Archive for April, 2011

Marine Organisms Can Uncover the Mystery of Aging

Written by on April 24, 2011 in Marine Life
Marine Organisms Can Uncover the Mystery of Aging

Scientists at the University of Gothenburg have shown how sea squirts can activate the enzyme telomerase, which protects DNA.  These organisms, and others that reproduce asexually by cloning have mechanisms that delay aging while providing exceptionally good health. “Animals that clone themselves, in which part of an individual’s body is passes on to the next generations, […]

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Killer Whales in the Antarctic Prefer Weddell Seals

Written by on April 22, 2011 in Marine Life
Killer Whales in the Antarctic Prefer Weddell Seals

NOAA’s Fisheries Service scientists discovered that killer whales in Antarctic waters prefer a specific species of seal over all other food choices.  Robert Pitman and John Durban, researchers from NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, observed killer whales feeding off the west Antarctic Peninsula in January 2009.   While documenting the whales’ method […]

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Gulf Oil Spill One Year Later

Written by on April 21, 2011 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography, Policy & Ocean Law
Gulf Oil Spill One Year Later

What was possibly the worst maritime oil spill in history began one year ago in a poorly drilled well deep in the Gulf of Mexico.  The explosion killed 11 workers and sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that spewed 206 million barrels of oil before it was capped, 87 days later. A […]

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“Through a Fish’s Eye”

Written by on April 17, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
“Through a Fish’s Eye”

NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish Habitat Board recently announced the release of Through a Fish’s Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010. Through a Fish’s Eyes provides an important information on the challeneges and opportunities facing fish and their habitats.  The report examines human effects on fish habitats throughout the United […]

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Humpback Whales Sing a Catchy Tune

Written by on April 16, 2011 in Marine Life
Humpback Whales Sing a Catchy Tune

Recordings of male humpback whales have shown that their unique songs spread far through the ocean to other whales. Over more than a decade, researchers in Australia have been listening to and recording hundreds of hours of these songs.  They have revealed how a specific song pattern, which originated in Eastern Australia, has reached whale populations […]

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Plummeting Penguin Populations

Written by on April 15, 2011 in Marine Life
Plummeting Penguin Populations

A new study shows that penguin populations have declined by as much as 50 percent during the past three decades in the West Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea.  The recent decline seems to be due to a shortage of krill, the primary meal of these penguins.  The decline in krill is a result of rising […]

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Celebrating Sustainable Fisheries

Written by on April 13, 2011 in Policy & Ocean Law

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act!  It began in 1976 as a way to provide for the conservation and sustainable management of fisheries.  To read thoughts about this special day from Eric C. Schwaab, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries click here. To learn more about the act check out NOAA’s website. Copyright ©  2011 by […]

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Arctic Sea Ice Continues to Decline

Written by on April 5, 2011 in Other News

The 2011 Arctic sea ice extent maximum that annually marks the beginning of the melting season appears to be the lowest ever, according to scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. The CU-Boulder research team believes the lowest annual maximum ice extent of 5,650,000 square miles occurred on March […]

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