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Chilean Farmed Salmon Industry's 'Labor and Environmental Problems' Targeted by Consumer Group
Santiago, Chile - Oct 13, 2006 16:38 EST

Bartlett Naylor, director of the U.S.'s National Environmental Trust, arrived in Chile this week with a warning for the nation's salmon industry: if U.S. consumers knew about common environmental and labor practices at Chile's salmon farms, the North American market...
 
Antique Whale Oil Provides Insights to Origin of Pre-Industrial Chemicals Found in Whales
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 12, 2006 18:57 EST

One of the last remaining New England whaling ships has provided unexpected insights into the origin of halogenated organic compounds (HOCs) that have chemical and physical properties similar to toxic PCBs and the pesticide DDT. HOCs are found everywhere and...
 
Rapid Sea Level Rise in the Arctic Ocean May Alter Views of Human Migration
Falmouth, Massachusetts - Oct 12, 2006 18:34 EST

Scientists have found new evidence that the Bering Strait near Alaska flooded into the Arctic Ocean about 11,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than widely believed, closing off the land bridge thought to be the major route for human migration...
 
Wal-Mart Sued Over Boy's Dive Stick Impalement; 'He Landed On It and It Went Into His...'
Tampa, Florida - Oct 12, 2006 18:29 EST

Lawyers representing a Bay area child are in a St. Petersburg courthouse…..taking on corporate giant Wal-Mart, and a product supplier seeking millions in damages. The case centers around swimming pool toys known as dive sticks, supplied to Wal-Mart in the 1990's...
 
Florida Charter Boat Captain Fined $1,000 for Shooting at Dolphins
Washington, D.C. - Oct 12, 2006 12:53 EST

A Panama City charter boat captain was sentenced on federal charges Tuesday for shooting at dolphins in U.S. waters last October. Christopher Kevin Weaver, captain of the Leo Too, a charter boat operating out of Treasure Island Marina, was placed...
 
Wakeboarder Dallas Friday Vows to Ride Again After Death Defying 'Whirlybird' Accident; 'I Almost Died'
Singapore - Oct 12, 2006 11:21 EST

"I feel like I'm the luckiest girl right now," champion wakeboarder Dallas Friday said Wednesday from her hospital bed in Singapore. ". . . I'm just blessed to be alive and have so many people who care. I almost died." Friday,...
 
Mystery Seal Mortality Along Namibian Coastline; Starvation Suspected Amid Protests Over Gov't Cull
Windhoek, Namibia - Oct 11, 2006 20:06 EST

In the midst of a storm of international protest about Namibia's seal cull, Government yesterday put out a statement to say seals are dying in large numbers along the coast, apparently because of starvation. Fisheries Permanent Secretary Nangula Mbako said in...
 
Thailand Installs Underwater Tsunami Memorial Off Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island, Thailand - Oct 11, 2006 19:58 EST

Thailand’s first underwater tsunami memorial was laid down on the seabed in Tonsai Bay, off Koh Phi Phi Don, in a ceremony on September 30. The memorial, 1.4 kilometers offshore and at a depth of 20 meters, took about one month...
 
World Record Diver Honored with Plaque; George Wookey's 600ft Dive in 1956 Said 'Thrilling'
Portishead, UK - Oct 11, 2006 19:48 EST

A former Portishead schoolboy, who set a world record breaking dive half a century ago, is to unveil a plaque to remember his achievement. British Royal Navy diver Lt George Wookey, who now lives in Australia, is to unveil the plaque...
 
WWF: Toxic Boat Paint Harming Wildlife; 'A Scandal the World Should be Ashamed Of'
London, UK - Oct 11, 2006 19:35 EST

Member countries of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are perpetuating pollution from the Arctic to Antarctica that is contaminating wildlife and entering our food chain, says WWF. During the IMO meeting this week, the global conservation organization is calling on member...
 
Study: Rising Ocean Temperatures, Pollution have Oysters in Hot Water; 95% Drop in Population Over 200 Years
Bethesda, Maryland - Oct 11, 2006 19:13 EST

Oysters exposed to high water temperatures and a common heavy metal are unable to obtain sufficient oxygen and convert it to cellular energy, according to a new study presented at The American Physiological Society conference, Comparative Physiology 2006. The study...
 
NOAA Report: Decreased Levels of Toxins in Mollusks; 'Good News'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 11, 2006 12:11 EST

In a new report, the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science research has found a continuing decrease in toxic organic chemicals in mollusks, specifically mussels and oysters, collected at more than 250 sites nationwide. The findings, linked to bans...
 
Blue Shark Caught off New Jersey Almost Record; Nearly 11 Foot Beast Cut Up Before Certified
Lynn, New Jersey - Oct 10, 2006 18:23 EST

Kener Batista may have hooked a record-setting blue shark this weekend 50 miles off the coast of Lynn, but the world will never know. That's because the 10 foot 11 inch shark has already been cleaned and carved into enough...
 
Research: Archerfish Shoot Prey with Precise Water Guns; Able to Adjust Mass of Water in Shot
Erlangen, Germany - Oct 10, 2006 18:17 EST

Archerfish exhibit the remarkable ability to hunt for insects and other small terrestrial animals by firing precisely aimed streams of water that knock prey onto the water's surface. These water shots were once thought to be all-or-none in quality, but...
 
Study: African Dust May Hamper Hurricane Development; 'There Appears to be a Robust Link'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 10, 2006 18:08 EST

Dust storms swirling out of Africa's Sahara Desert may help reduce hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, a new study suggests. The findings aren't conclusive, but researchers led by Amato T. Evan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that years...
 
NW Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Biodiversity Census Begins; 'We Don't Know What We Have'
Honolulu, Hawaii - Oct 10, 2006 17:47 EST

As part of the international Census of Marine Life (CoML), a team of world renown scientists will embark on an expedition to explore coral reef biodiversity in the largest fully protected marine area in the world--the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine...
 
Scientists: Rising Seas Could Leave Millions Homeless in 'Highly Vulnerable' Asia-Pacific Nations
Sydney, Australia - Oct 10, 2006 10:35 EST

Millions of people could become homeless in the Asia-Pacific region by 2070 due to rising sea levels, with Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, China and Pacific islands most at risk, says Australia's top scientific body. A climate change report by the Commonwealth Scientific...
 
Deep-sea Mining Vessel to Explore Waters off Papua New Guinea; 'Dawn of a New Era in Mining'
Port Moresby, Papau New Guinea - Oct 9, 2006 20:01 EST

Deep-sea prospector Nautilus Mineral Limited plans to use a specialized deep sea mining vessel to explore the [ocean] under their Solwara Project in Papua New Guinea. The company has entered into a heads of agreement with Belgium based Jan De Nul,...
 
Monterey Aquarium's Great White Shark Stirs Controversy, Attracts Crowds; 'Certain Species Don't Do Well in Captivity'
Monterey, California - Oct 8, 2006 22:15 EST

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is again sparking debate over displaying captive Great White sharks. A juvenile male is the second shark in two years to be kept in captivity at the aquarium, and some are skeptical he will live. Two years...
 
Marine Biologist, Fish Collector Presumed Drowned off Florida Keys After Dive; 'No One Knows Exactly What Happened'
Miami, Florida - Oct 6, 2006 15:58 EST

A marine biologist that collected fish all over the world is presumed to have drowned during a dive. Heath Jens Laetari, 28, who lived and worked in Marathon, Fla., disappeared during a dive off the Florida Keys on Sept. 14. A...
 
Florida Man Invents Secret Formula to Kill Red Tide: Bleach; 'It Does Have Potential'
Venice, Florida - Oct 6, 2006 15:11 EST

Inventor Bob Rigby has a secret formula to kill red tide without causing what he considers significant damage to other marine creatures. But, Rigby said, he has grown frustrated, since he began research on his red tide cure seven years ago,...
 
Marine Expedition: Severe Damage to Madagascar Coral Reefs from Rising Sea Temperatures
Washington, D.C. - Oct 6, 2006 14:48 EST

A new survey of reefs along Madagascar’s southwestern coast found massive damage from coral bleaching, including some reefs that lost up to 99 percent of their coral cover. But the survey team, led by the conservation groups Blue Ventures and the...
 
Expansion of Canadian Undersea Observatory Has Scientists Excited; More 'Nodes' for NEPTUNE
Victoria, Canada - Oct 6, 2006 14:43 EST

Last week's announcement that the data-gathering capacity of the NEPTUNE undersea observatory will be roughly triple what was originally planned already has scientists thinking about new avenues of research. The $20-million funding boost will let NEPTUNE engineers expand the original project...
 
UN Warns: Sewage Threatens Seas and Oceans; Human Health and Marine Life 'at Risk'
The Hague, Netherlands - Oct 5, 2006 19:15 EST

Coastal populations and a rising tide of sewage are threatening the world’s seas and oceans. “The marine pollution is putting at risk human health and marine life,” a U.N. report issued from The Hague yesterday says. The report stated than an...
 
NASA Data Captures 'Weak' El Nino's Return in the Pacific
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 5, 2006 18:54 EST

NASA satellite data indicates El Niño has returned to the tropical Pacific Ocean, although in a relatively weak condition that may not persist and is currently much less intense than the last major El Niño episode in 1997-1998. Over the past...
 
Scientists: Ancient Remains of Whole 'Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Oceans' Found; 'We Have the Head'
Oslo, Norway - Oct 5, 2006 14:09 EST

Researchers on Thursday announced the discovery of the remains of a short-necked plesiosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile the size of a bus, that they believe is the first complete skeleton ever found. The 150 million year old remains of the 33-foot...
 
Researchers: Arctic Ice Declines in 2006; 'I'm Not Terribly Optimistic About the Future of the Ice'
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 4, 2006 21:55 EST

While cool August temperatures prevented sea ice in the Arctic from reaching its lowest summer extent on record, 2006 continued a pattern of sharp annual decreases due to rising temperatures probably caused by greenhouse warming, according to University of Colorado...
 
Researchers Link Ice Age Climate-Change Records to Ocean Salinity; 'Shifts in Rainfall Patterns'
Arlington, Virginia - Oct 4, 2006 21:45 EST

Sudden decreases in temperature over Greenland and tropical rainfall patterns during the last Ice Age have been linked for the first time to rapid changes in the salinity of the north Atlantic Ocean, according to research published Oct. 5, 2006,...
 
History of Diving Museum Opens in Florida; 'Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea' Documented
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2006 18:48 EST

Next time you head down to the Florida Keys to go scuba diving, stop in at the recently opened History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit holds an exceptional array of diving equipment and artifacts collected by owners Joe...
 
Brit Tourists Warned After Seahorse Smuggling Arrests; 'One of the Most Serious Global Problems of Our Time'
London, England - Oct 3, 2006 21:50 EST

The government has warned tourists not to fall into the trap of unknowingly smuggling products into the UK that are made from endangered animal or plant species. Today's reminder follows the arrest of two Britons by HM Revenue and Customs for...
 
Scientists: Tiny Fish Key to Evolution of Human Immune System; 'Missing Link' Identified
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 3, 2006 20:46 EST

Armed at first with nothing more than boots, a screen and a bucket, scientists studying a tiny primitive fish that makes up 70 percent of the biomass in Tampa Bay now say they have found the “missing link” marking the...
 
Bush Seeks Ban on Destructive Fishing; 'Bulldozers that Go in the Sea'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 3, 2006 20:08 EST

President Bush called for a halt to destructive fishing on the high seas Tuesday and said the United States will work to eliminate or better regulate practices such as bottom trawling that devastate fish populations and the ocean floor. Bush directed...
 
NASA Satellite Data Helps Assess the Health of Florida's Coral Reef
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 3, 2006 19:09 EST

NASA satellite data was used to help monitor the health of Florida's coral reef as part of a field research effort completed this August and September. The project was the first comprehensive assessment of the resiliency of reefs along the entire...
 
USGS: Maine Earthquake Lowers Ground Water Levels 2 1/2 Feet; 'Dramatic'
Reston, Virginia - Oct 3, 2006 16:20 EST

A minor earthquake that shook Maine Oct. 2 at 8:07 pm caused the water level in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monitoring well to drop more than 2 ½ feet. Nearly 17 hours later, the groundwater level was still...
 
ScubaPro recalls 48,500 MK20 regulators
El Cajon, California - Oct 2, 2006 20:02 EST

Scubapro USA, of El Cajon, Calif., said Monday it is recalling about 48,500 of its Scubapro MK 20 first-stage regulators. That is the part the breathing gear that fits immediately on top of compressed air tanks. Over-tightening of the Yoke or Din...
 
Scientists: Alaskan Storm Cracks Giant Iceberg to Pieces in Faraway Antarctica; 'Our Jaws Dropped'
Chicago, Illinois - Oct 2, 2006 18:47 EST

A severe storm that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska in October 2005 generated an ocean swell that six days later broke apart a giant iceberg floating near the coast of Antarctica, more than 8,300 miles away. A team of...
 
Malaysians Come Up Empty Handed in Search for Man-eating Crocodile 'Bujang Bako'
Kunching, Malaysia - Oct 1, 2006 16:21 EST

Efforts to catch a man-eater crocodile, nicknamed "Bujang Bako" by the residents here after it devoured a primary school boy last month, have been futile despite numerous attempts by crocodile hunters. This morning a 3.35m-long crocodile was hauled up by a...
 
Argh! Whale Suspected in Sinking of Fisherman's Boat; 'Moby Dick'
Trenton, New Jersey - Sep 30, 2006 19:40 EST

Authorities suspect a 35-foot humpback whale whose carcass washed up on a southern New Jersey beach this week was the mysterious black object that a group of fishermen say hit their boat before it sank off the Delaware coast a...
 
Scientists: Manganese Can Keep Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide Zones in Check in Aquatic Systems
Newark, Delaware - Sep 30, 2006 19:37 EST

Manganese, in trace amounts, is essential to human health. Now a research team from the University of Delaware, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Hawaii and Oregon Health and Science University has discovered that a dissolved form of the...
 
Fishermen: Seal Numbers Out of Control; 'A Really Tricky Line that We Walk'
Chatham, Massachusetts - Sep 28, 2006 21:43 EST

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish. The thousands of...
 



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