Archive for September, 2011

Revised Bi-National Recovery Plan to Help Endangered Sea Turtle

Written by on September 26, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Revised Bi-National Recovery Plan to Help Endangered Sea Turtle

Emily Tripp Senior Writer NOAA’s Fisheries Service, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mexican environmental officials have released a new plan to protect the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle.  The updated Bi-National Recovery Plan was signed on September 22. “We are working together with other U.S. and Mexican agencies on the recovery […]

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Potential New Virus Treatment of Shark Origin

Written by on September 24, 2011 in Marine Life
Potential New Virus Treatment of Shark Origin

By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer A virus-fighting substance known as squalamine is the subject of new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  The compound was originally discovered in the liver of dogfish, where it plays an important role in protecting it, as well as some other species, from […]

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Research Team Spends Ten Days in Aquarius Underwater Lab to Study Coral Reefs

Written by on September 18, 2011 in Marine Life
Research Team Spends Ten Days in Aquarius Underwater Lab to Study Coral Reefs

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using the Aquarius underwater lab off the coast of Florida to study how the diversity of seaweed-eating fish affects endangered coral reefs in the Caribbean. The research team, led by Georgia Tech Professor Mark Hay, is living 50 feet below […]

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Obama Opts for Alternatives to Economic Sanctions on Icelandic Whaling

Written by on September 16, 2011 in Policy & Ocean Law
Obama Opts for Alternatives to Economic Sanctions on Icelandic Whaling

  By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer In a message to Congress on Thursday President Obama announced:  “I am not directing the Secretary of the Treasury to impose trade measures on Icelandic products for the whaling activities that led to the certification by the Secretary of Commerce.”  This was in response to a deadline […]

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Endangered Fin Whale Products Exported from Iceland

Written by on September 9, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Endangered Fin Whale Products Exported from Iceland

Emily Tripp Senior Writer It was revealed today that Iceland’s commercial whaling industry exported an additional 133 metric tons of endangered fin whale products to Japan in July of this year. “There is a line in the sand that Iceland has just crossed,” said Allan Thornton, President of the Environmental Investigation Agency. “The Icelandic killing […]

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Bacterial Carbon Fixation in Dark Ocean Depths

Written by on September 8, 2011 in Marine Life, Technology
Bacterial Carbon Fixation in Dark Ocean Depths

  By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer The biological process of carbon fixation plays indispensable roles at the primary level of ecosystems and in the world’s carbonic cycle.  Where there is sufficient sunlight to drive photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert CO2 into sugars and expel O2 as waste, energy passed through food […]

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Florida Reefs Suffer in Cold Snap

Written by on September 1, 2011 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Florida Reefs Suffer in Cold Snap

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A new study from researchers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) details the loss of coral reef species during the 2010 cold snap.  Their results are published in the August 2011 issue of PLoS ONE. “It was a major setback,” said Diego Lirman, associate professor […]

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