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EC Adopts Unified Maritime Policy For The EU; 'A First, And Significant, Step'
Brussels, Belgium - Oct 17, 2007 16:40 EST

The European Commission has adopted an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, which has the world’s largest maritime territory, marking the first time in its 50 years that it will have a strategic approach to decision-making in Maritime Affairs....
 
Research: Recovery From Acid Rain 'Much Slower Than Expected'
Cardiff, U.K. - Sep 28, 2007 16:00 EST

Acid rain was one of the world's worst pollution problems of the 1970s and 1980s, affecting large areas of upland Britain, as well as Europe and North America. In Wales, more than 12,000 km of streams and...
 
UN: Global Seafood Industry Must Adapt To 'Greener' Fish; 'The Way Of The Future'
Dublin, Ireland - Sep 28, 2007 15:10 EST

The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in...
 
Scientists: Deep Sea Mineral Acts As A Oxygen Reservoir, Stopping The Earth From Becoming A Barren Planet
Bonn, Germany - Sep 26, 2007 14:37 EST

If our planet did not have the ability to store oxygen in the deep reaches of its mantle there would probably be no life on its surface. This is the conclusion reached by scientists at the University of Bonn who...
 
Metagenomics Of The Deep Mediterranean Studied; Ocean's 'Invisible Soil' Sampled
Elche, Spain - Sep 19, 2007 14:46 EST

Metagenomics is a revolutionary approach to study microbes. Rather than isolating pure cultures, the power of high-throughput sequencing is applied directly to environmental samples to obtain information about the genomes of the prokaryotic cells present in a specific habitat studied....
 
Satellites Witness Lowest Arctic Ice Coverage In 'History'; Dramatic Reduction 'Certainly Raises Flags'
Paris, France - Sep 14, 2007 15:02 EST

The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that...
 
Study: Ocean Depths 'No Haven' From Global Catastrophes; 'Far More Connected Than We Realized'
Southampton, U.K. - Sep 11, 2007 15:09 EST

There may be nowhere for life to hide from the effects of climate change or asteroids hitting the Earth, according to research presented by a Southampton marine biologist at the BA Festival of Science. Presenting the Charles Lyell Award Lecture at...
 
Scientists Probe 'Deep' Questions Aboard Environmental Research Ship; Find Evidence Of Biblical Flood
Tel Aviv, Israel - Sep 7, 2007 16:57 EST

Did the great flood of Noah’s generation really occur thousands of years ago" Was the Roman city of Caesarea destroyed by an ancient tsunami" Will pollution levels in our deep seas remain forever a mystery" These are just a few...
 
Researchers: Coral Reef Fish Harbor An Unexpectedly High Biodiversity Of Parasites
Paris, France - Sep 5, 2007 17:54 EST

IRD researchers showed that Epinephilus maculates, a fairly abundant species of grouper off New Caledonia, was parasitized by 12 species of microscopic monogenean worms. This diversity of parasites has just been confirmed also in the malabar grouper, Epinephilus malabaricus, another...
 
Brit Homeless Find Free Scuba Diving Lessons A Breath Of Fresh Air; 'Something Different'
Sheffield, U.K. - Aug 28, 2007 13:42 EST

Residents at The Salvation Army’s Charter Row Social Services Centre in Sheffield are finding their scuba diving lessons with a local diving company a breath of fresh air. The homeless centre, which caters for up to 56 residents, has teamed up...
 
Researchers: Elephantnose Fish 'see' With Their Chin; 'They Are Really Intelligent'
Bonn, Germany - Aug 21, 2007 14:14 EST

Originating in Central Africa, Peters' elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii), finds its bearings by means of weak electrical fields. Scientists from the University of Bonn have now been able to show how well this works. In complete darkness the animals can...
 
Research: Catastrophic Megaflood Changed The Course Of British History; English Channel Seafloor Well Preserved
London, England - Jul 18, 2007 15:01 EST

A catastrophic megaflood separated Britain from France hundreds of thousands of years ago, changing the course of British history, according to research published in the journal Nature today. The study, led by Sanjeev Gupta and Jenny Collier from Imperial College...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Oceana Fishery Research Vessel Attacked By Fleet Of Illegal French Driftnetters
Washington, D.C. - May 24, 2007 10:24 EST

Early Monday morning, a group of seven French driftnetters carried out a concerted attack on the Oceana Ranger fishery research vessel. The vessel was on its second week of research recording activities of about 80 French fishing boats using driftnets...
 
Research: Cannibalism Of The Young Allows Individual Fish To Specialize
Umeå, Sweden - May 23, 2007 15:08 EST

If you go fishing for Arctic char you may end up catching distinctly different-looking individuals although they were all caught in the same lake. Similarly, whitefish, threespine stickleback, and some sunfishes also display quite discrete groups living in the same...
 
Study: Southern Ocean Carbon 'Sink' Exhausted, No Longer Absorbing C02; 'This Is Serious'
East Anglia, UK - May 18, 2007 14:53 EST

The first evidence that recent climate change has weakened one the Earth's natural carbon 'sinks' is published this week in the journal Science. A four-year study by scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA), British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the...
 
Report: DDT-laced Seafood From China May Pose A Threat To Human Health
Brussels, Belgium - May 17, 2007 09:34 EST

Adding to China's recent problems of food safety is now seafood contamination. As the world's largest producer and exporter of fish and fish products, China may need to more closely monitor shellfish contaminant levels, because contaminants are finding their way...
 
Spiny Dogfish, Porbeagle Shark, Sawfish, European Eel, Red And Pink Coral Make List Of Species Threatened By Trade
Gland, Switzerland - May 16, 2007 15:01 EST

Ahead of the world’s major meeting on wildlife trade, WWF releases its top ten list of species needing urgent global action to reduce threats from trade. Delegates from 171 countries are expected to attend the Conference of the Convention on...
 
Study: U.S. Conservation Efforts Bringing More Turtles To The U.K.; 'Could Be Indicative Of A Global Trend'
Exeter, U.K. - May 1, 2007 15:28 EST

U.S. and Mexican conservation efforts may have boosted the number of marine turtles visiting U.K. waters, according to University of Exeter biologists. New research published this week in Marine Biology analyses 100 years of data. It shows an increase in...
 
Was Bristol Channel Hit By A Tsunami? Reinvestigation Launched On The 400th Anniversary Of Britain's Largest Natural Disaster
New South Wales, Australia - May 1, 2007 15:22 EST

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Britain’s largest natural disaster, the author of 2001’s prophetic book Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard (Cambridge University Press) reveals strong new evidence that the Bristol Channel was devastated by a tsunami on January...
 
Phytoplankton Blooms, Other 'Geo-engineering' Schemes Reviewed in New Report; 'Give Me a Half Tanker of Iron'
Paris, France - Apr 29, 2007 08:58 EST

Unconventional schemes for tackling global warming by installing a giant sunshade in orbit, sowing the seas with iron and scattering sulphur into the upper atmosphere are set to be bluntly rejected by UN experts this week. The oddball initiatives are being...
 
Fisherman Feared Dead in Freak Draining of Hungarian Lake; Collapsed Mineshaft Eyed
Veszprém, Hungary - Apr 25, 2007 17:24 EST

A man is believed to have drowned after a mineshaft collapsed on Sunday under an artificial lake located between Sümeg and Nyirád (Veszprém County), swallowing some 40,000 cubic meters of water, reports fn.hu. The man is thought to have been...
 
Greek Holiday Island Threatened by Cruise Oil Spill; 'We Know of No Plan, The Timetable, Nothing'
Athens, Greece - Apr 22, 2007 17:39 EST

The popular Greek holiday island of Santorini is threatened by an oil slick leaking from a cruise ship that sank near its shores over two weeks ago, a Greek daily reported on Sunday. Ethnos daily reported that the oil slick had...
 
Report: Amorous Toads Kill Scores of Carp at Brit Lake; 'This is Unnatural'
Scarborough, U.K. - Apr 16, 2007 14:42 EST

Amorous toads have caused the deaths of scores of fish at a lake near Scarborough. In one incident around 70 carp, worth about £3,000, were lost after male toads tried to mate with them on the Wykeham Estate. Manager Mike Heelis said...
 
Scientist: Penguin's Behavior can be Used as Monitor for Climate Change
Glasgow, Scotland - Apr 4, 2007 14:40 EST

We are used to hearing about the effects of climate change in terms of unusual animal behaviour, such as altering patterns of fish and bird migration. However, scientists at the University of Birmingham are trying out an alternative bio-indicator –...
 
Scot Fishers Snare 'Ghost' Fish, Rare Albino Monkfish
Shetland, Scotland - Apr 3, 2007 13:42 EST

The crew of a Shetland fishing boat may have thought they had seen a ghost when they hauled up their nets last week. Amongst the seething mass of white fish squirming on the deck of the newly built Copious LK985 was...
 
Despite Ban, Norway Set to Begin Minke Whale Hunt; Quota Increased to 1000
Washington, D.C. - Apr 2, 2007 14:32 EST

Around 30 boats are licensed to take part in the hunt which can kill more than a thousand minke whales during a five month season starting on 1st April. Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Norway has continued to...
 
Research: Certain Individual Fish in Schools Have Greater Influence When Fleeing from Predators
Glasgow, Scotland - Mar 31, 2007 14:00 EST

With the unappealing prospect of being eaten, one might imagine that during a predator attack it is a case that all fish escape at once in the desperate hurry to escape as quickly as possible. However, new research indicates that...
 
Research: Box Jellyfish Use Contrast to Avoid Banging into Things; 'Jellyfish Are, In Fact, Colorblind'
Southampton, U.K. - Mar 30, 2007 16:42 EST

Box jellyfish are much more active swimmers than other jellyfish – they exhibit strong directional swimming, are able to perform rapid 180 degree turns, and can deftly move in between objects. So how do they manage to manoeuvre the obstacle...
 
Report: Marine and Freshwater Organisms Could be Sustaining Damage from UV Rays
London, England - Mar 23, 2007 15:26 EST

A United Nations report into ozone layer depletion and its impact on aquatic ecosystems reveals wider links between UV levels and global warming. Marine and freshwater organisms could be facing damage due to increasing UV levels, according to the UN commissioned...
 
Commission: Europe's Seas and Coasts Under Threat from Climate Change and Pollution
Brussels, Belgium - Mar 22, 2007 11:54 EST

Protecting the delicate ecosystem of Europe's seas and coastal regions was the subject of a recent hearing in Parliament. A Commission Green paper last year identified the threat to Europe's coast of rising sea levels, pollution and over fishing. This...
 
Scientists: Four Antarctic Glaciers Key to Future Sea Levels, 'Vunerable to Small Changes in Ocean Temps'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Mar 15, 2007 19:00 EST

Scientists have identified four Antarctic glaciers that pose a threat to future sea levels using satellite observations, according to a study published in the journal Science. Experts from the University of Edinburgh and University College London determined the effect that Antarctica...
 
English Claim Sighting of 'Lake Ness Monster'; Creature 'Came Out of the Blue'
Windermere, England - Mar 2, 2007 16:53 EST

Sightings of a suspected monster in one of Cumbria’s lakes have prompted claims that it could be the English equivalent of Nessie. The 50ft long “creature” was snapped by photographer Linden Adams, 35, who was out walking with his wife near...
 
Mysteries of the Atlantic: Scientists Set Sail to Investigate Seafloor Spot Where Earth's Crust is Missing
Cardiff, U.K. - Mar 2, 2007 15:54 EST

Cardiff University scientists will shortly set sail (March 5, 2007) to investigate a startling discovery in the depths of the Atlantic. Scientists have discovered a large area thousands of square kilometres in extent in the middle of the Atlantic where the...
 
UN: Alien Fish Farming Could Imperil Natives, Change Habitat, Alter Gene Pool
Rome, Italy - Mar 1, 2007 19:56 EST

It might not match the thrills of alien body-invaders-from-outer-space horror movies, but the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is issuing an expanded database to warn of the unintended dangers that can arise from introducing non-endemic species into different...
 
Scientists Clone the Smell of the Sea -- and Bottle It; Inhaling 'Not Necessarily Good for You'
East Anglia, England - Feb 2, 2007 16:01 EST

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered exactly what makes the seaside smell like the seaside – and bottled it! The age-old mystery was unlocked thanks to some novel bacteria plucked from the North Norfolk coast. Prof Andrew Johnston and...
 

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