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High Resolution Map Great Barrier Reef
2013-11-29 13:27:33

[ Watch The Video: Mapping The Great Barrier Reef ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The remote and unique nature of much of the Great Barrier Reef has long prevented the creation of comprehensive maps of this unique undersea ecosystem. Using satellite data, researchers from James Cook University in Australia and the German company EOMAP recently generated a series of high-resolution 3D maps of the Great Barrier Reef. The researchers said their maps of 135,000...

2013-11-12 08:46:24

LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches a new website to illustrate their findings from one of the largest coral reef research projects ever conducted. The Foundation's Global Reef Expedition is a six-year circumnavigation of the planet involving more than a hundred scientists from many nations. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2013-11-07 12:24:30

International team will undertake research to develop tools that identify and nurture positive links between local businesses, local economies, and coastal natural capital. ITHACA, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Milstein, clinical professor of management and director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, will lead a team of international researchers to improve the...

Food Provision Remains An Area Of Great Concern According To The 2013 Ocean Health Index
2013-10-16 06:53:48

University of California - Santa Barbara In the 2013 Ocean Health Index (OHI) –– an annual assessment of ocean health lead by Ben Halpern, a research associate at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management –– scientists point to food provision as the factor that continues to require serious attention. The OHI defines a healthy ocean as one that sustainably delivers a...

New Basket Traps Allow Juvenile And Non-target Fish Species To Escape While Increasing Incomes
2013-10-08 10:11:46

Wildlife Conservation Society Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute have achieved a milestone in Africa: they've helped build a better fish trap, one that keeps valuable fish in while letting undersized juvenile fish and non-target species out. By modifying conventional African basket traps with escape gaps, the marine researchers have proven that the new traps catch larger fish, allow more undersized and non-target fish...

Coral Decline Affects Crustacean Biodiversity
2013-09-23 15:48:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With many scientists expecting climate change to have a devastating effect on the world’s coral reefs over the coming century, new research from the University of Florida indicates that crustacean populations living near rapidly declining reef habitats could be at risk. Appearing in the November issue of the journal Geology, the new study is based on an analysis of the fossil record surrounding decapod crustaceans, a group that...

Fish Larvae Use Small Of Corals To Get Home
2013-08-29 11:24:50

[ Watch The Video: o-DISC Deployed Off One Reef Island ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal PLOS ONE say that if fish larvae were lost, they could just sniff their way back home. The study establishes that reef fish larvae can smell the presence of coral reefs from as far away as several miles offshore. The larvae are then able to use this scent to help guide themselves back home. The researchers were aiming to study the response of...

New Method Developed For Estimating Fish Movements Underwater
2013-08-23 11:24:41

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa How do you track a fish? There’s no “Google Maps” for finding fish. The radio signals that are the backbone of traditional GPS cannot pass through seawater. But sound travels remarkably well, so scientists often use acoustic telemetry to estimate an individual fish’s location. That means attaching an acoustic transmitter to a fish and then using a network of stationary underwater listening stations to monitor for the short clicking sounds that...

Fish Species Losing Homes As Sea Anemones Suffer From Bleaching
2013-08-20 10:13:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Marine biologists have been warning recently about the dangers of coral bleaching and new research from a team of international scientists indicates sea anemones are also susceptible to the color-sapping phenomenon that is thought to result from death of sea creatures’ symbiotic algae. In addition to being suspected of causing an increase in sea anemone mortality, bleaching also affects clownfish and 27 other fish species that depend...

2013-08-07 08:23:52

National Survey Reveals Three-In-Four Consumers Prefer Pet Fish Raised in an Aquarium Environment SAN DIEGO and WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Defenders of Wildlife, a widely respected nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities, and Petco Animal Supplies, a leading U.S.-based pet specialty retailer, today announced a collaboration agreement to improve efforts to conserve and protect the world's coral...


Latest Coral reef Reference Libraries

Black Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum
2013-11-06 11:22:21

Diadema antillarum, known also as the Lime Urchin, the Long-Spined Sea Urchin, or the Black Sea Urchin, is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. It is characterized by its extremely long black spines. This species is the most plentiful and significant herbivore on the coral reefs of the western Atlantic and Caribbean basin. Then the population of these sea urchins is at a healthy level, they’re the main grazers which prevent algae overgrowth of the reef....

Synaptula lamperti
2013-11-04 09:27:28

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Synaptidae within the phylum Echinodermata, located on coral reefs within the Indo-Pacific region. The echinoderms are marine invertebrates and they include the sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish. They’re radially symmetric and have a water vascular system that is driven by hydrostatic pressure, making them able to move around via numerous suckers known as tube feet. Sea cucumbers are typically leathery,...

Diadema setosum
2013-04-30 15:23:43

Diadema setosum is a species of sea urchin that can be found in Indo-Pacific waters. Its range extends from the Red Sea to coasts of Australia in the east, and from Japan in the north to the east coast of Africa in the south. There have been a few individuals found outside of this natural range, leading experts to believe that it was introduced by natural or manmade causes. Two individuals were found off the coast of the Kaş peninsula in Turkey in 2006. These individuals represent the first...

Lampert's Sea Cucumber, Synaptula lamperti
2013-04-30 15:18:06

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber that can be found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific. Its range includes the coastal waters of Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Micronesia. It does not have the tube feet, which are common to other species of sea cucumber, instead moving around by using a small grouping of pinnate feeding tentacles, which are always moving. It can also move by using the small, hook-like bones found along its body, attaching itself to the sea...

Black Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum
2013-04-30 12:59:49

The black sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), also known as the lime sea urchin or the long-spined sea urchin, is a species that can be found in the Caribbean basin and the western waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It prefers to inhabit coral reefs in these areas and resides at depths of up to 32.8 feet. This species has a test, or outer shell, that is similar that of most species of sea urchin. However, this species has longer spines, a trait from which it derived one of its common names. These...

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