Seychelles Bans Foreign-Owned Vessels from Shark Finning
Seychelles - Feb 21, 2006 17:45 EST
The Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), in a ban that took effect on Monday, has told 275 foreign vessels operating in the island's waters that they are no longer allowed to fin sharks. "Shark-finning ... threatens many shark stocks, the stability...
Deep-spied Fish: Atlantic expeditions uncover secret sex life of deep-sea nomads
Honolulu, Hawaii - Feb 21, 2006 17:26 EST
For centuries scientists have thought of deep-sea pelagic fish as nomadic wanderers, in part because information about them was so limited. However, new results from the ongoing Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystems program (MAR-ECO), a Sloan Foundation-sponsored component of the Census of...
Scientist Set to Monitor Baleen Whales with Autonomous Underwater Robots
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 21, 2006 17:19 EST
Like robots of the deep, autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, are growing in number and use in the oceans to perform scientific missions ranging from monitoring climate change to mapping the deep sea floor and surveying ancient shipwrecks. Another use...
Is Pollution Causing Regional Coral Extinctions?
Ft. Pierce, Florida - Feb 20, 2006 19:20 EST
Since the 1980s, researchers have hypothesized that nutrient levels rather than temperature are the main factor controlling the latitudinal bounds of coral reefs, but the issue remains controversial. New results from an extensive survey of reefs in South Florida by...
Researcher: Early humans traveled along 'kelp highway'
Eugene, Oregon - Feb 20, 2006 18:38 EST
If humans migrated from Asia to the Americas along Pacific Rim coastlines near the end of the Pleistocene era, kelp forests may have aided their journey, according to research presented today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science...
Scientists look to the Bahamas as a model for coral reef conservation
Palo Alto, California - Feb 20, 2006 18:27 EST
One of the greatest challenges facing marine ecologists today is finding innovative ways to reverse the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems around the world. Ten percent of the planet's reefs already have been degraded beyond recovery, according to one...
Scientist: Oceans may soon be more corrosive than when the dinosaurs died
Palo Alto, California - Feb 20, 2006 18:20 EST
Increased carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly making the world's oceans more acidic and, if unabated, could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to one that occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs disappeared. Ken Caldeira of the...
Hot Tub: Atlantic Ocean Temperatures Much Higher in the Past; 'Off the Charts'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 19, 2006 17:49 EST
Scientists have found evidence that tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures may have once reached 107°F (42°C)--about 25°F (14°C) higher than ocean temperatures today and warmer than a hot tub. The surprisingly high ocean temperatures, the warmest estimates to date for any...
Kiwi diver makes sightings of rare seahorse, sea hare
Poor Knights Island, New Zealand - Feb 18, 2006 18:37 EST
A diving trip off the Poor Knights Islands has turned up two rare sea creatures living in what could be a marine biology time warp.
One of the tiny creatures - a miniature seahorse - has only ever been recorded once...
Scientist: Phytoplankton bounce back from abrupt climate change; 'pretty resilient'
State College, Pennslyvania - Feb 18, 2006 18:28 EST
The majority of tiny marine plants weathered the abrupt climate changes that occurred in Earth's past and bounced back, according to a Penn State geoscientist.
"Populations of plankton are pretty resilient," says Dr. Timothy J. Bralower, head and professor of geoscience.
Mechanism for memory revealed in neurons of electric fish
Austin, Texas - Feb 17, 2006 22:13 EST
Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin studying electric fish have gained new insight into how memory is stored at the level of neurons.
Their finding, published in the Feb. 16 issue of Neuron, could help researchers better understand memory...
Hawaii Man Recalls the Day a Great White Shark Attacked Him
Kauai, Hawaii - Feb 16, 2006 19:48 EST
Kenny Doudt talks about the longest 15 seconds of his life. It happened 25 years ago in the split second moments when he found himself in the jaws of a great white shark. The attack happened in the chilly...
Paws or claws? Giant Corpse was Floating Mystery
Miami, Florida - Feb 15, 2006 18:14 EST
Something very dead was floating in an Olympia Heights canal in western Miami-Dade: A black bear was the word from Miami-Dade police. Their corpses turn up rarely and it's almost always gruesome when they do. They turn up skinless, headless...
Fish skin shoes set to make a splash; 'Fish skin is another piece of leather'
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Feb 14, 2006 19:04 EST
This is not another “fishy” tale. Newly-opened shoe boutique Zendalia is introducing shoes, bags, wallets and key chains, made of tilapia fish skin.
With the natural scale pattern in copious colours, these products are simply irresistible.
“Fish skin is another piece of...
Escapee Farmed Salmon Infiltrate Fitter Wild Populations
Quebec, Canada - Feb 13, 2006 18:50 EST
There is growing concern about the threats that farmed Atlantic salmon escapees constitute to wild salmon populations.
Consumers and environmentalists are concerned about farmed salmon yet heritable changes that have accumulated in farmed strains at the genetic level are largely unknown.
The Man Who Scared Millions: 'Jaws' Author Peter Benchley Dead at 65
New York, NY - Feb 13, 2006 10:08 EST
Peter Benchley, whose novel Jaws terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday. Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years,...
Sunken Treasure Looters Posing as Scuba Divers in Malaysia
Mersing, Malaysia - Feb 11, 2006 18:10 EST
Looters posing as scuba-divers are scouring the waters of Mersing looking for sunken treasure.
They have managed to carry away artifacts from many shipwrecks in the area, University Kebangsaan Malaysia archaeologist Prof Nik Hassan Suhaimi told The New Straits Times.
Diver Lost Off Puerto Rico Swims 10 Miles to Safety; 'Thank You God'
Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico - Feb 10, 2006 18:03 EST
A lost diver who was the subject of a U.S. Coast Guard search managed to swim 10 miles through heavy seas to safety, authorities said Thursday.
Marcos Calzada Colon said that at one point he followed a pod of whales because...
Six Indicted in Scheme to Poach and Smuggle Protected California Leopard Sharks
Oakland, California - Feb 9, 2006 09:47 EST
United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that a federal grand jury indicted six individuals on charges of criminally catching and selling thousands of undersized juvenile leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata). The indictment, which was returned on January 24, 2006, and...
Brit Scientists Warn: Chinese Crab Menace Must Be Controlled
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK - Feb 8, 2006 17:15 EST
An exotic type of crab is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Britain's coast and rivers, a study by the University's School of Marine Science and Technology has found.
The Chinese mitten crab, brought to Britain during the last century in...
New Sonar Method Offers Way to Assess Health of Squid Fisheries
Monterey, California - Feb 8, 2006 16:44 EST
California’s $30-million-a-year squid fishery has quadrupled in the past decade, but until now there has been no way to assess the continuing viability of squid stocks. A multi-institutional team of scientists this month reported a new sonar technique to locate...
Researcher: 'Two-Mouthed' Trout Caused by Injury, Not Genetics
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 8, 2006 16:24 EST
Clarence Olberding of Lincoln thought he had the catch of the day when he hooked a trout with two mouths. But a Harvard University researcher who examined the severed fish head said the unusual deformity was caused by an...
Study: Fish the Primary Source of Mercury Contamination in Women
Ashville, North Carolina - Feb 8, 2006 16:11 EST
Interim results of the nation’s largest mercury hair sampling project were released today by the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The report found mercury levels exceeding the EPA’s recommended limit of one microgram of mercury...