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common bluestripe snappers
2014-09-01 02:00:40

John Delaney, Wildlife Conservation Society A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions. Many vital ecological...

damaged reefs discourage new growth
2014-08-25 03:30:06

Brett Israel, Georgia Institute of Technology Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs. Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from settling in the degraded habitat, according to new research. The study shows for the first time that coral larvae can smell the difference between healthy and damaged reefs when they decide where to settle. Coral reefs are...

Scientists Analyze Risks To Penguin Populations
2014-08-08 03:12:25

British Antarctic Survey A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcity (where fisheries compete for the same resources), being caught in fishing nets, oil pollution and climate change. This could include the establishment of marine protected...

2014-08-05 16:22:29

Making Marine Protected Areas a Global Agenda Item LANDOVER, Md., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lewis Pugh announced this morning the Seven Swims in The Seven Seas for 1 Reason expedition: a long distance swim in each of the Seven Seas (the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Sea). Already the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, he will be the first person to undertake a long distance swim in each of the...

Belize's no-take Zones Help Rebuild Lobster, Conch, And Fish Populations
2014-07-14 03:50:14

Wildlife Conservation Society A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized...

Long-Term Research Foretells Reversal Of Caribbean Coral Decline
2014-07-02 12:48:14

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Within the next 20 years most of the Caribbean corals could be gone, according to a report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Due to the loss of grazers, there is only about one-sixth of the coral cover left in the region. The report covers research from 1970 to 2012 by 90 experts over a three-year study...

2014-06-16 23:02:09

President Anote Tong of Kiribati announces the closure of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage site, to commercial fishing at the U.S. State Department ‘Our Ocean’ Conference. Tarawa, Kiribati/ Boston/Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 16, 2014 In his opening remarks today at the U.S. State Department led-Our Ocean Conference hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Washington, D.C., President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati...

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
2014-06-10 13:29:42

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been responsible for a national marine sanctuary program for the past 40 years. In that time, there have been 14 designated marine sanctuaries, from a protected Civil War era shipwreck to coral reefs and tiny atolls, which fall within their purview. The process that led to that handful of protected zones included a nomination process which sought input from the public...

How To Save Reefs Containing The Most Diversity With Limited Resources
2014-04-11 09:55:31

Wildlife Conservation Society Marine scientists keen on finding patterns of coral decline and persistence in gradually warming oceans have a complex challenge: how to save reefs containing the most diversity with limited resources. In the Western Indian Ocean, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Warwick, the ARC Centre for Excellence of Coral Reef Studies, Simon Fraser University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other groups have found...

2014-02-20 12:03:42

Study authors mull solutions for addressing less support for protected areas and species restrictions Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups have found that the fishing villages of Madagascar—a country with little history of natural resource regulation—are generally supportive of fishing regulations, an encouraging finding that bodes well for sustainable strategies needed to reduce poverty in the island...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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