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Philippines Authorities Check Report of New Oil Slick; 'It's Not a Threat'
- Aug 27, 2006 21:34 EST

The Philippines was checking reports on Sunday that a new oil slick has formed near the site of the country's worst oil spill, which has wrecked havoc on the environment of a central island. According to the World Wildlife Fund for...
 
Greenpeace: Lebanon Oil Spill Could Take a Year to Cleanup
Beirut, Lebanon - Aug 27, 2006 20:56 EST

Cleanup of a massive oil spill caused by Israeli air strikes on a fuel oil depot could take up to one year, the environmental group Greenpeace Mediterranean said Tuesday. The watchdog released pictures it said showed oil that had sunk to...
 
Diver Finds Class Ring Lost 18 Years Ago on Hawaiian Dive; 'It has to Mean Something'
Gillette, Wyoming - Aug 27, 2006 20:51 EST

R.C. Bundy lost the ring on a scuba trip 18 years ago “Hi R.C., this is Rob Holt and I've got a minor surprise for you ...” Rob Holt left the message on R.C. Bundy's answering machine at work. Less than a...
 
Washington State Angler Lands Massive 405-lb, 7 1/2-foot Halibut; 'I Just Kept Reeling, Reeling, Reeling'
Olympia, Washinton State - Aug 25, 2006 19:03 EST

Veteran anglers babble about landing halibut the size of a barn door, but that's a rare feat. Olympia angler Todd Hughes recently hooked and landed a 90-inch-long, 405-pound halibut while fishing in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. "It was the first...
 
Report: Captain, Crew of Ill-fated Oil Tanker Had Expired Licenses; Philippines Locals 'Running Out of Their Patience'
Guimaras, The Philippines - Aug 25, 2006 18:41 EST

The Special Board of Marine Inquiry said the captain and several crew members of the ill-fated M/T Solar 1 have expired licenses and certification papers, Bandila reported Friday. Initial investigations conducted by SBMI showed that certifications of Norberto Aguro, the oil...
 
Group: Impact of Lebanese Oil Spill Not as Bad as Feared; 'We Don't Have Corals Here'
Beirut, Lebanon - Aug 25, 2006 17:47 EST

The impact on marine life of an oil slick off the Lebanese coast, caused by Israel's bombing of a power plant, might not be as devastating as had been feared, a Lebanese environmentalist group said on Friday. Shellfish, fish larvae and...
 
Oil Company Vows 'Total Cleanup' of Sea, Coastline in Philippines Spill; 'It's a Moral Responsibility'
Manila, The Philippines - Aug 24, 2006 18:18 EST

An official of Petron Corporation on Thursday said the company would not leave the Guimaras area until it completely cleans the sea and coastlines of the bunker oil that is leaking from a chartered tanker that sank off the island...
 
'Bubba,' Famed Cancer-surviving Grouper, R.I.P.; 'Overcame Some Incredible Odds'
- Aug 24, 2006 17:55 EST

Bubba the Grouper, the first fish in history known to have received chemotherapy and bounce back from cancer, has died, the Shedd Aquarium said Wednesday. Shedd officials estimate Bubba, who became an instant celebrity and an inspiration to cancer patients when...
 
Study: First-ever Look at Combined Causes of North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean Freshening
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 24, 2006 17:49 EST

A new analysis of 50 years of changes in freshwater inputs to the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic may help shed light on what's behind the recently observed freshening of the North Atlantic Ocean. In a report, published in the...
 
Study: Ancient 'Bursts' of Gas from Seafloor Deposits Not Responsible for Spike in Atmospheric Methane
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 24, 2006 17:47 EST

A dramatic increase about 12,000 years ago in levels of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, was most likely caused by higher emissions from tropical wetlands or from plant production, rather than a release from seafloor methane deposits, a new...
 
Kiwi Claim: Japan Ripping Off $2b Worth of Tuna
Wellington, New Zealand - Aug 23, 2006 18:36 EST

New Zealand is deeply concerned about the vulnerable status of the Southern Bluefin Tuna stock and would be very disappointed if allegations that the global quota for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been substantially over-caught are substantiated says Minister of Fisheries,...
 
Foundation: Excess Levels of Dioxin Found in Canadian Shark Liver Oil Extract
Taipei, Taiwan - Aug 23, 2006 18:31 EST

An excess level of dioxins has been found in a shark liver oil extract imported from Canada, the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation warned on Tuesday. The foundation, in cooperation with National Tsing Hua University's chemistry department, tested the level of the...
 
Group: New Concern as EU Considers Support for 'Shark Finning'; Spanish Fishing Lobby Pressures
Madrid, Spain - Aug 23, 2006 18:21 EST

An international marine conservation organisation is concerned for the welfare of sharks following the potential support of ‘shark finning’ within the European Union. The marine conservation organisation Oceana has released a damming report aimed at the European Union (EU) Members of...
 
Mysterious 'Goo-like' Substance Burns Skin, Forces Closure of Florida Beach; 'We Had to Assume the Worst'
Manatee Beach, Florida - Aug 23, 2006 18:07 EST

Slimy heaps of petroleum jelly-like substance that prompted the brief closure of Manatee County beaches turned out to be a type of algae related to red tide, a county official said Wednesday. Before they knew for sure, Manatee officials feared it...
 
Report: Sunken Oil Tanker in the Philippines has New Leak; 300 Kilometers of Coastline Soiled
Guimaras, The Philippines - Aug 23, 2006 17:41 EST

The sunken tanker responsible for the worst oil spill in the nation’s history began leaking more oil on Tuesday, the coast guard said. With clean-up crews already losing the race to contain the massive slick that has washed sludge and dead...
 
Two Million Tire Artificial Reef to be Removed Off Florida Coast; Smothering Corals
Broward County, Florida - Aug 22, 2006 23:41 EST

In the 1970s, nearly 2 million tires were tossed into the ocean in hopes of creating an artificial reef. Now, a study is under way to see if the tires can be removed since they are actually damaging the coral...
 
Divers Remain Underwater for 24 Hours, Break World Record; 'We Didn’t Surface at All'
Limassol, Cyprus - Aug 22, 2006 23:37 EST

Two divers from the Aloha Dive Centre in Limassol broke a world on Saturday, raising approximately £1,000 for charity. The divers remained submerged for 24 hours, without emerging for any breaks. The divers, Mark Brimble and Jan Burt, descended at 6pm on...
 
Flying Fish Send Two Florida Boaters to the Hospital; Sixth Sturgeon Strike this Summer
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 22, 2006 23:17 EST

A sturgeon in the Suwannee River injured two boaters Saturday when it leaped from the water, knocking one girl from the boat and breaking the arm of another passenger. Cheyenne Russ, 9, and Jennifer Sullivan, 31, both of Lake City, were...
 
Philippines Oil Spill Claims First Life as Fisherman Inhales Fumes; 'Disaster in Progress'
Manila, The Philippines - Aug 22, 2006 22:32 EST

A fisherman died of cardio-respiratory arrest from inhaling the fumes from the oil sludge outside his home in Nueva Valencia, the town worst hit by the oil spill off Guimaras island, ABS-CBN reported on its website yesterday. According to www.abs-cbn.com, Remelio...
 
Indian Scientists: 'Sweet' Seawater No Miracle; Tests Show Pollution, Sewage
Mumbai, India - Aug 22, 2006 22:28 EST

Even as people flocked to the Mahim creek here to drink the Arabian seawater following rumours that it had turned sweet, municipal authorities Saturday said the water was undrinkable. Based on studies by oceanography scientists, the Mumbai municipal authorities stated that...
 
Study: Over 1,200 Species of Venomous Fish; 'The Worst Pet on Earth'
New York, New York - Aug 22, 2006 10:32 EST

One moment he was reaching for the telephone, the next he was out cold. William Leo Smith, then a 20-year-old college student, woke up on the floor of the pet shop where he worked, blinking up at a ring of worried...
 
Study: Sydney Harbor's Toxic Seaweed a Deadly Diet for Sea Creatures; 'Accumulators' of Heavy Metals
Sydney, Australia - Aug 21, 2006 18:44 EST

Sydney Harbour's seaweeds may be having a deadly effect on the small animals that eat them because they "bio-accumulate" the toxic heavy metals that pollute the harbour's waters, a new study has found. Up to three-quarters of the offspring of small...
 
'Red Devil' Squid, Jellyfish Point to Ocean Disruptions; 'Good for Some People and Bad for Others'
Oslo, Norway - Aug 21, 2006 18:10 EST

South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say. Fish such as salmon and mackerel have also been spotted in...
 
Officials: Indians Still Drinking 'Miraculous Sweet' Seawater Despite Warnings Over Pollution
Mumbai, India - Aug 21, 2006 17:56 EST

Despite several warnings by health officials and police, hundreds of people today continued to flock the Mahim beach in the city and tasted the "miraculous sweet" water of the Arabian sea. "Today being a Sunday, several curious people came to the...
 
Scientists Fret over Dungeness Crab Caught in Unfamiliar Waters; 'I Thought it was a Joke'
Gloucester, Massachusetts - Aug 21, 2006 13:19 EST

When gill-netter Louis Williams returned to Gloucester late last month with a crab five times larger than anything he normally catches, wholesaler Frank Ciaramitaro thought the fisherman was pulling his leg. "I thought it was a joke," Ciaramitaro said. "I can't...
 
'Excited and Rambunctious' Dolphin Bites Boy at SeaWorld Orlando Petting Attraction
Orlando, Florida - Aug 21, 2006 09:26 EST

A 7-year-old boy who suffered a bruised thumb was the second child in as many months to be bitten by a dolphin at a SeaWorld Orlando attraction, park officials said. It took two adults to pry the dolphin's mouth open so...
 
Indians Warned Against Drinking Polluted 'Sweet' Seawater; 'Nausea and Vomiting' Likely
Mumbai, India - Aug 20, 2006 18:30 EST

As large crowds continued to throng the Mahim beach to drink sweet seawater for the second day, the Maharashtra government Sunday warned people against drinking the polluted water. Scientists clarified that the seawater had turned sweet due to the natural phenomenon...
 
Brits Arrive to Assess Philippines Oil Spill; 'Huge and Expensive Operation' Need to Clean Up Mess
Guimaras, The Philippines - Aug 18, 2006 18:00 EST

British experts have arrived here to help assess the damage from the country’s worst oil spill, as officials said aid was slow in arriving at the scene. A spokeswoman for Petron Corp., the company that chartered the tanker Solar I, which...
 
Researchers: Ocean Noise has Increased Considerably Since 1960s; Global Shipping Likely Reason
San Diego, California - Aug 18, 2006 17:10 EST

With populations increasing around the globe in recent decades, no one would be surprised by an increase in the amount of noise produced in terrestrial environments. Now, a unique study involving researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University...
 
Philippines Struggles to Deal with Massive Oil Spill; 19.5 Mile Slick Hitting Coastline, Corals, Mangroves
Nila, Philippines - Aug 16, 2006 15:48 EST

The Philippines Wednesday appealed for urgent help to combat the country's worst-ever oil spill, which has polluted a major marine reserve and threatened the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen. Coastguard officials said that they were struggling to cope with the scale...
 
Malaysian Minister: Controversial Sipadan Clubhouse was Given OK in 2003
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Aug 15, 2006 21:54 EST

The go-ahead for the controversial RM4.5mil clubhouse project on Pulau Sipadan was given by the Federal Cabinet on July 2, 2003, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment assistant minister Datuk Karim Bujang. The approval was for Sabah Parks to implement the...
 
Philippines Island Declares 'State of Calamity' After Tanker Sinks, Causes Nation's Worst Oil Spill Ever; 'Environmental Catastrophe'
Guimara, Philippines - Aug 15, 2006 10:07 EST

The island province of Guimaras has declared a "state of calamity" following what authorities have called the country's worst oil spill, as international lobby group Greenpeace urged the government to hold petroleum firm Petron and its partners “accountable” for the...
 
Bacteria Can Help Predict Ocean Change; 'We Found Predictable Kinds'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 14, 2006 22:37 EST

Every creature has its place and role in the oceans – even the smallest microbe, according to a new study that may lead to more accurate models of ocean change. Scientists have long endorsed the concept of a unique biological niche...
 
NOAA Settles Shark Case with New York Fish Dealer for $750,000; 'A Strong Message'
New York, New York - Aug 11, 2006 19:15 EST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of General Counsel has settled a multiple-violation shark case with the owner of Brooklyn-based Agger Fish Corporation. The fish dealer admitted to purchasing shark meat and fins without a federal permit, failing...
 
Malaysian Official: Leatherback Turtle Population Down, But Not Extinct; 'We Have Found Five Nesting Places'
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia - Aug 10, 2006 17:00 EST

There has been a drastic decline in the leatherback population but turtles are not extinct in Malaysia, the Turtle and Marine Eco-system Centre (Tumec) here has assured. Tumec head Kamaruddin Ibrahim said Wednesday that leatherbacks could still be seen landing and...
 
Aussies Release World's First Seafloor Mineral Map; 'Exciting Potential for Marine Minerals Industry'
Sydney, Australia - Aug 10, 2006 14:41 EST

The world's first map to show a comprehensive summary of known offshore mineral occurrences has been released for Australia's vast marine jurisdiction. The map shows the known seafloor locations of minerals, such as copper, gold, silver and diamond, compiled from survey...
 
Survey: 'Dead Zone' Causing Wave of Seath off Oregon Coast; 'We Saw a Crab Graveyard'
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 10, 2006 14:36 EST

The most severe low-oxygen ocean conditions ever observed on the West Coast of the United States have turned parts of the seafloor off Oregon into a carpet of dead Dungeness crabs and rotting sea worms, a new survey shows. Virtually...
 
Mystery as Six-Foot Octopus Pulled from the Ohio River; 'It's a Saltwater Creature'
Jeffersonville, Indiana - Aug 9, 2006 21:30 EST

A fisherman pulled a 6-foot octopus out of the Ohio River while fishing at an Indiana State Park. David Stepp was using a net when he found the creature on Monday. The octopus was dead. The fisherman was a little...
 
Dubai's Man-Made Palm Island Being Readied for Residents; Largest Land-Reclamation Project in the World
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Aug 9, 2006 09:46 EST

With 14,000 laborers toiling day and night, the first of Dubai's three palm-shaped islands is finally about to get its first residents. The Palm Jumeirah, a 31-square-kilometer island group, is part of what's billed as the largest land-reclamation project in the...
 
Research: Humble Aquarium Fish May Be Key to New Therapies for Birth Defects
Nashville, Tennessee - Aug 8, 2006 22:03 EST

A humble aquarium fish may be the key to finding therapies capable of preventing the structural birth defects that account for one out of three infant deaths in the United States today. That is one of the implications of a new...
 



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