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Experts: Marine Stewardship Council's Certification Failing Basic Science; 'Bureaucracy' Instead Of 'Biology'
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sep 1, 2010 18:00 EST

The world's most established fisheries certifier is failing on its promises as rapidly as it gains prominence, according the world's leading fisheries experts from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at...
 
Scientists: Sonar Images Reveal Sunken Oil Tanker Off California Coast, Possible Pollution Threat
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2010 17:39 EST

Experts hope to use sonar images of a sunken ship off California's coast to determine whether the vessel is at risk of leaking oil. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent a robotic submersible down to the wreck of...
 
Scientists: Marine Animals Suggest Evidence For A Trans-Antarctic Seaway; 'We Knew We Were Onto Something Very Interesting'
CAMBRIDGE, U.K. - Aug 31, 2010 19:01 EST

A tiny marine filter-feeder, that anchors itself to the sea bed, offers new clues to scientists studying the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet a region that is thought to be vulnerable to collapse(1). As part of a...
 
Researcher: Worry More About Lightning Or Bees Than Shark Attacks; 'A Surfer Looks Like A Seal'
Galveston, Texas - Aug 30, 2010 17:37 EST

Pity the poor shark. If ever a creature needed a good PR campaign, it might be the shark especially when it comes to those headline-grabbing but very rare shark attacks. Studies show that lightning is a far greater...
 
From Pirate To Prisoner: Animal Planet To Air Whale Wars Special Featuring Eco-Maverick Peter Bethune
Beverly Hills, California - Aug 30, 2010 16:29 EST

Animal Planet today announced it has given the green light for a new WHALE WARS one-hour special series episode featuring Captain Pete Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. During the two-hour season finale, viewers' last glimpse of eco-pirate and...
 
Progress On Vaccine For 'Ich,' Bane Of Fish Farms And Home Aquarium Hobbyists; 'Just One Treatment'
Boston, Massachusetts - Aug 27, 2010 19:20 EST

Tests of the potential vaccine against "Ich" ― the dreaded "white-spot" disease that plagues fish in commercial fish farms, public aquariums, pet fish retail outlets, and home aquariums ― are raising hopes for finally controlling the disease, scientists reported here...
 
UN Warns Alien Species Are Threatening Biodiversity Of Wadden Sea
Bonn, Germany - Aug 27, 2010 18:05 EST

A wide range of species not native to Europe's Wadden Sea have invaded its ecosystem, threatening the biodiversity of the World Heritage Site, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report unveiled today. A diverse range of alien species...
 
Report: Numerous Great White Sharks Seen Lurking Off Southern California Beaches
Los Angeles, California - Aug 27, 2010 17:08 EST

There have been 8 confirmed and 5 suspected white shark sightings and breaches reported from Sunset Beach, Los Angeles, in less than two weeks. Observations have occurred from early morning to late afternoon. Reports of juvenile and adult white sharks...
 
Coral Off Puerto Rico's Coast 'Ideal Case Study' For Gulf Oil Spill's Impact; 'Our Team Showered With Laboratory Soap'
Orlando, Florida - Aug 25, 2010 21:55 EST

Coral living off the coast of Puerto Rico may provide researchers valuable information about the potential impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. University of Central Florida biologist John Fauth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and non-governmental agencies...
 
Scientists: First Frozen Repository For Hawaiian Coral Created; Can Be Thawed '1,000 Years From Now'
Mānoa, Hawaii - Aug 24, 2010 23:24 EST

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have created the first frozen bank for Hawaiian corals in an attempt to protect them from extinction and to preserve their...
 
Paternity Tests: Whale Sharks May Produce Many Litters From One Mating; 'Storing Sperm'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 24, 2010 23:13 EST

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer...
 
Scientists Map Origin Of Large, Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume In Gulf; 22 Miles Long And More Than 3,000 Feet Below Surface
Washington, D.C. - Aug 24, 2010 23:07 EST

Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of...
 
Ancient Microbes Responsible For Breathing Life Into Ocean Deserts; 'Cyanobacteria Is The Simplest Explanation'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 23, 2010 21:41 EST

More than two and a half billion years ago, Earth differed greatly from our modern environment, specifically in respect to the composition of gases in the atmosphere and the nature of the life forms inhabiting its surface. While today's atmosphere...
 
Humane Society: OSHA Sanctions On Seaworld Are Further Evidence That Orcas Are Unsuitable For Captivity
Washington, D.C. - Aug 23, 2010 21:23 EST

The Humane Society of the United States is guardedly optimistic about the consequences of a citation issued today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to SeaWorld for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the death of...
 
Guy Harvey And Neal Watson Join Forces With Dive Bimini; 'Neal Or Guy Might Be On Board Diving With You'
Bimini, The Bahamas - Aug 20, 2010 19:28 EST

Celebrated artist and conservationist Guy Harvey along with his Guy Harvey Outpost organization announced today plans to team with renown dive authority Neal Watson to offer "top of class" dive centers at Guy Harvey Outpost resort properties. Their first...
 
Discovery Of 650-Million-Year-Old Sponge-Like Creatures Pushes Back Fossil Record; Reef-Dwelling Creatures On 'Snowball Earth'
Princeton, New Jersey - Aug 19, 2010 14:55 EST

In findings that push back the clock on the scientific world's thinking about when animal life appeared on Earth, Princeton scientists may have discovered the oldest fossils of animal bodies, suggesting that primitive sponge-like creatures were living in ocean reefs...
 
They're Back: Recent Otter Deaths A Reminder That Great White Sharks Are Patrolling California Waters
Monterey, California - Aug 19, 2010 14:19 EST

The likely deaths of two mother sea otters from shark bites, and the rescue of their orphaned pups in recent days is a reminder of what researchers have learned from a decade studying adult great white shark behavior: These top ocean...
 
Spinal Gap Of Barbeled Dragonfishes Mystery Solved: Due To Long Notochord
London, England - Aug 17, 2010 22:37 EST

The mystery of why a group of deep sea fishes has a gap between their skull and spine has been solved by an international team of scientists, including those at the Natural History Museum. Large sharp teeth, a thread-like skin extension...
 
Scientists: Oil Droplets Speckle Gulf Floor, Evidence Seen That Oil Has Become Toxic To Critical Marine Life
St. Petersburg, Florida - Aug 17, 2010 22:23 EST

University of South Florida marine scientists conducting experiments in an area of the Gulf of Mexico where clouds of oil from the BP spill were found now have discovered what appears to be oil in sediments of a vital underwater...
 
Survey: California Sea Otter Population Numbers On Decline; 'Sea Otter Health Can Tell Us A Lot'
Santa Cruz, California - Aug 17, 2010 22:09 EST

After a decade of steady recovery, the southern sea otter a federally listed threatened species is in decline for the second year in a row, according to the latest population survey by U.S. Geological Survey researchers. "We have seen...
 
Report: 80% Of Gulf Spill Oil Remains In The Ecosystem; 'the Oil Is Still Out There'
Athens, Georgia - Aug 17, 2010 16:29 EST

A report released today by the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia concludes that up to 79 percent of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains...
 
Massive Coral Mortality Following Bleaching In Indonesia; 'A Disappointing Development'
New York, New York - Aug 16, 2010 21:00 EST

The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS's Indonesia Program "Rapid Response Unit"...
 
Research: Ocean's Color Affects Hurricane Paths; 'The Oceans Aren't Really Blue'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2010 18:45 EST

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane...
 
Researchers: Climate Change Hits SE Australia Fish Species; 'Nowhere To Escape'
Sydney, Australia - Aug 13, 2010 17:55 EST

CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. Dr Peter LastThese include warm temperate surf-zone species...
 
LA Museum: Life Of 85-Million-Year-Old 'Sea Monster' Featured; 'The Finest Preserved Mosasaur In Existence'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 10, 2010 22:59 EST

One of the ocean's most formidable marine predators, the marine mosasaur Platecarpus, lived in the Cretaceous Period some 85 million years ago and was thought to have swum like an eel. That theory is debunked in a new paper published...
 
Discovery Channel's 23rd Annual 'Shark Week' Is Most-Watched Ever; Seen By 30.8 Million People
Silver Spring, Maryland - Aug 10, 2010 22:28 EST

Discovery Channel's 23rd annual SHARK WEEK cable's longest-running programming event was seen by 30.8 million people this year, making it the most-watched SHARK WEEK on record. The previous record holder was 2008 with 29.1 million viewers. [Source:...
 
Scientist: The Jellyfish-Like Salp Is Most Efficient Filter-Feeder In The Deep; 'Like Eating Everything From A Mouse To A Horse'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 9, 2010 22:11 EST

What if trains, planes and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? What if their exhaust and by-products helped the environment? Such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature. The salp, a small, barrel-shaped organism that...
 
Massive New 'Pacific Oceanscape' Makes History; 'The Dawning Of A New Era For Marine Management'
Port Villa, Vanuatu - Aug 9, 2010 21:42 EST

An unprecedented agreement toward the cooperative stewardship of a vast swath of Pacific Ocean has been reached, and conservationists are heralding it as among the most ambitious, innovative, and collaborative marine initiatives on Earth. Meeting in Port Villa, Vanuatu at the...
 
Pennekamp: America's First Undersea Park To Celebrate 50th Birthday
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 9, 2010 21:33 EST

Plans are underway for a milestone birthday celebration as John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underwater preserve, turns 50 years old. The historic event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, offering an ideal...
 
U.S. Sportfishing Vessel Attacked Off Costa Rica By Venezuela's Socialist Fisheries; 'Its Crew Obnoxiously Celebrated Its Victory'
Garza, Costa Rica - Aug 8, 2010 16:07 EST

A U.S. based world fisheries conservation association is demanding disciplinary action after the attack by a commercial Venezuelan tuna purse seining vessel and helicopter on a sportfishing boat off the coast of Costa Rica. The incident has been reported and posted...
 
Odyssey's Legal Team Wins Case In Spanish Court Over Blockaded Ship; 'A Step In The Right Direction'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 8, 2010 15:41 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, is pleased to report that Captain Sterling Vorus has been cleared of all charges by a court in Algeciras, Spain relating to the blockade and...
 
Unusual Orange Lobster 'Gumbo' Saved From The Pot; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It In 25 Years'
London, U.K. - Aug 6, 2010 19:27 EST

What's unusual about this orange lobster? Its alive! Lobsters are usually a brownish-green color when living and turn orange when they have been cooked. But a rare live reddish-orange colored specimen has been spotted in the UK. The North American lobster,...
 
NOAA: More Fishing, Higher Consumption Might Help Reverse Lionfish Invasion; 'Delicious'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 6, 2010 18:17 EST

A new study looking at how to curb the rapid growth of lionfish, an invasive species not native to the Atlantic Ocean, suggests that approximately 27 percent of mature lionfish will have to be removed monthly for one year to...
 
First Divers Complete Florida Keys 'Wreck Trek' Challenge; 'Truly A Pinnacle Moment In A Long Diving Career'
Key West, Florida - Aug 5, 2010 15:55 EST

Eleven Florida divers recently became the first "Wreck Trekker" dive enthusiasts to complete nine wreck dives as part of the Florida Keys Wreck Trek Passport Program. The dive challenge, developed by tourism officials and area dive operators, showcases the world-class diving...
 
Scientists Observe 'Fastest' Evolution; Tiny Fish Evolved To Tolerate Colder Temperature In Three Years
Guelph, Ontario - Aug 4, 2010 22:12 EST

University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors. The study, published...
 
In The Mouth Of Jaws: California Kayaker Survives Attack On His Kayak; 'Screaming Like A Little Girl'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 4, 2010 15:14 EST

A kayaker is breathing a sigh of relief after a terrifying encounter with a great white shark off the Southern California coast. Duane Strosaker was five miles off the coast from Gaviota State Park, which is north of Los Angeles,...
 
Study: Blue Whales Align The Pitch Of Their Songs With Extreme Accuracy; 'Always Calling At The Exact Same Pitch'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:31 EST

Blue whales are able to synchronize the pitch of their calls with an extremely high level of accuracy, and a very slim margin of error from call to call, according to a new study of the blue whale population in...
 
Researchers Study Undersea Rivers With A Yellow Submarine; 'The Flow In These Channels Is Quite Different'
Leeds, U.K. - Aug 2, 2010 21:16 EST

A team of scientists led by the University of Leeds has used a robotic 'yellow submarine' to observe detailed flows within an 'undersea river' for the very first time. The researchers estimate that the river - known as a submarine channel...
 
Five Penguins Win U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection; 'A Renewed Chance At Survival'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:05 EST

Five penguin species will get U.S. Endangered Species Act protections after a 2006 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and two lawsuits filed jointly with Turtle Island Restoration Network. Today's Interior Department decision will list the Humboldt penguin of...
 
Gov't: South Florida And The Keys To Escape Remnants Of Gulf Oil Gusher; Chances 'Very, Very Low And Will Go To Zero'
Key West, Florida - Jul 31, 2010 17:26 EST

The head of the U.S. Government's response effort to mitigate the Transocean/BP oil spill said that with the oil leak capped there is now little chance of oil remnants reaching the Florida Keys and the South Florida mainland. And when the...
 



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