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Numerous North Atlantic Fish Populations Decline 95%; 'It's Shocking'
Syracuse, New York - Dec 1, 2009 23:13 EST

Populations of numerous migratory fish species in the North Atlantic have declined by more than 95 percent, threatening not only food supplies and economic systems, but also the way humans perceive the health of the planet's ecosystems, according to a...
 
Hong Kong Shark Fins Traced To Their Geographic Origin For First Time Using DNA Tools
Stony Brook, New York - Dec 1, 2009 22:58 EST

Millions of shark fins are sold at market each year to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, but it has been impossible to pinpoint which sharks from which regions are most threatened by this trade. Now,...
 
Research: Climate Change Impact On Kuwait Bay Magnified; 'Global Trends May Not Be Representative Locally'
Southampton, U.K. - Nov 30, 2009 22:17 EST

Since 1985, seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay, northern Arabian Gulf, has increased on average 0.6C per decade. This is about three times faster than the global average rate reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Differences are due...
 
Research: Pregnant Pipefish Dads Cannibalize Young 'To Improve Their Own Well-being'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Nov 27, 2009 17:35 EST

The pipefish, which is related to the seahorse, has an unusual way of organising childcare. In this fish species it is the father who takes care of the eggs, which he receives from one or more females and then looks...
 
Keep Austin Weird: Texas Fish Store Owner Goes Topless In Titillating Black Friday Promotion
Austin, Texas - Nov 26, 2009 15:44 EST

An Austin, Texas, tropical fish and aquarium store is pulling off all the tops in a special "Black Friday" sales promotion. Caroline Estes, owner of Amazonia Aquariums, will go topless this Friday in hopes of boosting tropical fish sales. Her...
 
Rocket Science Leads To Discovery About Whale Hearing; 'Potential For Evaluating And Directing Mitigation Efforts'
Arlington, Virginia - Nov 24, 2009 19:53 EST

Rocket science is opening new doors to understanding how sounds associated with Navy sonar might affect the hearing of a marine mammal – or if they hear it at all. The same type of large industrial sized X-ray scanners that NASA...
 
Thousands Of Strange Creatures Found Deep In Ocean; 'The Deep Sea Is Full Of Mysteries'
New Orleans, Louisiana - Nov 22, 2009 18:19 EST

Census of Marine Life scientists have inventoried an astonishing abundance, diversity and distribution of deep sea species that have never known sunlight - creatures that somehow manage a living in a frigid black world down to 5,000 meters (~3 miles)...
 
WHOI'S Bruce A. Warren Is Awarded Sverdrup Gold Medal; 'Man Wants To Know'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Nov 21, 2009 16:39 EST

Bruce A. Warren-- one of the world's pre-eminent researchers of deep ocean currents and scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)—is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Sverdrup Gold Medal, awarded by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In announcing...
 
Paleontologists: Extinction Rates Higher In Open-ocean Settings During Mass Extinctions
Cincinnati, Ohio - Nov 21, 2009 16:36 EST

Arnie Miller, University of Cincinnati professor of paleontology in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, and co-author Michael Foote of the University of Chicago publish their research in the Nov. 20 issue of Science with their paper, "Epicontinental Seas...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Acquires Stake In Venture To Pursue Exploration Of Deep-Ocean Gold And Copper Deposits
Tampa, Florida - Nov 21, 2009 07:44 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has acquired a minority interest in SMM Project LLC, a company funded by a group of investors to bring together the exclusive licenses and skills...
 
New Japanese Prime Minister Urged To Recall Whaling Fleet, 'Chart A New Course For 21st Century'
London, England - Nov 19, 2009 14:29 EST

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging Japan's new government to recall its whaling fleet which is heading to Antarctica to cruelly hunt almost 1,000 whales. In defiance of global pressure and a number of international laws, the...
 
Ocean Conservancy Welcomes Shark Conservation Act Introduction In The U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. - Nov 19, 2009 14:18 EST

Ocean Conservancy is applauding today’s introduction the "Shark Conservation Act of 2009" by Senator John Kerry (D-MA). The bill, a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and already approved in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to...
 
Researchers: Oceans' Uptake Of Manmade Carbon Slowing; 'We Cannot Count On These Sinks Operating In The Future'
New York, New York - Nov 18, 2009 22:02 EST

The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are...
 
Scientists Unravel Evolution Of Highly Toxic Box Jellyfish; Research Could Help Lead To Antivenoms And Treatments
Washington, D.C. - Nov 18, 2009 21:55 EST

With thousands of stinging cells that can emit deadly venom from tentacles that can reach ten feet in length, the 50 or so species of box jellyfish have long been of interest to scientists and to the public. Yet little...
 
Sharks Under Threat As Environmental Change Bites Hard; 'Slow Growth And Low Reproductive Capacity'
Sydney, Australia - Nov 17, 2009 22:12 EST

Using information from two global datasets collected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and FishBase, the Australian team behind the study has compiled the most comprehensive database yet of information about sharks, rays and chimaeras (a deep-water...
 
Billfish Angler Leads 'Expedition Great White' On National Geographic Channel; 'A Life-changing Moment'
Guadalupe Island, Baja Mexico - Nov 16, 2009 20:59 EST

Avid billfish angler and TV outdoor fishing adventurer Chris Fischer never thought he’d actually be living a scene much like that from Jaws as he kneeled face-to-face handling a huge, live 4,600 pound great white shark. As a sportsman...
 
Scientists Ponder The Implications As Warmer Temperatures Bring More Wind On The World's Biggest Lake
Madison, Wisconsin - Nov 15, 2009 16:25 EST

Rising water temperatures are kicking up more powerful winds on Lake Superior, with consequences for currents, biological cycles, pollution and more on the world's largest lake and its smaller brethren. Since 1985, surface water temperatures measured by lake buoys have climbed...
 
Sponges Recycle Carbon To Give Life To Coral Reefs; 'It Is Quite Dark And Technically Difficult To Work In The Cavities'
Cambridge, UK - Nov 13, 2009 18:45 EST

Coral reefs support some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, yet they thrive in a marine desert. So how do reefs sustain their thriving populations? Marine biologist Fleur Van Duyl from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is...
 
Scientists Ponder: How Much Water Does The Ocean Have?
Potsdam, Germany - Nov 13, 2009 17:29 EST

The calculation of variations in the sea level is relatively simple. It is by far more complicated to then determine the change in the water mass. A team of geodesists and oceanographers from the University of Bonn, as well as...
 
WW II-era Japanese Attack Submarines Discovered Off Hawaii; Technology 'Far Ahead Of Its Time'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 12, 2009 14:41 EST

Two World War II Japanese submarines, designed with revolutionary technology to attack the U.S. mainland, have been discovered off the Hawaiian coast of Oahu. They are the I-14, which carried two aircraft while submerged; and the I-201, one of the...
 
Research: Early Life On Earth May Have Developed More Quickly Than Thought As Water Temps Found Cooler
College Station, Texas - Nov 12, 2009 14:31 EST

The Earth's climate was far cooler – perhaps more than 50 degrees – billions of years ago, which could mean conditions for life all over the planet were more conducive than previously believed, according to a research team that includes...
 
United States Pushes For Strong Measures To Protect Bluefin Tuna; Status Quo 'Neither Sustainable Nor Acceptable'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 12, 2009 14:28 EST

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator issued the following statement urging the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to heed the scientific advice and adopt measures that will end...
 
First In India, University Offers Scuba Diving Course; 'It Is Really Important That Marine Biologists Know Scuba Diving'
Tamil Nadu, India - Nov 10, 2009 23:15 EST

Scuba diving is much more than an adventure water sport. Realizing this, a university is offering, for the first time in India, a certificate course in scuba diving for marine biologists and researchers to study the impact of global warming...
 
Marine Scientists To Investigate Effect Of Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' On Fish Populations
Austin, Teax - Nov 10, 2009 22:58 EST

Whether a large area of low oxygen water called the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico could cause declines in environmentally and economically important fish populations is the subject of a new study by University of Texas at...
 
Scientists Call For Urgent 'global Cooling' To Save Coral Reefs; 'It Is Completely Affordable, Completely Achievable'
Brisbane St Lucia, Queensland - Nov 9, 2009 21:21 EST

Australian marine scientists have issued an urgent call for massive and rapid worldwide cuts in carbon emissions, deep enough to prevent atmospheric CO2 levels rising to 450 parts per million (ppm). In the lead up to United Nations Copenhagen Climate...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Closes Funding On First Shipwreck Project With New Partners; 'Enigma'
Tampa, Florida - Nov 7, 2009 08:11 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration and its associated company, OVH, Inc., have executed agreements to provide project research and shipwreck search and survey services for a project code-named "Enigma" to Robert Fraser Marine...
 
Maldives Hosts 350-minute Dive In Support Of The International Day Of Climate Action
Kuda Huraa, Maldives - Nov 6, 2009 18:02 EST

A historic 350-minute dive took place at the dive centre of <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/maldives/>Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, in conjunction with the International Day of Climate Action on October 24, 2009. The dive team went underwater for this duration...
 
Sport Diver's Eric Michael Promoted To Editor; 'I Am Thrilled With The Opportunity'
Winter Park, Florida - Nov 6, 2009 17:45 EST

Eric Michael has been promoted to Editor of Sport Diver, the magazine announced today. Michael brings a long tradition of quality journalism to his new top post, along with a passion for diving. Promoted from Senior Editor, Michael will now...
 
International Tourism Operators Against Elimination Of Las Baulas National Park In Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica - Nov 6, 2009 17:38 EST

10 international tourism agencies that promote Costa Rica as an ecotourism destination have expressed their discontent with bill 17.383, supported by the country's president, to downgrade Las Baulas Marine National Park to a Mixed Wildlife Refuge and allow development therein....
 
Research: Guppy Females Take Risks To Avoid Harassment; 'Sex Matters'
Exeter, Devon - Nov 5, 2009 15:58 EST

As every pet owner knows, animals may show individual traits just like humans and be shy or social, aggressive or gentle. Boldness, or the propensity to take risks, is an important animal trait because it affects species' diversity. 'Bold individuals...
 
Study: Airborne Nitrogen Producing Junk Food For Fish In Pristine Mountain Lakes
Phoenix, Arizona - Nov 5, 2009 15:41 EST

The impact of airborne nitrogen released from the burning of fossil fuels and wide-spread use of fertilizers in agriculture is much greater that previously recognized and even extends to remote alpine lakes, according to a study published Nov. 6 in...
 
Survey Reveals That Coral Reefs Inspire Rare Consensus -- Just Save Them; 'It Was Really Quite Astonishing'
Corvallis, Oregon - Nov 5, 2009 15:14 EST

One of the first set of studies to examine what tourists and recreation enthusiasts actually think about coral reef ecosystems suggests they are a rare exception to controversies over human use versus environmental conservation – their stunning beauty is so...
 
Massive Antarctic Project Takes Scientists To One Of Earth's Final Frontiers: Subglacial Ecosystems
Bozeman, Montana - Nov 5, 2009 12:32 EST

An "unparalleled opportunity" to drill through the Ross Ice Shelf and explore the world underneath it will involve Montana State University faculty and current and former MSU students over the next five years. The National Science Foundation recently awarded $10 million...
 
Researcher: Tsunami Waves Reasonably Likely To Strike Israel; '5 Meters High And As Far As 2 Km Onshore'
Haifa, Israel - Nov 5, 2009 09:38 EST

"There is a likely chance of tsunami waves reaching the shores of Israel," says Dr. Beverly Goodman of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa following encompassing geoarchaeological research at the port of Caesarea....
 
Scientists Are First To 'unlock' The Mystery Of Creating Cultured Pearls From The Queen Conch; 'Truly Top-quality Gems'
Boca Raton, Florida - Nov 5, 2009 09:21 EST

For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful—until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen...
 
UN Report Calls For Greater Research On Marine Ecosystems Beyond Territorial Waters
New York, New York - Nov 4, 2009 17:35 EST

Greater scientific research is essential to better understand the potential impact of activities on marine biodiversity beyond the coastal areas that fall under national jurisdiction as the more remote areas are just as vulnerable, says a new United Nations report. While...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Tags, Releases Great White Shark After Two Months On Exhibit; 'Agressive Behavior' Cited
Monterey, California - Nov 4, 2009 17:15 EST

A young female white shark placed on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in late August was returned to the wild today (Wednesday, November 4), marking the fifth time the aquarium has successfully exhibited and released a great white shark. Aquarium...
 
Seafloor Fossils Provide Clues On Climate Change; 'The Past Is A Window On The Future'
Charlottesville, Virginia - Nov 3, 2009 21:46 EST

Deep under the sea, a fossil the size of a sand grain is nestled among a billion of its closest dead relatives. Known as foraminifera, these complex little shells of calcium carbonate can tell you the sea level, temperature, and...
 
Scientists Map Nutrient Distributions Over The Atlantic Ocean; 'Of Major Interest To Oceanographers'
Southampton, UK - Nov 3, 2009 21:40 EST

Large-scale distributions of two important nutrient pools – dissolved organic nitrogen and dissolved organic phosphorus (DON and DOP) have been systematically mapped for the first time over the Atlantic Ocean in a study led by Dr Sinhue Torres-Valdes of the...
 
Researchers: Tags Reveal White Sharks Have Neighborhoods In The North Pacific; 'They're Not Swimming Around Aimlessly'
Palo Alto, California - Nov 3, 2009 21:32 EST

The white shark may be the ultimate loner of the ocean, cruising thousands of miles in a solitary trek, but a team of researchers has discovered that the sharks have maintained such a consistent pattern of migration that over tens...
 



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