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UN Report: International Moratorium On Bottom-trawling Needed to Protect Deep-sea Species
New York, New York - Jul 17, 2006 21:43 EST

A long-awaited report by the United Nations shows the need for an international moratorium on bottom-trawling and other destructive fishing practices that damage deep sea life, Conservation International (CI) said. The U.N. Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea...
 
Undersea Vehicles to Study Formation of Seafloor Deposits Enriched in Gold, Copper
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 14, 2006 20:05 EST

An international team of scientists will explore the seafloor near Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean later this month with remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles, investigating active and inactive hydrothermal vents and the formation of mineral deposits...
 
Maine Fisher Catches 'Half-Baked' Lobster; 'I Thought Someone was Playing a Joke on Me'
Bar Harbor, Maine - Jul 14, 2006 19:47 EST

An eastern Maine lobsterman caught a lobster this week that looks like it's half-cooked. The lobster caught by Alan Robinson in Dyer's Bay that is a typical mottled green on one side; the other side is a shade of orange that...
 
Big Tuna: America's Health Crisis Exacerbated by Confusing Reports on Tuna; 'A Healthy Staple'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 12, 2006 22:36 EST

The following is a statement released by Anne Forristall Luke, President, U.S. Tuna Foundation Concerning Defenders of Wildlife Survey of Canned Tuna: America is in the midst of a health crisis, and an unintended and unfortunate consequence of a report released...
 
Endangered Coral Reef Fish Seized in Indonesia; Humphead Wrasse Headed for Hong Kong
Manado, Indonesia - Jul 12, 2006 22:15 EST

Indonesian airport authorities seized 36 humphead wrasse, the third seizure of this endangered fish species in the country this year alone. The live fish, harvested in Indonesia, were destined for Hong Kong. "Indonesia remains a major supplier to Hong Kong and...
 
Hurricane Experts Wary of Huge Mass of Warm Water in the Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Jul 12, 2006 13:28 EST

A large section of the North Atlantic that's about three degrees above normal has made weather forecasters wary this hurricane season. A mild winter and prevailing southerly winds have had an impact on an area about 1,000 kilometres by 1,000 kilometres,...
 
Group: Imported Tuna May Have Mercury Levels Over the FDA Limit
Washington, D.C. - Jul 11, 2006 10:22 EST

Many imports of canned tuna have mercury levels higher than the federal limit, according to analysis by an environmental group. Defenders of Wildlife found the highest levels of mercury in tuna from Ecuador and Mexico - countries known for setting nets...
 
Researcher Explores the Puzzle Behind the Midgets and Giants in the Deep Sea
Monterey, California - Jul 10, 2006 21:42 EST

How is the deep sea like a desert island? It sounds like a child's riddle, but it's actually a serious scientific question with implications for both terrestrial and marine biology. Biologists have long observed that when animals colonize and evolve...
 
NASA Using Undersea Lab to Prepare for Future Space Missions; 'Similar Challenges' In Space and Under the Ocean
Wilmington, North Carolina - Jul 8, 2006 09:10 EST

NASA will test concepts for future space exploration next month by sending three astronauts and an oceanographer on a mission to an underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida. Aquarius was refurbished in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at...
 
Group: FDA Urged to Provide Clear Information About Mercury in Fish; Survey Shows Public Confused
Washington, D.C. - Jul 6, 2006 20:43 EST

When it comes to understanding the government’s advice on mercury in seafood, most Americans are hopelessly—and justifiably—lost at sea, according to new survey commissioned by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Two years after the government...
 
Group: Needless Fish Warnings Not Good ‘Science,’ Not ‘In The Public Interest’
Washington, D.C. - Jul 6, 2006 20:39 EST

The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) today called on the Food and Drug Administration to dismiss a demand for new warning signs at grocery-store fish counters. While the self-styled "food police" at the Center for Science in the Public...
 
Research: Some Corals Able to Switch Skeleton Material as Seawater Changes; 'Evolutionary Advantage'
Baltimore, Maryland - Jul 6, 2006 18:24 EST

Leopards may not be able to change their spots, but corals can change their skeletons, building them out of different minerals depending on the chemical composition of the seawater around them. That's the startling conclusion drawn by a Johns Hopkins University...
 
Scientists: Genetic Contact Made Between Reef Fish Across Darwin's 'Impassible Barrier'
Panama City, Panama - Jul 5, 2006 20:52 EST

Genetic contact between reef fish across the great Pacific divide Cantherhines dumerilii Click here for more information. Reef fish share genetic connections across what Darwin termed an 'impassable barrier', 5000km of deep ocean separating the eastern and central Pacific, according to a...
 
Study: Rising Carbon Dioxide in Oceans Threatens Coral Reefs; Effects to Ripple Through Food Chain
Washington, D.C. - Jul 5, 2006 15:31 EST

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide emissions are affecting not only the atmosphere, but also oceans and sea life, according to a study issued July 5 by the National Center on Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The report concludes that emissions from burning fossil...
 
Report: U.S. Navy Continues Up to 300 Detonations Per Year in Puget Sound; 'Realistic' Training
Olympia, Washington - Jul 4, 2006 18:51 EST

The U.S. Navy sets off between 180 and 300 underwater explosive charges each year in some of the most sensitive waters of Puget Sound, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Despite promises, four years...
 
Jellyfish-like 'Salps' May Play Major Role in Fate of Carbon dioxide in the Ocean
Woods Hole, Massachussets - Jul 1, 2006 19:29 EST

Transparent jellyfish-like creatures known as a salps, considered by many a low member in the ocean food web, may be more important to the fate of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the ocean than previously thought. In the May issue...
 
Research: Catastrophic 'Lake Burst' Chilled Climate 8,200 Years Ago
East Anglia, UK - Jun 29, 2006 20:39 EST

Ocean circulation changes during the present warm interglacial were more extensive than previously thought, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Cardiff University. The findings, reported in this week's edition of the international journal Science (30...
 
Research: Rockfish Thrive Around Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms; 'Natural Reefs are Small'
Santa Barbara, California - Jun 29, 2006 20:35 EST

While some observers consider offshore oil and gas platforms to be an eyesore on the horizon, new data shows they are performing a critical function for marine life. For the first time, scientists have documented the importance of oil and gas...
 
Report: World-Record Pregnant Hammerhead Caught Off Florida was Carrying World-Record 55 Pups
Sarasota, Florida - Jun 29, 2006 20:27 EST

A great hammerhead shark caught by a recreational fisherman in Boca Grande in May was pregnant, scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory confirmed after a necropsy on the animal. The shark was measured at 14 feet long and 1,280 pounds, with its...
 
NOAA Scientists Discover Expanded Range of Deepwater Corals Off Washington State Coast
Washington, D.C. - Jun 26, 2006 22:09 EST

NOAA scientists have discovered areas of deep-sea corals in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off the Washington state's Olympic Peninsula during a recent 12-day scientific research mission on board the NOAA ship McArthur II. Results from the surveys were dramatic....
 
Creating a Window On 'Oceans in Motion'; Scientists Working to Obtain Detailed Track of Sea Life Conditions, Migrations
Halifax, Canada - Jun 26, 2006 21:43 EST

Academic, science, engineering experts illuminating sea life conditions, migrations Scientists and resource managers could soon have a highly detailed picture of marine conditions and the migrations of fish and ocean animals throughout the world, according to international experts convening a landmark...
 
Scientists: Underwater Microscope Reveals Missing Links to the Global Nitrogen Cycle
Woods Hole, Massachussets - Jun 26, 2006 21:38 EST

Scientists towing an underwater digital microscope across the Atlantic have found possible missing links to the global nitrogen cycle, which in turn is linked to ocean productivity. In a recent report in the journal Science, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic...
 
Seafloor Observatory Opens Portal to the Pacific; Pacific Ocean Now Just a Click Away
Victoria, Canada - Jun 24, 2006 17:11 EST

The Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) facility, led by the University of Victoria, today opened the data portal to the seafloor through its information management and archive system. The portal -- hosted on the new VENUS Web site at...
 
Study: Human Impact on Coastal Marine Ecosystems Vast Though Signs of Recovery Apparent
Washington, D.C. - Jun 22, 2006 20:49 EST

Human activity over the centuries has depleted 90% of marine species, eliminated 65% of seagrass and wetland habitat, degraded water quality 10-1,000 fold, and accelerated species invasions in 12 major estuaries and coastal seas around the world, according to a...
 
NOAA Releases Report on Status of U.S. Marine Fisheries for 2005; Overfishing in Decline
Washington, D.C. - Jun 21, 2006 12:13 EST

NOAA has released a report on the status of U.S. marine fisheries for 2005. The government report shows both progress in rebuilding overfished species and response of fisheries managers to slow fishing rates for species that were found in 2005...
 
Researchers: Source of Antarctic Anti-freeze in Fish Discovered; Pancreas, Stomach Fingered
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Jun 19, 2006 21:46 EST

Thirty-five years ago Arthur DeVries of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign first documented antifreeze glycoproteins (AFGPs) in Antarctic notothenioid fishes. This month three colleagues report they've solved the ensuing, long-running mystery of where these AFGPs, which allow the fish...
 
Shark attack kills surfer in Brazil; femoral artery ruptured
Recife, Brazil - Jun 18, 2006 19:08 EST

A surfer in Brazil has died after a shark bit him in the left thigh. Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers about 50ft from a beach in the city of Olinda when he was attacked, firefighters told...
 
Guinness: India Park Home to World's Largest Crocodile; 23 Feet
Bhitarkanika, India - Jun 14, 2006 22:56 EST

The Bhitarkanika Park on the Orissa coast has achieved the rare distinction of housing the world's largest salt water crocodile measuring about 23 feet. What has delighted the wildlife lovers and wildlife officials in the state is that the largest crocodile...
 
Harmful Algal Blooms Monitored from Space in Chile
Santiago, Chile - Jun 14, 2006 21:56 EST

Chile is currently the world's largest producer of farmed salmon and has a burgeoning mussel culture industry that is supplying a growing world market. However, the country's marine aquaculture sector is vulnerable to Harmful Algal Blooms, which occur when some...
 
Scientists: Coral Death Results from Bacteria Fed by Algae; A 'Band of Sickness and Death'
Santa Barbara, California - Jun 12, 2006 21:32 EST

Bacteria and algae are combining to kill coral –– and human activities are compounding the problem. Scientists have discovered an indirect microbial mechanism whereby bacteria kill coral with the help of algae. Human activities are contributing to the growth of algae...
 
New Land-Based Shark Fishing Association Launched with Emphasis on Catch and Release
North Port, Florida - Jun 8, 2006 18:24 EST

The International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association (The ILSFA) will Pioneer new World Record Categories for Released Fish, Research Efforts and Sport Unification. Land-Based Shark Fishing is defined as, "Attempting to capture and / or the actual capture of sharks using a...
 
Scubapro Regulators Recalled Over Drowning Risk
El Cajon, California - Jun 7, 2006 22:35 EST

California`s Scubapro said Wednesday it was recalling 670 of its X650 second-stage regulators. A manufacturing error could cause the main housing of some regulators, which divers place in their mouths to breathe, to change shape over time, which could cause the...
 
Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Canned Tuna; 'It's Prudent'
Yonkers, New York - Jun 5, 2006 22:26 EST

As a prudent measure, Consumer Reports is cautioning pregnant women to avoid canned tuna. The magazine's advice is based on an analysis of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests of mercury in fish posted recently on the agency's Web site. CR's...
 
Study: Colorful, Rare-Patterned Male Guppies Have Survival Advantage in the Wild
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - May 31, 2006 21:43 EST

Any owner of a freshwater aquarium likely has had guppies (Poecilia reticulata), those small brightly colored fish with a propensity for breeding. Now guppy populations manipulated in natural habitats in Trinidad have taught researchers an evolutionary lesson on the survival...
 
Iraq's marshes show progress toward recovery
Durham, North Carolina - May 30, 2006 21:10 EST

Reflooding of Iraq's destroyed Mesopotamian marshes since 2003 has resulted in a "remarkable rate of reestablishment" of native invertebrates, plants, fish, and birds, according to an article in the June issue of BioScience. Curtis J. Richardson of Duke University and...
 
Researchers to Explore Gulf of Mexico Seafloor; World's 'Most Complicated Continental Slope'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - May 25, 2006 22:21 EST

When most people think of Louisiana as being unique, they think of Mardi Gras, crawfish and Cajun culture. Few realize that what lies beneath the Gulf of Mexico along Louisiana's coast is also unique, from the terrain and habitat to...
 
Study: Overfishing Puts Southern California Kelp Forest Ecosystems at Risk; 'So Sensitive'
Santa Barbara, California - May 25, 2006 22:19 EST

Overfishing presents a much greater risk to the kelp forest ecosystems that span the West Coast -- from Alaska to Mexico's Baja Peninsula -- than the effects of run-off from fertilizers or sewage from the shore, say scientists at the...
 
Possible World Record Great Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Florida; 14.5 feet, 1,262 lbs
Sarasota, Florida - May 25, 2006 10:01 EST

A fisherman from Port Charlotte reeled in a hammerhead shark that was so big, it could be a new world sport fishing record, Mote Marine Laboratory reported Wednesday night. It took Bucky Dennis of Port Charlotte five hours to land the...
 
Video shows volcano erupting 555 metres underwater; 'It was a riveting sight'
Newport, Oregon - May 24, 2006 22:37 EST

An international team of scientists has presented its findings from the first observations of the eruption of a submarine volcano that in 2004 and 2005 spewed out plumes of sulfur-rich fluid and pulses of volcanic ash 550 meters below the...
 
Researchers: Understanding Undersea Channels Could Aid Oil Recovery; Results 'Counterintuitive'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - May 23, 2006 20:35 EST

Work in an MIT lab may help energy companies withdraw millions of additional barrels of oil from beneath the sea floor. Typically, companies recover only 30 percent to 40 percent of the oil in a given reservoir. Since a single reservoir...
 

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