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Study Finds Warming Atlantic Temperatures Could Increase Range Of Invasive Species

Ben Sherman, NOAA Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial...

Latest Fisheries Stories

common bluestripe snappers
2014-09-01 02:00:40

John Delaney, Wildlife Conservation Society A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions. Many vital ecological...

Lake Erie Bloom
2014-08-30 07:51:43

Jessica Nimon, International Space Station Program Science Office NASA's Johnson Space Center The green stuff that clouds up fish tanks – it’s not just an aesthetic annoyance. In fact, if you’ve been watching recent news of algal bloom concerns in Lake Erie, you know that the right conditions for algae can lead to contamination of local water sources, potentially impacting aquatic life and humans. What you might not have known is that among the resources to help study this problem...

derelict trap
2014-08-29 03:00:01

NOAA Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in U.S. waters and become what are known as derelict traps, which continue to catch fish, crabs, and other species such as turtles. These traps result in losses to habitat, fisheries, and the watermen who depend on the resources -- losses that are largely preventable, according to a newly published NOAA study. The report, published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, is the first of its kind to examine the derelict fish trap...

Gulf Coast Struggles With Oil Spill And Its Economic Costs
2014-08-20 03:00:37

Sue Nichols, Michigan State University When it comes to understanding America’s coastal fisheries, anecdotes are gripping – stories of a choking algae bloom, or a bay’s struggle with commercial development. But when it comes to taking action, there’s no beating big data. In this week’s edition of Estuaries and Coasts, a Michigan State University doctoral student joins with others to give a sweeping assessment to understand how human activities are affecting estuaries, the...

hard coral species Pachyseris inattesa
2014-08-19 03:30:07

Pensoft Publishers The hard corals primarily responsible for the construction of coral reefs around the world have attracted the attention of taxonomists for hundreds of years. Despite the important role such corals play in building what are arguably the world's most diverse ecosystems, coral reefs in some parts of the world still hold surprises for modern scientists. An international team of scientists has recently described a new hard coral species, Pachyseris inattesa, from the Saudi...

2014-08-18 16:21:50

GALVESTON, Texas, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other Gulf Coast maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have snuck into U.S. waters to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, is a persistent - and alarming - problem, say authorities from Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The urgency of the issue brought...

lionfish terminators
2014-08-17 02:05:19

Kurt Ingeman, Oregon State University New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive Pacific Ocean species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the “terminator” of movie fame. The finding of behavior that was called “alarming” was presented August 14 by Kurt Ingeman, a researcher from Oregon State University, at the annual meeting of...

collaborative robots
2014-08-15 08:13:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created the first-ever thousand-robot flash mob, according to research appearing Friday in the journal Science. Lead author Michael Rubenstein, a research associate at SEAS and the Wyss Institute, and his colleagues developed the self-organizing swarms of machines, which...

Giant Amazon Fish Has Become Extinct In Some Local Fishing Communities
2014-08-14 03:55:38

Virginia Tech An international team of scientists has discovered that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some local fishing communities. The team compared mainstream bioeconomic theory — which policymakers have depended on in order to protect fish populations — with the lesser-known "fishing-down" theory, which predicts that large, high-value, easy-to-catch fish can be fished to extinction. "Bioeconomic thinking has predicted that...

algae bloom in the west end of Lake Erie
2014-08-07 03:30:50

Frank Jennings, Jr., Glenn Research Center Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote sensing technology, previously developed for Mars exploration, to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom that contaminated water supplies in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan over the weekend. Deploying a hyper-spectral imager and miniature spectrometers aboard Glenn’s S-3 aircraft, which began the flight campaign on August 5, 2014, researchers...


Latest Fisheries Reference Libraries

Crown Of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci
2013-11-11 10:54:41

The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that extends from the Red Sea to the African coasts in the east and from the Indian Ocean to the western coasts of Central America. It prefers a habitat in coral reefs, which can be harmed if population numbers are too high. Damage occurs when filamentous algae covers bare skeletons of coral and the starfish move in to feed, stripping...

Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix
2013-10-22 10:54:52

The Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only living species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish that can be found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia, shad on the east coast of South Africa, and elf on the west coast. Other common names regarding this fish are blue, chopper, and anchoa. It is a good eating and game fish. The bluefish is moderately proportioned with a...

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...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

Kelp Forest
2013-04-19 19:29:03

Kelp forests are areas that are underwater with a high density of kelp. They’re recognized as one of the most dynamic and productive ecosystems on Earth. Smaller regions of anchored kelp are known as kelp beds. Kelp forests can be found worldwide throughout polar and temperate coastal oceans. In the year 2007, kelp forests were discovered in tropical waters near Ecuador as well. While they are physically formed by brown macroalgae of the order Laminariales, kelp forests offer a unique...

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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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