This Week’s News Highlights!



Here are some of the news articles that we think are interesting, intriguing, and important! Take a look at them, and tell us what you think. We want to hear from YOU!

$3M center planned for Hawaiian monk seals

AP (via Mercury News):

A California center is planning to build a $3 million rehabilitation center to treat critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals on the Big Island.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18655485

Research Highlight: Undersea Wildlife Park Booms

Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

Cabo Pulmo, an area previously depleted by fishing, has proven to be the world’s most robust marine reserve in the world, according to a new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Results of a 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal, revealed that the total amount of fish in the reserve ecosystem (the “biomass”) boomed more than 460 percent from 1999 to 2009.

http://explorations.ucsd.edu/research-highlights/2011/research-highlight-the-world%E2%80%99s-most-robust-marine-reserve/

Belford, NJ Adopts Program to Recycle and Recover Energy from Old Fishing Gear

PR Newswire:

The New Jersey Seafood Cooperative of Belford is the latest addition to the Fishing for Energy initiative, the program providing commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear. Gear, such as rope and fishing nets collected at the Co-op will be processed into clean, renewable energy at the Covanta Union Energy-from-Waste facility in Rahway, NJ.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/belford-nj-adopts-program-to-recycle-and-recover-energy-from-old-fishing-gear-127592633.html

Fish, corals from remote, restricted Northwestern Hawaiian Islands come to Waikiki

Washington Post:

The Waikiki Aquarium’s newest permanent exhibit, opening on Thursday, showcases specimens gathered from the pristine atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — an area so well-protected it’s generally off-limits to everyone but researchers and Native Hawaiians performing cultural rites.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/fish-corals-from-remote-restricted-northwestern-hawaiian-islands-come-to-waikiki/2011/08/15/gIQAeK0DHJ_story.html

Oil spill study focuses on health of dolphins in Barataria Bay (with photo gallery)

Gulf Live:

About 50 scientists in six vessels captured three bottlenose dolphins Monday as part of a study that is intended to give answers to how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the marine mammals and what was behind an unusual number of their deaths in 2010 and 2011.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/08/oil_spill_study_focuses_on_hea.html

Crowd gathers to mourn death of stranded whale

CBS:

Dozens of people gathered on a highway bridge spanning the Klamath River to mourn the death Tuesday of a 45-foot female gray whale that had delighted people for more than a month after getting stranded in the Northern California waterway.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/16/ap/business/main20092995.shtml

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