Archive for August, 2011

Risk Factors of Maine Lobster Boom

Written by on August 29, 2011 in Marine Life
Risk Factors of Maine Lobster Boom

  By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer Authentic Maine lobster is considered by many to be an unparalleled seafood dining experience.  Despite estimations that a large percentage of “Maine lobster” sold worldwide doesn’t actually originate from the Maine coast, these crustaceans have been the enduring cornerstone of the state’s seafood industry.  Lobstering here has […]

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Plesiosaurs’ Live Birth

Written by on August 28, 2011 in Marine Life
Plesiosaurs’ Live Birth

By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer There is a tendency to identify viviparity, that is, giving birth rather than laying an egg, as a trait exclusively characteristic of mammals.  However, just as there are examples of egg laying mammals (the platypus, to name one), cases of live birth can be seen across multiple classes […]

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The Latest from Taiji, Japan

Written by on August 27, 2011 in Marine Life
The Latest from Taiji, Japan

Senior Writer Emily Tripp Next Thursday (Sept 1) is the official start of the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.  While the documentary, The Cove, exposed this secret when it was released in 2009.  Ric O’Barry spent ten years of his life capturing and training dolphins; however, he has spent the last 38 years working […]

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Seafood Labeling Fraud: Chilean Sea Bass

Written by on August 25, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Seafood Labeling Fraud: Chilean Sea Bass

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Clemson University population biologist Peter Marko and his colleagues Holly Nance and Kimberly Guynn, have found discrepancies among certified Chilean sea bass.  Some fish sold in stores do not come from areas that are certified as sustainable.  What’s worse is that some fish are not even Chilean sea bass at all. […]

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Human Sewage Responsible for “Threatened” Status of Caribbean Elkhorn Coral

Written by on August 22, 2011 in Marine Life
Human Sewage Responsible for “Threatened” Status of Caribbean Elkhorn Coral

Emily Tripp Senior Writer The cause of white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral has finally been revealed.  A group of researchers from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has determined that human sewage is responsible for this fatal pathogen.  Their study was recently published in PLoS ONE. Elkhorn coral used to […]

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Latest Model Indicates Ice Caps Can Recover

Written by on August 21, 2011 in Other News
Latest Model Indicates Ice Caps Can Recover

By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer Today, the body of evidence that points towards the climate change driven melting of the polar ice caps is substantial, and continues to grow.  The environmental implications of this process have been consistently shown to be severe, and the problems associated with the subsequent rise in sea levels […]

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Marine Park Makes a Full Recovery

Written by on August 19, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Marine Park Makes a Full Recovery

Emily Tripp Senior Writer According to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, a marine reserve and wildlife park near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula is the most robust reserve in the world. This ten-year analysis Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP) was published in PLoS ONE and revealed that the […]

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Hydrogen “Fuel Cells” in the Deep Ocean

Written by on August 17, 2011 in Technology
Hydrogen “Fuel Cells” in the Deep Ocean

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology and the Cluster of Excellence MARUM recently discovered mussels living near hydrothermal vents that have their own “fuel cells.”  Their results were published in the current issue of Nature. These real-life fuel cells are in the form of symbiotic bacteria whose energy […]

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Puffins’ Migration Mystery Begins to Unravel

Written by on August 10, 2011 in Marine Life
Puffins’ Migration Mystery Begins to Unravel

  By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer The Atlantic Puffin is a species of monogamous seabird with a long history in the arts and culture, thanks to its distinctive appearance and unique habits during mating season.  During the summer months breeding pairs can be found sparsely distributed throughout northeastern America, as far north as […]

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Things to Keep in Mind While You’re Watching Shark Week

Written by on August 4, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Things to Keep in Mind While You’re Watching Shark Week

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Discovery channel’s “Shark Week” has been going strong for 24 summers.  It has gained more than 20 million viewers every year since 1995.  While it’s safe to say that this series promotes shark education, there are many who worry that there isn’t enough emphasis on conservation. With show titles like “Rogue Sharks”, “Killer Sharks” […]

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