New Marine Protected Areas Safeguard Northern California’s Iconic Coastal Areas

“Underwater parks” will boost the region’s environmental and economic health SACRAMENTO—On May 1, California’s underwater state park system will expand to include iconic north central coast areas like Point Reyes Headlands, the Farallon Islands, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Last August the California Fish & Game Commission approved a sweeping marine protected area plan that sets
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Holland America Line Partners with Marine Conservation Biology Institute

New “Our Marvelous Oceans” Program to Foster Greater Marine Environment Understanding Seattle, April 22, 2010 – Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) announced a new partnership to promote sustainable and compatible use of the oceans to protect the world’s marine ecosystems.  Called “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the new program will start with a
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Acidifying Oceans Dramatically Stunt Growth of Already Threatened Shellfish, Research Finds

Adult oysters soon to be separated for culturing for lab experiments. (Credit: Kirk Sato) ScienceDaily, April 20, 2010New research shows that global warming and its effects — in particular, ocean acidification — have descended upon shellfish reefs, particularly those formed by the Olympia oyster. More than one-third of the world’s human-caused carbon dioxide emissions have
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It’s a microbial world

Left, Karenia brevis; Middle, Cryptopharynx; Right, Ceratium longipes.(Credits: Bob Andersen and D. J. Patterson; D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb; avid Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad) Worldwide census ups diversity estimates for marine microbes one-hundred-fold. Nature News, Published online April 18, 2010By Jane Qiu Researchers scouring the world’s oceans
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‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

New research shows that eukaryotic phytoplankton account for almost half the ocean’s carbon fixation by phytoplankton.(Credit: iStockphoto/Sebastian Meckelmann) ScienceDaily, Apr. 16, 2010 Scientists at the University of Warwick and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have opened “the black box” of eukaryotic phytoplankton and discovered that they actually account for almost half the ocean’s carbon
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