Archive for November, 2011

Australia Plans to Create Largest Marine Reserve

Written by on November 26, 2011 in Policy & Ocean Law
Australia Plans to Create Largest Marine Reserve

Emily Tripp Senior Writer The Australian Government plans to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea. According to Environment Minister Tony Burke, the protected zone would cover an area more than one and a half times the size of France. In this zone, new fishing limits would be imposed and all oil […]

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Satellite Data to Protect Bluefin Tuna

Written by on November 25, 2011 in Marine Life, Technology
Satellite Data to Protect Bluefin Tuna

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) have developed a new model that will track bluefin tuna on a daily basis through satellite remote sensing data. This model provides the first overall view of preferred bluefin tuna habitats in the Mediterranean Sea. Tracking populations via satellite will refine estimates […]

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Chilean Fossil Site Rich with Discoveries—and Mysteries

Written by on November 23, 2011 in Marine Life
Chilean Fossil Site Rich with Discoveries—and Mysteries

By Henry Workman In the Atacama Desert near Caldera, Chile, fossils of 75 prehistoric whales were discovered amid a highway construction project.  Estimated at more than 2 million years old but remarkably intact, the remains were found in an unusual cluster no less than 800 meters (or ½ mile) from the ocean.  Theories are accumulating […]

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Beginning of a Happy Ending for Penguins Affected by NZ Oil Spill

Written by on November 22, 2011 in Marine Life
Beginning of a Happy Ending for Penguins Affected by NZ Oil Spill

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Today, the first group of penguins affected by the oil spill in New Zealand was released back into their home waters. On October 5th, the cargo vessel, Rena, ran aground off the Astrolabe reef, spilling more than 400 tons of oil into the water and killing more than 2,000 seabirds.  The […]

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Krill Play an Important Role in the Southern Ocean and in Happy Feet Two

Written by on November 19, 2011 in Marine Life
Krill Play an Important Role in the Southern Ocean and in Happy Feet Two

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Happy Feet Two was released in theaters on Nov 18.  While still primarily a tale about Emperor Penguins, this movie also features elephant seals, leopard seals, and most importantly, krill.  The krill in Happy Feet Two are voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The 30th Commission for the Conservation of […]

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