quickly'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Dec 18, 2009 14:14 EST

Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor. Jason, designed and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the National...
 
Animal Planet's Whale Wars Leaves Port For New Season Of Sea Shepherd's Anti-whaling Campaign
New York, New York - Dec 16, 2009 21:44 EST

The Jolly Roger flies high again as Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society return to the high seas in their fight to save whales from Japanese vessels in the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Yesterday, the...
 
Scientists: Zoning The Ocean May Help Endangered Whales To Recover; An Idea 'Rife With Human Conflict'
Hoboken, New Jersey - Dec 16, 2009 21:20 EST

Scientists in Scotland, Canada and the US have proposed a new method to identify priority areas for whale conservation. The team's findings, published in Animal Conservation, suggest that even small protected areas, identified through feeding behavior, can benefit highly mobile...
 
New 'Watch List' Helps Citizens Report Invasive Marine Fish; 'Non-native Fishes Can Have Cascading Effects'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 15, 2009 21:13 EST

For the first time, a field guide for non-native marine fishes can be used to help prevent the establishment of invasive species that could pose risks to Florida’s coastal ecosystems. A team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
 
NOAA Assesses Post-Tsunami Marine Debris In American Samoa, Effects On Corals
Washington, D.C. - Dec 14, 2009 23:55 EST

A NOAA team has begun a survey of marine debris generated by the devastating September 29 tsunami in American Samoa. The team is carefully measuring the amount and impact of debris such as roofing and domestic goods in coral reef...
 
Researchers Reveal That Environmentally Devastating Zebra Mussels Can Be Controlled; Reproduction 'Can Be Impeded'
Troy, New York - Dec 14, 2009 23:48 EST

While a lone zebra mussel is relatively harmless, its appearance usually indicates the arrival of thousands of the unwanted visitors. In waterways around the globe, the mussels are outcompeting native animal species for food and clogging industrial water systems. Scientists and...
 

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