Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“California’s great white sharks now protected by law” from NBC News
On Friday, great white sharks finally gained protection from the California Endangered Species Act. To learn more, check out this related article: Greater Protections for Great Whites.
“INTERPOL establishes unit to fight illegal fishing” from Nature
Last week, the international criminal investigation body launched a new unit to combat illegal fishing. Project Scale will aim to suppress criminal networks and the ships they operate
“Mobile fish pen named a Top 25 Invention” from World Fishing & Aquaculture
A new system was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions of 2012. It is a drifting fish cage that could potentially solve it issue of pollution from fish farming.
Researchers are completing a survey in the waters of the eastern U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico to determine how each area will react to ocean acidification. The researchers note that, for example, the same amount of carbon dioxide added to the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine will have drastically different results.
In a new citizen science project, sailors and fishermen are being asked to help scientists with the world’s largest study of plankton. The goal is to collect as much data about plankton as possible in order to determine how life in the oceans is changing.
“Seals take scientists to Antarctic’s ocean floor” from Reuters
By attaching head sensors to elephant seals, researchers were able to learn more about water deep below Antarctic ice than they ever would have been able to learn from a research vessel. The seals went to areas where it would have be impossible to get a ship, allowing the researchers to learn more about deep ocean circulation.
“Shark attack kills award-winning film-maker in New Zealand” from The Guardian
Film maker Adam Strange was killed in the first fatal shark attack in New Zealand since 1976.
“Shark Relative Had Buzz Saw Mouth” from Discovery
Check out these wild drawings of what an ancient shark-like fish, Helicoprion, looked like.
“Ship noise makes crabs get crabby” from Bristol
A new study shows that noise from ships affects crab metabolism. The researchers found that the crabs don’t really acclimate to noise over time, which could increase risk of predation and stunt their growth.
“Toxic oceans may have delayed spread of complex life” from Exeter
New research reveals that hydrogen-sulfide rich water may have delayed the development and spread of more complex life forms in ancient oceans.
Unfortunately, new research reveals that, if declines of leatherback nests continues at current rates, leatherback sea turtles could be extinct within the next two decades.
This article discusses an editorial from the journal Nature about whether or not data from fish catches is accurate in determining population size. Scientists seem to be split down the middle, some saying it’s the only accurate method and others saying it’s not helpful at all.
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