Archive for November, 2009

First High Seas Marine Protected Area in Antarctica

Written by on November 30, 2009 in Policy & Ocean Law
First High Seas Marine Protected Area in Antarctica

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) approved the new high seas marine protected area south of the South Orkney Islands in the Antarctic Peninsula Region. The Commission further agreed to a work plan to create networks of high seas MPAs across 11 other high priority areas in the Southern Ocean by 2012.

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Legal Effort to Protect Endangered Blue Whale Underway

Written by on November 23, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Legal Effort to Protect Endangered Blue Whale Underway

The National Marine Fisheries Service, the agency charged with the stewardship of the U.S.’s living marine resources, may be sued for failure to implement the 1998 Blue Whale Recovery Plan. Friends of the Earth, Pacific Environment and the Center of Biological Diversity have joined the notice of intent to sue submitted by the Environmental Defense Center last week.

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Rutgers Glider Successfully Crosses Atlantic

Written by on November 19, 2009 in Other News, Technology
Rutgers Glider Successfully Crosses Atlantic

The “Scarlet Knight,” a Rutgers-Slocum autonomous underwater glider, has successfully completed its crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

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New Robots Will Help Fill in Gaps and Enhance Ocean Knowledge

Written by on November 19, 2009 in Other News, Technology
New Robots Will Help Fill in Gaps and Enhance Ocean Knowledge

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been awarded a total of nearly $2.5 million to develop a new breed of ocean-probing instruments and design and develop the systems necessary to control the movement of those autonomous underwater explorers (AUEs). These “Miniature Robotic Ocean Explorers” are intended to plug gaps of knowledge about key ocean processes and trace fine details of fundamental oceanographic mechanisms that are vital to tiny marine inhabitants.

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Nomura’s Jellyfish Threatening Japanese Fishing Industry

Written by on November 19, 2009 in Jellyfish, Marine Life
Nomura’s Jellyfish Threatening Japanese Fishing Industry

Scientists believe climate change and its oceans warming are to be blamed for jellyfish overpopulation, expanding their ranges and appearing earlier in the year.

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Multinational Effort to Protect the Gulf of Mexico’s Ecosystems and Marine Life

Written by on November 17, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Multinational Effort to Protect the Gulf of Mexico’s Ecosystems and Marine Life

Scientist in the U.S., Cuba and Mexico are working together on a multinational plan to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystems and marine life.

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Study Shows Human Interaction Alters Dolphin Behavior

Written by on November 16, 2009 in Marine Life
Study Shows Human Interaction Alters Dolphin Behavior

Researchers are studying the impacts human behaviors, as innocent as they may be, can have on bottlenose dolphins.

In a paper published in the Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology, Antonella Arcangeli from the Accademia del Leviatano, Rome and ISPRA, Dipartimento Difesa della Natura, Rome, Italy and Roberto Crosti from the School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia present their findings of interactions between bottlenose dolphins and a dolphin-watching tour boat in Bunbury, Western Australia.

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New Approach to Clean the Chesapeake Bay

Written by on November 9, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
New Approach to Clean the Chesapeake Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new approach and plan to get the Chesapeake Bay clean. This time marine scientists are helping pin-point where the help is needed most.

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Arnoux’s Beaked Whale: Rare Sighting, Rare Behavior of Enigmatic Species

Written by on November 9, 2009 in Marine Life
Arnoux’s Beaked Whale: Rare Sighting, Rare Behavior of Enigmatic Species

A unique sighting of a group of approximately 60 Arnoux’s beaked whales on the surface in the Gerlache Strait shows for the first time giant beaked whales socializing.

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An End to the Timor Sea Oil Spill, But Not the Effects

Written by on November 6, 2009 in Marine Life
An End to the Timor Sea Oil Spill, But Not the Effects

The PTTEP Australasia (a Thailand state-owned company) West Atlas oil spill has finally been stopped after 74 days and a minimum of 400 spilled barrels a day. Many questions and concerns rise and the consequences for the marine wildlife will still be felt for a long time.

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