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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...
 
Florida City’s Mysterious Muck Monster Attracting Attention Of Tourists; City Sees Tourist Dollars
West Palm Beach, Florida - Sep 15, 2009 18:18 EST

Florida’s Lake Worth "Muck Monster" is still making waves in West Palm Beach, and now a city commissioner is apparently ready to turn muck -into money. The mysterious creature was spotted in the Lake Worth lagoon recently, and has been quite...
 
Scientists Digging Deeper Below Antarctica's Lake Vida; 'The Main Goal Is To Get Into That Brine Pocket'
Chicago, Illinois - Sep 14, 2009 21:36 EST

Antarctica's Lake Vida, a geologic curiosity that is essentially an ice bottle of brine, is home to some of the oldest and coldest living organisms on Earth. Perpetually covered by more than 60 feet of ice, the brine below --...
 
Hermaphrodite Fish May Signal Environmental Problems; 'More Widespread Than Anyone Anticipated'
Reston, Virginia - Sep 14, 2009 21:32 EST

Intersex in smallmouth and largemouth basses is widespread in numerous river basins throughout the United States is the major finding of the most comprehensive and large-scale evaluation of the condition, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research published online in...
 
Whale SENSE: NOAA, Partners Launch Effort For Tour Operators To Protect Whales
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 11, 2009 18:08 EST

NOAA has joined with private industry and conservation groups to launch Whale SENSE, a new voluntary program that encourages whale-watch tour operators from Maine to Virginia to practice responsible viewing. The program will also recognize businesses that discourage the harassment...
 
Seaglider Sets New Underwater Endurance And Range Records; 'Truly Autonomous The Entire Time'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 11, 2009 17:37 EST

A University of Washington Seaglider operated for 9 months and 5 days in the Pacific Ocean, an endurance record more than double what any other autonomous underwater vehicle has accomplished on a single mission. During that time it propelled itself...
 
Florida Proposes More Protection For Sharks; State 'A Pioneer And A Leader In Shark-management Efforts'
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 11, 2009 16:56 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday proposed rules to enhance its long-standing policy to protect stressed shark populations in Florida waters. Sharks have been strictly regulated in Florida since 1992 with a 1-fish-per-person/2-fish-per-vessel daily bag limit...
 
Teenager Dies In Shark Attack Off Brazilian Coast; Officials Insist Shark Bite, Not Drowning Cause Of Death
Recife, Brazil - Sep 10, 2009 14:54 EST

A shark off the Brazilian coast near Recife has reportedly killed a teenager. The teenager, Geovane Messina, 15, died from a hemorrhage caused by the shark bite, according to report published this Wednesday by Recife’s Institute of Forensic Medicine. The teenager...
 
Wayward 'Waldo' Finally Phones Home; Missing Robot Picked Up By Mote Scientists Today
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 10, 2009 14:30 EST

A robot that was AWOL last week from its red tide patrol in Southwest Florida resurfaced at 6:06 a.m. Thursday and once again began signaling its position to Mote scientists. Mote staff didn't waste a minute before hopping in a boat...
 
NOAA Locates US Navy Ship Sunk In World War II Battle; 'She Rests Now Like A Literal Skeleton'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 10, 2009 14:20 EST

A NOAA-led research mission has located and identified the final resting place of the YP-389, a U.S. Navy patrol boat sunk approximately 20 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC, by a German submarine during World War II. Six sailors...
 
Researchers To Explore Sacred Maya Pools Of Belize; 'Portals To The Underworld'
Champaign, Illinois - Sep 9, 2009 20:48 EST

A team of expert divers, a geochemist and an archaeologist will be the first to explore the sacred pools of the southern Maya lowlands in rural Belize. The expedition, made possible with a grant from the National Geographic Society and...
 
New Robot Travels Across The Seafloor To Monitor The Impact Of Climate Change On Deep-sea Ecosystems
Moss Landing, California - Sep 9, 2009 20:42 EST

Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot,...
 
Study: Larger Seasonal Speed Zones In 'Migratory Corridor' Could Save Rare Right Whales
Durham, North Carolina - Sep 8, 2009 22:28 EST

Larger areas of speed limits for ships around major ports could significantly help North Atlantic right whales' survival, according to a new study led by Duke University scientists. Expanding seasonal speed-restriction zones around major East Coast ports by 10 nautical miles...
 
Sea Turtle Wildlife Refuge In Costa Rica Bulldozed By Farming Company; 'Total Disrespect Of Our Courts'
San José, Costa Rica - Sep 8, 2009 22:01 EST

Agropecuaria Caletas S.A., has continued the destruction of wetlands within the Caletas Ario National Wildlife Refuge, created in 2006 to protect nesting olive ridley and leatherback sea turtles, disregarding the mandates of the Environmental Tribune of the Ministry of Environment. Last...
 
New Genomic Model Defines Microbes By Diet -- Provides Tool For Tracking Environmental Change
Washington, D.C. - Sep 7, 2009 22:07 EST

In line with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) interest in characterizing the biotic factors involved in global carbon cycling, the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) characterizes a diverse array of plants, microorganisms, and the communities in which they reside...
 
Study: Half Of The Fish Consumed Globally Is Now Raised On Farms; 'Aquaculture Is Set To Reach A Landmark'
Palo Alto, California - Sep 7, 2009 21:51 EST

Aquaculture, once a fledgling industry, now accounts for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a new report by an international team of researchers. And while the industry is more efficient than ever, it is also putting a...
 
Aussie Government Introduces New Measures To Make Swimmers Shark Smart; 'No 100% Guarantees'
Sydney, Australia - Sep 7, 2009 12:27 EST

The NSW Government will introduce a range of measures, including the first ever public education campaign, to help keep swimmers safe this summer, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald, announced today. The changes will supplement the Government’s highly successful annual shark...
 
Australia 'Reef And Beef' Project Launched; Cows Fed Seaweed To Save Reefs
Townsville, Australia - Sep 4, 2009 23:37 EST

Everybody loves a good fart joke, but the rise in methane emissions is no laughing matter when it comes to global warming. Now, James Cook University nutritionist Dr Tony Parker thinks he has found a way to decrease this output and...
 
Have You Seen This Robot? Mote Offers Reward For Return Of Missing 'Waldo'
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 4, 2009 23:02 EST

Mote scientists spent Thursday using side-scan sonar in an effort to find a scientific robot that has been missing since Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Now we're seeking the public's help for the safe return of the robot nicknamed "Waldo." (Yes,...
 
Shark Group Issues Open Letter To Discovery Executives In Protest Of Shark Week Exploitation
Miami, Florida - Sep 4, 2009 22:42 EST

The following is an open letter send to the Discovery Network by The Shark Group: From: *The Shark Group* September 3, 2009 Open Letter to the Discovery Network Object: Shark Week 2009, Discovery's Tribute to The Year of the Shark Mr. John Hendricks, Founder &...
 
'Lucky Luke' Of The Seas: How Ambush-feeding Zooplankton Capture Prey
Copenhagen, Denmark - Sep 3, 2009 16:50 EST

Could you filter 100,000 cubic metres of syrup every day to find food in a concentration of two grains of rice per cubic metre? This is what zooplankters, such as copepods, do every day, gathering microscopic food particles (algae etc.) from...
 
Scientists: Specialized 'Toolbox' Gene Spurs Scale Development In Fish
New York, New York - Sep 3, 2009 16:29 EST

Scientists have suspected that spare parts in the genome—extra copies of functional genes that arise when genes or whole genomes get duplicated—might sometimes provide the raw materials for the evolution of new traits. Now, researchers report in a study published...
 
Sea Turtle Satellite Tagging Expedition At Cocos Island, Costa Rica Swims Into Action
Forest Knolls, California - Sep 3, 2009 15:58 EST

A 10-day sea turtle tagging research expedition to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica successfully outfitted three green turtles and one hawksbill turtle with satellite transmitters in order to follow their movements, as part of a long-term research project to...
 
TV Scuba Secures Placement In Top 48 Channel Global Delivery Deal; 'From Strength To Strength'
Brighton, U.K. - Sep 3, 2009 15:45 EST

TV Scuba has secured a place, alongside 47 other channels, to be delivered worldwide via the recent partnership between Global Digital Broadcast (GDBTV) and Verismo Networks. TV Scuba is the first dedicated television channel to showcase the very best in...
 
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...
 
Greenpeace: Taiwanese Ships Caught Illegally Transferring Tuna In Proposed Marine Reserve
Western Pacific Ocean - Sep 2, 2009 21:39 EST

Two Taiwanese longline tuna fishing vessels were caught by Greenpeace illegally transferring fish at sea yesterday. (1) “Members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) must shut down all pockets of international waters to all fishing including longlining and...
 
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...
 
Study: Soviet's Secret Whaling Devastated Some Humpback Whale Populations
Lismore, Australia - Sep 1, 2009 23:53 EST

Secret illegal Soviet whaling, during the years from 1947 to 1973, led to the decimation of some populations of humpback whales in the Pacific, according to a new study by collaborating marine researchers. Wally Franklin, a PhD student with Southern Cross...
 
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...
 
Queensland Government Establishes Recreational Scuba Safety Study Group; 'A Proactive Initiative'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 31, 2009 22:06 EST

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today announced the establishment of an industry reference group to help review Queensland’s recreational diving safety codes. Mr Dick said the dive industry in Bundaberg is becoming increasingly popular with the large numbers of tourists...
 
Robotic Applications Eyed As Scientists Decode Mathematics Behind Fish's Lateral-line System
Munich, Germany - Aug 28, 2009 18:29 EST

Fish and some amphibians possess a unique sensory capability in the so-called lateral-line system. It allows them, in effect, to "touch" objects in their surroundings without direct physical contact or to "see" in the dark. Professor Leo van Hermmen and...
 
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...
 
Researcher: Risks Involved With Transgenic Fish; Should Be Bred In Closed Systems On Land
Gothenburg, Sweden - Aug 27, 2009 14:55 EST

Fast growing transgenic fish can revolutionise commercial fish farming and relieve the pressure on overexploited fish stocks. But what happens in the natural environment if transgenic fish escape? Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have studied transgenic fish on behalf...
 
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...
 



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