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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...
 
Scotland Gets Its First 'No-Take Zone'; Waters Around Island Of Arran Return To 'Sounds Of Silence'
edinburgh, Scotland - Sep 22, 2008 09:15 EST

A new dawn has broken over the troubled waters around the Island of Arran on Saturday; it brought new hope to the islands community for a better future of their marine heritage and environment. The Scottish Government has created Scotland’s first...
 
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...
 
Record Breaking Underwater Camera To Be Showcased To Public; 'The Only Device Of Its Kind In The World'
Aberdeen, U.K. - Sep 12, 2008 17:49 EST

A revolutionary underwater camera, which has plunged to record breaking depths below the surface of the North Sea, will be showcased to members of the public at a key science event in Aberdeen next week. The only kit of its kind...
 
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...
 
Experts: Direct Human Actions 'Exceeding Effects Of Climate Change' On World’s Water Ecosystems
Newcastle University, United Kingdom - Sep 11, 2008 17:42 EST

Human activities such as fishing and water use are over-riding the effects of global warming on the ecosystems that support the world’s water and fish supplies, experts have revealed. And the world’s leading marine and freshwater scientists show direct human impacts...
 
Greenpeace: Mediterranean Tuna Management An 'International Disgrace'
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Sep 11, 2008 17:14 EST

Confirming Greenpeace's position on the crisis facing Mediterranean bluefin tuna, an independent review panel of international fisheries experts has branded the management of the fishery by government members of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as...
 
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...
 
Study: Global Sea Rise Beyond 6 Feet 'A Near Physical Impossibility'
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 4, 2008 17:31 EST

Despite projections by some scientists of global seas rising by 20 feet or more by the end of this century as a result of warming, a new University of Colorado at Boulder study concludes that global sea rise of much...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Misclassification Of Shark Attacks Continues; What's Next?
San Diego, California - Sep 4, 2008 15:13 EST

The September, 2008, episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies...
 
Sixty-nine Nations Adopt Guidelines To Protect Fish Species; 'A Breakthrough'
New York, New York - Sep 3, 2008 18:36 EST

Two years of negotiations have resulted in the adoption of new international guidelines to limit the impact of fishing on fragile deep sea fish species and habitats, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Managing deep sea fisheries...
 
Study Fuels Global Warming Debate: Warmer Seas Linked To Strengthening Hurricanes; 'More Energy'
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 3, 2008 18:15 EST

The theory that global warming may be contributing to stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic over the past 30 years is bolstered by a new study led by a Florida State University researcher. The study will be published in the Sept....
 
Kiwi Fisheries Minister Rebuts New Anti Shark Finning Campaign; 'Not Particularly Relevant'
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 3, 2008 18:08 EST

“Forest and Bird’s shark finning campaign is not particularly relevant to New Zealand” Ministry of Fisheries Chief Executive, Wayne McNee, said today. It is already illegal to take the fins off live sharks in New Zealand, it is an offence under...
 
'Artificial Upwelling' Used To Study Complex Ocean Behavior; 'The Ocean Destroyed Our Pump In One Day'
Corvallis, Oregon - Sep 2, 2008 17:51 EST

A team of scientists is studying the complex ocean upwelling process by mimicking nature – pumping cold, nutrient-rich water from deep within the Pacific Ocean and releasing it into surface waters near Hawaii that lack the nitrogen and phosphorous necessary...
 
Researchers: Ice Age Lesson Predicts A Faster Rise In Sea Level; 'We're Not Talking About Something Catastrophic'
Madison, Wisconsin - Aug 31, 2008 18:10 EST

If the lessons being learned by scientists about the demise of the last great North American ice sheet are correct, estimates of global sea level rise from a melting Greenland ice sheet may be seriously underestimated. Writing this week (Aug....
 
New Digital Diving TV Offering Creates A Splash As The UnderwaterChannel.tv Launches
London, England - Aug 30, 2008 15:22 EST

The UnderwaterChannel.tv (UWC) is launching a new free to watch TV channel available globally on your computer and the worldwide web starting on September 1, 2008. The UWC will feature professionally produced video from international underwater filmmakers covering a broad...
 
Scientists Find Oil Leak Threatening Chuuk Lagoon; 'This Could Have A Devastating Effect'
Boston, Massachusetts - Aug 28, 2008 19:09 EST

Scientists affiliated with Earthwatch have uncovered signs of an oil leak in Chuuk (formerly known as Truk) Lagoon*, a popular dive destination in Micronesia. Earthwatch volunteers and scientists, who are conducting the first-ever comprehensive survey of the area, recently discovered...
 
New Giant Clam Species Offers Window Into Human Past; 'earliest Example Of Marine Overexploitation'
Bremerhaven, Germany - Aug 28, 2008 18:45 EST

Researchers report the discovery of the first new living species of giant clam in two decades, according to a report to be published online on August 28th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. While fossil evidence reveals that the...
 
Satellite: Arctic Ice On The Verge Of Another All-time Low; Polar Regions 'Very Sensitive Indicators Of Climate Change'
Paris, France - Aug 28, 2008 18:38 EST

Following last summer's record minimum ice cover in the Arctic, current observations from ESA's Envisat satellite suggest that the extent of polar sea-ice may again shrink to a level very close to that of last year. Envisat observations from mid-August depict...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Young White Shark On Exhibit For The 4th Time; 'I Can't Overstate The Impact'
Monterey, California - Aug 28, 2008 07:37 EST

For the fourth time in its history, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing her from Malibu to Monterey this afternoon (August 27) – 12 days after she was caught in a seine...
 
85 Tonnes Of Imported Whale Meat May Soon Be Abandoned; 'Helping Out Our Friends In Iceland'
Tokyo, Japan - Aug 27, 2008 19:14 EST

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that around 85 tonnes of whale meat, sent to Japan in late May 2008 from Northern Europe, and for which the Japanese government has not yet received an application for import procedures, may have to...
 



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