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Marine Scientists To Assess Environment Before Offshore Drilling Begins In 'Sensitive' U.S. Arctic Waters
Austin, Texas - Feb 17, 2009 20:29 EST

Through a $2.9 million, three-year grant from the Minerals Management Service (MMS), a team led by University of Texas at Austin marine scientists will assess the biological and chemical conditions on the seabed of the Chukchi Sea before the area...
 
When Fish Farms Are Built Along The Coast, Where Does The Waste Go? Solution 'Not Dilution'
Palo Alto, California - Feb 15, 2009 19:28 EST

If you are a fish eater, it's likely that the salmon you had for dinner was not caught in the wild, but was instead grown in a mesh cage submerged in the open water of oceans or bays. Fish farming,...
 
NOAA: No Detectable Impact From Humans On Hurricanes; Simulations Point To Stronger, Fewer Hurricanes
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:15 EST

Research so far on global warming and Atlantic hurricanes indicates: It is premature to conclude that human activity--particularly greenhouse warming--has had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricanes, and Model simulations indicate that 21st century greenhouse warming may lead to greater...
 
German National Charged In U.S. Federal Court With Smuggling 40 Tons Of Coral From The Philippines
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:07 EST

Gunther Wenzek, a German national, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., on a nine count indictment charging him with three felony counts of smuggling protected coral into the United States port of Portland, Ore., three...
 
Research: Hundreds Of Identical Species Thrive In Both Arctic, Antarctic; 'We See Life Everywhere'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 15, 2009 19:01 EST

Earth's unique, forbidding ice oceans of the Arctic and Antarctic have revealed a trove of secrets to Census of Marine Life explorers, who were especially surprised to find at least 235 species live in both polar seas despite a distance...
 
Antibiotic Resistance: A Rising Concern In Marine Ecosystems; Threats As Well As Cures Found In The Ocean
Washington, D.C. - Feb 13, 2009 18:10 EST

A team of scientists, speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, called for new awareness of the potential for antibiotic-resistant illnesses from the marine environment, and pointed to the marine realm as...
 
Researcher: Warming To Shift Fish Towards The Poles 25 Miles Per Decade
Vancouver, British Columbia - Feb 12, 2009 18:10 EST

A University of British Columbia researcher put a number to the impact of climate change on world fisheries at today’s Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. A team of researchers from UBC’s Sea...
 
Research: Seamounts May Serve As Refuges For Deep-sea Animals That Struggle To Survive Elsewhere
Moss Landing, California - Feb 11, 2009 20:50 EST

Over the last two decades, marine biologists have discovered lush forests of deep-sea corals and sponges growing on seamounts (underwater mountains) offshore of the California coast. It has generally been assumed that many of these animals live only on seamounts,...
 
NASA Ocean-Observing Satellites Begin Tandem Tango; 'The Goal Is To Map Global Ocean Current'
Pasadena, California - Feb 11, 2009 20:35 EST

What's true for television screens and digital images also applies to satellite data. The more resolution, the better. When the two ocean-observing satellites OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-1 begin their tandem mission in February, they'll be flying in a new configuration designed...
 
NOAA Sea Grant Seeks To De-Fund Scientist For Advocacy; Anti-Oil Industry Bias Seen To 'Cause Problems Nationally'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 11, 2009 08:55 EST

A well-respected University of Alaska marine scientist will have his federal funding cut after a top National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration official complained about his "advocacy" on behalf of marine conservation, according to documents released today by Public Employees for...
 
Scientists Uncover A Dramatic Rise In Sea Level And Its Broad Ramifications; 21 Meters Higher 400,000 Years Ago
Washington, D.C. - Feb 10, 2009 21:59 EST

Scientists have found proof in Bermuda that the planet's sea level was once more than 21 meters (70 feet) higher about 400,000 years ago than it is now. Their findings were published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews Wednesday, Feb....
 
Study: 'Miiddle Class' Coral Reef Fish Feel The Economic Squeeze; 'Socio-economics Can Influence Reef Fisheries'
New York, New York - Feb 10, 2009 21:51 EST

The economy isn't just squeezing the middle class on land, it's also affecting fish. According to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, researchers discovered a surprising correlation between "middle class" communities in Eastern Africa and low...
 
Research: Mama Whales Teach Babies Where To Eat; 'What Are Whales Going To Do With Global Warming'
Salt Lake City, Utah - Feb 9, 2009 21:08 EST

University of Utah biologists discovered that young "right whales" learn from their mothers where to eat, raising concern about their ability to find new places to feed if Earth's changing climate disrupts their traditional dining areas. "A primary concern is, what...
 
Study: Carbon Acts Like Rustoleum Around Hydrothermal Vents; 'Iron Doesn't Behave As We Had Expected'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 9, 2009 20:19 EST

The cycling of iron throughout the oceans has been an area of intense research for the last two decades. Oceanographers have spent a lot of time studying what has been affectionately labeled the Geritol effect ever since discovering that the...
 
Divers Alert Network Adds Real-time Travel Intelligence Offering; 'Better Than An Entire Library Of Travel Books'
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 9, 2009 17:24 EST

The new year brings new benefits from Divers Alert Network (DAN) to all DAN America Members, and first on the list is the WorldcuePlanner™ Real-Time Travel Intelligence ResourceŽ. The same travel resource used by top government officials, corporate executives...
 
The Underwater Channel.tv Launches Contest To Find 'The Face Of Australia'
London, England - Feb 9, 2009 11:42 EST

A new international competition has been launched by The Underwater Channel.tv and PADI to find an experienced and knowledgeable Aussie diver with bags of confidence and charisma to join The Underwater Channel.tv's team of presenters. The new presenter would...
 
Study: Fundamentals Of Biochemistry Challenged As Sargasso Sea Phytoplankton Found Phosphate Free
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 9, 2009 11:24 EST

Get ready to send the biology textbooks back to the printer. In a new paper published in Nature, Benjamin Van Mooy, a geochemist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and his colleagues report that microscopic plants growing in the...
 
Florida Regulators Approve New Rules For The Harvest Of Aquarium Species
Tallahassee, Florida - Feb 9, 2009 09:55 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday, Feb. 5, approved a series of rule amendments for the marine life (aquarium species) fishery. These rules are intended to enhance the FWC’s existing marine life regulations to help...
 
FDA Reports Show Unapproved Chemicals Used By Largest Chilean Salmon Farms
Washington, D.C. - Feb 8, 2009 18:31 EST

The Pew Environment Group recently acquired documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealing that three Chilean salmon farming companies, including the two largest producers of farmed salmon, used a number of drugs not approved by the U.S....
 
A Zen Discovery: Unrusted Iron In Ocean; 'The Least Well Understood Major Metabolic Pathway'
Los Angeles, California - Feb 8, 2009 17:27 EST

Iron dust, the gold of the oceans and rarest nutrient for most marine life, can be washed down by rivers or blown out to sea or – a surprising new study finds – float up from the sea floor. The discovery,...
 
Legal Issues Cleared As Vandenberg Moves To Shipyard For Final Cleanup Before Sinking Off Key West
Norfolk, Virginia - Feb 6, 2009 18:38 EST

After an almost nine-month stall, a Key West artificial reef project is back on course, after tugboats shifted the 524-foot Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg 1/8-mile from Colonna's Shipyard to W3 Marine Friday morning. The former missile tracking ship will be evaluated...
 
Scientists Present New Equation For Seawater; TEOS-10 'Well Received By The Scientific Community'
Virginia Key, Florida - Feb 5, 2009 15:54 EST

Seawater is a complex, dynamic mixture of dissolved minerals, salts, and organic materials that despite scientists best efforts, presents difficulties in measuring its potential to contain and disperse energy. Like the water itself, the calculations scientists employ to measure seawater...
 
Researchers: After Collapse Of Antarctic Ice Sheet, Sea Level Rise Around North America Higher Than Expected
Toronto, Ontario - Feb 5, 2009 15:49 EST

University of Toronto geophysicists have shown that should the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse and melt in a warming world – as many scientists are concerned it will – it is the coastlines of North America and of nations in...
 
Study: Countries In Africa, South America And Asia Will Suffer The Most As Climate Change Imperils Fisheries
Penang, Malaysia - Feb 5, 2009 15:47 EST

With climate change threatening to destroy coral reefs, push salt water into freshwater habitats and produce more coastal storms, millions of struggling people in fishery-dependent nations of Africa, Asia and South America could face unprecedented hardship, according to a new...
 
What's Killing The Coral? DNA Array Sheds Light On Coral Disease
- Feb 4, 2009 21:49 EST

The answer to what's killing the world's coral reefs may be found in a tiny chip that fits in the palm of your hand. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Merced are using an innovative DNA...
 
Scientist: Warming Waters And Predatory Crabs Threaten Antarctic Sealife; 'A Sadder, Duller Place'
Melbourne, Florida - Feb 4, 2009 21:30 EST

Climate change is about to cause a major upheaval in the shallow marine waters of Antarctica. Predatory crabs are poised to return to warming Antarctic waters and disrupt the primeval marine communities. "Nowhere else than in these ecosystems do giant sea...
 
Scientists: 'Seuss-like' Sea Creatures Discovered; 'New Things, Magical Things'
Pasadena, California - Feb 4, 2009 21:22 EST

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and an international team of collaborators have returned from a month-long deep-sea voyage to a marine reserve near Tasmania, Australia, that not only netted coral-reef samples likely to provide insight into the...
 
Research: Transitional Whale Species Hunted At Sea, Gave Birth On Land; 'Tied To The Shore'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Feb 3, 2009 21:50 EST

Two newly described fossil whales---a pregnant female and a male of the same species--reveal how primitive whales gave birth and provide new insights into how whales made the transition from land to sea. The 47.5 million-year-old fossils, discovered in Pakistan in...
 
Researchers: Squid Sucker Rings Inspire Nanostructure Material Designers; 'Like Miniature Eiffel Towers'
Riverside, California - Feb 3, 2009 21:33 EST

A chance encounter with a Humboldt squid on a fishing trip left quite an impression on James Weaver, a research associate at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering. In fact, the lasting impression also provided the impetus for further research conducted...
 
Study: Long-term Recovery Of Reefs From Bleaching Requires Local Action To Increase Resilience
Virginia Key, Florida - Feb 3, 2009 21:16 EST

In the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Dr. Peter Glynn, and 2008 Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation and Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew Baker, assess more than 25 years...
 
Group: Secret U.S. Plan To Expand Whaling Released; 'A Bad Deal For Whales'
Yarmough Port, Massachusetts - Feb 2, 2009 21:37 EST

Documents released today by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) confirm the United States' leadership in negotiations to undo the global moratorium on commercial whaling and extend unprecedented authorization to the Government of Japan to kill whales off its coastline and...
 
Study: Older Killer Whales Make The Best Mothers; 'Maternal Experience' Leads To More Effort
Seattle, Washington - Feb 2, 2009 21:29 EST

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) nearing the menopause may be more successful in rearing their young. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that estimated survival rates for calves born to these older mothers were...
 
Report: Arctic Region Underprepared For Maritime Accidents; More 'Disaster Scenarios'
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 2, 2009 20:34 EST

The existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases, according to new report...
 
Ocean Animal Trackers Collaborate On New Google Earth For Oceans; 'Its An Important Evolution'
Pacific Grove, California - Feb 2, 2009 20:28 EST

A consortium of researchers led by Stanford University Professor Barbara Block collaborated with Google for more than a year, providing animal tracking data for the new Google Earth release, which features a three-dimensional, interactive ocean. In the animal tracking layer,...
 
Geologists: Ancient Turtle Migrated From Asia To America Over A Tropical Arctic; C02 Fueled Polar Heat?
Rochester, New YOrk - Feb 1, 2009 18:12 EST

In Arctic Canada, a team of geologists from the University of Rochester has discovered a surprise fossil: a tropical, freshwater, Asian turtle. The find strongly suggests that animals migrated from Asia to North America not around Alaska, as once thought,...
 
Scientists: 'Hot Spot' For Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms Discovered Off Washington Coast
Arlington, Virginia - Jan 31, 2009 17:00 EST

A part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates Washington state from Canada's British Columbia, is a potential "hot spot" for toxic harmful algal blooms affecting the Washington and British Columbia coasts. Marine scientists found that under certain conditions,...
 
Research: Ocean Islands Fuel Productivity And Carbon Sequestration Through Natural Iron Fertilization
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 30, 2009 18:45 EST

An experiment to study the effects of naturally deposited iron in the Southern Ocean has filled in a key piece of the puzzle surrounding iron's role in locking atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean. The research, conducted by an...
 
Study: Fish Show No Such Thing As A 'Born Leader'; Social Feedback Eyed As Key Factor
Cambridge, UK - Jan 29, 2009 14:28 EST

Followers are just as important to good leadership as are the leaders themselves, reveals a new study of stickleback fish published online on January 29th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. By randomly pairing fish of varying degrees of "boldness,"...
 
Study: Sinking Bales Of Crop Residue In The Deep Ocean Could Cut Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Seattle, Washington - Jan 29, 2009 14:22 EST

Making bales with 30 percent of global crop residues – the stalks and such left after harvesting – and then sinking the bales into the deep ocean could reduce the build up of global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by...
 
Scientists: Good Weather Conditions Cited As Record Number Of Manatees Counted In Latest Florida Survey
Miami, Florida - Jan 28, 2009 18:37 EST

A team of scientists counted an all-time-high number of manatees during the annual manatee synoptic survey conducted the week of Jan. 19. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) reported a preliminary count...
 



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