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Research: Glacial Watersheds May Contribute To Oceanic Food Web; 'Export Dissolved Organic Matter'
Portland, Oregon - Dec 25, 2009 17:02 EST

A study recently completed in the gulf coast of Alaska by federal and university researchers has found that as glacial ice disappears, the production and export of high-quality food from glacial watersheds to marine ecosystems may disappear too. This trend...
 
Killer Whale Drowns Trainer At Spanish Zoo During Practice For Christmas Show
Tenerife, Spain - Dec 24, 2009 17:43 EST

A trainer at Loro Parque, a zoo in the Canary Islans, was accidentally killed by an orca during a training session for a Christmas spectacular planned to open at the beginning of January. The trainer was identified as 29-year-old...
 
Odyssey Marine "Black Swan" Case To Move To Appeals Court; 'We Look Forward To Presenting Our Case'
Tampa, Florida - Dec 24, 2009 16:57 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), has received notification from the U.S. District Judge that he has adopted the Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation in the “Black Swan” case in favor of Spain. Although the Judge complimented Magistrate Pizzo’s Report and...
 
Paleontologist Launches Fossil Shark Hunt; 'What Is Primitive About Living Sharks?'
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 23, 2009 13:52 EST

Chicago Paleontologist Michael Coates has spent his career mining the marine fossils of far-flung continents for evolutionary insights. From Scotland’s Midland Valley to Wyoming’s Beartooth Butte to Grahamstown, South Africa, he scours sediments hundreds of millions of years old for the...
 
Cressi Ellipse Regulator Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard; High Pressure Port Obstructed
Washington, D.C. - Dec 23, 2009 13:27 EST

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Cressi Ellipse Black...
 
Turtles' Christmas Journey Tracked By Scientists; 'The Ancient Mariners Of The World'
Exeter, UK - Dec 23, 2009 13:18 EST

The journeys of two marine turtles around the world's oceans will be available to view online this Christmas, thanks to a new research project launched by the University of Exeter. Noelle and Darwinia are two adult female leatherback turtles that nest...
 
Australian Fossil Unlocks Secrets To The Origin Of Whales; 'A Bottom-feeding Mud-sucker'
Victoria, Australia - Dec 22, 2009 22:50 EST

Museum Victoria palaeobiologist Dr Erich Fitzgerald has made new groundbreaking discoveries into the origin of baleen whales, based on a 25 million year old fossil found near Torquay in Victoria. Dr Fitzgerald's study, which is published in the Zoological Journal of...
 
Dive Rite Wings Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard; Rusting Over Pressure Valve Blamed
Washington, D.C. - Dec 22, 2009 22:37 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: Dive Rite Wings Units: About 16,000 Manufacturer:...
 
New Study Finds Catch Shares Improve Consistency, Not Health, Of Fisheries; No 'Panacea'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 21, 2009 22:08 EST

Catch share programs result in more consistent and predictable fisheries but do not necessarily improve ecological conditions, according to a new study published online this week by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Employed by nations around the...
 
MARES Initiative To Provide Comprehensive View Of South Florida Marine Ecosystems
Miami, Florida - Dec 21, 2009 21:15 EST

Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) is a new collaborative initiative, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), designed to guide regional resource managers in protecting the fragile marine coastal environment in South Florida. Through...
 
Florida Wildlife Commission Expects Record Number Of Manatee Deaths In 2009
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 19, 2009 11:33 EST

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 419 manatee carcasses in state waters as of Dec. 11. This preliminary data indicates that the total number of manatee deaths for 2009 has...
 
21st Century Explorers Return With Unique Data From Indian Ocean; Diversity Of Species 'Higher Than Expected'
Gland, Switzerland - Dec 19, 2009 11:11 EST

A team of the world’s leading marine experts, paired with scientists from the Indian Ocean region, have just returned from a six-week research expedition above seamounts in the high seas of the Indian Ocean with a whole new understanding of...
 
What's The Deal With Fish Oil? Omega-3 Industry Responds To New York Times Editorial 'Misinformation'
Sunrise, Florida - Dec 18, 2009 14:57 EST

In Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on December 15, 2009 (A Fish Oil Story by Paul Greenberg) raising concerns that fish oil supplements are a major contributor to depleting supplies of menhaden, a fish that plays an important...
 
Endangered Turtle Flies Home, In Passenger Cabin Of Commercial Airplane
Wilmington, North Carolina - Dec 18, 2009 14:40 EST

An endangered turtle named Anita made history on Dec. 15, when she became one of the only live marine turtles to ever fly in the passenger cabin of an airplane, thanks to a one-time exemption by American Airlines and the...
 
Study: Boating Pours $8.5 Billion Into Florida's Economy
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 18, 2009 14:25 EST

A four-year study of Florida’s boating facilities and the economics of boating in this state is just in, and the numbers are enough to make your head swim. For instance, Florida boaters spent $3.384 billion on boat trips in 2007. That’s...
 
First As ROV Captures Images Of The Deep-sea Volcano Erupting Molten Lava; 'It Happens So Quickly'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Dec 18, 2009 14:14 EST

Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor. Jason, designed and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the National...
 
Animal Planet's Whale Wars Leaves Port For New Season Of Sea Shepherd's Anti-whaling Campaign
New York, New York - Dec 16, 2009 21:44 EST

The Jolly Roger flies high again as Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society return to the high seas in their fight to save whales from Japanese vessels in the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Yesterday, the...
 
Scientists: Zoning The Ocean May Help Endangered Whales To Recover; An Idea 'Rife With Human Conflict'
Hoboken, New Jersey - Dec 16, 2009 21:20 EST

Scientists in Scotland, Canada and the US have proposed a new method to identify priority areas for whale conservation. The team's findings, published in Animal Conservation, suggest that even small protected areas, identified through feeding behavior, can benefit highly mobile...
 
New 'Watch List' Helps Citizens Report Invasive Marine Fish; 'Non-native Fishes Can Have Cascading Effects'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 15, 2009 21:13 EST

For the first time, a field guide for non-native marine fishes can be used to help prevent the establishment of invasive species that could pose risks to Florida’s coastal ecosystems. A team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
 
NOAA Assesses Post-Tsunami Marine Debris In American Samoa, Effects On Corals
Washington, D.C. - Dec 14, 2009 23:55 EST

A NOAA team has begun a survey of marine debris generated by the devastating September 29 tsunami in American Samoa. The team is carefully measuring the amount and impact of debris such as roofing and domestic goods in coral reef...
 
Researchers Reveal That Environmentally Devastating Zebra Mussels Can Be Controlled; Reproduction 'Can Be Impeded'
Troy, New York - Dec 14, 2009 23:48 EST

While a lone zebra mussel is relatively harmless, its appearance usually indicates the arrival of thousands of the unwanted visitors. In waterways around the globe, the mussels are outcompeting native animal species for food and clogging industrial water systems. Scientists and...
 
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,...
 
Study: Coral Reef Fish Can Undergo A Personality Change In Warmer Water; Increased Activity, Boldness And Aggressiveness
Sydney, Australia - Dec 5, 2009 17:05 EST

Coral reef fish can undergo a personality change in warmer water, according to an intriguing new study suggesting that climate change may make some species more aggressive. Experiments with two species of young damselfish on Australia's Great Barrier Reef have shown...
 
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...
 
Massive Corals Help Unlock Climate Change Secrets In Western Australia; 'Virtually Nothing Is Known'
Perth, Western Australia - Dec 3, 2009 19:01 EST

Massive corals are being used by marine scientists to unravel the effects of climate and environmental change on coral reefs in Australia’s remote north-west. Often referred to as the Methuselah’s of coral reefs because they can be older than 500...
 
New Method Of Measuring Ocean CO2 Uptake Could Lead To Climate Change 'early Warning System'
East Anglia, Norwich - Dec 3, 2009 18:06 EST

An international team of scientists led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) has developed a new method of measuring the absorption of CO2 by the oceans and mapped for the first time CO2 uptake for the entire North Atlantic. Published...
 
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...
 



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