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Study: Hurricanes Can Be 50 Percent Stronger If Passing Over Fresh Water
College Station, Texas - Aug 13, 2012 22:59 EST

If a hurricane's path carries it over large areas of fresh water, it will potentially intensify 50 percent faster than those that do not pass over such regions, meaning it has greater potential to become a stronger storm and be...
 
No License Required: Florida Officials Increases Lionfish Harvest Opportunities, Asks Public To Help
Coral Gables, Florida - Aug 13, 2012 22:33 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes to the lionfish harvest at a media event today in Coral Gables. Harvesting invasive lionfish no longer will require a fishing license when using certain gear, and there is no...
 
Study: North American Fish Extinctions May Double By 2050; '877 Times Faster Than The Fossil Record'
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 10, 2012 20:07 EST

From 1900-2010, freshwater fish species in North America went extinct at a rate 877 times faster than the rate found in the fossil record, while estimates indicate the rate may double between now and 2050. This new information comes...
 
Seafood, Wild Or Farmed? Scientists Recommend A New 'Hybrid' Category For Seafood
Santa Barbara, California - Aug 6, 2012 21:53 EST

Most people think of seafood as either wild or farmed, but in fact both categories may apply to the fish you pick up from your grocery store. In recent years, for example, as much as 40 percent of the Alaskan...
 
Researchers Define Limits Of Microbial Life In An Undersea Volcano; 'This Was Extremely Exciting'
Amherst, Massachusetts - Aug 6, 2012 21:46 EST

By some estimates, a third of the Earth's organisms by mass live in our planet's rocks and sediments, yet their lives and ecology are almost a complete mystery. This week, microbiologist James Holden at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and...
 
Weedy Sea Dragons Born At Monterey Bay Aquarium; Only 5th Aquarium In North America With Successful Births
Monterey, California - Aug 4, 2012 20:28 EST

The Monterey Bay Aquarium animal care team and a nurturing weedy sea dragon dad have achieved a milestone reached by only four other aquariums in North America: the birth of a brood of sea dragon babies. More than 80 of the...
 
Study: Healthy Seafood Comes From Sustainable Fish; 'Great News For Sushi-Lovers!'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 2, 2012 21:02 EST

When ordering seafood, the options are many and so are some of the things you might consider in what you order. Is your fish healthy? Is it safe? Is it harvested responsibly? While there are many services and rankings offered to...
 
Oceana: DNA Testing Confirms Fraud In Grocery Stores, Restaurants & Sushi Venues; 36% Of Seafood Sampled Was Mislabeled
Monterey, California - Aug 2, 2012 20:24 EST

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans worked with the Monterey Weekly and found 36 percent of seafood samples taken in Monterey, CA were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that over one-third of the 19...
 
Critically Endangered Whales Sing Like Birds; New Recordings Hint At Rebound
Seattle, Washington - Aug 1, 2012 21:21 EST

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a...
 
Scientists Study Underwater Ecosystem Inundated By Sediment Plume; 'Famine To Feast'
Port Angeles, Washington - Jul 27, 2012 22:05 EST

Scuba-diver scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, with support teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Washington Sea Grant, are returning to the mouth of Washington's Elwha River this week to explore and catalogue...
 
NOAA: Midwest Drought Shrinks Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone'; Nutrient Output To Gulf Near '80-Year Record Low'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jul 27, 2012 19:29 EST

NOAA-supported scientists have found the size of this year's Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free 'dead zone' to be the fourth smallest since mapping of the annual hypoxic, or oxygen-free area began in 1985. Measuring approximately 2,889 square miles, the 2012 area...
 
New Census Study Shows Sharp Decline In Number Of Rays At Stingray City
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Jul 26, 2012 20:01 EST

In mid-July, personnel from the Guy Harvey Research Institute once again collaborated with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment to conduct the annual census of the stingray population in Grand Cayman. This year we were joined by three researchers from...
 
Study: Pacific Waters 'Caffeinated' Off Oregon Coast; 'Elevated Levels' Below Lethal Dose For Marine Life
Portland, Oregon - Jul 25, 2012 19:34 EST

A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon—though not necessarily where researchers expected. This study is the first to look at caffeine pollution off the Oregon coast. It was...
 
Medusoid: Artificial Jellyfish Created From Rat Heart Cells And Silicon; 'Close To Natural Performance'
Pasadena, California - Jul 23, 2012 20:55 EST

When one observes a colorful jellyfish pulsating through the ocean, Greek mythology probably doesn't immediately come to mind. But the animal once was known as the medusa, after the snake-haired mythological creature its tentacles resemble. The mythological Medusa's gaze turned...
 
Scientists Confirm Existence Of B-Vitamin 'Deserts' In The Ocean; 'Another Twist To What Limits Life In The Ocean'
Los Angeles, California - Jul 23, 2012 19:40 EST

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by scientists at USC was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. "This is another twist to what limits life in the ocean," said Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy, professor...
 
Scientists Connect Seawater Chemistry With Climate Change And Evolution; Gypsum Eyed As Ancient Climate Influencer
Toronto, Canada - Jul 20, 2012 20:47 EST

Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces. Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California Santa Cruz are shedding light on one potential...
 
Deadly Salmon Virus In Canadian Freshwater Fish; 'A Major Concern For B.c.'s Salmon'
Burnaby, Canada - Jul 19, 2012 20:55 EST

A Simon Fraser University fish-population statistician, working in collaboration with non-government organization scientists, has uncovered evidence of a potentially deadly virus in a freshwater sport fish in B.C. SFU professor Rick Routledge and Stan Proboszcz, a fisheries biologist at the Watershed...
 
Odyssey: Salvage Company Recovers 48 Tons Of Silver From 3 Miles Deep; World's Largest Precious Metal Recovery
Tampa, Florida - Jul 18, 2012 20:21 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, today announced it has successfully recovered approximately 48 tons of silver bullion from a depth of approximately three miles. This initial recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot...
 
Scientists: Viruses Linked To Algae That Control Coral Health; 'We're Way Behind In Our Knowledge'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 17, 2012 20:26 EST

Scientists have discovered two viruses that appear to infect the single-celled microalgae that reside in corals and are important for coral growth and health, and they say the viruses could play a role in the serious decline of coral ecosystems...
 
Divers To Compete For Cash And Prizes At Marathon Lionfish Tournament July 21-22
Marathon Key, Florida - Jul 17, 2012 20:11 EST

Divers can help capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, as well as scout favorite lobster holes before the annual lobster mini season. Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys has partnered with the Marathon...
 
Study: Hormone-Mimicing Bpa Causing 'Greater Likelihood Of Hybridization Between Species'
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jul 11, 2012 20:48 EST

Hormone-mimicking chemicals released into rivers have been found to impact the mating choices of fish, a new study has revealed. The controversial chemical BPA, which emits estrogen-like properties, was found to alter an individual's appearance and behavior, leading to inter-species...
 
New Blood-Sucking Coral Reef Crustacean Named After Late Reggae Performer Bob Marley; 'Uniquely Caribbean'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 10, 2012 19:40 EST

President Barack Obama has one. Comedian Stephen Colbert has one. Elvis Presley has one. Even computer software magnate Bill Gates has one. And now, Bob Marley--the late popular Jamaican singer and guitarist--also has one. So what is it that each...
 
Male Green Turtle Travels From Cocos Island, Costa Rica, To Las Perlas, Panama; 'Looking For Female Turtles To Mate'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jul 10, 2012 19:15 EST

A male Pacific green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) travelled 1587 km (986 mi) in 55 days, from Cocos Island, Costa Rica, where it was tagged last April 25, to Las Perlas, Panama, last June 19. The male turtle was christened...
 
Researcher: Climate Change Drives Coral Reefs Toward Ecosystem Collapse Lasting 'Thousands Of Years'
Melbourne, Florida - Jul 5, 2012 20:07 EST

Coral reefs could be on the verge of a total ecosystem collapse lasting thousands of years, according to a paper published this week in Science. The paper shows how natural climatic shifts stalled reef growth in the eastern Pacific for...
 
Scientists: Eddies, Not Sunlight, Spur Annual Bloom Of Tiny Plants In North Atlantic
Seattle, Washington - Jul 5, 2012 19:28 EST

On a recent expedition to the inhospitable North Atlantic Ocean, scientists at the University of Washington and collaborators studying the annual growth of tiny plants were stumped to discover that the plankton had started growing before the sun had a...
 
Climate Models: Rising Heat At The Beach Threatens Largest Sea Turtles
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jul 1, 2012 19:26 EST

For eastern Pacific populations of leatherback turtles, the 21st century could be the last. New research suggests that climate change could exacerbate existing threats and nearly wipe out the population. Deaths of turtle eggs and hatchlings in nests buried at...
 
Shark Week's 25th Anniversary Lineup Announced: Air Jaws Apocalypse, Shark Fight, Great White Highway, Sharkzilla
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 27, 2012 20:51 EST

July 17, 1988: Mike Tyson was on the cover of Life magazine, "Hold On to the Nights" by Richard Marx topped the charts, "Coming to America" was #1 at the box office for the third straight week and SHARK...
 
New Study: 'Lazy' Shark Might Really Travel Far; Rafting Across The Pacific?
Sarasota, Florida - Jun 26, 2012 19:16 EST

A notoriously "lazy" shark might secretly be a great ocean voyager, according to a new study by scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology and James Cook University in Australia. The study, published this month and...
 
Research: Elephant Seals Help Uncover Slower-Than-Expected Antarctic Melting
Washington, D.C. - Jun 22, 2012 18:31 EST

Don't let the hobbling, wobbling, and blubber fool you into thinking elephant seals are merely sluggish sun bathers. In fact, scientists are benefiting from these seals' surprisingly lengthy migrations to determine critical information about Antarctic melting and future sea level...
 
Paddle Vs. Propeller: Which Competitive Swimming Stroke Is Superior?
Baltimore, Maryland - Jun 21, 2012 20:08 EST

Two swimming strokes -- one that pulls through the water like a boat paddle and another that whirls to the side like a propeller -- are commonly used by athletes training for the Olympic Games. But elite swimmers and their...
 
Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Prohibits Commercial Fishing At Los Roques; 'New, Far-Reaching Protections'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 20, 2012 19:13 EST

Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. Most significantly, commercial shark fishing is now prohibited throughout the 2,211 square kilometers (854 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that make up the popular...
 
Study: Melting Sea Ice Threatens Emperor Penguins; '500 To 600 Breeding Pairs Remaining' By 2100
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 20, 2012 18:18 EST

At nearly four feet tall, the Emperor penguin is Antarctica's largest sea bird—and thanks to films like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," it's also one of the continent's most iconic. If global temperatures continue to rise, however, the...
 
Study: Seeping Arctic Methane Has Serious Implications For Florida Coastline; 'It May Not Be There For Your Grandchildren'
Tallahassee, Florida - Jun 18, 2012 20:16 EST

The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate...
 
Late Summer Full Moons To Cue Spawning On Florida Keys Coral Reefs
Key Largo, Florida - Jun 13, 2012 19:29 EST

Divers and snorkelers have an opportunity to witness a fascinating annual phenomenon among coral reefs as boulder and branching corals release millions of gametes in synchronized mass-spawning rituals. Sparked by the August and September full moons, the rare and wondrous underwater...
 
Florida Keys Divers Can Net Cash And Prizes For Bagging Lionfish
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Jun 12, 2012 23:01 EST

Divers planning trips to enjoy the Florida Keys’ living coral barrier reef also can help protect it and give back to the environment by capturing and removing non-native lionfish from Keys waters while vacationing. A partnership forged between the Florida Keys...
 
Scientists: Floating Dock From Japan Tsunami Carries Potential Invasive Species; 'Unlike Any Transoceanic Debris We Have Ever Seen'
Covallis, Oregon - Jun 9, 2012 18:18 EST

When debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan began making its way toward the West Coast of the United States, there were fears of possible radiation and chemical contamination as well as costly cleanup. But a floating dock that...
 
Scientists Discover Huge Phytoplankton Bloom In Ice-Covered Waters; 'Way More Production Than Previously Thought'
Wood Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 8, 2012 21:36 EST

A team of researchers, including scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), discovered a massive bloom of phytoplankton beneath ice-covered Arctic waters. Until now, sea ice was thought to block sunlight and limit the growth of microscopic marine plants living...
 
Study: Too Few Salmon Is Far Worse Than Too Many Boats For Killer Whales; 'Behavior Is Hard To Interpret, Physiology Is Easier'
Seattle, Washington - Jun 7, 2012 21:38 EST

Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whales summering in the Salish Sea. In lean times, however, the...
 
Honduras Burns Seized Shark Fins, Condemning Illicit Trade; 'Worth Far More Alive Than Dead'
Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Jun 1, 2012 20:04 EST

One year after President Porfirio Lobo Sosa created a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters, he joined the country's top law enforcement officials yesterday afternoon to watch the burning of hundreds of illegal shark fins. These confiscated fins, worth up...
 
Scientists: 'B12 Shot' Helps Marine Algae Thrive; Newfound Protein Key For Algae Growth In The Ocean
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 31, 2012 19:37 EST

Scientists have revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows marine algae at the base of the oceanic food chain to thrive. They have discovered a previously unknown protein in algae that grabs an essential but scarce nutrient...
 

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