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NOAA Gives Great White Sharks More Protection In Gulf Of The Farallones Sanctuary; 'Attracting' Prohibited
Washington, D.C. - Oct 2, 2009 18:06 EST

New regulations to protect the great white shark are now in effect in NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a marine protected area just west of San Francisco. The regulations, enacted by NOAA’s Office of National Marine...
 
Halcyon Diving Equipment Recalled Over Drowning Hazard To Divers
Washington, D.C. - Oct 1, 2009 14:25 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: Halcyon Diving Equipment Units: About 20,300 Manufacturer:...
 
Scientists: Coral Bleaching Increases Chances Of Coral Disease; 'Both Related To Prolonged Thermal Stress'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 1, 2009 13:51 EST

Mass coral bleaching has devastated coral colonies around the world for almost three decades. Now scientists have found that bleaching can make corals more susceptible to disease and, in turn, coral disease can exacerbate the negative effects of bleaching. A...
 
27 Species Featured In New California Kelp Forest Stamp; Underwater Unveiling At Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, California - Sep 30, 2009 17:10 EST

Creatures of central California's kelp forest will swim into the nation's mail stream when SCUBA divers unveil the Nature of America: Kelp Forest collectible souvenir sheet stamps and stamped postal cards to launch National Stamp Collecting Month tomorrow. The underwater unveiling...
 
A New Chemical Method For Distinguishing Between Farmed And Wild Salmon
Southampton, U.K. - Sep 30, 2009 16:18 EST

Wild salmon and farmed salmon can now be distinguished from each other by a technique that examines the chemistry of their scales. Dr Clive Trueman, who is based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton said: "Salmon farming is a big, intensive business....
 
Storm Killers: Earth Scan Lab Tracks Cold Water 'Ocean Cyclones' In Gulf Of Mexico
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Sep 29, 2009 22:09 EST

Complex interactions between the ocean and overlying atmosphere cause hurricanes to form, and also have a tremendous amount of influence on the path, intensity and duration of a hurricane or tropical weather event. As researchers develop new ways to better...
 
Mystery Solved: Marine Microbe Trichodesmium Is Source Of Rare Nutrient; 'We Were Stunned'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 29, 2009 21:58 EST

A new study of microscopic marine microbes, called phytoplankton, by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of South Carolina has solved a ten-year-old mystery about the source of an essential nutrient in the ocean. Roughly a decade...
 
Sea Turtle 'Vicki Lee' Out Of Rehab, Released Back To Gulf Of Mexico With Satellite Tag
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 29, 2009 18:11 EST

"Vicki Lee," a loggerhead sea turtle first tagged 21 years ago by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists as she nested on Casey Key, returned to the Gulf of Mexico last Friday morning after more than 160 days in rehabilitation. The sea turtle...
 
Seafood Wholesaler Sentenced To Prison In Conspiracy To Illegally Harvest Rock Fish; 'Sends A Message'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 28, 2009 21:43 EST

Robert Lumpkins, owner of Golden Eye Seafood LLC, of St. Mary’s County, Md., was sentenced to 18 months in prison and the company was sentenced today to 3 years probation by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte after a two...
 
Electric Fish Plug In, Fluctuate Special Cells To Communicate; 'Like Stepping On The Gas In A Car'
Austin, Texas - Sep 28, 2009 21:04 EST

Just as people plug in to computers, smart phones and electric outlets to communicate, electric fish communicate by quickly plugging special channels into their cells to generate electrical impulses, University of Texas at Austin researchers have discovered. The fish generate electric...
 
Researchers Get A Leg Up On Whale And Dolphin Evolution; 'There Is Deep Conflict In The Evolutionary Tree'
New York, New York - Sep 26, 2009 17:47 EST

When the ancestors of living cetaceans - whales, dolphins and porpoises - first dipped their toes into water, a series of evolutionary changes were sparked that ultimately nestled these swimming mammals into the larger hoofed animal group. But what happened...
 
Researchers Open Baja California Shark-Tagging Trip To The Public
Los Angeles, California - Sep 24, 2009 14:41 EST

Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced that they are organizing a shark-tagging research expedition to Baja California in October 2009. The organization is actively seeking up to 20 scuba divers/snorkelers from the Southern California community as a means to educating...
 
World's Largest Marine Protected Areas Sign Partnership Agreement; 'We Face Many Of The Same Challenges'
New York, New York - Sep 23, 2009 21:41 EST

Today two of the world's largest marine protected areas announced a historic alliance to enhance the management and protection of almost 300,000 square miles of marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean. President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kee...
 
Research: Global Warming May Dent El Niño’s Protective Shield From Atlantic Hurricanes, Increase Droughts Elsewhere
Miami, Florida - Sep 23, 2009 20:58 EST

El Niño, the periodic eastern Pacific phenomenon credited with shielding the United States and Caribbean from severe hurricane seasons, may be overshadowed by its brother in the central Pacific due to global warming, according to an article in the September...
 
Weird New Ghostshark Found; Male Has Retractable Sexual Appendages On The Forehead
San Francisco, California - Sep 22, 2009 20:54 EST

New species are not just discovered in exotic locales—even places as urban as California still yield discoveries of new plants and animals. Academy scientists recently named a new species of chimaera, an ancient and bizarre group of fishes distantly related...
 
Significant Artifact Discovered On Florida's Santa Margarita Shipwreck Site: Religious Relic Encased In Gold
Key West, Florida - Sep 22, 2009 16:58 EST

Late Monday afternoon, underwater exploration divers for Keith Webb’s Blue Water Ventures Key West discovered a miraculously intact piece of gold religious jewelry on the site of the 1622 shipwreck Santa Margarita. Captain Dan Porter and dive partner Bobby Hartwell...
 
Scientists Baffled As Mysterious Scale-less Fish Found Floating Off Brazilian Coast; 'A Fish That Humans Had Never Seen'
Bahia, Brazi - Sep 21, 2009 21:36 EST

A large fish without scales that turned up floating off the coast of Brazil baffled scientists and specialists from the region who are studying the rare specimen and ensure that the species is totally unknown. The fish, which draws attention due...
 
Ocean Observing Scientists And Marine Industries Teaming Up To Sustainably Monitor The Water Column
Miami, Florida - Sep 21, 2009 20:52 EST

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) have teamed up to establish the OceanScope Working Group, a way to bring science and industry together for the systematic study of...
 
NOAA Scientists Catch Rare Giant Squid In The Gulf Of Mexico; 'This Is An Incredibly Rare Find'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 21, 2009 17:13 EST

Scientists from NOAA’s Fisheries Service have captured a giant squid while conducting research off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. This is only the second known giant squid obtained from the Gulf of Mexico – the first was...
 
Odyssey Reaches Agreement With UK Government On Dismissal Of Admiralty Arrest And Salvage Award For Cannon From HMS Victory
Tampa, Florida - Sep 18, 2009 17:19 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pursuant to an agreement reached with the UK Government, has filed a motion to dismiss and vacate the warrant for the arrest which was filed in the U.S. District Court on Admiral Balchin's HMS Victory, a...
 
NOAA Announces An Experimental Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast Bulletin For Lake Erie
Washington, D.C. - Sep 18, 2009 16:55 EST

Predicting harmful algal blooms, or HABs, in the Great Lakes is now a reality as NOAA announces an experimental HAB forecast system in Lake Erie. HABs produce toxins that may pose a significant risk to human and animal health through...
 
New Research To Unravel How Nutrients Drive Toxic 'brown Tides' On East Coast
Washington, D.C. - Sep 17, 2009 15:20 EST

NOAA has awarded Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $120,000 as part of an anticipated three-year, nearly $500,000 project, to determine how nitrogen and phosphorus promote brown tides on the East Coast. Funds were awarded through the interagency Ecology and Oceanography...
 
Research: Genes, Not Environment Determined Sex Of Sea Reptiles In Past; 'Freed From Land'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Sep 16, 2009 23:38 EST

A new analysis of extinct sea creatures suggests that the transition from egg-laying to live-born young opened up evolutionary pathways that allowed these ancient species to adapt to and thrive in open oceans. The evolutionary sleuthing is described this week...
 
Cuban Scientists To Make Rare U.S. Trip, To Visit Florida Marine Lab; 'Marine Ecosystems Know No National Borders'
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 16, 2009 22:46 EST

Cuban scientists are crossing geographic and political boundaries to visit the United States as part of an effort to study and protect our shared oceans - and they specifically requested to drop by Mote Marine Laboratory. Delegates from Cuba's Ministry...
 
Florida City’s Mysterious Muck Monster Attracting Attention Of Tourists; City Sees Tourist Dollars
West Palm Beach, Florida - Sep 15, 2009 18:18 EST

Florida’s Lake Worth "Muck Monster" is still making waves in West Palm Beach, and now a city commissioner is apparently ready to turn muck -into money. The mysterious creature was spotted in the Lake Worth lagoon recently, and has been quite...
 
Hermaphrodite Fish May Signal Environmental Problems; 'More Widespread Than Anyone Anticipated'
Reston, Virginia - Sep 14, 2009 21:32 EST

Intersex in smallmouth and largemouth basses is widespread in numerous river basins throughout the United States is the major finding of the most comprehensive and large-scale evaluation of the condition, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research published online in...
 
Whale SENSE: NOAA, Partners Launch Effort For Tour Operators To Protect Whales
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 11, 2009 18:08 EST

NOAA has joined with private industry and conservation groups to launch Whale SENSE, a new voluntary program that encourages whale-watch tour operators from Maine to Virginia to practice responsible viewing. The program will also recognize businesses that discourage the harassment...
 
Seaglider Sets New Underwater Endurance And Range Records; 'Truly Autonomous The Entire Time'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 11, 2009 17:37 EST

A University of Washington Seaglider operated for 9 months and 5 days in the Pacific Ocean, an endurance record more than double what any other autonomous underwater vehicle has accomplished on a single mission. During that time it propelled itself...
 
Florida Proposes More Protection For Sharks; State 'A Pioneer And A Leader In Shark-management Efforts'
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 11, 2009 16:56 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday proposed rules to enhance its long-standing policy to protect stressed shark populations in Florida waters. Sharks have been strictly regulated in Florida since 1992 with a 1-fish-per-person/2-fish-per-vessel daily bag limit...
 
Teenager Dies In Shark Attack Off Brazilian Coast; Officials Insist Shark Bite, Not Drowning Cause Of Death
Recife, Brazil - Sep 10, 2009 14:54 EST

A shark off the Brazilian coast near Recife has reportedly killed a teenager. The teenager, Geovane Messina, 15, died from a hemorrhage caused by the shark bite, according to report published this Wednesday by Recife’s Institute of Forensic Medicine. The teenager...
 
Wayward 'Waldo' Finally Phones Home; Missing Robot Picked Up By Mote Scientists Today
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 10, 2009 14:30 EST

A robot that was AWOL last week from its red tide patrol in Southwest Florida resurfaced at 6:06 a.m. Thursday and once again began signaling its position to Mote scientists. Mote staff didn't waste a minute before hopping in a boat...
 
NOAA Locates US Navy Ship Sunk In World War II Battle; 'She Rests Now Like A Literal Skeleton'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 10, 2009 14:20 EST

A NOAA-led research mission has located and identified the final resting place of the YP-389, a U.S. Navy patrol boat sunk approximately 20 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC, by a German submarine during World War II. Six sailors...
 
Researchers To Explore Sacred Maya Pools Of Belize; 'Portals To The Underworld'
Champaign, Illinois - Sep 9, 2009 20:48 EST

A team of expert divers, a geochemist and an archaeologist will be the first to explore the sacred pools of the southern Maya lowlands in rural Belize. The expedition, made possible with a grant from the National Geographic Society and...
 
New Robot Travels Across The Seafloor To Monitor The Impact Of Climate Change On Deep-sea Ecosystems
Moss Landing, California - Sep 9, 2009 20:42 EST

Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot,...
 
Study: Larger Seasonal Speed Zones In 'Migratory Corridor' Could Save Rare Right Whales
Durham, North Carolina - Sep 8, 2009 22:28 EST

Larger areas of speed limits for ships around major ports could significantly help North Atlantic right whales' survival, according to a new study led by Duke University scientists. Expanding seasonal speed-restriction zones around major East Coast ports by 10 nautical miles...
 
New Genomic Model Defines Microbes By Diet -- Provides Tool For Tracking Environmental Change
Washington, D.C. - Sep 7, 2009 22:07 EST

In line with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) interest in characterizing the biotic factors involved in global carbon cycling, the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) characterizes a diverse array of plants, microorganisms, and the communities in which they reside...
 
Study: Half Of The Fish Consumed Globally Is Now Raised On Farms; 'Aquaculture Is Set To Reach A Landmark'
Palo Alto, California - Sep 7, 2009 21:51 EST

Aquaculture, once a fledgling industry, now accounts for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a new report by an international team of researchers. And while the industry is more efficient than ever, it is also putting a...
 
Have You Seen This Robot? Mote Offers Reward For Return Of Missing 'Waldo'
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 4, 2009 23:02 EST

Mote scientists spent Thursday using side-scan sonar in an effort to find a scientific robot that has been missing since Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Now we're seeking the public's help for the safe return of the robot nicknamed "Waldo." (Yes,...
 
Shark Group Issues Open Letter To Discovery Executives In Protest Of Shark Week Exploitation
Miami, Florida - Sep 4, 2009 22:42 EST

The following is an open letter send to the Discovery Network by The Shark Group: From: *The Shark Group* September 3, 2009 Open Letter to the Discovery Network Object: Shark Week 2009, Discovery's Tribute to The Year of the Shark Mr. John Hendricks, Founder &...
 
Scientists: Specialized 'Toolbox' Gene Spurs Scale Development In Fish
New York, New York - Sep 3, 2009 16:29 EST

Scientists have suspected that spare parts in the genome—extra copies of functional genes that arise when genes or whole genomes get duplicated—might sometimes provide the raw materials for the evolution of new traits. Now, researchers report in a study published...
 

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