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A Lab in the OceanWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 13 Dec 2013
A new instrument that can provide early warnings of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and other toxic organisms in the ocean has successfully passed its first long-term test at sea.
What the past tells us about modern sea-level riseEurekAlert | 12 Dec 2013
(University of Southampton) Researchers from the University of Southampton and the Australian National University report that sea-level rise since the industrial revolution has been fast by natural standards and -- at current rates -- may reach 80 cm above the modern level by 2100 and 2.5 meters by 2200.
Decline in oysters leads to banWorld Fishing | 12 Dec 2013
UK fishermen have been left reeling after plummeting numbers of oysters in the Solent led to a ban during their peak season.
EU-Morocco fisheries agreement renewedWorld Fishing | 12 Dec 2013
A new agreement has been formed that will enable fishing vessels from 11 EU countries to fish in the waters of the Kingdom of Morocco in return for an annual payment of €30m.
Post-Sandy, Long Island barrier systems appear surprisingly soundEurekAlert | 11 Dec 2013
(University of Texas at Austin) Results of a rapid response marine geophysical survey off Long Island following Hurricane Sandy show that despite the devastation on land, Sandy did not significantly disrupt the offshore barrier system that protects Long Island from long-term erosion. As a result, residents can rebuild with greater confidence the land will not begin to erode out from under them.
Fish stock exploitation has declinedWorld Fishing | 11 Dec 2013
ICES has concluded that exploitation of fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic has declined significantly during the last decade.
Forage fish, their fisheries, and their predators: who drives whom?Oxford Journals | 11 Dec 2013
The North Sea has a diverse forage fish assemblage, including herring, targeted for human consumption; sandeel, sprat, and Norway pout, exploited by industrial fisheries; and some sardine and anchovy, supporting small-scale fisheries. All show large abundance fluctuations, impacting on fisheries and predators. We review field, laboratory, and modelling studies to investigate the drivers of this complex system of forage fish.
UK fishermen fear green energyWorld Fishing | 10 Dec 2013
Fishermen's organisations have expressed their fears over the UK Governments announcement to shift wind farm renewable subsidies from onshore to offshore.
Deep-sea fishing voteWorld Fishing | 10 Dec 2013
The European Parliament has voted on deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic - and has voted against phasing out deep-sea bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting.
Hydropower plants kill thousands of eelsWorld Fishing | 10 Dec 2013
Following recent reports from ICES and HELCOM classifying several species of eel as critically endangered, Oceana says that aside from fishing, hydropower plants are also killing hundreds of thousands of eels every year.
More whales die in Florida EvergladesGuardian Unlimited | 09 Dec 2013
Eleven whales believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Florida Everglades are dead, say national wildlife officials. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official Blair Mase said wildlife workers spotted the dead whales on Sunday afternoon at Snipe Point, about six miles north of Sugarloaf Key.That brings the overall death toll to 22.
Dong Energy upbeat about offshore wind power thanks to higher subsidyGuardian Unlimited | 08 Dec 2013
Dong Energy, the company that claims to be the biggest developer of windfarms in the world, believes it is "game on" in the North Sea with nothing to hold back new investment. The upbeat message from the Danish firm's British chairman, Brent Cheshire, comes days after the government announced a better than expected subsidy regime for large offshore wind farms.
Call of the WhalesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 05 Dec 2013
Last fall a team of researchers put two torpedo-shaped underwater robots in the Gulf of Maine to find whales for us, said Mark Baumgartner, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The gliders were equipped with digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instruments to listen for whale calls and specialized software to identify the calls.
How Scientists are Using Drones to Fight the Next Big Oil Spilltheatlantic.com | 05 Dec 2013
More than three-and-half years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are launching drones and ocean-going sensor arrays off the Florida coast in an effort to map the path of future oil spills before they devastate beaches and coastal ecosystems.
New Jersey Shore likely faces unprecedented flooding by mid-centuryEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(Rutgers University) Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 -- 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century.