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Florida Keys Divers Get Two Chances For 'Sex On The Reef' As Full Moons May Trigger Two Coral Spawnings
Florida Keys, Florida - Jul 17, 2007 14:36 EST

Every year, patrons of Florida Keys dive and snorkel shops play a guessing game. Locals and visitors alike try to guess the date and time of the annual coral spawn -- sometimes nicknamed "sex on the reef" -- on North...
 
Philip Morris Unveils Water Treatment Plan For Tobacco Processing Plant; 'This Is Very New Technology'
Chester, Virginia - Jul 17, 2007 14:29 EST

Philip Morris USA on Tuesday unveiled a new wastewater treatment system the cigarette maker said will cut down on pollution discharged from its processing plant into the James River. The $6 million project will use 48 acres of man-made wetlands to...
 
Sharks On Drugs? Study's Intriguing Early Results Point To Anti-depressants In Pups
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 17, 2007 05:32 EST

Mote shark scientist, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, who is catching, tagging and releasing juvenile bull sharks in the Caloosahatchee River near downtown Fort Myers to determine whether they have been exposed to drugs excreted by humans, released some early findings of...
 
Sea Shepherd Joins Forces With South Africa's 'Seal Whisperer' To Protect Beleaguered Cape Fur Seals
- Jul 14, 2007 14:46 EST

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is joining forces with Francois Hugo and his seal-saving organization, Seal Alert-SA. Sea Shepherd has already begun to finance the operations of Seal Alert in South Africa for their work protecting the beleaguered Cape fur seals....
 
Pirates And Plunder: Why Swordfish Is Off The Menu This Summer; 'Clearly Not A Sustainable Choice'
London, England - Jul 14, 2007 14:39 EST

The tourist’s taste for swordfish is wiping out the species and damaging the marine environment, reveals a new report released today. Swordfish is a quintessential Mediterranean dish and one that thousands of Britons will tuck into as they holiday in...
 
Researcher: Fragmented Seafloor May Dampen Effects Of Earthquakes; 'Complete Opposite Of The Predictions'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 13, 2007 15:09 EST

Many earthquakes in the deep ocean are much smaller in magnitude than expected. Geophysicists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found new evidence that the fragmented structure of seafloor faults, along with previously unrecognized volcanic activity, may be...
 
Sea Shepherd Formalizes Protection Role In Galapagos Marine Reserve, Watson Awarded 'Amazon Peace Prize'
Quito, Equador - Jul 13, 2007 06:26 EST

Sea Shepherd President and Founder Captain Paul Watson signed two important agreements, solidifying Sea Shepherd’s role in protecting marine species in Latin America. In a historic ceremony, on July 4th, Captain Watson signed an agreement with the National Police of...
 
Endangered Status Sought For Imperiled Sea Turtles; Longlining, Global Warming Cited As Threats
San Francisco, California - Jul 12, 2007 10:52 EST

Conservation groups filed a formal petition today to increase protections for critically imperiled loggerhead sea turtles that occur off the U.S. West Coast and are caught and killed in industrial fisheries based in California and Hawaii. The petition, filed by...
 
Research: C02 Hurts Reef Growth; 'Dissolving Instead Of Growing'
Queensland, Australia - Jul 11, 2007 15:42 EST

Coral reefs are at risk of going soft, quite literally turning to mush as rising carbon dioxide levels prevent coral from forming tough skeletons, according to UQ research. UQ marine scientists have shown that too much carbon dioxide absorption turns...
 
Study: Recovery Of Fish Populations From Overfishing Can Take Decades; 'Up To 37 Years'
Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. - Jul 11, 2007 15:17 EST

Recovery of fish populations from overfishing can take decades, reports a new study based on 37 years of observations. Writing in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists led by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) biologist Dr. Tim McClanahan found that when protected...
 
550 Pound, 26-foot Long Giant Squid Washes Up On Tasmanian Beach; 'It Is A Whopper'
Hobart, Australia - Jul 11, 2007 07:19 EST

A giant squid washed up dead on Tasmania's west coast is one of the biggest ever found, weighing in at 250 kilograms (550 pounds), with a cross-section as big as a truck tire and longer than a station wagon. Scientists, who...
 
WWF: Endangered Gray Whales Vanishing From Russian Waters Amid Oil Exploration Projects
Moscow, Russia - Jul 5, 2007 16:08 EST

Noise pollution from a gas and oil project in the Russia Far East is the likely cause behind critically endangered western gray whales abandoning their only known feeding area. The installation of a platform by Sakhalin Energy at Shell’s Sakhalin II...
 
Study: High-power Sonar Did Not Harm Fish; 'Some Small Behavioral Responses'
College Park, Maryland - Jul 5, 2007 15:51 EST

A new University of Maryland study in the July issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America reports that high powered sonar, like that used by U.S. Navy ships, did not harm test fish, including their hearing, in...
 
Group Sues Over 'Destructive' U.S. Oil Lease Plan That 'Threatens Marine Mammals
Washington, D.C. - Jul 4, 2007 10:36 EST

Today the Center for Biological Diversity filed a court challenge to the Bush administration's approval of a nationwide plan governing the sale of all offshore oil and gas leases in federal waters over the next five years. The Minerals Management...
 
Sea Shepherd Crew Stops Illegal Fishing In The Galapagos In Longline Seizure And Sea Cucumber Raid
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador - Jul 3, 2007 16:42 EST

Aboard the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Farley Mowat at 08:15 am July 1, 2007: While returning from a cultural trip to Isabella Island, crew members spotted a suspicious motorboat from the ship's crow's nest, at a distance of 6-7...
 
Experts: Testing With Tsunami Generating Machine Could Minimize The Impact On Future Structures
Oxfordshire, U.K. - Jul 3, 2007 16:28 EST

For the first time, a team of experts is preparing to create tsunami in a controlled environment in order to study their effects on buildings and coastlines - ultimately paving the way for the design of new structures better able...
 
New World-Record Speed Set At International Human-powered Submarine Races; 'Batwing And Manta Ray-like' Power
Carderock, Maryland - Jun 28, 2007 20:15 EST

A Canadian team has set a new world speed record of 7.926 knots in early trial runs at the 9th International Submarine Races underway this week at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division David Taylor Model Basin in Bethesda,...
 
WWF: Ocean Iron Dumping Scheme 'Unacceptable'; Carbon Dioxide Absorption Could Trigger 'Domino Effect'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 27, 2007 11:57 EST

World Wildlife Fund today announced its opposition to a plan by Planktos, Inc. to dump iron dust in the open ocean west of the Galapagos Islands. The experiment seeks to induce phytoplankton blooms in the hopes that the microscopic marine...
 
Scientists: Fish Use The Threat Of Punishment To Deter Mating 'Queue Jumpers'
Queenland, Australia - Jun 26, 2007 16:21 EST

Fish use the threat of punishment to keep would-be jumpers in the mating queue firmly in line and the social order stable, a new study led by Australian marine scientists has found. Their discovery, which has implications for the whole animal...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Famed Shark Photographer Andy Murch Speaks His Mind
Los Angeles, California - Jun 24, 2007 16:52 EST

The July 2007 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 claims...
 
Virgin Birth: Shark Expert Comments On Parthenogenesis; 'A Rare Phenomenon In Sharks'
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jun 23, 2007 17:50 EST

Birds do it, bees do it, and now there is evidence that female sharks are able to do it on their own -- without the contribution of male DNA. A recent report from a team of American and Irish researchers...
 
FBI Issues Scuba Industry Alert Over Requests For Specialized Training, 'Nefarious Activity'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 22, 2007 16:51 EST

The purpose of this advisory is to provide situational awareness to the scuba industry regarding behavior that may indicate an individual(s) is involved in nefarious activity. The following threat indicators, taken in isolation, generally reflect legitimate recreational and commercial activities....
 
New Robotic Vehicles Will Hunt For Life And Hydrothermal Vents On Arctic Seafloor
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 21, 2007 20:13 EST

Scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have just completed a successful test of new robotic vehicles designed for use beneath the ice of the Arctic Ocean. The multidisciplinary research team will now use those vehicles to...
 
Study: Deep-sea Mining May Pose Serious Threat To Fragile Marine Ecosystems; Regulation Prospects 'Not Good'
Toronto, Canada - Jun 21, 2007 12:31 EST

Undersea habitats supporting rare and potentially valuable organisms are at risk from seafloor mining scheduled to begin within this decade, says a new study led by a University of Toronto Mississauga geologist. ALSO SEE: Invasive plant potential threat to Canadian...
 
Sea Shepard Sting Leads To Seizure Of Over 18,000 Shark Fins
Quito, Ecuador - Jun 20, 2007 11:43 EST

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and operatives of the Ecuadorian Environmental Police seized a total of 18,673 shark fins and arrested four suspects who are now being detained. "This successful sting is the result of several months working covertly with...
 
3,500 Artificial Reef Domes Placed Off Philippines Coastal City; 'I Hope That Others Will Follow Our Lead'
General Santos City, The Philippines - Jun 18, 2007 15:31 EST

Over 3,500 artificial reef domes have been submerged in parts of the 214,000-hectare Sarangani Bay to protect it, two years after private scuba diving aficionados started the project. The Sarangani Bay Divers were elated that their project has gained the support...
 
Scientists: Whale Sharks Cooperatively Tracked Through Honduras, Belize And Mexico
Utila, Honduras - Jun 18, 2007 15:24 EST

In the aftermath of another Whale Shark death at Georgia Aquarium, here is a group of researchers that are using ground breaking technology to achieve real research results with out the aid of financial backing from large companies, and are...
 
EU Fleet Caught Fishing Illegally One Day Into Bluefin Tuna Recovery Plan
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Jun 18, 2007 14:32 EST

he Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior yesterday documented illegal fishing activities by the EU fleet, only one day after the new regulation of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna ( ICCAT ) entered into force. ICCAT agreed last...
 
Georgia Aquarium: Tests Offer No Clues On Whale Shark 'Norton's' Death; 'Inappetance' Eyed
Atlanta, Georgia - Jun 15, 2007 14:22 EST

The Georgia Aquarium completed a nine-hour gross necropsy of Norton, the whale shark that died early Wednesday morning, June 13, 2007. Norton weighed 3,029 pounds (1,376.8 kilograms) and measured 21 feet 5 inches long (652 centimeters). Aquarium scientists report that...
 
Study Helps Preserve Arctic Whale, Eskimo Subsistence Hunt; 'Science Was On Our Side'
- Jun 13, 2007 18:41 EST

The bowhead whale, devastated in the 19th and early 20th centuries by commercial whaling fleets, has been a food staple for Eskimos and other indigenous arctic peoples dating to prehistoric times. Due in part to research done by Purdue University...
 
Research: Wild-Harvested Shrimp's Natural Diet Responsible For Its Unique Flavors; 'No Substitute'
Charleston, South Carolina - Jun 13, 2007 18:27 EST

A Texas A&M research report released today, which examined research from a variety of studies on seafood across the globe, verifies that the taste of wild-caught shrimp is not only discernable from and better tasting than farmed shrimp, but also...
 
Scientists Launch First Buoy To Monitor Ocean Acidification, Exchange Of Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen And Nitrogen Gas
Arlington, Virginia - Jun 12, 2007 17:23 EST

he first buoy to monitor ocean acidification has been launched in the Gulf of Alaska. Attached to the 10-foot-diameter buoy are sensors to measure climate indicators. Acidification is a result of carbon dioxide absorbed by the seas. "The instruments will measure the...
 
Groups Team Up To Launch GuadalupeFund.Org To Protect Great White Sharks Off Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
San Diego, California - Jun 10, 2007 19:08 EST

Isla Guadalupe, Mexico has become the internationally recognized destination for divers seeking unprecedented encounters with Great White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias.) The 90 square mile island located in the Pacific is also home to many rare endemic species of animals and...
 
Chinese Fishermen Snare Mammoth 30-foot, 5-ton 'Blue' Shark
Jiangsu Province, China - Jun 9, 2007 05:36 EST

A giant 'blue' [basking?] shark was captured by a fisher in east China's Jiangsu Province on the afternoon of May 23. The shark was 10 meters long and 1.5 meters wide with a total weight of five tons or so....
 
World Record As Florida Angler Snares 200th World Record Fish
Miami, Florida - Jun 8, 2007 15:42 EST

Dr. Martin Arostegui of Coral Gables caught his first world record, a 10-pound tripletail, in 1994. Nearly 14 years later, a mullet snapper in Costa Rica became his 200th world record. Dr. Arostegui is the first angler to reach the International...
 
Scientists: Salty Oceans Provide Early Warning For Climate Change; Increased Density 'Enough To Kick Start Circulation'
Strasbourg, France - Jun 8, 2007 15:14 EST

Monitoring the saltiness of the ocean water could provide an early indicator of climate change. Significant increases or decreases in salt in key areas could forewarn of climate change in 10 to 20 years time. Presenting their findings at a...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Interview With Lemon Shark Attack Victim Al Brenneka
San Diego, California - Jun 8, 2007 10:55 EST

The June, 2007 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 claims...
 
Two Arrested In Conspiracy To Import Falsely Labeled Vietnamese Catfish
Washington, D.C. - Jun 7, 2007 18:22 EST

Two individuals, David S. Wong and David Chu, were arrested today in Chicago and San Francisco, respectively, for charges related to conspiracy to import falsely labeled fish, the Justice Department announced. The indictment, which was returned on May 24, 2007...
 
Federal Charges Possible As Agents Seize Delaware Fisherman's Great White Shark
Dover, Delaware - Jun 7, 2007 18:18 EST

A Delaware fisherman could face federal charges after landing what state wildlife officials believe is a great white shark. Fish and Wildlife enforcement agents on routine patrol Saturday morning boarded a private fishing boat arriving at the North Shore Marina at...
 
Satellite Captures First Image Of Sargassum From Space; 'a New And Unique View Of The Earth'
Paris, France - Jun 6, 2007 15:37 EST

Sargassum seaweed, famous in nautical lore for entangling ships in its dense floating vegetation, has been detected from space for the first time thanks to an instrument aboard ESA’s environmental satellite, Envisat. The ability to monitor Sargassum globally will allow...
 



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