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Going Diving In The Tropics? Study Says Don’t Eat The Reef Fish!
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Sep 21, 2017 14:40 EST

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau’s reefs,...
 
Depressing: Antidepressants Found In Fish Brains In Great Lakes Region; 'Active Ingredients'
Buffalo, New York - Aug 31, 2017 18:08 EST

Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. In a new study, researchers detected high concentrations of these drugs and their metabolized remnants in the brain...
 
Researchers: 'Vigorous Gaping' A Surprising Source Of Adaptive Variation In Baby Fish Jaws
Amherst, Massachusetts - Aug 1, 2017 23:01 EST

An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is that genetics can only account for a small percentage of variation in the physical traits of organisms. Now he...
 
Reanimator: How To Cryopreserve Fish Embryos And Bring Them Back To Life
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jul 13, 2017 17:14 EST

Scientists report for the first time the ability to both deep freeze and reanimate zebrafish embryos. The method, appearing in the journal ACS Nano, could potentially be used to bank larger aquatic and other vertebrate oocytes and embryos, too, for...
 
Scientists: First Functional Fish Head Joint Discovered In Deep-Sea Dragonfishes In Museum Collections
Washington, D.C. - Feb 2, 2017 16:53 EST

Scientists with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the French Musum national d'Histoire naturelle are the first to describe and illustrate an evolutionary novelty among fishes -- a unique, flexible connection between the skull and vertebral column in...
 
Despite Ban, Costa Rican Exporter Requests Permission To Ship 690 Kilos Of Hammerhead Shark Fins
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jan 26, 2017 19:38 EST

Smalley Development S.A. intends to export 690 kilos of hammerhead shark fins, the international trade of which has been banned in Costa Rica in abidance to the international convention that regulates the trade of endangered species (CITES). The request was...
 
No Mistake: Study Says Shark Don't Confuse Surfers For Seals; 'Exploratory Bites'
Pensacola, Florida - Nov 29, 2016 18:58 EST

A new study has cast doubt on the theory that sharks mistake surfers for seals when the two are involved in an attack. The most widely known assumption for shark attacks on surfers is the mistaken identity theory that...
 
Feds: More Than A Quarter-Million Dollars In Marijuana Found Floating Off The Shore Of Florida In Month's Time
Washington, D.C. - Oct 17, 2016 14:00 EST

Persistent cross-border drug smuggling by transnational criminal networks is having an unintended consequence as illegal narcotics are washing up on shores and discovered floating in the seas off the coasts of Florida. In a span of 27 days, from Sep. 15...
 
Study: Tiger Sharks Opt For Scavenging On Dead And Dying Sea Turtles As A Feeding Strategy
Miami, Florida - Aug 8, 2016 23:47 EST

An international team that includes University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers found behavioral evidence that tiger sharks prefer to opportunistically scavenge on dead or weakened green turtles rather than actively hunting healthy individuals despite...
 
Lawsuit Over Cruelty To Endangered Orca At Miami Seaquarium To Return To Court
Miami, Florida - Jul 3, 2016 19:21 EST

This morning, PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Orca Network, and Orca Network director Howard Garrett filed an appeal of the trial court's dismissal of their Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against the Miami Seaquarium. Armed with testimony from expert biologists,...
 
Scientists Discover Coral Reef 'Bright Spots' Where Marine Life Is Surprisingly Thriving
Palo Alto, California - Jun 15, 2016 17:12 EST

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted more than 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe and discovered 15 'bright spots' places where, against all the odds, there were a lot more...
 
Study: Shark Meat Sold In Costa Rican Supermarkets 'Exceeds U.S. Health Guidelines' For Mercury
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jun 12, 2016 18:28 EST

New data from George Mason University has revealed that shark meat sold in San Jose and Heredia food markets contain high levels of toxic mercury. The levels are so high that three shark species tested exceed U.S. federal health guidelines....
 
Researchers Find That Networking Lets Sharks Off The Hook; 'Forty-Six Thousand Sharks Could Have Been Saved'
Manoa, Hawaii - May 24, 2016 20:59 EST

Tuna fishers who network with their competition may be able to stop thousands of sharks a year from being accidentally captured and killed in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook...
 
From Whales To Silver Foxes To Refugees: EMILY Robot Is A Lifesaver; 'a classic overnight success story years in the making'
Arlington, Virginia - May 5, 2016 19:54 EST

She's tough--capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she's also tender, providing hope to those in peril. Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard--officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard--a remote-controlled buoy that recently...
 
Surprise As Study Shows Sharkskin Increases Drag By 50 Percent
Stony Brook, New York - Mar 15, 2016 20:47 EST

The nature of sharkskin with its riblets the micro-grooved structures found in aircraft wings, wind turbine blades, and Olympic-class swimsuits seems to suggest a design for speed and streamlined swimming. But a new study led by Stony Brook...
 
Is Yours Bigger Than 18 Inches? State Of Florida Launches Lionfish Category For Record Size Catches
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 14, 2016 10:19 EST

It's big, it's bold and it's invasive. But could your lionfish catch be a record? If it is over 477 millimeters (18.78 inches) it very well could be. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) newest way of encouraging divers to...
 
Scientists Model How Global Warming Will Harm 'Fictitious' Fishing Towns, Find 'Inefficient Reallocation Of Wealth'
New Haven, Connecticut - Mar 7, 2016 20:40 EST

Many studies have shown that critical natural resources, including fish stocks, are moving poleward as the planet warms. A new Yale-led study suggests that these biophysical changes are also reallocating global wealth in unpredictable, and potentially destabilizing, ways. On its surface,...
 
Study Finds Fish Larvae Swim Faster, Straighter In Groups; 'Group Orientation Emerges From Simple Group Dynamics'
Miami, Florida - Feb 11, 2016 19:56 EST

A recent study provides new evidence that larvae swim faster, straighter and more consistently in a common direction when together in a group. The research led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric...
 
Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap With Commercial Fishing Locations; 'We Had No Idea [Overlap] Would Be This High'
Miami, Florida - Jan 25, 2016 19:28 EST

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic...
 
Hold The Pee: New Experiments Determine Effective Treatments For Box Jelly Stings
Manoa, Hawaii - Jan 20, 2016 20:03 EST

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stingsfrom folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The...
 
Scientists Discover Nursery Ground For Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island's Great South Bay
New York, New York - Jan 5, 2016 18:27 EST

Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS's New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island's Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish. The discovery was made...
 
The Carolina Hammerhead, A New Species Of Shark, Debuts; 'Outwardly Indistinguishable' From The Scalloped Hammerhead
Columbia, South Carolina - Jan 4, 2016 19:13 EST

Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases. In the journal Zootaxa, they describe a rare shark, the Carolina...
 
Shoestring Budget Doesn't Stop URI Oceanography Student From Making Discoveries Inside Underwater 'shark-Cano'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Dec 17, 2015 20:07 EST

Oceanographic research expeditions can be extremely expensive undertakings, especially when the operating cost of a research ship for just one day can top $25,000. But a University of Rhode Island graduate student has figured out how to do it on...
 
Ketone Esters Eyed By Researchers To Combat Oxygen Toxicity In Deep-Water Divers
Miami, Florida - Dec 8, 2015 23:17 EST

For the first time, ketone esters-oral supplements useful in epilepsy treatment-are being studied to fight seizures caused by hyperbaric oxygen toxicity, a life-threatening byproduct of breathing too much oxygen that impacts deep-water divers. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is...
 
Study: Vessel Speed, Not Speed, Major Factor In How Much Noise From Boats That Reaches Killer Whales
Seattle, Washington - Dec 2, 2015 23:07 EST

The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor -- more so than vessel size -- in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales, according to a new study published today...
 
Scientists: Footage Reveals New Shark Feeding Behavior; 'Sharks Modify Their Hunting Strategy' Based On Prey
Annapolis, Maryland - Nov 5, 2015 20:19 EST

Scientists with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) dove into the shark-infested waters of French Polynesia to study how sharks hunt for prey in the wildusing a professional film crew. The cameramen were shooting footage for Mysteries of...
 
Research: Lost Poop Disrupts The Earth; Whale's 'Focculent, Liquidy Cloud' Drive Nutrient Movement
Burlington, Vermont - Oct 26, 2015 19:21 EST

Giants once roamed the earth. Oceans teemed with 90-foot-long whales. Huge land animals like truck-sized sloths and ten-ton mammoths ate vast quantities of food, and, yes, deposited vast quantities of poop. A new study shows that these whales and...
 
Sportsman Sets New Maryland Snakehead Record With 17.49 Pound Catch
Annapolis, Maryland - Oct 23, 2015 19:43 EST

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that Michael Meade of Upper Marlboro, Maryland set a new state sport fish record with a 17.49-pound northern snakehead while fishing with bow and arrow along the marshes of Mattawoman...
 
NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event; Bleaching Intensifies In Hawaii, High Ocean Temperatures Threaten Caribbean Corals
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 13, 2015 21:43 EST

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever...
 
Costa Rican NGO's Denounce Government's Irresponsible Attitude Towards Marine Conservation
San Jose, Costa Rica - Oct 5, 2015 21:50 EST

Stemming from the recent blockades of public highways by the fishery sector last September 2, the government agreed to a series of reckless, illegal, and unconstitutional agreements with certain members of the sector. The agreements and commitments were communicated to...
 
Plastic For Dinner: A Quarter Of Fish Sold At Markets Contain Man-Made Debris
Davis, California - Sep 24, 2015 18:17 EST

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris plastic or fibrous material in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in...
 
Researchers Design Fish 'Backpack' To Advance Underwater Research
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Sep 21, 2015 23:53 EST

A new underwater stimulation system created by collaborators at New Mexico State University will assist in the study of electrical activity in aquatic vertebrates. This new technology may also help NMSU researchers reveal the connection between electricity and tissue regeneration...
 
Study: Numbers Encouraging, But Shark Bites Still Problematic For Sea Otter Recovery
Santa Cruz, California - Sep 17, 2015 19:16 EST

The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to results from the annual California sea otter survey released by the U.S. Geological Survey today. Yet despite an overall increase in sea otter abundance, sharks have...
 
Scientist Solves 20-Year-Old Cave Diving Death Mystery; 'Like Having A Mudslide Underwater'
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 1, 2015 23:48 EST

A decades-old mystery surrounding the death of a Florida cave diver has been solved by a simple experiment by three scientists in a lab at Florida State. In 1991, an experienced cave diver named Parker Turner and his diving partner Bill...
 
Study: Female Fish Genitalia Evolved To 'Make Copulation More Difficult For Unwanted Males'
Raleigh, North Carolina - Aug 19, 2015 18:40 EST

Female fish in the Bahamas have developed ways of showing males that "No means no." In an example of a co-evolutionary arms race between male and female fish, North Carolina State University researchers show that female mosquitofish have developed differently...
 
Engineers Identify 'Nanoscale Roughness' As Key To Keep Surfaces Dry Underwater
Evanston, Illinois - Aug 19, 2015 18:23 EST

Imagine staying dry underwater for months. Now Northwestern University engineers have examined a wide variety of surfaces that can do just that -- and, better yet, they know why. The research team is the first to identify the ideal "roughness" needed...
 
Canada's Marineland: Who Is Philip Demers aka 'The Walrus Whisper'?
Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada - Aug 12, 2015 20:41 EST

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayers' dollars have been spent investigating false allegations by Philip Demers that Marineland mistreats its animals and engages in criminal animal abuse. He continues to pursue the closure of Marineland, one of...
 
More People In Florida Sickened By Ciguatera Toxin In Tropical Reef Fish Than Previously Reported
Deerfield, Illinois - Jun 29, 2015 21:11 EST

Public health records may significantly underestimate the number of people in Florida who are sickened by a rare, dangerous food-borne toxin carried by popular sport fish, including barracuda, grouper, and amberjack, according to a new study published online today in...
 
Longest Ever Tiger Shark Tracking Reveals Remarkable, Bird-Like Migrations
Fort Lauderdale, Fl - Jun 9, 2015 23:31 EST

Tiger sharks are among the largest and most recognizable sharks on the planet, yet many of their habits remain mysterious because they are long-distance travelers that are hard to track. But a new study, reported in the June 9 issue...
 
Housing Developer To Make Historic Attempt To Preserve Recently-Discovered Nineteenth Century Schooner In Downtown Toronto
Toronto, Canada - Jun 5, 2015 18:13 EST

Concord Adex, Canada's largest residential developer, has announced it will attempt to recover the remains of a nineteenth century schooner found on one of its development properties near Toronto's waterfront. Discovered in May as part of an archaeological assessment on...
 

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