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Researchers: Increased Human Population Is Leading To Sick Turtles
Queensland, Australia - Mar 22, 2010 21:49 EST

University of Queensland researchers have discovered that one of the effects of increased human population is stress being placed on the environment leading to sick turtles. Staff from the Veterinary Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation (Vet-MARTI) unit within the School...
 
Scientists Warn: Eu Fishing Discard Ban Could Damage Sea Bird Success; 'Research Is Needed'
Leeds, U.K. - Mar 22, 2010 19:02 EST

A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers at the University of Leeds. New research led by Dr Keith Hamer will assess...
 
U.N.: Unsafe Water Kills More People Than War; 'An Affront To Our Common Humanity'
Nairobi, Kenya - Mar 22, 2010 18:56 EST

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water...
 
Accelerometer Tags Help Scientists Expose Shark Mating Behaviors; 'Thrashing, Barrel Rolls, Headstands'
Sarasota, Florida - Mar 22, 2010 17:58 EST

Motion sensors like those used in smart phones are helping to reveal how sharks spend each moment in the wild, say Mote Marine Laboratory scientists who were the first to use such sensors to classify mating and other behaviors in...
 
Oceanographer: Nitrous Oxide Emitting Aquatic 'Dead Zones' Contributing To Climate Change
Cambridge, Maryland - Mar 20, 2010 17:45 EST

The increased frequency and intensity of oxygen-deprived "dead zones" along the world's coasts can negatively impact environmental conditions in far more than just local waters. In the March 12 edition of the journal Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental...
 
Report Finds Delta Water Pumping Restrictions To Protect Fish 'Scientifically Justified'
San Francisco, California - Mar 19, 2010 19:13 EST

The National Academy of Sciences today released a peer-review report that validates recent federal “biological opinions” and federal actions, particularly seasonal reductions in water pumping, to protect endangered fish species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. “The Academy of Sciences report confirms...
 
Iceland Illegally Exporting Whale Meat To The European Union; 'Riding Roughshod Over International Law'
London, England - Mar 18, 2010 19:54 EST

Icelandic government records state that the country is exporting meat from slaughtered whales to Latvia and Denmark, as well as Japan - in defiance of international law and a global whaling ban. Data from Statistics Iceland, the source for official Icelandic...
 
Scientists Rush To Examine Seafloor Off Chilean Coast Following Earthquake; 'This Is A Unique Case'
San Diego, California - Mar 18, 2010 19:16 EST

Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will explore the earthquake rupture site of the Feb. 27 massive 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history. Scripps scientists hope to capitalize on a unique scientific...
 
Researcher: Seven Unprovoked Shark Attacks Along U.S. Pacific Coast In 2009; Attacks Trending Up Sharply
Los Angeles, California - Mar 18, 2010 19:06 EST

Shark attacks are trending up for the U.S. Pacific Coast according to new statistics released today by the Los Angeles-based Shark Research Committee. According to Ralph Collier, who heads research for the Shark Research Committee, the average number of...
 
Jaws B.C.: 4 Million-Year-Old Shark Attack Reconstructed; 'The Only Evidence To Go On Was The Bite Marks'
Pisa, Italy - Mar 17, 2010 19:00 EST

It might sound like a mashup of monster movies, but palaeontologists have discovered evidence of how an extinct shark attacked its prey, reconstructing a killing that took place 4 million years ago. Such fossil evidence of behavior is incredibly rare,...
 
Researchers: 'Pregnant' Fish Fathers Abort Babies Of Unsexy Females; 'Males Tend To Seek Out Larger Females'
College Station, Texas - Mar 17, 2010 18:26 EST

Male pipefishes and their seahorse cousins are the only males that actually become pregnant and give birth, but pipefishes likely will never win any Father of The Year awards – their attitude towards their offspring can range from total love...
 
Research: 'Opportunist' Sharks Eat Whatever Food Is Available In The Environment
Madrid, Spain - Mar 17, 2010 18:10 EST

A team of Spanish researchers has studied the diet of three species of sharks living in the deep waters in the area of El Cachucho, the first Protected Marine Area in Spain, which is located in the Cantabrian Sea off...
 
Oceana: Sharks Threatened By Asian Consumers; Fin Trade 'Driving The Oceans To Collapse'
Doha, Qatar - Mar 16, 2010 19:08 EST

Up to 10 million kg of shark fins (equivalent to the weight of more than 2,000 adult African Elephants) are exported annually to Hong Kong by nearly 87 countries, cites a new report The International Trade of Shark Fins: Endangering...
 
Senator John Kerry Introduces Legislation To Protect Whales; 'We Should Be Leading The Effort To Protect Them'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 15, 2010 19:40 EST

Further demonstrating his commitment towards environmental conservation, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting whales. The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 addresses major threats to whales including commercial whaling, ship strikes, entanglement in...
 
Scientists: Southern Ocean Winds Open Window To The Deep Sea; 'We Now Have Seven Years Of Year-Round Observations'
Clayton South, Australia - Mar 15, 2010 17:52 EST

The researchers’ findings – published on-line today in Nature Geoscience – provide new insights into natural processes which have a major influence on the rate of climate change. The surface-mixed layer is a crucial pathway between the atmosphere and the deeper...
 
Scientists Develop Muscular Transgenic Trout With 'Six-Pack' Abs; 'Our Findings Are Quite Stunning'
Kingston, Rhode Island - Mar 12, 2010 18:52 EST

A 10-year effort by a University of Rhode Island scientist to develop transgenic rainbow trout with enhanced muscle growth has yielded fish with what have been described as six-pack abs and muscular shoulders that could provide a boost to the...
 
Criminal Charges Files Against Los Angeles Sushi Bar For Selling Whale Meat; 'A Plate Of An Endangered Species'
Los Angles, California - Mar 11, 2010 18:25 EST

Federal prosecutors late last night filed a criminal complaint that charges a Santa Monica sushi restaurant and one its chefs with selling Sei whale meat. Sei whales are listed as an endangered species, and the sale of all whale meat is...
 
Scientists Turn To The Sea And Discover The 600 Million-Year-Old Origins Of Vision
Santa Barbara, California - Mar 11, 2010 17:21 EST

By studying the hydra, a member of an ancient group of sea creatures that is still flourishing, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a discovery in understanding the origins of human vision. The finding is published in this week's...
 
Taiwanese Couple Pleads Guilty To Illegally Trading Protected Black Coral; 'Their Conduct Will Not Be Permitted'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 11, 2010 16:38 EST

Two Taiwanese nationals pleaded guilty today in federal court in the U.S. Virgin Islands for conspiracy to ship internationally protected black coral into the United States in violation of federal wildlife statutes, the Department of Justice announced. Gloria Chu and Ivan...
 
U.S. Set To Declare Loggerhead Turtles Endangered Species; 'Overwhelming Evidence' Links Fishing To Decline
Washington, D.C. - Mar 10, 2010 18:39 EST

Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC), the world's oldest sea turtle research and protection group, today applauded the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to designate Northwest Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles as...
 
Shark Pups Born In Bizarre Caesarean Released Back Into Wild; 'They Have Grown Strong And Healthy'
Auckland, New Zealand - Mar 10, 2010 17:40 EST

Eight baby School shark pups born in a bizarre caesarean section at Kelly Tarlton’s last year are being released back into the wild this week. The pups made international headlines last November when they were born, premature but healthy, from a gash their...
 
Suit Filed To Save Penguins At Risk From Global Warming And Fisheries; 'Our Government Is Dragging Its Feet'
San Francisco, California - Mar 10, 2010 17:10 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) today sued the Obama administration for illegally delaying protection of penguins under the Endangered Species Act. The Interior Department failed to meet its December 19, 2009 deadline to list...
 
Environmental Group Applauds Maldives Indian Ocean Shark Sanctuary; 'A Bold And Farsighted Move'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 9, 2010 18:10 EST

In a move lauded by the Pew Environment Group, the Maldives today declared its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean, as a shark sanctuary free from all shark fishing and also banned all imports and...
 
Aussie Researchers Document Shark And Manta Ray 'Clean, Wax And Polish' Stations Along Great Barrier Reef
Townsville, Queensland - Mar 8, 2010 17:48 EST

Sharks and manta rays gather in large numbers at special spots on the Great Barrier Reef and Osprey Reef for a regular “clean, wax and polish”. Researchers at James Cook University set up cameras at a number of spots on the...
 
Research: Barnacles Prefer Upwelling Currents, Enriching Food Chains In The Galapagos
Providence, Rhode Island - Mar 6, 2010 18:15 EST

There's been a rich debate in marine ecological circles about what happens to a key food source along rocky coastlines dominated by upwelling. The literature is filled with studies suggesting that the larvae of simple prey organisms such as barnacles...
 
Chagos: UK Poised To Designate World's Largest Marine Reserve; 'A Conservation Legacy Almost Unrivaled In Scale'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 5, 2010 18:11 EST

Today, the Pew Environment Group praised the United Kingdom (U.K.) for taking one further step towards designating the world's largest marine reserve. The proposed marine reserve would protect a group of 55 islands located in the middle of the Indian...
 
Florida Busts Black-Market Shrimp Dealer; 'This Product Was Not Stored Or Handled According To State Law'
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 5, 2010 17:45 EST

The black-market connection to the sale of stolen shrimp in Lee County got a little smaller Thursday, thanks to an undercover bust by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators. Shortly after noon, John Anthony Staniewicz Jr. (DOB ...
 
Editorial: Did Hollywood Kill The Sharks? 'One Of The Most Important Creatures On Earth' Annihilated
Los Angeles, California - Mar 4, 2010 15:32 EST

The following is an editorial by Patty Civalleri, Exec VP, Iemanya Oceanica: Hollywood and the media's depiction of sharks over the past decades has made people turn away when the topic of shark extinction is broached. General fear and apathy...
 
Hurricanes' Effects On Ocean Temperature Revisited; Previous Studies Overestimated Ocean Heating, Ignored Seasonal Influence
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mar 4, 2010 14:50 EST

The role of hurricanes in the global climate system has gained interest ever since scientists suggested that strong hurricanes have become more frequent in recent decades and might continue to do so as the planet warms. Because hurricanes are known...
 
Research: Squid'S Glowing Relationship With Bacteria Highlights Immune System Function
Mansfield, Connecticut - Mar 3, 2010 16:15 EST

Bacteria generally have a bad reputation – they’re good only for causing disease, and are best avoided. But Spencer Nyholm of the molecular and cell biology department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sees things differently. “More than 90 percent...
 
Scientists Locate Apparent Hydrothermal Vents Off Antarctica; Helium Plume Keys Search
New York, New York - Mar 3, 2010 15:55 EST

Scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica, formerly a blank spot on the map for researchers wanting to learn more about seafloor formation and the bizarre life forms drawn...
 
Study: Popular Nanoparticle Causes Toxicity In Fish; 'There Is Reason To Be Concerned'
West Lafayette, Indiana - Mar 2, 2010 17:10 EST

A nanoparticle growing in popularity as a bactericidal agent has been shown to be toxic to fish, according to a Purdue University study. Tested on fathead minnows – an organism often used to test the effects of toxicity on aquatic life...
 
Dolphin Calf Freed Of Plastic Entanglement Off Florida Coast; 'The Plastic Was Not Going To Come Off On Its Own'
Sarasota, Florida - Mar 1, 2010 17:32 EST

On Monday (3-1-10), a team of researchers and veterinarians successfully freed a 9-month-old Sarasota Bay dolphin calf from plastic that was wound tightly around her body and beginning to cause deep abrasions to her skin. Led by the Sarasota Dolphin Research...
 
Report: Shark Attacks Suffer During Recesion; Sharp Declines In Florida And The United States Last Year
Gainsville, Florida - Mar 1, 2010 16:17 EST

Despite last month’s fatality off the Florida coast, the number of shark attacks in the United States continued its downward trend by taking a plunge in the latest recorded year, according to a new report from the University of Florida. There...
 
Ancient Corals Hold New Hope For Reefs; 'Remarkably Successful In Surviving Large Environmental Disturbances'
Queensland, Australia - Feb 28, 2010 19:15 EST

Fossil corals, up to half a million years old, are providing fresh hope that coral reefs may be able to withstand the huge stresses imposed on them by today's human activity. Reef ecosystems were able to persist through massive environmental...
 
Research: Farmed Tuna Has Less Heavy Metals Than Wild; Feed 'Low In Mercury'
Adelaide, Australia - Feb 28, 2010 18:58 EST

New research is showing that in terms of heavy metals, farmed tuna are healthier to eat than wild ones. A project by a Flinders environmental health PhD student Sita Balshaw has demonstrated that levels of mercury in southern bluefin tuna (SBT)...
 
Research: Fish Use 'Secret' Ultraviolet Vision To Distinguish Between Species
Sydney, Australia - Feb 28, 2010 18:45 EST

In a remarkable new finding, scientists have reported that certain coral reef fish use ultraviolet (UV) vision to tell the difference between their own and other similar species. Indeed, the otherwise rather plain-looking Ambon damselfish may even be able to...
 
Field Study Exposes How Sea Turtle Hatchlings Use Their Flippers To Move Quickly On Sand
Atlanta, Georgia - Feb 25, 2010 17:30 EST

Life can be scary for endangered loggerhead sea turtles immediately after they hatch. After climbing out of their underground nest, the baby turtles must quickly traverse a variety of terrains for several hundred feet to reach the ocean. While these turtles'...
 
Professor: Warmer Seas Herald Decreasing Clouds And Rain; 'The Reef And The Rainforest Live In A Type Of Symbiosis'
Lismor, Australia - Feb 25, 2010 16:45 EST

As ocean temperatures rise, the world’s corals might stop producing natural cloud seeding chemicals and less rain will fall – potentially affecting the lush rainforests on Australia’s east coast. This is the dire prediction made by Associate Professor Graham Jones, a...
 
PETA Issues Statement On Seaworld Killer Whale Attack; 'It's Not Surprising'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 25, 2010 14:46 EST

The following is a statement sent issue by David W. Perle, Senior Communications Coordinator People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Good afternoon, The death of the SeaWorld trainer following the attack by Telly the whale is a tragedy...
 



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