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Scientists Study Emergence Of Ray-Finned Fish
2013-07-22 17:47:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Just like the rapper Drake, ray-finned fish started from the bottom – now they’re here. The vertebrate class of fish, which comprises 99 percent of all fish species, arose from a small, shell-crushing predatory fish called Fouldenia that survived a massive extinction event 359 million years ago, according to a new report in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. "This event 359 million years ago is called...

Crustacean Sand-dwellers Suffering Localized Extinctions In Southern California
2013-07-18 11:14:11

University of California - Santa Barbara Two types of small beach critters -- both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly -- are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists. As indicator species for beach biodiversity at large, their disappearance suggests a looming threat to similar sand-dwelling animals across the state and around the world. Led by David Hubbard and Jenifer Dugan of UCSB's Marine...

Coastal Storm Damage Not As Severe Thanks To Mother Nature
2013-07-18 10:28:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People and property along coastal regions are being placed at greater risk by extreme weather, sea-level rise and degraded coastal systems. A new study by scientists with the Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment shows that natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are critical to protecting millions of US residents and billions of dollars in property from coastal storms. The study, published...

Fish Relatives Surprise Scientists
2013-07-18 04:53:01

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have used genetic data to create a comprehensive evolutionary family tree, or phylogeny, for "spiny-rayed fish," a category that encompasses about a third of all living vertebrate species. They were quite surprised to find out just who was related to whom in the fish world. The researchers, who published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at 10 genes in more than 500 fish species...

2013-07-17 23:18:35

Interstate Plastics has become the primary supplier of PVC plastics for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for use in Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), which has far reaching benefits for improving understanding and stewardship of the environment, as well as assessing and predicting the changes of environmental systems over time. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2013 Interstate Plastics has been chosen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Great White Sharks Use Stored Liver Oil As Fuel For Long Trips
2013-07-17 18:58:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While not quite as exciting as last week's Sharknado, a report from Stanford University just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has revealed new details on how great white sharks can make non-stop voyages that extend 2,500 miles or more. According to the report, the sharks store excess energy after feeding in the form of liver oil, which they can tap into on long trips. "We have a glimpse now of how white sharks come in...

2013-07-17 11:01:52

University of Adelaide marine biologists have found that reducing nutrient pollution in coastal marine environments should help protect kelp forests from the damaging effects of rising CO2. The researchers have found a combined effect on kelp forests from nutrient pollution and higher CO2, which could have a devastating impact on Australia's marine ecosystems. "When we manipulated CO2 and nutrient levels in an experimental marine ecosystem we found the effect of both of them together...

Expedition Will Investigate Microbial Dynamics Of Coral Reef Robustness And Decline
2013-07-17 07:41:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change, unsustainable fishing, and pollution are serious threats facing coral reefs. A multidisciplinary series of studies is being conducted to understand the underlying processes. The researchers are investigating variability in coral reef community structure and microbial dynamics across gradients of natural and anthropogenic stress. The results of the "Line Islands Collection - Microbial dynamics of coral reef robustness...

Protecting Coastal Habitats Saves Property Lives
2013-07-15 16:01:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to being thriving ecosystems and adding to stunning seaside views, coral reefs and wetlands also protect residents and property from rising seas and destructive storm surges. Guarding about two-thirds of the US coastline, protective habitats could double the at-risk population and property if they were lost warned a new study in Nature Climate Change. "Where we've got these ecosystems intact, we need to keep it that way....

Thresher Sharks Take Down Prey With Whip-Like Tail
2013-07-11 10:44:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Named after its long whip-like tail, the thresher shark uses its eponymous feature not only to swim, but also to strike at prey. An international team of marine biologists has captured and analyzed rare videos depicting the sharks' unusual hunting style, according to a report in the journal PLoS ONE. Shot in the tropical waters off the coast of the Philippines, the videos show pelagic thresher sharks accelerating toward schools of...


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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