Tuesday 21 May
Blue whale protection may need to increaseNew Zealand Herald | 20 May 2013
The protection afforded to blue whales in New Zealand waters may need to be increased, now a study has found they may be more regular visitors to the South Taranaki Bight than previously thought.
Fishermen angry at call to extend set-net banNew Zealand Herald | 20 May 2013
Otago commercial fishermen have reacted with anger to a proposal to extend a ban on set-net fishing around the Otago Peninsula to help preserve yellow-eyed penguin colonies.
Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfallEurekAlert | 20 May 2013
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world? Climate models generally suggest that the tropics as a whole will get wetter, but the models don't always agree on where rainfall patterns will shift in particular regions within the tropics.
Sea level influenced tropical climate during the last ice ageEurekAlert | 20 May 2013
The Indo-Pacific warm pool was much dryer during the last ice age than today, because lower sea level exposed the Sunda Shelf. The large landmass, in place of the warm ocean, altered the atmospheric circulation, shifting convection further west into the Indian Ocean.
Precious penguins needing better protectionNew Zealand Herald | 19 May 2013
Extending a ban on set net fishing around the Otago Peninsula will stem the deaths of one of the rarest penguin species in the world, the native yellow-eyed penguin, Forest and Bird says.
Deep sea 'gold rush' moves closerBBC | 18 May 2013
The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.
Conservationists to count breeding birds after 'puffin wreck' winterGuardian Unlimited | 17 May 2013
Nipped fingers and handfuls of guano will be the order of the day for wildlife rangers on the Farne Islands as they embark on an epic census on Friday to discover whether puffin numbers have plummeted after a year of extreme weather. The 10 National Trust rangers living on the islands must dangle their bare fingers down 60,000 puffin burrows in the next two months to determine whether breeding pairs have fallen after the worst puffin "wreck" for 66 years.
Iceland responds to MCS mackerel claimsWorld Fishing | 17 May 2013
The Iceland Ministry of Industries and Innovation has responded to the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) rating of Icelandic pelagic caught mackerel as 'least sustainable, which has been based on seven justifications.
EU deep-sea fisheries reps call for authorities to work togetherfishupdate.com | 17 May 2013
Over the last two days (15-16 May), representatives from the industry, the EU institutions, EU Member States, civil society as well as from the scientific community have gathered in Edinburgh to optimise the management of deep water fishing.
Corals turn to algae for stored food when times get toughEurekAlert | 16 May 2013
(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers at EPFL present new evidence for the crucial role of algae in the survival of their coral hosts. Ultra-high resolution images reveal that the algae temporarily store nutrients as crystals, building up reserves for when supplies run low.
A Book Blooms in the LabWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 16 May 2013
When conditions of light and nutrients align in the surface waters of the ocean, tiny single-celled algae called phytoplankton respond with explosive growth and reproduction in a phenomenon known as a phytoplankton bloom.
Mackerel back on the Fish to Eat listWorld Fishing | 16 May 2013
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has upgraded European and Norwegian mackerel to a yellow 'three' rating on its Fish to Eat List, meaning people can eat it occasionally without endangering the species.
Gillnets fatal for seabirdsWorld Fishing | 16 May 2013
A study published today reveals that 400,000 birds are killed each year in gillnet fisheries, exceeding the estimated toll of bird deaths documented in longline fisheries.