Chinese Freighter Slams Into Great Barrier Reef – NYTimes.com

The New York TimesBy KEITH BRADSHER HONG KONG — Salvage experts and a tugboat crew struggled on Monday to save a large Chinese freighter that slammed into the Great Barrier Reef off Australia over the weekend, trying to prevent the vessel from breaking apart as some of the 1,075 tons of engine fuel in its … Continue reading Chinese Freighter Slams Into Great Barrier Reef – NYTimes.com

Microbial Answer to Plastic Pollution?

These are microbes from the coastal seabed attached to plastic, as seen through a microscope. (Credit: Jesse Harrison) ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. Coastal microbes may offer a smart solution to clean up plastic contamination, according to Jesse Harrison presenting … Continue reading Microbial Answer to Plastic Pollution?

Casting a wide net for an ocean rescue

Editorial, San Francisco Chronicle Originally published on page E-10, Sunday, March 28, 2010. The rumor seemed to gain a life of its own in the blogosphere: President Obama was poised to ban sportfishing in America. The source of the misinformation was a column earlier this month on ESPNOutdoors.com, which quickly admitted to “several errors in … Continue reading Casting a wide net for an ocean rescue

Seabed biodiversity in oxygen minimum zones

Abundant populations of the deep-sea spider crab Encephaloides armstrongi from c. 1,000 m (lower boundary OMZ) in the Gulf of Oman and the dead bodies of large upper-ocean jellyfish (Crambionella orsini) which can occur in plague proportions in the Gulf of Oman. (Credit: NOCS/NERC) Oxygen minimum zones Some regions of the deep ocean floor support … Continue reading Seabed biodiversity in oxygen minimum zones

Scientists watch whale’s birth near Navy training range

Derecha, a right whale spotted off St. Johns County, gave birth Saturday. (Photo taken under NOAA Scientific Permit No.948-1962 to UNC-Wilmington. Provided by University of North Carolina-Wilmington) It was only the second time a right whale’s birth has been seen and studied. Florida Times-UnionBy Steve Patterson. Posted March 23, 2010 Scientists surveying the area near … Continue reading Scientists watch whale’s birth near Navy training range

Bottomfish and Lobster Fisheries Permanently Closed at Papahanaumokuakea Monument

Reported by: Ron Mizutani, KOHN2 Bottomfish and lobster fisheries scheduled to close in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument next June have permanently shut down more than a year in advance. But it came with a price tag, essentially a buyout of 22 permits to the tune of $6 million. The creation of the … Continue reading Bottomfish and Lobster Fisheries Permanently Closed at Papahanaumokuakea Monument

U.N. Rejects Export Ban on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Fish dealers with bluefin tuna at a market in Tokyo on Thursday. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/Associated Press) The New York Times – By DAVID JOLLY and JOHN M. BRODER. Published: March 18, 2010 Delegates at a United Nations conference on endangered species in Doha, Qatar, soundly defeated American-supported proposals on Thursday to ban international trade in … Continue reading U.N. Rejects Export Ban on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Iron fertilization in ocean nourishes toxic algae

Micro mug shot: The exoskeleton of a toxin-producing diatom Pseudonitzschia turgidula. The phytoplankton species proliferates when fed dissolved iron, a finding that reveals a potential downside of attempts to sequester carbon by fertilizing the ocean. (Credit: Brian Bill, NOAA/SFSU) Carbon sequestration efforts could trigger harmful algal blooms Sid Perkins, Science News Web edition : Monday, … Continue reading Iron fertilization in ocean nourishes toxic algae