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2012-08-21 22:48:21

Life in the world´s oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history, a team of the world´s leading marine scientists has warned. The researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Panama, Norway and the UK have compared events which drove massive extinctions of sea life in the past with what is observed to be taking place in the seas and oceans globally today. Three of the five largest extinctions of the past...

Unless Drastic Protection Policies Are Put In Place Marine Species Are At Risk
2012-08-21 13:56:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If the levels of carbon dioxide continue to increase many marine species will be harmed or won't survive It is doubtful that the current protection policies and management practices will be enough to save them. If various marine species are to survive, unconventional, non-passive methods to conserve marine ecosystems need to be considered. A group of scientists led by University of California, Santa Cruz researcher and...

Improving Water Quality May Help Save Coral Reefs
2012-08-20 16:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online It has been found that an unevenness of nutrients in reef waters can increase the bleaching vulnerability of reef corals according to Research from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Numerous polyps jointly forming a layer of living tissue that cover the calcareous skeletons make up the corals. Single-celled algae called zooxanthellae, which live within the coral polyps, is what they...

Atlantic Ocean Gets Hit With Invasive Brittle Star Species
2012-08-20 12:37:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The appearance and ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats could be altered by yellow brittle star A study co-written by Dr. Gordon Hendler of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) about an invasive species of brittle star, Ophiothela mirabilis, has been published online in Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Growing populations have established themselves at distant points in...

2012-08-17 23:04:07

In the long term, the industry will benefit from measures taken to prevent overfishing, such as the license buyback scheme. This scheme will have broad ranging implications for industry revenue. It may reduce the number of establishments given the paucity of licenses, but it also may allow larger catches with fewer operators, increasing economies of scale and possibly make those companies that remain more profitable. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on...

How Healthy Is Your Ocean?
2012-08-16 08:58:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers recently rated every coastal nation on their contribution to the health of the world's oceans. The United States rated just above average, with food provision, tourism and recreation identified as leading concerns. The report, published in the journal Nature, gave each nation a score between 0-100 in ten separate categories like clean water, biodiversity, food provision, carbon storage, coastal...

2012-08-15 10:21:17

BOSTON, NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Conservation International, The National Geographic Society, the New England Aquarium and the Pacific Life Foundation today unveiled the Ocean Health Index, the first comprehensive measure of ocean health for 171 coastal regions worldwide. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120815/NY58138LOGO ) The new index is a quantitative measure of ocean health that considers human beings as part of the ocean's ecosystem. It...

2012-08-14 11:59:20

'High microcystin concentrations occur only at low nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratios in nutrient-rich Canadian lakes' Nutrient pollution, one of the greatest threats to our freshwater resources, is responsible for the algal blooms that blanket our lakes and waterways in summer months. Large blooms of cyanobacteria ('blue green algae') can cause fish kills, increase the cost of drinking water treatment, devalue shoreline properties, and pose health risks to people, pets, and wildlife. A new...

2012-08-12 23:01:58

The growth of aquaculture market is playing its role in bridging the gap between demand and supply of fishery industry products. (PRWEB) August 12, 2012 From ancient times, fishing from oceans, lakes and rivers has been a major source of food, provider of employment and other economic benefits for humanity. However, for nearly 4 decades, the dramatic increase of pollution, abusive fishing techniques worldwide, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, has resulted in declining fish...

Additions To Coral Reef Woes Are Microbes, Sponges And Worms
2012-08-07 13:46:12

Study by Wildlife Conservation Society and University of the Azores identifies additional risks to reefs stemming from pollution and heavy fishing Microbes, sponges, and worms–the side effects of pollution and heavy fishing–are adding insult to injury in Kenya's imperiled reef systems, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Azores. The authors of the study have found that pollution and overfishing on reef systems have an...


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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