According to a new study, if genetically modified (GM) salmon were to escape from farms and mate with wild fish from a different species, the results would be interesting. GM salmon contain genetic material that increases their growth rate so when they breed with wild salmon or trout, the resulting hybrid could have some surprising traits. In the study, the researchers found that 43 percent of hybrids carried the growth hormone trait and they actually grew faster than the GM salmon.
A new study shows that sharks will be more valuable in the wild than they are in soup. The researchers found that shark fisheries are worth about $630 million a year but that number has been steadily declining. Shark-watching tourism, however, generates about $314 million per year and is estimated to reach $780 million in the next 20 years. Shark tourism also supports at least 10,000 jobs in 29 countries.
The Galapagos Islands–made famous by Charles Darwin–are known for their biodiversity and natural beauty. Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), the Catlin Seaview Survey and Google have partnered to bring the islands to the public. Tourism to the Galapagos Islands is strictly controlled and its remote location makes it an unlikely vacation spot for most people, but now everyone will be able to enjoy the scenery when it can be viewed on Google Maps later this year. To learn more, read Google’s post about it: Capturing the beauty and wonder of the Galapagos on Google Maps.
Bonus — Here are the results of 2013 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Underwater Photography Contest! There are some pretty amazing photos here so check it out.
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