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2009-09-25 13:00:00

Decision hinges on outcomes of Mediterranean red coral workshop, held in Naples this week. WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign and WWF are urging European Union member states to support a request from the United States on the regulation of trade in red and pink coral, saying it would be "a major step forward in protecting some of the most sought-after species in the ocean." The push for support comes at a workshop on the species this...

2009-09-10 12:53:00

A U.S.-led scientific team has found a rare photosynthetic alga might be able to save certain colonies of coral from the damaging effects of global warming. The team, led by Pennsylvania State University Assistant Professor Todd LaJeunesse, evaluated corals -- and the photosynthetic algae that live inside their cells -- before, during and after a period in 2005 when global warming caused Caribbean Ocean sea-surface temperatures to rise. Symbiodinium trenchi is normally a rare species of...

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2009-09-10 08:20:00

Scientists take advantage of 'experiment of nature' to discover new insights into coral bleaching A rare opportunity has allowed a team of scientists to evaluate corals--and the essential, photosynthetic algae that live inside their cells--before, during, and after a period in 2005 when global warming caused sea-surface temperatures in the Caribbean to rise. The team, led by Penn State biologist Todd LaJeunesse, found that a rare species of algae that's tolerant of stressful environmental...

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2009-08-18 13:35:00

Environmentalists are pushing for the protection of a large swath of coral reef off the Southeastern US coast. The underwater expanse of creatures and coral lies at the bottom of the Atlantic and spans about 23,000 square miles from North Carolina to Florida. But the collective is under threat from overfishing and energy prospects, and environmentalists are moving to push legislation that would protect the region. They claim that crab pots and bottom trawling for shrimp are the greatest...

2009-08-13 12:21:05

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is among the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the tropical Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to a new NOAA report.The report, A Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities and Associated Benthic Habitats within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, offers insights into the coral and fish communities within the sanctuary based on data collected in 2006 and 2007. Sanctuary managers will use the report to track and...

2009-08-07 14:51:27

Oil companies and biologists have teamed to protect coral communities from the expansion of drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. researchers said. Erik Cordes, a Temple University biologist, and a team of researchers later this month are to map out new coral sites with the aid of the Jason II, a remotely operated vehicle on loan from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. Funded by U.S. federal grants, the researchers are to set up so-called mitigation sites around...

2009-08-04 10:35:33

Some of the world's rarest and most fragile coral reefs and the economies that depend on them will be better protected thanks to a major international marine project led by the University of Southampton.The three-year, Government-funded, Darwin Initiative project Galapagos Coral Conservation: Impact Mitigation, Mapping and Monitoring was led by Professor Terry Dawson, from the University of Southampton's School of Geography. The research is published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed...

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2009-08-03 05:45:00

The state of Hawaii is issuing heavy fines to local tour companies, and even the U.S. Navy, for damage caused to coral reefs. Nearly two years ago Hawaii began issuing fines as part of an effort to stop damage to coral reefs, which are critical to Hawaii's environment and tourism. "People are going to have to be more careful out here, because it if keeps getting damaged, we're going to lose it," said Laura Thielen, chairwoman of Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources, which determines...

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2009-07-30 11:03:06

Scientists in Australia announced on Thursday that a new genome-mapping project is underway that could help the Great Barrier Reef fight off the threats of climate change and toxic farm chemicals. The geneticists said that they are working on unlocking the secrets of the colorful acropora millepora coral, which has slowed in growing the last few years.  This coral is one of the main components of the northeastern tourist attraction. "This gene-mapping project has both practical and...

2009-07-22 09:14:33

Bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates faster when they have clean water and lots of sea life at their side, a U.S. university study indicated. The study, lead by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California-San Diego, suggests that better overall ocean health means corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, the university said in a news release. Bleaching events occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to spew out symbiotic...


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2012-04-03 20:41:16

Knotted Fan Coral, (Melithaea ochracea), is a species of colonial soft coral that is found in tree-like fans on shallow reefs in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Indonesia, including Singapore and Malaysia. In Taiwan, it is the most widespread coral in its family Gorgonacea. It is found on the higher parts of reef fronts where its numerous small polyps can feed at water flow rates varying from 1.6 to 16 inches per second. This species usually grow to about 8 inches in length, with...

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2012-04-03 20:18:21

Octopus Coral, (Galaxea fascicularis), also known as Fluorescence Grass Coral, Galaxy Coral. Star Coral, Crystal Coral, Brittle Coral and Starburst Coral, is a species of colonial stony coral commonly found on reef slopes in the Indian and Pacific ocean regions, as well as the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is most commonly found where wave action is weak, usually at a depth of 79 inches to 49 feet below sea level. It is a common coral species among reef aquarium enthusiasts. This coral...

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2012-04-03 19:33:28

Chalice Corals, are a family of stony corals in the Pectiniidae family. Members of this family are mostly colonial but at least one species, Echinomorpha nishihirai, is solitary. These corals are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Pectiniids have a number of different forms but are basically streamlined and smooth. Polyps are large and brightly colored and resemble those of members of the Mussidae family of corals. The polyps are only extended at night. Tentacles are translucent,...

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2012-04-03 19:03:15

Siderastreidae is a family of colonial, reef building stony corals. Members of this family include symbiotic algae in their tissues which help provide their energy requirements. The World Register of Marine Species lists 7 genera within this family: Anomastraea, Coscinaraea, Craterastrea, Horastrea, Psammocora, Pseudosiderastrea, and Siderastrea. Corals in this family vary in form and include massive, thickly encrusting, columnar, and irregular forms. Corallites are linked by flowing...

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2012-04-03 18:56:15

Leaf Plate Montipora, (Montipora capricornis), also known as Vase Coral, Cap Coral, or simply Montipora, is a species of stony coral found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is also found in reefs in the Red Sea. It usually inhabits the top half of the reef where photosynthesis can occur. It branches out from the foundation into an area with adequate sunlight. This species forms flat, plating colonies. The colonies expand by adding to their foundations and further spreading out....

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