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Researchers Improve Cloning Method For Zebra Fish; 'We Used The Same Entrance That Sperm Uses'
East Lansing, Michigan - Sep 2, 2009 21:57 EST

A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a new, more efficient way of cloning zebra fish, a breakthrough that could have implications for human health research. The work of the MSU researchers, detailed in the recent issue of the...
 
UC San Diego To Develop Ocean Observing Cyberinfrastructure; 'An Infrastructure That Will Transform Ocean Sciences'
San Diego, California - Sep 2, 2009 21:14 EST

The U.S. has taken the next step toward construction of the revolutionary Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): a network of ocean observing components, and their associated cyberinfrastructure, that will allow scientists to examine ocean processes on global, regional and coastal scales. The...
 
Scientists: Denitrification, Its Importance Once Diluted, May Be Back On Top; 'You Cannot Rewrite The Nitrogen Cycle'
Princeton, New Jersey - Sep 2, 2009 21:11 EST

After more than a decade of inquiry, a Princeton-led team of scientists has turned the tables on a long-standing controversy to re-establish an old truth about nitrogen mixing in the oceans. For decades, scientists thought they had a handle on the...
 
Divers Alert Network Executives Explore Santa Margarita Shipwreck Trail
Key West, Florida - Sep 2, 2009 20:48 EST

As the crew of Keith Webb’s Blue Water Ventures Key West wrapped up the month of August on the trail of a rich shipwrecked galleon, two executives of DAN, the internationally prominent Divers Alert Network organization, joined them for a...
 
Gulf Exploration Yields Evidence Of Raw Materials Used By Early Americans; 'We Have Found The Haystacks'
Erie, Pennsylvania - Aug 31, 2009 23:11 EST

In one of the more dramatic moments of an underwater archaeological survey co-led by Mercyhurst College archaeologist James Adovasio along Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer, Andy Hemmings stood on an inundated river’s edge where man hasn't set foot in more...
 
Report: Human Impacts And Environmental Factors Are Changing The Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem
Washington, D.C. - Aug 31, 2009 22:32 EST

Fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats over the past four decades because of fundamental changes in the regional ecosystem, according to a new report by NOAA researchers. The...
 
NOAA Explains Unusually High Sea Levels Along The Atlantic Coast; 'It's Not Uncommon To Have Anomalies'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 31, 2009 22:25 EST

Persistent winds and a weakened current in the Mid-Atlantic contributed to higher than normal sea levels along the Eastern Seaboard in June and July, according to a new NOAA technical report. After observing water levels six inches to two feet...
 
Scientists Find 'Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch' And It's Not A Pretty Sight; 'We Studied Everything'
San Diego, California - Aug 28, 2009 17:06 EST

Scientists have just completed an unprecedented journey into the vast and little-explored "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch." On the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX), researchers got the first detailed view of plastic debris floating in a remote ocean...
 
Satellite-tracked Sea Turtle Attacked By Shark, Rescued; 'She Wasn't Swimming Well - She Was Limping'
Marathon, Florida Keys - Aug 28, 2009 16:56 EST

A loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) bearing a satellite tracking tag from Mote Marine Laboratory was rescued on Sunday, Aug. 23, and brought to the Florida Keys for treatment of serious shark bites. The 200-pound adult female turtle with a...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Completes Phase One Of Secret 'Symphony' Project; 'A Target Rich Environment'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 28, 2009 09:31 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, recently completed the first phase of survey in the search area code named "Symphony". The work was conducted under a government permit in an exclusive claim area and...
 
Scientists Develop New Temperature Reconstruction From Indo-Pacific Warm Pool; 'this Is Only The First Word'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 27, 2009 14:11 EST

A new 2,000-year-long reconstruction of sea surface temperatures (SST) from the Indo-Pacific warm pool (IPWP) suggests that temperatures in the region may have been as warm during the Medieval Warm Period as they are today. The IPWP is the largest body...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Great White Shark On Display; Another 'Powerful Emissary For Ocean Conservation'
Monterey, California - Aug 26, 2009 22:54 EST

For the fifth time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young great white shark on exhibit, bringing her from Malibu to Monterey this afternoon (Wednesday, August 26) just 14 days after she was collected by aquarium staff off the...
 
Whale Wars Wins Rating Battle With Record Viewership For Season Finale; Green Light For 3rd Season
New York, New York - Aug 26, 2009 22:44 EST

Animal Planet’s WHALE WARS ended last Friday evening with the most-watched episode ever, a record 1.3M P2+ viewers tuning in to see the fate of the Sea Shepherd crew who, upon returning to port, were detained by Australian Federal Police. The...
 
New Species Of Crustaceans Discovered Near Canary Islands; 'Beautiful Hairy Sea Monster'
College Station, Texas - Aug 25, 2009 22:35 EST

During a cave diving expedition to explore the Tunnel de la Atlantida, the world's longest submarine lava tube on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, an international team of scientists and cave divers have discovered a previously unknown species of crustacean,...
 
Israeli-Jordanian Project Bridges The Political Divide Across The Gulf Of Aqaba; 'No Customs, No Passports, No Police'
Palo Alto, California - Aug 25, 2009 20:58 EST

Scientists from Stanford University have teamed up with Israeli and Jordanian researchers to protect the Gulf of Aqaba, a strategic waterway whose fragile marine ecosystem is vital to both Israel and Jordan. Participants in the NATO-funded project say they are...
 
Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark 'Tweens' And Teenagers
Stony Brook, University - Aug 24, 2009 21:16 EST

A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to...
 
Should Females Trust Showy Males? 'Honesty In Males Mostly Depends On How Many Opportunities There Are To Breed'
Glasgow, Scotland - Aug 21, 2009 17:22 EST

How honest are males when using sexual displays to signal their eligibility to females? Research by evolutionary biologists at the universities of Glasgow and Exeter suggests females should be wary of initial flashy displays which may not have staying power....
 
Scientists Discover Bioluminescent 'green Bombers' From The Deep Sea; 'We Have Much More Exploration Ahead'
San Diego, California - Aug 20, 2009 14:58 EST

In the latest proof that the oceans continue to offer remarkable findings and much of their vastness remains to be explored, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues have discovered a unique group of...
 
'Treasure Trove' Of Tools, Animal Bones Found In Underwater Caribbean Cave 'Seems Too Good To Be True'
Bloomington, Indiana - Aug 20, 2009 11:24 EST

A prehistoric water-filled cave in the Dominican Republic has become a "treasure trove" with the announcement by Indiana University archaeologists of the discovery of stone tools, a small primate skull in remarkable condition, and the claws, jawbone and other bones...
 
Study Reveals Mercury Contamination In Fish Nationwide; 'Our Country Must Continue To Confront Pollution'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 19, 2009 21:57 EST

Scientists detected mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released today. About a quarter of these fish were found to contain mercury at levels exceeding the criterion for the...
 
Florida Shark Fin Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegally Dealing Fins Of Protected Species
Atlanta, Georgia - Aug 19, 2009 21:09 EST

Mark L. Harrison, 47, of Southport, Florida, and “HARRISON INTERNATIONAL LLC,” a Florida corporation, today pleaded guilty in federal district court to violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law, by dealing in shark fins and not...
 
Marine Biologist Awarded $237,000 NOAA Grant To Research Contentious Issue Of Spiny Dogfish Stock
Biddeford, Maine - Aug 19, 2009 20:46 EST

University of New England marine biologist James Sulikowski, Ph.D., has placed himself in the middle of a contentious debate between conservationists and the commericial fishing industry over the health of the spiny dogfish stock. Sulikowski, assistant professor, Department of Marine...
 
Charges Pending As Florida Angler Intentionally Snares Scuba Diver
Escambia County, Florida - Aug 18, 2009 22:06 EST

Charges are pending against a fisherman who "intentionally hooked" a diver, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report. Officer Kenneth Manning received a complaint that a fisherman intentionally hooked a diver at the Russian freighter wreck site. ...
 
Whale And Dolphin Environmental Agencies Seek Volunteers To Monitor NATO Exercise Off Scot Coast
Isle of Mull, Scotland - Aug 17, 2009 22:11 EST

WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation society, together with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) are calling for volunteers to join their research team to help monitor the effects on whales and dolphins of NATOs latest Joint Warrior military...
 
Florida Keys Turtlecam Goes Live; Daytime And Infrared Views Of Loggerhead Nest
Big Pink Key, Florida - Aug 17, 2009 21:29 EST

Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via a live streaming “turtle webcam” installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys. Viewers can access the...
 
Research First As 'Conventional' And Ultrasonic Telemetry Tags Used To Track Fish Mortality
Raleigh, North Carolina - Aug 14, 2009 18:10 EST

Recreational anglers and commercial fishermen understand you need good fishery management to make sure there will be healthy populations of fish for generations to come. And making good management decisions rests in large part on understanding the mortality of fish...
 
Researchers Install New Arctic Deep-sea Observatory To Study Mud Volcano
Bremen, Germany - Aug 13, 2009 13:42 EST

Three research institutes from the German federal state Bremen among others have set up an observation ward for the long-term observation of a mud volcano in the Norwegian deep sea. This took place during RV Polarstern's 24th Arctic expedition from...
 
NOAA Scientists Conduct Shark Survey Off US East Coast; 'We Still Have A Lot To Learn'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2009 13:29 EST

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists...
 
NOAA: Flower Garden Banks Is Among The Healthiest Coral Reef Ecosystems In The Tropical Caribbean
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2009 13:26 EST

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is among the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the tropical Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to a new NOAA report. The report, A Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities and Associated Benthic Habitats within the...
 
Study: Hurricane Seasons Are More Active; 'As High As Anything We Have Seen In The Past 1,000 Years'
University Park, Pennsylvania - Aug 12, 2009 21:50 EST

For many Americans who live on the Atlantic coast, Andrew, Ivan and Katrina are more than just names--they are reminders of the devastating impact of cyclonic activity in the region during hurricane season. If it seems like hurricane seasons have...
 
Researchers: High Levels Of Phytoestrogens In Industrial Wastewater; Linked To Fish Feminization
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Aug 10, 2009 22:58 EST

In a groundbreaking study, civil engineering researchers in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology have discovered that certain industries may be a significant source of plant-based estrogens, called phytoestrogens, in surface water. They also revealed that some of these...
 
First As Farm-raised Coral Spawns In The Wild Off The Florida Keys; 'A Great Big Circle Of Life'
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 10, 2009 21:58 EST

Students working with marine scientists in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have documented the first known case where Atlantic-Caribbean, farm-raised coral have reproduced to serve as a foundation for future reefs. The discovery is significant because it proves that cultured...
 
Study: Breath Hold Divers At Increased Risk Of Brain Damage; 'May Have Cumulative Effects'
Bethesda, Maryland - Aug 8, 2009 17:44 EST

Divers who held their breath for several minutes had elevated levels of a protein that can signal brain damage, according to a new study from the Journal of Applied Physiology. However, the appearance of the protein, S100B, was transient and...
 
Diver's Alert Network Releases Annual Report On Dive Fatalities And Accidents
Durham, North Carolina - Aug 7, 2009 18:01 EST

The latest edition of one of DAN’s most notable and widely-read publications, the Annual Dive Report, is now available. Each year, divers count on it as a resource to educate themselves; the knowledge they gain, hopefully, makes them safer divers. Once...
 
NOAA And Partners To Survey Ships Sunk Off North Carolina In World War II; 'Graveyard Of The Atlantic'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2009 17:48 EST

NOAA will lead a three-week research expedition in August to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic. The shipwrecks are located in an area known as the...
 
NOAA And Partners To Survey Marine Life At USS Monitor Wreck Site; Collaboration 'A Great Story In Itself'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2009 17:35 EST

NOAA will participate in a private research expedition to study marine life living on and around the wreck of the USS Monitor. The August 2-8 expedition is the first in the history of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary devoted specifically to...
 
Research Reveals It's Heads Or Tails As 'Two-headed' Sea Snake Fakes Out Predators
New York, New York - Aug 5, 2009 22:20 EST

In a deadly game of heads or tails venomous sea snakes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans deceive their predators into believing they have two heads, claims research published today in Marine Ecology. The discovery, made by Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen...
 
Florida Students Team With Federal, State Agencies To Study Coral Reefs; 'We Selected 25 Of Our Most Advanced Kids'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 5, 2009 22:01 EST

Tampa Bay area students will work hand in hand this summer with scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to attempt to document the spawning of staghorn coral in...
 
International Marine Project Helps Protect Coral Reefs Of The Galapagos Islands
Southampton, U.K. - Aug 5, 2009 21:41 EST

Some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs and the economies that depend on them will be better protected thanks to a major international marine project led by the University of Southampton. The three-year, Government-funded, Darwin Initiative project Galapagos...
 
Research Sheds Light On Freak Wave Hot Spots; 'A High Energy Area Can Potentially Be Very Energetic And Dangerous'
San Francisco, California - Aug 5, 2009 21:26 EST

Stories of ships mysteriously sent to watery graves by sudden, giant waves have long puzzled scientists and sailors. New research by San Francisco State professor Tim Janssen suggests that changes in water depth and currents, which are common in coastal...
 

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