Archive for February, 2014

This Week in Marine Science

Written by on February 28, 2014 in Other News
This Week in Marine Science

Here’s a roundup of other stories worth reading this weekend, including changes in the poles, extra benefits of wind farms, polar bears on Google Maps and more.

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Final Proposal Will Allow Seismic Blasting in the Atlantic

Written by on February 28, 2014 in Policy & Ocean Law
Final Proposal Will Allow Seismic Blasting in the Atlantic

The decision has been made. Yesterday, the US government released a final proposal to allow the use of seismic airguns off the East Coast.

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What If 45% of the Planet Became a Marine Protected Area?

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Policy & Ocean Law
What If 45% of the Planet Became a Marine Protected Area?

The high seas cover more than 45% of the entire planet. What if it all became one huge Marine Protected Area?

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Eco-Audit: How Well Is the Mesoamerican Reef Managed?

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Coral Reefs, Policy & Ocean Law
Eco-Audit: How Well Is the Mesoamerican Reef Managed?

A new report examines the level of protection afforded to the Mesoamerican Reef and how it has changed over the past few years.

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Nine Countries Commit to Conserving Sharks

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Marine Life, Sharks
Nine Countries Commit to Conserving Sharks

Last week, nine new nations signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, in an effort to protect seven at-risk species.

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What Do Parrotfish and Conservationists Have in Common?

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Coral Reefs, Fish
What Do Parrotfish and Conservationists Have in Common?

They’re both working to save coral reefs. Parrotfish play a critical role in maintaining the health of coral reefs.

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Dolphin Hunter Couldn’t Ignore Feelings of Sorrow and Regret

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
Dolphin Hunter Couldn’t Ignore Feelings of Sorrow and Regret

This interview with former Taiji dolphin hunter Izumi Ishii is a must-see. After years and years of hunting, he cut ties with the other fishermen and walked away.

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First-Ever ‘Whole Ecosystem Study’ of WA’s Pilbara Region

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Coral Reefs, Marine Life
First-Ever ‘Whole Ecosystem Study’ of WA’s Pilbara Region

A five-year project will survey the Pilbara region of Western Australia, covering two major marine parks and areas under development for oil and gas extraction.

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New Method to Help Save Endangered Sea Lions

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Marine Life
New Method to Help Save Endangered Sea Lions

Today’s highlights include legal sea turtle fisheries, heart failure in fish exposed to oil spills, and a call for citizen scientists.

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Belugas Infected With Cat Parasite

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
Belugas Infected With Cat Parasite

Researchers found western Arctic Belugas infected with kitty litter disease, which is the leading cause of infectious blindness in humans.

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