Archive for November, 2012

Potential for Medicine from New Marine Organisms

Written by on November 17, 2012 in Marine Life
Potential for Medicine from New Marine Organisms

Scientists have recently discovered new microbial organisms containing previously unknown genes and proteins that could be used to create new drugs and chemicals.

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Victory for Marine Mammals and Environmentalists in California: Air Blasting Proposal Denied

Written by on November 16, 2012 in Marine Life
Victory for Marine Mammals and Environmentalists in California: Air Blasting Proposal Denied

Environmentalists are celebrating victory in California where the Coastal Commission rejected the a plan to map offshore earthquake faults by blasting air cannons.

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Australia Announces Establishment of New Marine Reserves

Written by on November 16, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Australia Announces Establishment of New Marine Reserves

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke declared the establishment of new marine reserves and a $100 million fund to buy out any affected fisheries.

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“No Credible Scientific Evidence” for Seal Cull in Canada

Written by on November 15, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
“No Credible Scientific Evidence” for Seal Cull in Canada

The Canadian Government approved a plan to cull gray seals in hopes of reviving depleted cod stocks. Now, a group of scientists has written an open letter calling it “a waste of valuable resources…”

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Marine Algae Could Help in Stroke Recovery Treatment

Written by on November 15, 2012 in Marine Life
Marine Algae Could Help in Stroke Recovery Treatment

A new study found that a compound produced by marine algae (Karenia brevis) could aid in the recovery of brain function after a stroke.

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Marine Zoning: Saving Tuna While Improving Fisheries

Written by on November 14, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Marine Zoning: Saving Tuna While Improving Fisheries

A new study has determined that ‘marine zoning’ in the Pacific Ocean could help overfished bigeye tuna while improving local fisheries.

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A Unique Whale Adoption Program: Cetacean Society International

Written by on November 14, 2012 in Marine Life
A Unique Whale Adoption Program: Cetacean Society International

Cetacean Society International is a non-profit conservation, education and research organization that works for whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their marine environment.

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Fish Living in Marine Reserves are “More Catchable”

Written by on November 13, 2012 in Marine Life
Fish Living in Marine Reserves are “More Catchable”

New research shows that fish that have grown up in marine reserves are naïve and let spear-fishers get too close.

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Largest Marine Reserve in Africa Announced

Written by on November 13, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Largest Marine Reserve in Africa Announced

The creation of the largest marine protected area in Africa was recently announced by the Government of Mozambique.

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Basking Sharks: DIY DNA Sampling

Written by on November 12, 2012 in Marine Life
Basking Sharks: DIY DNA Sampling

A team of shark experts from the Isle of Man have created a simple, inexpensive DIY (do it yourself) kit for collecting DNA of basking sharks.

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