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Seaweed Transplant Gives Bald Reef New Growth
2014-01-14 09:15:59

University of New South Wales Marine ecologists in Sydney have successfully restored a once thriving seaweed species, which vanished along a stretch of the city's coastline during the 1970s and 80s during high levels of sewage outfalls. A team of researchers from UNSW, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the NSW Department of Primary Industries has transplanted fertile specimens of the missing crayweed (Phyllospora comosa) onto two barren reef sites where it once grew abundantly....

African Tiger Fish Eats Bird
2014-01-13 11:30:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Stories of the African tiger fish preying on birds in mid-flight have been circulating for years and a research team from South Africa has finally captured evidence of this behavior, according to a new study in the Journal of Fish Biology. “The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just...

Biofluorescence In Fish
2014-01-09 15:16:51

[ Watch the Video: Strange Lights In The Deep, Dark Ocean? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed biofluorescence in over 180 fish species and opened the door to the discovery of new fluorescent proteins that could be used in biomedical research. When organisms biofluoresce, they absorb light, convert it, and send it back out as a different color. "We've long known about biofluorescence underwater in organisms like...

Competition Between Coral, Seaweed Occurs On A Chemical Scale
2014-01-09 06:32:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For one particular species of tropical seaweed, competition may have a high cost. Scientists investigating the chemical warfare that takes place on Fijian coral reefs have discovered that one species of seaweed increases its production of noxious anti-coral compounds when placed in contact with reef-building corals. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, show that as this seaweed competes chemically with the...

Elephant Shark DNA Decoded
2014-01-08 15:35:28

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic blueprint of the elephant shark - the oldest living animal in the cartilaginous fish family and the first to have its DNA decoded. Among fish, cartilaginous fish such as sharks and rays stand out because their skeleton is not made of bones. Their body is supported instead by cartilage, a flexible tissue that resembles muscle. Analysis of the elephant shark’s DNA...

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Keep Conch Snails From Escaping Predation
2014-01-07 13:18:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from an international team of scientists has found that if more carbon dioxide makes its way into the ocean – conch snails will be more vulnerable to predation. Conch snails typically use a strong foot-like appendage to leap away from approaching predators. According to the team’s study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, when the snails are exposed to carbon dioxide levels...

Gulf Of California Coral Algae Consists Of Five Unique Species: Study
2014-01-01 08:19:31

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from Jazmin Hernandez Kantun, a marine biologist at the Autonomous University of South Baja California (UABCS), has led to the discovery that the most abundant coral algae in the Gulf of California in Mexico, is actually a compound of five different species. This discovery changes how the species known as Lithophyllum margaritae is represented. Kantun's research is being continued at Ireland’s National University with...

hydroid Corymorpha glacialis
2014-01-01 04:45:37

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change could cause a severe decline in plant and animal populations living on the ocean floor within the next hundred years, according to new research published in the journal Global Change Biology. The study predicts that ocean-bed life forms, from tiny bacteria to sponges and deep water lobsters and crabs, could decline by nearly 40 percent in the North Atlantic Ocean and over 5 percent worldwide. More than 80 percent...

2013-12-18 23:00:55

Animal Support and its cofounders -- Dr. Michael Omidi, his brother Julian Omidi, and friend Maria Abaca – are proud to sponsor the Ocean Defenders Alliance, a marine conservation organization working to eliminate dangerous man-made debris that poses serious threat to ocean wildlife and habitats. (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA), an organization dedicated to cleaning hazardous debris such as abandoned commercial fishing netsrefuse from the oceanmarine floor, has...

Upstream Forest Conservation Linked To Saving Fiji's Coral Reefs
2013-12-18 13:50:06

Wildlife Conservation Society The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity. In a study conducted by WCS and the University of Queensland evaluating the effects of terrestrial protected area designs on Fiji's coral reefs, it turns out that what's best for land ecosystems is also best for coastal corals....


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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