Meet the Winners of the Fifth Annual Ocean in Focus Photo Contestmarinephotobank.com | 23 May 2013
Congratulations to Andy Murch for his grand prize winning photo essay titled "Gillnets: An Indiscriminate Fishery," chosen from a group of six finalists. For his essay, Murch focused on the wasteful practice of gillnet fishing, specifically in the halibut fishery of Baja California.
ISSF bycatch project in the PacificWorld Fishing | 23 May 2013
As part of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation's #BycatchProject a group of scientists and fishers will embark on a weeks-long journey through the Pacific in search of techniques to reduce bycatch.
New DNA test can detect Bluff oyster-killing infectionNew Zealand Herald | 23 May 2013
A new DNA test has been developed to detect low levels of the Bluff oyster-killer bonamia. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) and molecular diagnostic company dnature have developed a DNA test that is more sensitive, and can detect lower levels of infection, than using a microscope.
Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral species predicted by modelEurekAlert | 22 May 2013
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Researchers from the University of Hawaii, Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered.
'Green' longliner for Blue NorthWorld Fishing | 22 May 2013
Seattle-based Blue North has contracted Dakota Creek Industries to build a new 'green' longliner, with delivery due in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Surprise discovery of huge bird colony on small islandNew Zealand Herald | 22 May 2013
A survey of a small inshore island at Cape Foulwind, near Westport, has led to the surprise discovery of what appears to be the largest West Coast seabird colony between Cook Strait and Fiordland.
New species of sea urchins discovered in NZ watersNew Zealand Herald | 21 May 2013
Scientists dusting off half-century old archives of sea urchins have discovered seven new species they didn't know existed in New Zealand waters. The dramatic finds include a clarification over the mystery of one giant deepwater species.
Scientists Explore Roots of Future Tropical RainfallWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 21 May 2013
A new study, published online May 19 in the journal Nature Geoscience, looks to the past to learn about the future of tropical climate change, and our ability to simulate it with numerical models.
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.
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.
Using earthquake sensors to track endangered whalesEurekAlert | 14 May 2013
(University of Washington) Oceanographers analyzed more than 300,000 fin-whale calls recorded by seafloor seismometers and recreated more than 150 fin-whale paths off the Pacific Northwest coast.
Scientists find impact of open-ocean industrial fishing within centuries of bird bonesEurekAlert | 14 May 2013
(Smithsonian) The impact of industrial fishing on coastal ecosystems has been studied for many years. But how it affects food webs in the open ocean has not been very clear. So a team of Smithsonian and Michigan State University scientists and their colleagues looked to the ancient bones of seabirds for answers, revealing some of the dramatic changes that have happened within open-ocean food webs since the onset of industrial fishing.