Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Alaska Interagency Working Group: “Whole of Government” Integrated Arctic Management is in Everyone’s Best Interest” from The Blog Aquatic
Check out this post from the Ocean Conservancy’s blog about the Alaska Interagency Working Group established by President Obama in 2011. The group recently released an initial report about energy development and permitting in Alaska that includes recommendations for the Obama Administration.
“Anal fins hold key to evolutionary history” from Planet Earth Online
A new study shows that Euphanerops, a 400 million year old jawless fish had a pair of fins located behind its anus. This is a unique characteristic, as most fish have a single anal fin, two pectoral fins and two pelvic fins. As far as we know, this is the only fish with this characteristic. These findings will help scientists better reconstruct the evolutionary history of jawed vertebrates, our ancestors.
Ice cover in the Arctic Ocean reached an all-time low in 2012. A new study suggests that as ice cover continues to decline, the Arctic will get less productive because the newly-open waters are very deep, ocean acidification will continue and nutrients will have a hard time reaching the surface.
“Eat Patriotic Fish” From Huffington Post
Choosing which fish to buy is a complicated process these days, especially with the variety of sustainability labels and seafood fraud. This post from The Blog suggests that one way to avoid the confusion and make sustainable choices is to buy wild domestic seafood.
“Female great whites reveal long-range mating secrets” from NewScientist
For the first time, researchers have tracked female great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) throughout their whole two-year-long migratory cycle. This research reveals where great whites mate and bear their young after an 18-month gestation period and helps identify areas where conservation efforts should be focused.
“MPs criticise slow progress on marine zones” from BBC
MPs on the Science and Technology Committee are criticizing the UK Government for taking too long to established marine conservation zones (MCZs) in local waters. They say that the 31 (out of the original 127) sites are suffering from the delay. This comes after the government admitted that the reason it is taking so long to establish the MCZs is because it’s too expensive.
An international team of scientists will travel to the North Atlantic Ocean in order to learn more about the Galicia rift, located northwest of the Spanish coast. The Galicia rift is an important geologic structure because it was once the center of Pangaea. The crust at this rift is neither oceanic nor continental. By studying it, the team hopes to learn more about other rifts that appeared when Pangaea split apart.
“The Saudi Arabia of Sashimi” from Slate
Regulating tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific is a challenging job as the value of tuna continues to rise along with the cost of fishing licenses. Pirates, too, have become a threat to tuna stocks. Palau alone recorded 850 pirate fishing vessels illegally fishing in its waters in 2010. In order to save the tuna and keep the pirates at bay, Palau and seven other nations have joined to form the Parties to the Nauru Agreement. This article is long, but nicely summarizes the situation with an interview with Thomas Remengesau Jr., President of Palau.
“Sea Mammals Find U.S. Safe Harbor” from UVM
This article summarizes a new study that analyzed the success of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the United States. While some populations, such as right whales, are still in trouble, the research shows that “the current status of many marine mammal populations is considerably better than in 1972,” when the Act was first implemented. In fact, only 5 percent of populations for which there is enough data are in decline.
“White sharks scavenging on whales” from RJD
Did you know that great white sharks are also scavengers? They feed on the bodies of dead whales and they way the eat surprised researchers. Check out the following video to learn more about scavenging great whites. You can also read a summary here: New eco study looks at Great white shark behavior.
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