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Scientists: 'Man Made Pollution' Nourishing World's Oceans; 'a Previously Unknown Source Of Bioavailable Iron'
Leeds, U.K. - Oct 7, 2009 19:19 EST

Scientists at the University of Leeds have proved that acid in the atmosphere breaks down large particles of iron found in dust into small and extremely soluble iron nanoparticles, which are more readily used by plankton. This is an important finding...
 
Scientists: 'Man Made Pollution' Nourishing World's Oceans; 'a Previously Unknown Source Of Bioavailable Iron'
Leeds, U.K. - Oct 7, 2009 19:19 EST

Scientists at the University of Leeds have proved that acid in the atmosphere breaks down large particles of iron found in dust into small and extremely soluble iron nanoparticles, which are more readily used by plankton. This is an important finding...
 
NOAA Announces $9 Million In Ocean Education Grants To National Aquariums; 'We Want To Get People Excited'
Washingon, D.C. - Oct 7, 2009 19:13 EST

NOAA today announced 11 grants totaling more than $9 million that will create new education projects in aquariums across the nation. The projects will educate visitors about the ocean and encourage better stewardship of the marine environment. “We want to get...
 
New Multiyear, Multimillion-dollar Documentary In Quest To Find And Film A Living Giant Squid
Cairns, Australia - Oct 6, 2009 22:44 EST

Japanese broadcaster NHK has teamed with Discovery-owned Science Channel and Atlantic Prods. to mount an international quest to find and film a living giant squid, as part of a documentary "Squid: Last Mystery of the Deep," the companies said Tuesday. The...
 
First As Albatross Camera Reveals Fascinating Feeding Interaction With Killer Whale; 'It's Easy Hunting'
Bird Island, Antarctica - Oct 6, 2009 20:54 EST

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, and Hokkaido University, Japan, have recorded the first observations of how albatrosses feed alongside marine mammals at sea. A miniature digital camera was attached to the backs of four black-browed...
 
Report: Arctic Sea Ice Recovers Slightly In 2009, Remains On Downward Trend
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 6, 2009 20:37 EST

Despite a slight recovery in summer Arctic sea ice in 2009 from record-setting low years in 2007 and 2008, the sea ice extent remains significantly below previous years and remains on a trend leading toward ice-free Arctic summers, according to...
 
A New Look Beneath The Waves: Ocean Observatories Initiative Gets Underway
Washington, D.C. - Oct 5, 2009 22:18 EST

Giving scientists never-before-seen views of the world's oceans, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) have signed a Cooperative Agreement that supports the construction and initial operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). OOI will provide...
 
Scientists: Corals 'Could Starve In High CO2' Levels And Ocean Acidification; 'Double Jeopardy'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 4, 2009 18:55 EST

As human activity pumps more and more carbon into the atmosphere, a new threat has emerged to the world's coral reefs – starvation. Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland have...
 
Brit Scientists Track Green Turtle’s 900km Migration Through The Caribbean; 'A Great Educational Tool'
Exeter, UK - Oct 3, 2009 18:10 EST

University of Exeter scientists are part of the first team to monitor a sea turtle’s journey from the Turks and Caicos Islands. The adult female green turtle, named ‘Suzie’ by local fishermen, was fitted with a satellite transmitter tag. She has visited...
 
Four Sculptures To Be Sunk In The Mexican Caribbean In Launch Of World's Largest Underwater Museum
Mexico City, Mexico - Oct 3, 2009 17:15 EST

Four sculptures in human forms, made of concrete, will be submerged in November in the Mexican Caribbean - the first of 400 figures that will comprise the world's largest underwater museum. The Subaquatic Sculpture Museum will be situated in the West...
 
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...
 
Unlocking The Secrets Of The 'Deep Biosphere': The Future Of Scientific Ocean Drilling Discussed At 'historic' Meeting
Bremen, Germany - Sep 29, 2009 22:04 EST

Close to 600 scientists from 21 countries met Sept. 23 – 25 2009 in Bremen, Germany, to outline major scientific targets for a new and ambitious ocean drilling research program. The scientific community envisions that this program will succeed the...
 
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...
 
Research: Single Gene Makes Fish Less Colorful, Less Attractive To Members Of The Opposite Sex
London, England - Sep 28, 2009 21:57 EST

There may be plenty of fish in the sea but the medaka knows what it likes. A new study published in the open access journal BMC Biology shows how a single gene mutation that turns Japanese Killifish a drab grey...
 
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 Niņo’s Protective Shield From Atlantic Hurricanes, Increase Droughts Elsewhere
Miami, Florida - Sep 23, 2009 20:58 EST

El Niņo, 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...
 
Mediterranean Nations Defer EU Decision On Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban; 'Blinkered Attitude'
Brussels, Belgium - Sep 21, 2009 21:10 EST

Opposition from Mediterranean governments at a meeting of EU national representatives in Brussels today has postponed a decision on whether to place bluefin tuna on an endangered species list and effectively ban its trade. EU environment ministers are now expected...
 
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...
 
Keeping An Eye On The Oceans: Scientists Plan Long-term Future Of Ocean Observation Systems
Darmstadt, Germany - Sep 20, 2009 16:46 EST

In the last ten years, scientists have set up a global observing system to monitor the world's oceans. The observation system works by combining satellite observations with data from in-water recording devices such as buoys, tide gauges and an array...
 
Kiwi Fishing Industry Strikes Back At New York Times On Distortions And Omissions In Hoki Fisheries Story
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 18, 2009 17:54 EST

In a rebuke to a New York Times story questioning the sustainability of New Zealand's hoki fisheries [From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, With a Catch, 09/09/09], the New Zealand Seafood Industry struck back today in an open letter to...
 
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...
 
Alibaba, World's Largest B2B Site, Bans Sale Of Ivory, Sea Turtle And Shark Fin
Beijing, China - Sep 17, 2009 15:07 EST

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) announced today that Alibaba (www.taobo.com.cn), the world's largest business-to-business and outsource portal site for traders worldwide, has agreed to ban all online trade in elephant ivory, sea turtle, and shark fin. In addition,...
 
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...
 



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