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Professor's Research Suggests 'Smaller, More Nimble And Easier-to-use' Underwater Data Communication
Newark, New Jersey - Oct 14, 2008 22:00 EST

An NJIT professor, who has discovered new communication channels in underwater environments and invented a technique to communicate data through these channels, will be honored later this month by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. His work will eventually...
 
Scientist: Coastal Dead Zones May Benefit Some Species; Clam's Success 'Silver Lining On A Very Dark Cloud'
Providence, Rhode Island - Oct 14, 2008 21:54 EST

Coastal dead zones, an increasing concern to ecologists, the fishing industry and the public, may not be as devoid of life after all. A Brown scientist has found that dead zones do indeed support marine life, and that at least...
 
Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark; 'Could Become More Common'
Stony Brook, New York - Oct 10, 2008 18:22 EST

Scientists have confirmed the second-ever case of a “virgin birth” in a shark, indicating once again that female sharks can reproduce without mating and raising the possibility that many female sharks have this incredible capacity. This compelling new study will...
 
Saudi Prince Announces Three-Year Scientific Global Reef Expedition; 'We Are Able To Access Any Part Of The World'
Andover, Maryland - Oct 10, 2008 18:02 EST

HRH Prince General Khaled bin Sultan, founder and Chairman of the Living Oceans Foundation, the U.S.-headquartered environmental organization that bears his name, today announced the formal launch of the Foundation's "Global Reef Expedition: Science Without Borders(R)" at the World Conservation...
 
Study: Brainy Genes, Not Brawn, Key To Success On Mussel Beach; Baked And Bathed 'Day-in, Day-out'
Los Angeles, California - Oct 9, 2008 16:51 EST

It's hard being a mussel: you have to worry about hungry starfish and even hungrier humans, not to mention an environment that can change your body temperature 50 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few hours. "It's one of the most variable...
 
Report: Diversity Of Plant-eating Fishes May Be Key To Recovery Of Coral Reefs; 'These Consumers Are Very Important'
Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 8, 2008 22:41 EST

For endangered coral reefs, not all plant-eating fish are created equal. A report scheduled to be published this week in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that maintaining the proper balance of herbivorous...
 
U.N.: Fish Farming May Struggle To Keep Up With Global Demand; 'These Trends Need To Be Addressed'
Puerto Varas, Chile - Oct 6, 2008 23:08 EST

The aquaculture industry has reached an important crossroads, with new challenges emerging regarding the sector’s ability to meet future world demand for fish. Small-scale farmers in developing countries are facing difficulties in exporting their produce, and need help to become...
 
Professor Stresses Link Between U.S. Navy Sonar And Whale Strandings; 'killing More Whales Than We Know About'
Fairfax, Virginia - Oct 6, 2008 22:50 EST

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a series of lower court rulings that restrict the Navy's use of sonar in submarine detection training exercises off the coast of Southern California. The court is due to hear...
 
Research: Models Of Eel Cells Suggest Electrifying Possibilities Of Optimizing Mother Nature
New Haven, Connecticut - Oct 6, 2008 14:26 EST

Engineers long have known that great ideas can be lifted from Mother Nature, but a new paper by researchers at Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) takes it to a cellular level. Applying modern engineering...
 
Atlantic Wolffish: Fearsome Fish That Deserve Protection? 'Rapidly Headed Toward Extinction'
Boston, Massachusetts - Oct 2, 2008 22:08 EST

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and others today filed a scientific petition with the federal government seeking endangered species protection for the Atlantic wolffish, a fish threatened with extinction due to years of overharvesting and habitat loss due to modern...
 
Research: Atlantic Tuna Return Thousands Of Miles To Birthplace To Spawn
College Station, Texas - Oct 2, 2008 21:47 EST

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest and most sought-after of all tunas, weighing as much as 1,400 pounds and capable of fetching as much as $50,000 or more in Asian markets where its meat is a prized commodity, one...
 
NOAA Launches New 'Low Acoustic Signature' Fishery Survey Vessel
Washington, D.C. - Sep 29, 2008 15:51 EST

NOAA today launched the fourth of a series of new fisheries survey vessels designed to study fish quietly without altering their behavior. Moments before the ship was launched into the Escatawpa River, Bell M. Shimada was christened by her sponsor, Susan...
 
Research: Sounds Travel Farther Underwater As World's Oceans Become More Acidic
Monterey, California - Sep 29, 2008 15:31 EST

It is common knowledge that the world's oceans and atmosphere are warming as humans release more and more carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. However, fewer people realize that the chemistry of the oceans is also changing—seawater is becoming more...
 
Researchers Ponder Tsunami Invisibility Cloak; Off-shore Platforms, Coastlines, Islands Could Benefit
Paris, France - Sep 27, 2008 15:15 EST

Rather than building stronger ocean-based structures to withstand tsunamis, it might be easier to simply make the structures disappear. A collaboration of physicists from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille Universite in France and the University...
 
Researchers Study Acoustic Communication In Deep-sea Fish; Cusk-eels Eyed As Chief Sound Producers
Richmond, Virginia - Sep 26, 2008 17:10 EST

An international research team studying sound production in deep-sea fishes has found that cusk-eels use several sets of muscles to produce sound that plays a prominent role in male mating calls. These findings, published online today in the Royal Society journal,...
 
Ocean Conservation Groups To Offer Sustainable Sushi Guide; 'You'll Avoid Red-listed Sushi'
Monterey, California - Sep 25, 2008 17:53 EST

Sushi lovers nationwide will soon have a way to make seafood choices that please the palate and safeguard the world's ocean wildlife. On October 22, three leading ocean conservation organizations - Blue Ocean Institute, Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay...
 
Studies: Climate Change To Impact Florida Coast; Sea Level Rise, Hurricane Storm Surge, Property Damage To Increase
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Sep 25, 2008 07:53 EST

Leading Florida-based scientific researchers released two new studies today, including a Florida State University report finding that climate change will cause significant impacts on Florida’s coastlines and economy due to increased sea level rise. A second study by researchers at...
 
Votes Needed To Help Protect Sharks Off Cocos Island; 'This Is An Extraordinary Opportunity'
Mallibu, California - Sep 24, 2008 16:36 EST

The non-profit Imaging Foundation (www.imagingfoundation.org) is poised to establish a precedent-setting, global conservation initiative aimed at protecting the marine mega fauna of Cocos Island National Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica,...
 
Researchers: Main Source Of Food For North Atlantic Fish Able To Survive Climate Change
Belfast, Northern Ireland - Sep 24, 2008 16:06 EST

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have found that the main source of food for many fish - including cod - in the North Atlantic appears to adapt in order to survive climate change. Billions of Calanus finmarchicus, a plankton species, which...
 
Modest CO2 Cutbacks May Be Too Little, Too Late For Coral Reefs; 'We Are Doing Something Very Profound'
Stanford, California - Sep 22, 2008 17:41 EST

How much carbon dioxide is too much? According to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) greenhouse gases in the atmosphere need to be stabilized at levels low enough to "prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." But...
 
Scientists: Ocean Floor Geysers Warm Flowing Sea Water; 'Like Finding Old Faithful In Illinois'
Chicago, Illinois - Sep 22, 2008 17:38 EST

An international team of earth scientists report movement of warmed sea water through the flat, Pacific Ocean floor off Costa Rica. The movement is greater than that off midocean volcanic ridges. The finding suggests possible marine life in a part...
 
Marine Debris Will Likely Worsen In The 21st Century; 'The United States Must Take The Lead'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 19, 2008 18:46 EST

Current measures to prevent and reduce marine debris are inadequate, and the problem will likely worsen, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. The United States and the international maritime community should adopt a goal...
 
Study: Catch Shares Key To Reviving Fisheries; 'The Next President Can Fix The Overfishing Problem'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 18, 2008 19:47 EST

New research published this week in the journal Science provides a clear road map for federal and regional fisheries managers to reverse years of declining fish stocks by implementing catch shares, according to a leading national environmental group. Environmental Defense...
 
New Marine Mammal Center Formed At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 18, 2008 18:18 EST

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has announced the formation of a new center for marine mammal research and conservation studies. The center combines scientific expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and technological innovations to address both basic questions about marine mammal behavior,...
 
Scientists: 100 New Species Of Sharks And Rays; 'Their Populations Are Also Sensitive To Small-scale Events'
Clayton South, Australia - Sep 18, 2008 00:58 EST

Australian scientists have completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays. Conducted by scientists working under the auspices of CSIRO’s Wealth From Oceans National Research Flagship, the project named a third...
 
NOAA: $100 Million Of Disaster-relief Aid Available To U.S. West Coast Salmon Fishermen
Washington, D.C. - Sep 18, 2008 00:36 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today that it is making $100 million of disaster-relief aid available to West Coast salmon fishermen. “The salmon fishery has been a mainstay of the West Coast’s ocean fishing revenues for many years,” said U.S. Commerce...
 
Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks Scuba Diving Regulators Due To Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C. - Sep 18, 2008 00:16 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. (To access color photos of the following...
 
Experts: Whale Songs Are Heard For The First Time Around New York City Waters
Ithaca, New York - Sep 16, 2008 22:01 EST

For the first time in waters surrounding New York City, the beckoning calls of endangered fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales have been recorded, according to experts from the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and...
 
Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent In 2008, Second Lowest Ever Recorded
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 16, 2008 21:19 EST

The Arctic sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the second-lowest extent recorded since satellite record-keeping began in 1979, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center, or...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Shark Caught, And Released, Again; 'Young White Sharks Face Very Real Threats'
Montery, California - Sep 12, 2008 16:42 EST

The young white shark returned to the wild on Sunday by the Monterey Bay Aquarium was caught and released in the Santa Barbara Channel early Thursday (Sept. 11) by a commercial fisherman working. The “very lively” shark was caught by the...
 
Expedition Set To Explore Seamounts In Sea Of Cortez; Literary Twist With Wendy Benchley Joining
Boston, Massachusetts - Sep 11, 2008 18:08 EST

A serious scientific expedition to explore the ocean will also have an unusual and poignant literary twist. In mid-September, Dr. Greg Stone of the New England Aquarium in Boston will be leading an expedition to investigate the underwater mountains of...
 
Aqua Lung Recalls 6,000 Titan DIN Scuba Regulators, Adapters; Drowning Hazard To Divers Cited
Washington, D.C. - Sep 10, 2008 18:34 EST

Aqua Lung is recalling about 6,000 Titan DIN 1st Stage Scuba Regulators and Titan/Conshelf DIN Scuba Adaptors. Over-tightening of the DIN retainer by a technician during installation can result in the retainer breaking under pressure, a rapid escape of air from...
 
Scientists: Brass Ensures Safe Shellfish In Restaurants; Killed 99.99% Of 'Food Poisoning Bacteria'
London, England - Sep 10, 2008 18:00 EST

Putting brass where your money is could be a guarantee of safety according to researchers looking at the dangers of eating raw fish and shellfish in seafood restaurants, scientists heard today (Wednesday 10 September 2008) at the Society for General...
 
Silent Streams? Nearly 40 Percent Of North American Freshwater Fish Now At-Risk
- Sep 10, 2008 17:45 EST

Nearly 40 percent of fish species in North American streams, rivers and lakes are now in jeopardy, according to the most detailed evaluation of the conservation status of freshwater fishes in the last 20 years. The 700 fishes now listed represent...
 
Scientist Uncovers Miscalculation In Geological Undersea Record; Historic C02 Levels 'Will Have To Be Adjusted'
Virginia Key, Florida - Sep 10, 2008 17:17 EST

The precise timing of the origin of life on Earth and the changes in life during the past 4.5 billion years has been a subject of great controversy for the past century. The principal indicator of the amount of organic...
 
Study: 'Giant Spinning Eddies' Have A Profound Influence On Marine Life And On The World's Climate
Sydney, Australia - Sep 10, 2008 17:11 EST

New studies of the Southern Ocean are revealing previously unknown features of giant spinning eddies that have a profound influence on marine life and on the world's climate. These massive swirling structures – the largest are known as gyres - can...
 
Study: Fuel Emissions From Marine Vessels Remain A Global Concern; 'one Of The Last Unregulated Emissions Sources'
Rochester, New York - Sep 10, 2008 17:08 EST

The forecast for clear skies and smooth sailing for oceanic vessels has been impeded by worldwide concerns of their significant contributions to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that impact the Earth's climate. A new study by professors James Winebrake and...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Releases White Shark After 11 Days In Captivity; Fed Only Once
Monterey, California - Sep 7, 2008 19:40 EST

She was only on exhibit for 11 days and now she’s back in the wild. A young white shark brought to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on August 27 was tagged and released at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time today (Sunday) in offshore...
 
Group: Kiwi Ministry Of Fisheries In Denial On Shark Finning
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 5, 2008 18:18 EST

Forest & Bird’s call for a New Zealand ban on shark finning – cutting off the high-priced fins of sharks and dumping the rest of the body at sea – is gathering support among New Zealanders, who are disgusted by...
 
UNESCO Backs Plan To Build Underwater Museum In Alexandria, Egypt
New York, New York - Sep 4, 2008 18:51 EST

The United Nations cultural agency announced today it will help Egypt build an innovative underwater museum in the Bay of Alexandria on the site of archaeological remains thousands of years old. The idea for a museum, located by Cleopatra’s Palace and...
 

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