Weekly Roundup 15

Written by on March 15, 2013 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

Spiny dogfish.

Spiny dogfish. Photo credit: NOAA.

California Shark Law harms East Coast’s Certified Sustainable Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery” from SavingSeafood

Last week, we shared an article about great white sharks gaining protection in California. Now, a new article states that the Sustainable Fisheries Association, which represents the New England Atlantic spiny dogfish shark processors, joined a legal battle arguing that banning the sale and transport of shark fins is “wasteful and unconstitutional.”

Catch of the Day- Catfish” from FishNavy.com

Find out why eating farmed catfish from the U.S. is sustainable and good for you.

Changing ecosystem concerns fishermen” from Portland Press Herald

The Gulf of Maine is getting warmer and more acidic. With these changes, both scientists and local fishermen are worrying about the future. They are concerned that the changing ecosystem will damage some of the most important fisheries in the area.

Cryptic Clams: Biologists Find Species Hiding in Plain View” from University of Michigan

Biologists from the University of Michigan have identified three “cryptic” species of clams that have been hiding in plain sight for millions of years. They are called cryptic because they can’t be identified from looks alone – their differences are hidden in their genes. Previously, these three have all been classified as members of the same species. Beyond identifying new species, this study helps solve the puzzle of southern Australia evolved three distinct biogeographic regions along one continuous coastline.

Fish McBites are floundering” from New York Post

Unfortunately, McDonald’s MSC-certified Fish McBites are not as popular as the company had hoped.

A healthy coral reef.

A healthy coral reef. Photo credit: NOAA.

Fluorescent Light Revealed as Gauge of Coral Health” from UC San Diego

New research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography reveals that when corals face both heat and cold stress, they display a rapid decline in fluorescence (light produced by corals) levels. This is one of the first studies that focuses on fluorescence before and after stress. While very little is still known about fluorescence, this study shows that it can be used to accurately determine the health of coral.

IMATA conference is opportunity to condemn Taiji dolphin drives” from Digital Journal

In this opinion piece, the author states that the annual conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) would be a perfect place to discuss the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. There are several members of IMATA who work at facilities that get their dolphins from the Japanese dolphin drives, even though IMATA “condemns the inhumane killing of dolphins and other cetaceans.”

Seal Pups On Surfboard” from Huffington Post

Watch this adorable footage of seal pups playing on a slippery surfboard. The video is from Ethan Janson who mounted his GoPro camera to an old surfboard and recorded the seals for 30 minutes.

Trash Fish for Dinner. Should We Be Eating Bycatch?” from Switchboard

Last week, chefs in Boston held a Trash Fish Dinner to raise public awareness about bycatch. This article discusses the issue of bycatch and suggests that we could be eating some of those unwanted fish that get thrown back into the sea.

When Hungry, Gulf of Mexico Algae Go Toxic” from NC State

A new study from North Carolina State University reveals that when Karenia brevis algae (the algae responsible for the harmful red tide) don’t get enough nutrients, they focus on becoming more and more toxic in order to ensure their survival. The results show that the algae can become two to seven times more toxic when phosphorous levels are low. Hopefully this will help managers make better predictions about red tides to help keep people and shellfish safe.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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