Archive for August, 2012

Annual Dolphin Slaughter in the Cove to Begin Tomorrow

Written by on August 31, 2012 in Marine Life, Other News, Policy & Ocean Law
Annual Dolphin Slaughter in the Cove to Begin Tomorrow

The annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan will begin tomorrow, September 1.  Ric O’Barry and his team from Save Japan Dolphins and Dolphin Project will report live from the Cove beginning tonight, Friday August 31. Many others will join the team near the Cove of Taiji to protest and hold signs warning the locals that […]

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New Maps Designed to Lessen Tourism Impact on Hawaiian Dolphins

Written by on August 31, 2012 in Marine Life, Technology
New Maps Designed to Lessen Tourism Impact on Hawaiian Dolphins

Spinner dolphins in Hawaii are a popular tourist attraction, but these dolphins sleep during the day and frequent human interference is disrupting their rest periods. Researchers from Duke and Stony Brook universities are providing scientists and resource managers a new method for protecting these dolphins: new maps. “Using the maps produced through this study we […]

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Flexibility in Corals Not Always a Good Thing

Written by on August 30, 2012 in Marine Life
Flexibility in Corals Not Always a Good Thing

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UMH)’s School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) have found that the more flexible corals are, the less resistant they are to environmental stressors. “This is exactly the opposite of what we expected,” said lead author Hollie Putnam, PhD candidate at UHM, “Our findings suggest more is […]

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NOAA Awards Grants to Support Bycatch Reduction

Written by on August 29, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA Awards Grants to Support Bycatch Reduction

NOAA Fisheries Service recently announced that it has awarded 14 grants worth nearly 2.5 million dollars under the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP). All grants from the BREP support critical research and development of new methods to prevent and reduce bycatch.  The new grants cover many speices, including seabirds, whales, sharks and more. You can read more […]

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Underwater Noise Makes Whale Communication Difficult

Written by on August 24, 2012 in Marine Life
Underwater Noise Makes Whale Communication Difficult

New research, led by NOAA and published in the journal Conservation Biology last week explains that high levels of background noise reduce the ability of North Atlantic right whales to communicated with each other by almost two thirds. North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered.  They live along the east coast of North America and […]

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New Study Says Marine Life Faces Threat of Extinction

Written by on August 23, 2012 in Marine Life
New Study Says Marine Life Faces Threat of Extinction

A new study published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution says that marine life is faced with the threat of a major extinction. “Currently, the Earth is again in a period of increased extinctions and extinction risks, this time mainly caused by human factors,” the scientists stated in their paper. A team of […]

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New Shark Tracking Methods Make Info Available to Public

Written by on August 22, 2012 in Marine Life, Technology
New Shark Tracking Methods Make Info Available to Public

Two new programs to track shark movements have been implemented over the last few weeks. Basking Sharks in Scotland A collaboration between with University of Exeter and Scottish Natural Heritage has provided online, real-time information about basking sharks off the coast of Scotland.  Researchers are collecting this data in order to better understand shark movement and behavior, as well as to […]

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Invasive Brittle Star Found in Atlantic

Written by on August 21, 2012 in Marine Life

A new study published in the journal Coral Reefs last week explains that an invasive species of brittle star, Ophiothela mirabilis (yellow brittle star), resident of the Pacific Ocean, has now been found in the Atlantic, most likely as a result of shipping. The yellow brittle star has six rays and reproduces asexually by splitting itself […]

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Improving Welfare of Lab Fish

Written by on August 21, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law, Technology
Improving Welfare of Lab Fish

According to Home Office, 14.8 percent of all 3,792,857 animal testing procedures in 2011 were performed on fish.  The number of fish being used is increasing, so researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Chester are developing a system that will be able to identify when lab fish are stressed. The system is based off […]

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Interlux Waterfront Challenge: Help Improve Your Local Waterfront

Written by on August 20, 2012 in Marine Life, Technology
Interlux Waterfront Challenge: Help Improve Your Local Waterfront

Interlux Yacht Finishes, division of International Paint LLC, is accepting applications for The Waterfront Challenge–a nation-wide competition designed to encourage people to improve their local waterfront and provide them with an opportunity to do so. Everyone is eligible to enter–from families to yacht clubs–as long as the group contains three or more people, and has […]

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