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New Study Ranks 'hotspots' Of Human Impact On Coastal Areas; Mississippi River 'Hottest Hotspot'
Santa Barbara, California - Jul 9, 2009 15:32 EST

Coastal marine ecosystems are at risk worldwide as a result of human activities, according to scientists at UC Santa Barbara who have recently published a study in the Journal of Conservation Letters. The authors have performed the first integrated analysis...
 
Shark-ravaged Sea Turtle Tries Out Artificial Flippers After Losing Limbs; 'It Will Be A Global First'
Kobe, Japan - Jul 8, 2009 22:12 EST

Tests on artificial flippers for a loggerhead sea turtle with only two limbs started here over the weekend in an attempt to return the turtle to the wild. The Osaka‐based nonprofit organization Sea Turtle Association of Japan is leading the rehabilitation...
 
Scientists: North Atlantic Could Be Massive CO2 Sink; 'Iron Limitation Hypothesis' Test Result 'Extremely Exciting'
Southampton, Hampshire - Jul 8, 2009 21:32 EST

Southampton scientists have demonstrated an unexpected role of iron in regulating biological production in the high-latitude North Atlantic. Their findings have important implications for our understanding of ocean-climate interactions. Tiny plant-like organisms called phytoplankton dominate biological production in the sunlit surface...
 
Research: Freshwater Fish A Staple In Early Human Diet Even Before 'Effective Fishing Gear'
Vancouver, BC Canada - Jul 7, 2009 22:06 EST

Freshwater fish was a staple diet for humans as early as 40,000 years ago, according to a new study led by UBC anthropologist Michael Richards. Richards and a team of researchers from China and the U.S. analyzed stable isotope ratios found...
 
Science Adopts A New Definition Of Seawater; 'Should Be In Widespread Use Within 18 Months'
Paris, France - Jul 7, 2009 21:58 EST

In Paris late last month the General Assembly of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) accepted the case for the introduction of a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity variable called Absolute Salinity. Hobart-based CSIRO...
 
Florida Releases Public Health Resource Guide On Harmful Algal Blooms
Tallahassee, Florida - Jul 7, 2009 21:00 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health recently released a new tool to assist local health officials when responding to harmful algal blooms in Florida. The Resource Guide for Public Health Response to...
 
World's Largest Ocean Observatory Near Completion; 'This Is Truly Transformative Science'
Victoria, BC - Jul 6, 2009 21:25 EST

Canada is about to take the world on a 25-year non-stop research expedition—into the deep ocean. Over the next two-and-a-half months, a team of scientists and marine engineers will complete the installation off British Columbia of NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s largest...
 
Florida's Billfish Foundation Unveils 'Release' Certificates; 'Both An Instant Conversation And Conservation Piece'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jul 6, 2009 21:11 EST

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is proud of its signature Tag & Release program now in its 20th year, and has added a new and striking “billfish release” certificate for anglers worldwide wanting to document that special fishing moment. And now’s a...
 
Rescued 'Obama' Turtle Released Off Key West; 'Freedom On America's Independence Day'
Key West, Florida - Jul 6, 2009 21:03 EST

A recovered loggerhead sea turtle named after President Barack Obama was released in the Atlantic Ocean off Key West Saturday. “Obama” was rescued on Key West’s Higgs Beach Jan. 19, the day before President Obama was sworn in as the 44th...
 
Code Name Oceania: Shark Divers Announces World’s Newest White Shark Aggregation Site; 'Untamed Nature'
San Diego, California - Jul 5, 2009 18:32 EST

Shark Divers CEO Patric Douglas unveiled the world’s newest white shark aggregation site exclusively for film and television productions today with the release of the first ever video of these animals. “We have code-named the site ‘Oceania,’” says Douglas. “Its exact...
 
Scientist To Study If Tiny Nanoparticles May Pose Big Risks; 'We Are Just Beginning To Frame Questions'
Clemson, South Carolina - Jul 2, 2009 16:32 EST

Clemson scientist Stephen Klaine has been awarded two $400,000 EPA grants to study a subject that did not exist a decade ago. Klaine is part of the young field of nano-ecotoxicology: the investigation of the impact that nanoparticles have on...
 
All In Sight: Scientists Test Infrared System To Detect Whales; Software Searches For The Whale Spout
Bremerhaven, Germany - Jul 2, 2009 16:06 EST

A new measurement system for the detection of whales is used for the first time on board of the research vessel Polarstern. Whales are usually difficult to spot. On the one hand, they spend the greater part of their life...
 
Researchers: King Crab Evolution Tied To Temperature; Driven To Go Deep To Avoid Hot Water
Southampton, U.K. - Jul 2, 2009 15:59 EST

Researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, have drawn together 200 years' worth of oceanographic knowledge to investigate the distribution of a notorious deep-sea giant – the king crab. The results, published this week in the Journal of Biogeography, reveal...
 
Florida Coral Nurseries Snag $350K In 'Stimulus' Funding To Aid In Reef Recovery
Miami, Florida - Jul 2, 2009 13:56 EST

As the nation celebrates its birth on the 4th of July, University of Miami (UM) Professor Diego Lirman and fellow Caribbean coral reef nursery scientists will be celebrating as well. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced that...
 
Rare Treat As Humpback Whale Spotted By Researchers Off Western Scotland
Tobermory, Isle of Mull - Jul 1, 2009 20:56 EST

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s (HWDT) research vessel Silurian had a very special encounter on the 29th June. The crew were conducting a research survey between South Uist and Coll when one of the volunteers spotted a large, bushy...
 
Researchers Survey Mid-Atlantic Ridge Looking For New Life Forms, Clues To Deep-sea Communities
Washington, D.C. - Jun 30, 2009 22:30 EST

An international team of researchers is surveying the Mid-Atlantic Ridge halfway between Iceland and the Azores to determine its biodiversity and perhaps discover new species and clues to deep-sea food webs. The project is part of a 16-nation effort to...
 
How Whales And Seals Evolved To Dive In The Sea: Study Uncovers The Molecular Traces Of Evolution
Liverpool, U.K. - Jun 29, 2009 21:41 EST

An aquatic lifestyle imposes serious demands for the organism, and this is true even for the tiniest molecules that form our body. When the ancestors of present marine mammals initiated their return to the oceans, their physiology had to adapt...
 
Study: Global 'Coastal Syndrome' Quickly Leading To Loss Of Coastal Seagrass Habitat
Cambridge, Maryland - Jun 29, 2009 20:38 EST

An international team of scientists warns that accelerating losses of seagrasses across the globe threaten the immediate health and long-term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The team has compiled and analyzed the first comprehensive global assessment of seagrass observations and found...
 
New Study To Examine Climatically Important Agulhas Current; 'Gulf Stream' Of The Southern Indian Ocean
Virginia Key, Florida - Jun 29, 2009 20:26 EST

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it is funding a study with the goal of building a multi-decadal time series of Agulhas Current volume transport, which will contribute to the Global Ocean Observing System. Led by Principal Investigator,...
 
Wadden Sea And Philippines's Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Added To UNESCO's World Heritage List
New York, New York - Jun 26, 2009 18:27 EST

The World Heritage Committee, chaired by María Jesús San Segundo, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO, has inscribed the Wadden Sea on the World Heritage List as a transboundary property for Germany and the Netherlands. The Committee also...
 
Underwater Voyeurs Encouraged To View Florida Keys' Annual Coral 'Love Affair'
Miami, Florida - Jun 26, 2009 18:22 EST

Underwater voyeurs are to vie for spots to dive Florida Keys reefs to view the annual coral "love affair" traditionally sparked by the August and September full moons. This rare exchange of reproductive cells fascinates divers for the sheer volume...
 
New Fossil Tells How Piranhas Got Their Teeth; 'So What Happened To The Seventh Tooth?'
Durham, North Carolina - Jun 25, 2009 17:06 EST

the legendary freshwater fish with the razor bite — get their telltale teeth? Researchers from Argentina, the United States and Venezuela have uncovered the jawbone of a striking transitional fossil that sheds light on this question. Named Megapiranha paranensis, this...
 
Georgia Aquarium Welcomes 10 Millionth Guest; 'Everyone Can Appreciate The Majesty Of The Earth's Oceans'
Atlanta, Georgia - Jun 25, 2009 17:00 EST

When Bernie Marcus cut the ribbon on the Georgia Aquarium in November 2005, he envisioned millions of people coming to visit and experiencing the treasures of the oceans, rivers and seas. On Thursday, June 25, the Georgia Aquarium welcomed its...
 
Research: High Carbon Dioxide Levels Cause Abnormally Large Fish Ear Bones; Departure From 'normality Is An Abnormality'
San Diego, California - Jun 25, 2009 15:29 EST

Rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean have been shown to adversely affect shell-forming creatures and corals, and now a new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has shown for the first time that...
 
Research: Close Relationship Between Past Warming And Sea-level Rise; C02 Suggests 25 Meter Sea Level Rise
Tübingen, Germany - Jun 25, 2009 15:20 EST

In a paper in Nature Geoscience, a team from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), along with colleagues from Tübingen (Germany) and Bristol presents a novel continuous reconstruction of sea level fluctuations over the last 520 thousand years. Comparison of...
 
Study: Third Of Open Ocean Sharks Threatened With Extinction By Overfishing; 'Virtually Unprotected On The High Seas'
Gland, Switzerland - Jun 24, 2009 21:46 EST

The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 percent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. The percentage...
 
Scientists At Florida University Collaborate With Egypt To Advance Marine Research In The Red Sea
Miami, Florida - Jun 24, 2009 20:54 EST

Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU Pledge to Cooperate on Oceanographic Research and Education--Scientists will work jointly to advance marine research in the Red Sea. Florida Atlantic University and the Egyptian Ministry...
 
'Bycatch' Whaling A Growing Threat To Coastal Whales Off Japan, Korea; $100,000 For A Minke
Newport, Oregon - Jun 23, 2009 22:01 EST

Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of whales killed as fisheries "bycatch" is threatening coastal stocks of minke whales and other protected...
 
How Can The World's Fisheries Be Sustainable? 'One Of The Most Important Natural Assets To Humankind'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Jun 22, 2009 21:51 EST

According to the most recent report on the status of the world's fisheries by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, fisheries supply at least 15% of the animal protein consumed by humans, provide direct and indirect employment for nearly...
 
Scientists Study Subseafloor Sediment In South Pacific Gyre; 'We Deliberately Went Where No One Ever Goes'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Jun 22, 2009 21:28 EST

An international oceanographic research expedition to the middle of the South Pacific Gyre – a site that is as far from continents as it is possible to go on Earth's surface – found so few organisms beneath the seafloor that...
 
Polar Bear And Walrus Populations In Trouble: Federal Studies Show Tenuous Future For Arctic Icons
Anchorage, Alaska - Jun 22, 2009 18:19 EST

Today, responding to a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released long-overdue reports documenting the status of polar bears and Pacific walrus in Alaska. The reports confirm that polar bears in Alaska are declining and that Pacific walrus...
 
Serial Killers: Geographic Profiling Applied To Track Hunting Patterns Of Great White Sharks In South Africa
Virginia Key, Florida - Jun 22, 2009 08:52 EST

Predation is one of the most fundamental and fascinating interactions in nature, and sharks are some of the fiercest predators on Earth. However, their hunting pattern is difficult to study because it is rarely observed in the wild. As a...
 
Scientists: Water Snake Startles Fish Right Into Its Jaws; 'The Fish Can't Turn Back'
Nashville, Tennessee - Jun 19, 2009 18:08 EST

Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East Asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn...
 
NOAA: Gloucester Seafood Auction Forced To Shut Down For 10 Days Following Sanction
Washington, D.C. - Jun 19, 2009 17:47 EST

NOAA today sent the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction a letter notifying it that in accordance with a 2003 settlement agreement, it is required to refrain from buying, possessing or selling federally regulated fish for 10 consecutive days if they cannot...
 
NOAA Forecast Predicts Large 'Dead Zone' For Gulf Of Mexico This Summer
Washington, D.C. - Jun 19, 2009 17:38 EST

A team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan is forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this summer could...
 
Scientists: Fishing Gear Ban Could Help Save World's Coral Reefs From Climate Change
Townsville, Queensland - Jun 18, 2009 13:51 EST

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world’s coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change. An international team of scientists led by Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre...
 
Florida Leads The Nation In Freshwater Turtle Conservation; 'This Is The Right Thing To Do'
Crystal River, Florida - Jun 17, 2009 17:58 EST

Florida soon will have the strongest conservation measures for the harvest of freshwater turtles in the country as a result of a vote taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday in Crystal River. The FWC...
 
Dive Safety Campaign Aims To Encourage Safety, Reduce Deaths During Florida Lobster Season
Miami, Florida - Jun 17, 2009 17:56 EST

Earlier today, representatives from the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) and the Divers Alert Network (DAN), joined officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for a press conference at the...
 
Research: Controversial New Theory Says Ocean Currents May Control Earth's Magnetic Field
Chicago, Illinois - Jun 17, 2009 17:45 EST

400 years of discussion and we’re still not sure what creates the Earth’s magnetic field, and thus the magnetosphere, despite the importance of the latter as the only buffer between us and deadly solar wind of charged particles (made up...
 
Study: Rising Acidity Levels Could Trigger Shellfish Revenue Declines, Job Losses
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 17, 2009 17:35 EST

Changes in ocean chemistry — a consequence of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industrial activity — could cause U.S. shellfish revenues to drop significantly in the next 50 years, according to a new study by researchers at the...
 



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