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Lower Ocean Temperatures Key To Saving Coral Reefs
2013-05-14 14:27:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online University of Bristol researchers writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters say limiting global warming would be key to buying the coral reefs some more time. The researchers found restricting greenhouse warming to just 50-100 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide, or approximately half the increase since the Industrial Revolution, would avoid large-scale reductions in reef habitat occurring in the future. "If sea...

New Study On Coral Reef Formations Lays To Rest Conflicting Theories
2013-05-14 07:53:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the South Pacific, three types of coral reef island formations have fascinated geologists for ages. The coral of Tahiti forms a “fringing” reef, with a shelf growing close to the island´s shore. In Bora Bora, the “barrier” reefs are separated from the main island by a calm lagoon. Manuae represents the last type, an “atoll,” which appears as a ring of coral enclosing a lagoon with no island at...

Robotic Sensor Tracks Toxic Red Tide
2013-05-08 09:53:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The way scientists monitor and manage red tides or harmful algal blooms (HABs) in New England may be transformed by a new robotic sensor deployed in the Gulf of Maine coastal waters by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). WHOI launched the new instrument at the end of last month and expects to deploy a second system later this spring. The robotic sensor will add critical data to weekly real-time forecasts of the New England...

2013-05-07 04:20:36

Coral ecosystems support around 500,000,000 people, but are severely threatened; the Coralbots team aim to revolutionize how such threats are tackled. Their Kickstarter campaign (closing May 26th) seeks individuals and corporations who wish to make a lasting positive impact on the marine environment, offering ways for individuals, schools and corporations to be directly involved. EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The ocean covers over 70% of the planet, but is...

2013-05-04 23:03:44

Coral reefs support around half a billion people, but are severely threatened; the Coralbots team plan to revolutionize how such threats are tackled, by using teams of autonomous underwater robots. The Coralbots Kickstarter campaign (closing May 26th) is reaching out to individuals and corporations who wish to make a lasting positive impact on the marine environment, and now offering ways for backers to be directly involved in the project. Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB) May 04, 2013 The ocean is...

Jellyfish Boom Linked To Overfishing
2013-05-04 06:10:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jellyfish, in all their many varieties, have invaded many of the world´s seas, including the Sea of Japan, the Black Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the 2000s. Researchers question this phenomenon, trying to understand the underlying causes. Is it cyclical? Is it caused by changes in marine currents, or global warming?  The causes of the jellyfish boom have remained a mystery until now. A new study, led...

Coral Bleaching Study Explains Different Responses To Climate Change
2013-04-24 12:24:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When corals become stressed, they expel their symbiotic algae companions in a process known as “bleaching.” Corals can survive the bleaching, but it leaves them highly vulnerable and often results in die-off. As a changing climate threatens to bleach the corals of the world´s oceans on a massive scale, a team of researchers from Northwestern University has found that some corals facilitate bleaching through the...

2013-04-23 14:50:43

Persistence of “urban” organics downstream favors dead-zone formation Each time it rains, runoff carries an earthy tea steeped from leaf litter, crop residue, soil, and other organic materials into the storm drains and streams that feed Chesapeake Bay. A new study led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science reveals that land use in the watersheds from which this “dissolved organic matter” originates has important implications for Bay water...

Israeli Scientists Discover Why Soft Corals Pulsate
2013-04-23 14:17:24

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem [ Watch the Video Pulsating Coral In The Gulf Of Eilat ] Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US). One of the most fascinating and spectacular sights in the coral reef of Eilat is the perpetual...

2013-04-23 12:24:03

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhanced satellite imagery from Blue Water Satellite (http://www.bluewatersatellite.com/) of Bowling Green, Ohio, similar to what NASA has used on Mars missions, is being used as a powerful assessment tool for lake communities and organizations working to make near-term impact on the harmful algal bloom problems in our nation's water bodies. In Clear Lake California (located about 120 miles north of San Francisco and one of the state's best...


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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