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Research: Bigger And Bossier Better For Cichlids Fish Families
Hamilton, Ontario - Dec 14, 2009 23:43 EST

If you are spending the holidays with big Uncle Frank or bossy Aunt Minnie and wondering whether you would be better off with another family, spare a thought for the humble cichlid fish. A research team from McMaster University and the...
 
UN-backed Experts Propose Ban In Trading In Endangered Bluefin Tuna And Certain Types Of Sharks
New York, New York - Dec 14, 2009 23:15 EST

Trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna would be banned and trade in certain types of shark controlled if the recommendations of a United Nations-backed group of independent experts are accepted by the parties to an international treaty on endangered species. The proposals...
 
Study: 'Triple Whammy Effect' Eroding Portions Of Arctic Coastline With No End In Sight
Boulder, Colorado - Dec 14, 2009 22:20 EST

The northern coastline of Alaska midway between Point Barrow and Prudhoe Bay is eroding by up to one-third the length of a football field annually because of a "triple whammy" of declining sea ice, warming seawater and increased wave activity,...
 
Abundance Of A Look-alike Species Clouds Population Status And Recovery Planning For A Million Dollar Fish
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Dec 12, 2009 18:23 EST

The prized white marlin, sought by anglers in million dollar prize tournaments and captured incidentally in commercial fisheries, is among the most overfished marine species under international management and the subject of contentious debate on how to best achieve its...
 
Florida Acts On More Protection For Sharks 'to Help Ensure The Sustainability Of Our Marine Ecosystem'
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 11, 2009 17:54 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday approved a series of rules to enhance its long-standing policy to protect stressed shark populations in Florida waters. These rules also are generally consistent with recent management measures that have...
 
High-resolution Computer Simulations Helping Scientists Understand Ocean Climate
Southampton, England - Dec 11, 2009 17:40 EST

High-resolution computer simulations performed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) are helping to understand the inflow of North Atlantic water to the Arctic Ocean and how this influences ocean climate. The summer of 2007 saw a record...
 
Florida's Operation 'Mack Attack' Takes Bite Out Of Illegal 'Back-door' Fish Sales
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 9, 2009 21:19 EST

Six thousand pounds of fish bought and sold. Ten thousand dollars in money exchanged. Six charter boats cited. Forty-two charges filed. These are the results of a three-month Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation...
 
Fish Venom Finally Gets The Attention It Deserves; 'Possibly Over 1600 Species Of Catfish May Be Venomous'
London, England - Dec 5, 2009 17:43 EST

In contrast to the exhaustive research into venom produced by snakes and spiders, venomous fish have been neglected and remain something of a mystery. Now, a study of 158 catfish species, published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology,...
 
Guy Harvey Catch And Release Shark Tournament Hailed As A Model For Fishing Enthusiasts And Marine Conservationists
Fort Myers, Florida - Dec 4, 2009 10:50 EST

Jack Donlon, original founder of The Ultimate Shark Challenge Tournament Series, and his co-directors, Sean Paxton and Brooks Paxton II, have teamed up with renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey to present an innovative competitive event...
 
Researchers Make Unexpected Discovery Involving Devastating Freshwater Fish Parasite 'Ich'
Athens, Georgia - Dec 3, 2009 04:43 EST

Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine have made an "unexpected" dual discovery that could open new avenues for treating Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or "Ich", a devastating single-celled protozoan parasite that commonly attacks freshwater fish. With the aid of...
 
Researchers Collecting Marine Invertebrates In DNA Sequencing Effort For Entire Pacific Island
Gainsville, Florida - Dec 3, 2009 04:21 EST

University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there. The genetic information collected by scientists from UF’s Florida Museum...
 
New Forensic Technique Gives Clues About Sharks From Bite Damage; 'There's A Psychological Need'
Gainsville, Florida - Dec 3, 2009 04:16 EST

Hit-and-run attacks by sharks can be solved with a new technique that identifies the culprits by the unique chomp they put on their victims, according to a University of Florida researcher and shark expert. In a method analogous to analyzing human...
 
Deep-sea Finds Make King Crab Family Bigger Than Ever; Known Species At 113
Southampton, UK - Dec 3, 2009 04:10 EST

Sally Hall, a PhD student at the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) has formally described four new species of king crab, all from the deep sea. Hall discovered the...
 
Scientists Surprised As Some Ocean Dwellers Increase Shell Production In CO2-rich Environment
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Dec 3, 2009 04:05 EST

In a striking finding that raises new questions about carbon dioxide's (CO2) impact on marine life, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists report that some shell-building creatures—such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters—unexpectedly build more shell when exposed to ocean acidification...
 
Aussie Scientists Create Giant 'Rogue' Waves To Test Oil Platforms; 'Waves Are Extremely Difficult To Predict'
Canberra, Australia - Dec 2, 2009 18:42 EST

The computer modeling project compares how different types of semi-submersible oil rigs withstand the effects of giant waves in the open ocean. Rogue waves are rare, extreme events that pose a risk to shipping and offshore structures and can lead to...
 
NOAA Proposes To Protect 3,000 Square Miles As Critical Habitat For Endangered Whales
Anchorage, Alaska - Dec 1, 2009 23:39 EST

The federal National Marine Fisheries Service today took an important step toward protecting critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the Cook Inlet beluga whale in Alaska by proposing to designate more than 3,000 square miles of the imperiled...
 
Numerous North Atlantic Fish Populations Decline 95%; 'It's Shocking'
Syracuse, New York - Dec 1, 2009 23:13 EST

Populations of numerous migratory fish species in the North Atlantic have declined by more than 95 percent, threatening not only food supplies and economic systems, but also the way humans perceive the health of the planet's ecosystems, according to a...
 
Hong Kong Shark Fins Traced To Their Geographic Origin For First Time Using DNA Tools
Stony Brook, New York - Dec 1, 2009 22:58 EST

Millions of shark fins are sold at market each year to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, but it has been impossible to pinpoint which sharks from which regions are most threatened by this trade. Now,...
 
Research: Pregnant Pipefish Dads Cannibalize Young 'To Improve Their Own Well-being'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Nov 27, 2009 17:35 EST

The pipefish, which is related to the seahorse, has an unusual way of organising childcare. In this fish species it is the father who takes care of the eggs, which he receives from one or more females and then looks...
 
Keep Austin Weird: Texas Fish Store Owner Goes Topless In Titillating Black Friday Promotion
Austin, Texas - Nov 26, 2009 15:44 EST

An Austin, Texas, tropical fish and aquarium store is pulling off all the tops in a special "Black Friday" sales promotion. Caroline Estes, owner of Amazonia Aquariums, will go topless this Friday in hopes of boosting tropical fish sales. Her...
 
Rocket Science Leads To Discovery About Whale Hearing; 'Potential For Evaluating And Directing Mitigation Efforts'
Arlington, Virginia - Nov 24, 2009 19:53 EST

Rocket science is opening new doors to understanding how sounds associated with Navy sonar might affect the hearing of a marine mammal – or if they hear it at all. The same type of large industrial sized X-ray scanners that NASA...
 
Thousands Of Strange Creatures Found Deep In Ocean; 'The Deep Sea Is Full Of Mysteries'
New Orleans, Louisiana - Nov 22, 2009 18:19 EST

Census of Marine Life scientists have inventoried an astonishing abundance, diversity and distribution of deep sea species that have never known sunlight - creatures that somehow manage a living in a frigid black world down to 5,000 meters (~3 miles)...
 
WHOI'S Bruce A. Warren Is Awarded Sverdrup Gold Medal; 'Man Wants To Know'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Nov 21, 2009 16:39 EST

Bruce A. Warren-- one of the world's pre-eminent researchers of deep ocean currents and scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)—is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Sverdrup Gold Medal, awarded by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In announcing...
 
Paleontologists: Extinction Rates Higher In Open-ocean Settings During Mass Extinctions
Cincinnati, Ohio - Nov 21, 2009 16:36 EST

Arnie Miller, University of Cincinnati professor of paleontology in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, and co-author Michael Foote of the University of Chicago publish their research in the Nov. 20 issue of Science with their paper, "Epicontinental Seas...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Acquires Stake In Venture To Pursue Exploration Of Deep-Ocean Gold And Copper Deposits
Tampa, Florida - Nov 21, 2009 07:44 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has acquired a minority interest in SMM Project LLC, a company funded by a group of investors to bring together the exclusive licenses and skills...
 
Ocean Conservancy Welcomes Shark Conservation Act Introduction In The U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. - Nov 19, 2009 14:18 EST

Ocean Conservancy is applauding today’s introduction the "Shark Conservation Act of 2009" by Senator John Kerry (D-MA). The bill, a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and already approved in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to...
 
Researchers: Oceans' Uptake Of Manmade Carbon Slowing; 'We Cannot Count On These Sinks Operating In The Future'
New York, New York - Nov 18, 2009 22:02 EST

The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are...
 
Scientists Unravel Evolution Of Highly Toxic Box Jellyfish; Research Could Help Lead To Antivenoms And Treatments
Washington, D.C. - Nov 18, 2009 21:55 EST

With thousands of stinging cells that can emit deadly venom from tentacles that can reach ten feet in length, the 50 or so species of box jellyfish have long been of interest to scientists and to the public. Yet little...
 
Sharks Under Threat As Environmental Change Bites Hard; 'Slow Growth And Low Reproductive Capacity'
Sydney, Australia - Nov 17, 2009 22:12 EST

Using information from two global datasets collected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and FishBase, the Australian team behind the study has compiled the most comprehensive database yet of information about sharks, rays and chimaeras (a deep-water...
 
Billfish Angler Leads 'Expedition Great White' On National Geographic Channel; 'A Life-changing Moment'
Guadalupe Island, Baja Mexico - Nov 16, 2009 20:59 EST

Avid billfish angler and TV outdoor fishing adventurer Chris Fischer never thought he’d actually be living a scene much like that from Jaws as he kneeled face-to-face handling a huge, live 4,600 pound great white shark. As a sportsman...
 
Scientists Ponder The Implications As Warmer Temperatures Bring More Wind On The World's Biggest Lake
Madison, Wisconsin - Nov 15, 2009 16:25 EST

Rising water temperatures are kicking up more powerful winds on Lake Superior, with consequences for currents, biological cycles, pollution and more on the world's largest lake and its smaller brethren. Since 1985, surface water temperatures measured by lake buoys have climbed...
 
Sponges Recycle Carbon To Give Life To Coral Reefs; 'It Is Quite Dark And Technically Difficult To Work In The Cavities'
Cambridge, UK - Nov 13, 2009 18:45 EST

Coral reefs support some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, yet they thrive in a marine desert. So how do reefs sustain their thriving populations? Marine biologist Fleur Van Duyl from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is...
 
WW II-era Japanese Attack Submarines Discovered Off Hawaii; Technology 'Far Ahead Of Its Time'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 12, 2009 14:41 EST

Two World War II Japanese submarines, designed with revolutionary technology to attack the U.S. mainland, have been discovered off the Hawaiian coast of Oahu. They are the I-14, which carried two aircraft while submerged; and the I-201, one of the...
 
Research: Early Life On Earth May Have Developed More Quickly Than Thought As Water Temps Found Cooler
College Station, Texas - Nov 12, 2009 14:31 EST

The Earth's climate was far cooler – perhaps more than 50 degrees – billions of years ago, which could mean conditions for life all over the planet were more conducive than previously believed, according to a research team that includes...
 
United States Pushes For Strong Measures To Protect Bluefin Tuna; Status Quo 'Neither Sustainable Nor Acceptable'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 12, 2009 14:28 EST

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator issued the following statement urging the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to heed the scientific advice and adopt measures that will end...
 
Marine Scientists To Investigate Effect Of Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' On Fish Populations
Austin, Teax - Nov 10, 2009 22:58 EST

Whether a large area of low oxygen water called the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico could cause declines in environmentally and economically important fish populations is the subject of a new study by University of Texas at...
 
Scientists Call For Urgent 'global Cooling' To Save Coral Reefs; 'It Is Completely Affordable, Completely Achievable'
Brisbane St Lucia, Queensland - Nov 9, 2009 21:21 EST

Australian marine scientists have issued an urgent call for massive and rapid worldwide cuts in carbon emissions, deep enough to prevent atmospheric CO2 levels rising to 450 parts per million (ppm). In the lead up to United Nations Copenhagen Climate...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Closes Funding On First Shipwreck Project With New Partners; 'Enigma'
Tampa, Florida - Nov 7, 2009 08:11 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration and its associated company, OVH, Inc., have executed agreements to provide project research and shipwreck search and survey services for a project code-named "Enigma" to Robert Fraser Marine...
 
Sport Diver's Eric Michael Promoted To Editor; 'I Am Thrilled With The Opportunity'
Winter Park, Florida - Nov 6, 2009 17:45 EST

Eric Michael has been promoted to Editor of Sport Diver, the magazine announced today. Michael brings a long tradition of quality journalism to his new top post, along with a passion for diving. Promoted from Senior Editor, Michael will now...
 
Study: Airborne Nitrogen Producing Junk Food For Fish In Pristine Mountain Lakes
Phoenix, Arizona - Nov 5, 2009 15:41 EST

The impact of airborne nitrogen released from the burning of fossil fuels and wide-spread use of fertilizers in agriculture is much greater that previously recognized and even extends to remote alpine lakes, according to a study published Nov. 6 in...
 

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