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2010-11-26 08:30:00

New M.A. program is the first of its kind in New York and among only a few such programs nationwide STONY BROOK, N.Y., Nov. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists from the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University (SBU), who also are members of the university's faculty, are teaching the first course offered through the new graduate program, M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy. SBU's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) launched the new...

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2010-10-07 10:46:31

Study of ocean migration indicates that local management of the population may be insufficient and supports recently proposed listing for Atlantic sturgeon under US Endangered Species Act A first-of-its-kind study that tracked the oceanic migrations of adult Atlantic sturgeon that were caught and tagged in the Hudson River discovered that these fish move vast distances in the Atlantic Ocean, traveling as far south as Georgia and as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada. The findings indicate that...

2010-07-09 08:00:00

STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A compendium on trophic cascades and how they operate in the world's major ecosystems has been published for the first time. The term "trophic cascades" refers to the follow-on effects of top predator removal from an ecosystem, and, until now, there has not been a comprehensive synthesis of this phenomenon. Evidence accumulated in this volume indicates that trophic cascades operate in nearly all ecosystems around the world, both at sea...

2010-03-18 13:44:14

The world's largest global environmental network announces that more sturgeon species are critically endangered than any other comprehensively assessed group of species The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today formally announced the reclassification of beluga sturgeon in the Caspian Sea as "critically endangered" on its Red List, providing strong evidence that fishing and international trade should be halted and a stock-rebuilding plan should be initiated...

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2009-12-01 07:50:00

These breakthrough findings provide strong evidence for enacting international trade protection for hammerhead sharks at the March 2010 CITES meeting in Qatar Millions of shark fins are sold at market each year to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, but it has been impossible to pinpoint which sharks from which regions are most threatened by this trade. Now, groundbreaking new DNA research has, for the first time, traced scalloped hammerhead shark fins from the...

2009-08-24 15:07:44

Study May Prove Useful in Conservation Efforts for Over-Fished Sharks A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to stay near their coastal birthplace for many years. While shark research and conservation typically focuses on baby sharks confined to shallow habitats, or ocean-roaming adults, less is...

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2009-03-04 14:14:20

In an intriguing 21st century example of Darwinism, researchers demonstrate that fish will again grow to larger sizes and produce more young when size-selective fishing is eased "Undesirable" evolution in fish "“ which makes their bodies grow smaller and fishery catches dwindle -- can actually be reversed in a few decades' time by changing our "take-the-biggest-fish" approach to commercial fishing, according to groundbreaking new research published today by Stony Brook University...

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2008-10-29 14:31:16

Scientists reported on Wednesday that one-third of the world's ocean fish catch is ground up for animal feed "” a potential problem for marine ecosystems and a waste of a resource that could directly nourish humans. Anchovies, sardines, menhaden and other small- to medium-sized fish often thought of as bait are being used to feed pigs, chickens and farm-raised fish, researchers wrote in a study to be published in November in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. The study said...


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