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NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing

From the Marine Fish Conservation Network:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2007 WASHINGTON – September 24 – A plan to put substantially more fishing observers under direct industry control precludes independent monitoring and saps protections for shrinking fish populations, endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). … Continue reading NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing

Scientists’ statement on the reauthorization of the US Coral Reef Conservation Act

All natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them are urged to sign-on to the following scientists’ statement regarding the reauthorization of the United States’ Coral Reef Conservation Act. This statement is an open letter to Congress intended to garner support for the strongest … Continue reading Scientists’ statement on the reauthorization of the US Coral Reef Conservation Act

The dawn of a new age of undersea research

Image credit University of Washington Didn’t Batman have one of these? I want one for Christmas. With a wingspan 20 feet across the XRay autonomously glides through the water collecting data for scientific modeling of oceanographic systems. The XRay was tested in MontereyBay earlier this year. Expect schools of robot fish and other autonomous marine … Continue reading The dawn of a new age of undersea research

China’s freshwater dolphin driven to extinction

After surviving 20 million years, China’s goddess of the river is driven to extinction By Clifford Coonan in Beijing Published: 18 December 2006 For 20 million years, the white-fin dolphin, or baiji, swam China’s longest river, the Yangtze. But a few years of breakneck development, overfishing and a massive increase in shipping have reduced sightings … Continue reading China’s freshwater dolphin driven to extinction

Rapid Bleaching Assessment Protocol announced for Caribbean tropical corals

The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program (AGRRA) has announced a new rapid assessment protocol for assessing bleaching impacts on Caribbean tropical corals (dubbed BLAGARRA). The ability to quickly assess large areas is essential in monitoring the effects of mass bleaching events (immediate and delayed coral mortality, recovery, etc.). This protocol is well suited … Continue reading Rapid Bleaching Assessment Protocol announced for Caribbean tropical corals