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2012-08-02 16:45:33

Widespread skin cancer has been identified for the first time in wild marine fish populations, new research has shown. A collaborative study between Newcastle University, UK, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science published today in the academic journal PLoS ONE - reveals the incidence of melanoma in the coral trout, a species found on the Great Barrier Reef and directly beneath the world's largest hole in the ozone layer. This is the first time skin cancer has been diagnosed in...

2012-08-02 07:04:48

Fish With Skin Cancer? By: Erika Dunayer, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Over 9,000 people die from Melanoma every year in the United States. Researchers are now starting to see evidence of the disease in fish! A collaborative study between Newcastle University, UK, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science reveals the incidence of melanoma in the coral...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Gets A Little Help From Volcanic Eruptions
2012-07-20 06:50:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered how the Great Barrier Reef came to be? Research conducted by Queensland University of Technology geologist Dr Scott Bryan indicates that volcanic activity in the Southwest Pacific could help to save the Great Barrier Reef, but it could also be what caused it to form in the first place. Dr Bryan and colleagues studied the westward flow or rafting of pumice after volcanic eruptions in Tonga in 2001 and...

Marine Protected Areas Benefit Fisheries
2012-07-12 21:40:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The first clear evidence that no-take protected areas can help restock exploited fish populations on neighboring reefs was presented at the International Coral Reef Symposium today. These answers will help resolve a long-running discussion worldwide about whether areas blocked off to all forms of fishing help replenish fish numbers outside the marine protected areas (MPAs). “Using DNA fingerprinting technology, we now can...

2012-07-12 13:09:29

Coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Great Barrier Reef, recover faster from major stresses than their Caribbean counterparts, leading marine scientists said today. Dr George Roff and Professor Peter Mumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland told the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns that coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean are naturally tougher than the Caribbean reefs. "The main reason that...

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2012-07-11 15:06:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new children's book is designed to get kids interested in saving dugongs from multiple threats, including coastal development, climate change and environmental pollution. Dr. Mariana Fuentes, a marine biologist, wrote a book intended to take readers into the secret world of "Dhyum," which is a real dugong living in the Torres Strait. In "Dhyum the Dugong", the author takes the reader on a journey through the dugong's life, from...

We Can Still Save Our Reefs
2012-07-11 10:41:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online John Pandolfi, along with 81 nations and 500 million people, keep hopeful that the world´s coral reefs are not in a lot of trouble. The world-famous coral scientist, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and University of Queensland, has traced the story of the world´s reefs over more than 50 million years and is translating delicate signals from the past to reveal what doomed them in previous...

2012-06-13 10:20:45

World's largest network of marine protected areas includes massive fully protected marine reserve in Coral Sea WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Australia is expected to announce an historic decision today to create the world's largest network of marine protected areas, including a massive fully protected marine reserve in the Coral Sea, a move hailed by the Pew Environment Group. The Coral Sea no-take marine reserve, known in Australia as a national park zone, would...

Scientists Use 'Lab-in-a-Box' To Study Coral Reefs
2012-06-08 05:04:39

In what is being called the first controlled ocean acidification experiment ever conducted in shallow coastal waters, an international team of experts has created a miniature laboratory in the Great Barrier Reef in order to simulate anticipated future conditions in the waters of the region's ecosystem. The researchers, including Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Senior Fellows Jeff Koseff, Rob Dunbar and Steve Monismith, created a so-called "lab-in-a-box" in two to six foot deep...

2012-05-31 01:12:17

An international team of scientists has gathered the first conclusive evidence that marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations on neighboring reefs which are open to both commercial and recreational fishing. The groundbreaking study was carried out in the Keppel Island group on Australia´s Great Barrier Reef by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS), in conjunction with other leading research institutions, and is reported in the...


Latest Great Barrier Reef Reference Libraries

Short-spined Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster brevispinus
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said that it resides in a tropical or subtropical environment. It was first discovered by W.K. Fisher, who...

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos
2012-05-11 12:04:43

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) is native to the marine lagoons and reefs in the Western Pacific Ocean.  It lives at a depth of around eighty-two feet in temperatures fluctuating between fifty degrees Fahrenheit to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its range includes northern New South Wales, the Loyalty Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are typically seen near or within the tentacles of their host anemones. They will inhabit anemones like...

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2012-04-03 14:15:16

Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared leathery tissue. There are two kinds of polyps seen in Alcyoniidae corals: autozooids have long trunks and...

Elongate Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata
2012-04-02 17:23:07

The Elongate Surgeonfish, (Acanthurus mata), is a species of tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific, and can be found as far north as Southern Japan and south to the Great Barrier Reef. Some also live as far west as South Africa and as far east as the Tuamotu Islands. Its main habitat is steep slopes around coral reefs. This is a light blue fish with numerous brown stripes running down the length of the body, although over time it is able to change color to become blue overall. It has a...

Pajama Cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera
2009-06-19 12:35:41

The Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a fish that belongs to the Apogonidae family. These fish are a popular aquarium fish. The Pajama Cardinalfish can grow to be a length of 3 inches. The fish has red eyes and broad, dark, vertical "waistband" that is sprinkled with red spots that leads toward the tail. This fish has low vulnerability. Pajama Cardinalfish circulate throughout much of the West Pacific, from Jave to Fiji and from south of the Ryukyu Islands to the Great...

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