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Coral reefs suffering, but collapse not inevitable, researchers sayEurekAlert | 10 May 2013
(Cell Press) Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 9 based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.
In Pursuit of an Underwater MenagerieNew York Times | 07 May 2013
Two 19th-century glassmakers created a collection of anatomically perfect sculptures of marine creatures. Now, a hunt is on to find the animals that inspired them.
Boneworms' Secret RevealedNew York Times | 07 May 2013
Boneworms are gutless and mouthless, but somehow they live off the carcasses of whalebones. Now researchers say that the worms produce and secrete an acid that can dissolve bone.
The Black Sea is a Goldmine of Ancient Genetic DataWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 07 May 2013
When Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine paleoecologist Marco Coolen was mining through vast amounts of genetic data from the Black Sea sediment record, he was amazed about the variety of past plankton species that left behind their genetic makeup (i.e., the plankton paleome).
Shrimp shell could be way forward for packagingfishupdate.com | 02 May 2013
Scientists at Nofima are participating in a major EU-financed project in which 'active' packaging based on raw materials from shrimp shell improves and conserves food products – and after use the packaging biodegrades. Environmentally stubborn plastic is getting competition from biodegradable packaging made of chitin and chitosan from shrimp shell.
Overfished stocks can recoverWorld Fishing | 01 May 2013
A study by marine scientists at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, USA, has revealed that species of fish that have been overfished can recover to healthy levels if fisheries managers put effective limits on the catch.
Researchers track singing humpback whales on a Northwest Atlantic feeding groundEurekAlert | 30 Apr 2013
Male humpback whales sing complex songs in tropical waters during the winter breeding season, but they also sing at higher latitudes at other times of the year. NOAA researchers have provided the first detailed description linking humpback whale movements to acoustic behavior on a feeding ground in the Northwest Atlantic.
Researchers develop new metric to measure destructive potential of hurricanesEurekAlert | 30 Apr 2013
(Florida State University) Researchers at Florida State University have developed a new metric to measure seasonal Atlantic tropical cyclone activity that focuses on the size of storms in addition to the duration and intensity, a measure that may prove important when considering a hurricane's potential for death and destruction.
Sea surface temperatures reach highest level in 150 yearsEurekAlert | 29 Apr 2013
(NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Temperature is also affecting distributions of fish and shellfish on the Northeast Shelf.
Shark's record dive into the blueNew Zealand Herald | 25 Apr 2013
A shark broke a world record when he dived deeper than any recorded before off the coast of New Zealand this week. Bodhi, a 2.5m male blue shark, dived 1250m deep off the Bay of Plenty coast on Tuesday, data from satellite tagging research by University of Auckland PhD student Riley Elliott has shown.
Study: Source of organic matter affects Bay water qualityEurekAlert | 24 Apr 2013
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) A study led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science reveals that organic carbon in runoff from urbanized landscapes is more likely to persist as it is carried downstream, thus contributing to low-oxygen "dead zones" in coastal waters.
Israeli scientists discover why soft corals have unique pulsating motionEurekAlert | 24 Apr 2013
Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US).
Atlantic cod in for even more stress?EurekAlert | 23 Apr 2013
(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) Researchers have known for some years that the Atlantic cod beats the retreat in the direction of the Arctic when the waters in its traditional habitat become too warm. In summer, shoals from the Atlantic Ocean, for example, are now moving up as far as Spitsbergen into the waters the Arctic cod calls its own.
Experts Call for Network to Monitor Marine BiodiversityWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 23 Apr 2013
A group of oceanographic experts is calling for the establishment of a national network to monitor the diversity of marine life, a key bellwether of ocean and human health.
New ocean acidification studyWorld Fishing | 23 Apr 2013
A new study published in the 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA' has revealed a new insight into the potential effects of ocean acidification on the sensory function of larval tropical cobia.