Archive for November, 2014

Watch Manta Rays Swim in the Great Barrier Reef

Written by on November 28, 2014 in Marine Life
Watch Manta Rays Swim in the Great Barrier Reef

Lady Elliot Island, located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a hotspot for marine megafauna and is home to up to 450 manta rays.

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Cause of Mass Sea Star Die-Off Finally Identified

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Invertebrates, Marine Life
Cause of Mass Sea Star Die-Off Finally Identified

Scientists identified the cause of Sea Star Wasting Disease, which has plagued the Pacific coast since June 2013 in the largest sea star die-off ever recorded.

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Helping Managers Avoid Ocean Tipping Points

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Policy & Ocean Law
Helping Managers Avoid Ocean Tipping Points

The Ocean Tipping Points Project is an international research collaboration that documents ecological thresholds around the world and works to mitigate them.

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Strict Fisheries Management Can Counteract Impacts of Climate Change

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Coral Reefs, Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Strict Fisheries Management Can Counteract Impacts of Climate Change

Strict fisheries and coral reef management counteracts some of the detrimental effects climate disturbances can have on heavily fished reefs.

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When Marine Productivity Increases, Tree Growth Slows

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Marine Life
When Marine Productivity Increases, Tree Growth Slows

Climate variability has opposite effects on marine life and tree growth: the same factors that support marine productivity can result in slower tree growth.

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Sustainable Seafood Labels “Are Often Misapplied”

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Sustainable Seafood Labels “Are Often Misapplied”

Scientists and managers are calling for a re-evaluation of seafood ecolabelling guidelines on the grounds that they create “market barriers” for coastal communities.

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Community-Based Fisheries Management Benefits Fish and People

Written by on November 14, 2014 in Coral Reefs, Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Community-Based Fisheries Management Benefits Fish and People

Letting communities in the developing world create and enforce their own fisheries regulations is more successful than a traditional “top-down” government approach.

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Close-Up View of Microscopic Marine Life

Written by on November 12, 2014 in Invertebrates, Marine Life
Close-Up View of Microscopic Marine Life

In their first few weeks of life, sea stars, barnacles, and sand dollars look nothing like the adults that we can all picture.

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Vulnerability to Fishing Predicted by Fish Personalities

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Fish, Marine Life
Vulnerability to Fishing Predicted by Fish Personalities

Researchers found that “exploratory behavior” was closely linked to fishing vulnerability.

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Eating Sustainably: Lobster Tacos

Written by on November 7, 2014 in Marine Life
Eating Sustainably: Lobster Tacos

The spiny lobster differs from Maine lobster as it has no claws. The meat is slightly chewier than its northern cousin but is just as tasty.

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