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2010-11-04 12:30:00

According to researchers studying the impacts of debris on marine life, one in three loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine. The shallow waters in the Adriatic Sea are an important place for the turtles to feed as they develop into adults. However, the seafloor there is one of the most polluted in Europe. Researchers studied the bodies of dead sea turtles that had been stranded or accidentally caught by fishing vessels. The team found that animals ranging from...

2010-10-29 05:30:00

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- High school students throughout the United States and from as far away as Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, and Zambia are answering Algalita Marine Research Foundation's invitation to participate in the "2011 Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit" by busily formulating their proposals outlining action-oriented solutions to reduce plastic waste in their home...

2010-10-29 01:00:00

LONDON, October 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Global shipping is causing damage to the marine environment estimated at EUR13 billion ($18 billion) annually, according to environmental charity The Going Blue Foundation. This is the first time a cost has been attributed to the reparation expense of all pollution caused solely by commercial shipping and cruises. The figure was arrived at using the Acquatrail formula(c) devised by Marine Positive. Marine Positive advises municipalities and...

2010-10-05 19:03:26

Under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) (Directive 2000/60/CE), member states are required to achieve Good Water Status for water (continental, estuarine, subterranean and coastal water bodies) in Europe by 2015. Surface water quality is assessed taking into account the ecological and chemical status. The quality of aquatic systems is more accurately assessed using the status of both the water column and the underlying sediment. A recent study by researchers of AZTI-Tecnalia concluded that...

2010-06-10 12:41:00

Museum Makes History and Brings Current Science to North Texas FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) brings current, international science to the forefront as it offers children from the region the opportunity to speak directly to the crew of the Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran engineered from recyclable materials and 12,500 reclaimed plastic soda bottles that is sailing the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. The...

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2010-04-16 10:50:00

Researchers have discovered a mass of floating plastic garbage, not unlike the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch discovered between Hawaii and California last decade, over a remote location in the Atlantic Ocean. "We found the great Atlantic garbage patch," Anna Cummins, one of those individuals who collected plastic samples from a location between Bermuda and the Azores Islands in February, told Associated Press (AP) reporter Mike Melia. "Our job now is to let people know that plastic...

2009-04-24 16:42:00

WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- STX Pan Ocean Co. Ltd. (STX), headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and the owner of the commercial cargo ship, M/V Ocean Jade, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy as well as falsifying and failing to properly maintain records meant to ensure compliance with maritime pollution laws, the Justice Department announced. The chief engineer of the M/V Ocean Jade, Hong Hak Kang, a Korean citizen, also pleaded guilty today to failing to maintain environmental...

2009-03-13 20:38:12

Leatherback turtles, survivors of the prehistoric era, are threatened with extinction by modern plastics, a Canadian researcher said. Mike James, a biologist with Dalhousie University, said the most widely distributed reptiles on Earth are choking or starving to death after ingesting plastic garbage. A review of 371 post-mortem examinations since 1968 reveals that over one third of the turtles had ingested plastic. The turtles appear to be mistaking bags and other plastics for jellyfish, the...

2008-12-16 15:26:52

Researchers say sea lions and seals living off the coast of Southern California are contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCB. The research by California State University, Long Beach suggests waste laden with pesticides and chemicals continues to poison marine life off the Palos Verdes Peninsula's White Point, more than 30 years after the dumping was halted. The report said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9 million cubic meters of sediment contaminated with about...

2008-10-01 03:00:13

By Bamford, Holly A McElwee, Kris; Morishige, Carey Creating Partnerships and Innovative Solutions to an Ocean and Coastal Threat In 2005, the receding iloodwaters of Hurricane Katrina deposited tons of material offshore, creating a marine debris problem hazardous to fishing and boating activities. Thousands of mi les away i n the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, more than 50 tons of derelict fishing gear accumulates in the shallow waters of these remote islands each year, damaging coral...