Prawn catch report highlights dynamic nature of seasfishupdate.com | 23 May 2013
The publication of a scientific article by Marine Scotland on the environmental factors affecting a key fishery in the North Sea for prawns (langoustines) highlights the dynamic nature of the marine environment and the need for greater understanding of such natural fluxes, says the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF).
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.
Out of Sight, Out of MindWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 22 May 2013
Study of a right whale named Eg 3911 reveals how entanglement can cause a slow, invisible death
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.