Scientists fear mass extinction as oceans choke

Low oxygen levels, which have been found along south-easternAustralia, are known to increase stress on fish.Photo Credit: Reuters/Ho New By: Amy SimmonsABC News (Australia), December 1, 2010 Australian scientists fear the planet is on the brink of another mass extinction as ocean dead zones continue to grow in size and number. More than 400 ocean … Continue reading Scientists fear mass extinction as oceans choke

Atlantic Ocean sharks get new

By: Juliet EilperinThe Washington Post, November 28, 2010 International delegates Saturday adopted new protections for seven species of shark in the Atlantic Ocean but rejected restrictions for bluefin tuna and swordfish, leaving the future of some of the world’s most imperiled marine predators uncertain. On the last day of voting at the International Commission for … Continue reading Atlantic Ocean sharks get new

The (previously) secret sex life of corals

An Israeli marine biologist is the first to discover the extraordinary gender-reversal approach to reproduction of the Japanese mushroom coral. A female mushroom stony coral expels eggs through its mouthto the water column in the coral reefs of Okinawa, Japan. By Abagail LeichmanIsrael 21c, November 23, 2010Marine biologist Yossi Loya didn’t set out to scrutinize … Continue reading The (previously) secret sex life of corals

New business in bycatch ‘will lead to catastrophe’

Photo Credit: NOAA By: Heok Hee NgNovember 11, 2010, Practical Fishkeeping Going to the nearest market to pick up a few lizardfishes and flatheads (fishes traditionally not considered to be good eating) for the dinner table is rapidly becoming a reality in some parts of the world. This is the result of the commercialisation of … Continue reading New business in bycatch ‘will lead to catastrophe’

Educational Opportunity in Bellingham, WA

Kinship Foundation is issuing a call for applications for its 2011 Kinship Conservation Fellows program located in Bellingham, Washington.  Kinship’s intensive, in-residence instruction in the forces that drive environmental markets will transform the way that you work.  The 2011 program will take place from June 28-July 29 in Bellingham, Washington.  Kinship will be accepting applications … Continue reading Educational Opportunity in Bellingham, WA

Extreme Corals 2010 Expedition sets sail

Today, the NOAA ship Ron Brown departs Pensacola, FL, on the Extreme Corals 2010 Expedition.  Chief scientists, Steve Ross, UNCW, and Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation and Biology Institute, lead the effort to explore and characterize deep coral ecosystems from the West Florida Shelf to the northern Florida east coast using WHOI’s Jason ROV. We have … Continue reading Extreme Corals 2010 Expedition sets sail

Bluefin Tuna Black Market: How A Runaway Fishing Industry Looted The Seas

Tuna hauled aboard a purse seine vessel in 2007Photo Credit: Felix Sanchez, Madrid By: Mariana Walker Guevara, Kate Willson, and Marcos Garcia Rey, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists The Huffington Post, November 8, 2010 The rapid demise of Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, the source of prized sushi around the world, is due to a … Continue reading Bluefin Tuna Black Market: How A Runaway Fishing Industry Looted The Seas

Oil Spill Investigation A ‘High Priority’ For Justice

Photo Credit: US Coast Guard/Getty Images By: Carrie JohnsonNational Public Radio, November 8, 2010 As part of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge in New Orleans recently created a security zone around the collapsed rig, the legal equivalent of taking yellow police tape … Continue reading Oil Spill Investigation A ‘High Priority’ For Justice