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2008-10-01 03:00:13

By Anonymous The ecological value of coastal mangrove forests in Mexico has been apparent to marine scientists for years, but for the first time, researchers have used a wide-ranging compilation of fisheries landings-the official record of fish catches-to place an economic price tag on that value. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, showed that Mexican mangroves, trees that form forest ecosystems at the land- sea interface,...

2008-09-29 00:00:19

By Jaswinder Kaur KOTA KINABALU: Responding to the growing threat to marine life, and the push for businesses to be more environment-friendly, an island resort has set up a research centre and a programme to rehabilitate corals and fish injured by trawler nets. The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) at the Gayana Eco Resort also teaches its guests about the island's ecosystems and the need to conserve them. This is part of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) blueprint, as the state...

2008-09-16 00:00:23

By Yogesh Naik PUNE/MUMBAI: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) will have to change the course of two rivers, the Ulwe and the Gadhi, and reclaim an island called Waghivli to construct the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. Cidco, entrusted with the task of constructing the airport, has asked the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) in Khadakwasla to study how five rivers, including the Ulwe and the Gadhi, and the Panvel Creek that flow in the...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

MIAMI _ For inexpensive, late-night entertainment, it is hard to beat party boat fishing on the Sea King in Islamorada. You can escape the daytime heat, catch dinner (or maybe even several dinners) and maybe make some new friends. The mangrove snapper are spawning, with prime-time expected from now through mid-August. Tasty, grayish-brown fish with sharp bicuspids weighing up to 10 pounds are showing up on patch reefs and rocky ledges throughout South Florida, primarily in depths of 40 to...

2008-07-17 00:00:20

A conservation worker who gave advice on a new zoo exhibit has been killed in a typhoon on the other side of the world. Living Coasts in Torquay is due to open its new mangrove forest exhibit today. As part of its research, the coastal zoo forged links with the Bakhawan Eco-Park & Research Centre in the Philippines. But a typhoon has wiped out the centre, killing Rudy Ramos, who advised the Torquay attraction on its latest exhibit. Conservation workers in the Philippines provided...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

By ALLAN TUDOR Ever since senior aquarist Jodie Peers was first given a goldfish at the age of seven, she's been interested in all marine life. Now the newly-appointed member of Living Coasts staff is preparing for the arrival of four-eyed fish, mud skippers, poisonous stingrays, 100 fiddler crabs and a range of exotic fish as part of a pounds800,000 new attraction. Aged 17, Jodie did her first shark dive with sand tiger sharks. Now, as Torquay's wildlife attraction evolves into a...

2008-06-17 00:00:15

By ALLAN TUDOR Strange eyes, odd sex lives and the ability to breathe out of water: the latest arrivals at Living Coasts, Torquay, are among the most peculiar fish on the planet. Torquay's marine discovery centre has just received a dozen four- eyed fish, Anableps anableps which will be going on public display in July as part of a pounds1million development of the attraction. A Living Coasts spokesman said: "Nature has dealt these creatures, which live on river estuaries and mangrove...

2008-03-21 12:00:00

Sunton Chantong, a local fisherman and environmental advocate, gestured toward the Taseh river shore. Two years ago, dolphins swam up from the sea, but as a result of industrial shrimp farming and oil palm cultivation, he said, fewer big fish, crabs and jellyfish can be seen in the area. Shrimp ponds have become the most recognizable symbol of coastal degradation in Trang, a southwestern Thai province bordering the Andaman Sea. Shrimp thrive in brackish waters that are also home to...

2008-02-14 10:22:46

The cultivation of shrimp and fish in tropical coastal areas is often described as an environmentally friendly way to alleviate poverty, but in fact this cultivation has negative consequences for both the local population and the environment. Daniel A. Bergquist of Uppsala University, Sweden, has studied how policies for sustainable development can go so wrong. The cultivating of fish and shellfish in artificial ponds has increased dramatically in the last few decades, apace with the ever...

2007-03-13 22:40:00

Arlington, Virginia "“ A popular game fish mistaken by scientists for a dog snapper is actually a new species discovered among the reefs of the Abrolhos region of the South Atlantic Ocean. The international science journal Zootaxa recently published the discovery of Lutjanus alexandrei, a new snapper species that belongs to the Lutjanidae family, by researchers Rodrigo Moura of Conservation International (CI) and Kenyon Lindeman of Environmental Defense. The study published in Zootaxa...

Latest Mangrove Reference Libraries

2009-02-21 20:30:52

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon through most of its range....

2008-04-28 13:38:07

The Madagascar Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri), is a species of bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It is found in Madagascar and Seychelles. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, estuarine waters, intertidal flats, and coastal saline lagoons. The Madagascar Sacred Ibis is threatened due to habitat loss.

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Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'