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2012-03-02 13:12:47

Unprecedented study also finds fish teeming in fully protected areas Centuries of overexploitation of fish and other marine resources – as well as invasion of fish from the Red Sea – have turned some formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea into barren places, an unprecedented study of the Mediterranean concludes. Research by an international team of scientists designed to measure the impact of marine reserves found that the healthiest places were in...

2012-02-21 10:58:48

University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation "hot spots" around the world where the temptation to profit from overfishing outweighs the appetite for conservation. Combining economic outlook and fisheries population growth rates for all countries currently reported to fish in the ocean, UBC fisheries researchers William Cheung and Rashid Sumaila developed a conservation risk index to reveal the economic-conservation trade-offs of fishing. Areas with the highest...

2012-02-16 18:15:39

Marine protected areas (MPAs) may turn out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result of changing conditions, marine species have been on the move with observed shifts of as much as three kilometres per year over the past 50 years, and forecasts of shifts of as much as 300 kilometres in the coming 50 years. Decisions on where to put MPAs weren't always made with a changing climate in mind. That has researchers asking how these areas–meant to protect...

2011-10-21 09:10:14

Report highlights local, regional, global stressors to Keys marine ecosystem NOAA scientists have found that pressure from increasing coastal populations, ship and boat groundings, marine debris, poaching, and climate change are critically threatening the health of the Florida Keys ecosystem. Many historically abundant marine resources such as green sea turtles and coral habitat continue to be at risk with low rates of recovery. The findings were released today in the Condition Report...

2011-04-26 07:00:00

Project to Map Genetic Relatedness of Dolphin Populations in the South Pacific WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scott Baker, Ph.D., associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute and professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, has been awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project will map patterns of isolation and interaction among populations of dolphins in the South Pacific Ocean and identify habitats important to protect...

2011-04-22 12:51:48

Scotland's first fully protected marine reserve, and only the second in the UK, is already providing commercial and conservation benefits, according to new research. After only two years in operation, it is already showing positive signs for both fishermen and conservationists, according to a study by the University of York and the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). The research, published in the journal Marine Biology, shows that commercially valuable scallops and several species of...

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2011-04-19 10:24:41

Big marine protected areas (MPAs) are cheaper to manage per hectare than small ones, and no-fishing zones are cheaper to manage than multiple-use zones, a new study has found. "Management costs are rarely taken into account in MPA design," say Dr Natalie Ban and colleagues, in an article in the latest edition of the journal Conservation Letters. "However it is important to budget for them effectively, so we can be sure the long term goals of the park are achieved." The world has an estimated...

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2011-03-21 07:22:45

Fish are not as dumb as people sometimes think: marine scientists have found that fish that are regularly hunted with spearguns are much more wary and keep their distance from fishers. In investigating the effects of marine areas closed to fishing by customary laws, an international team of researchers working in the Pacific found that fish exposed to speargun fishing take flight much earlier when a diver approaches compared with those living in protected zones. To assess the effectiveness of...

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2011-01-27 11:01:59

Researchers at Australia's leading coral reef research centre have developed a way to protect both coral reef fish - and the interests of fishers. In pioneering research carried out in Fiji in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the CoECRS team has reported a new approach that enables communities to balance the need to protect the environment with the need to maintain local food supplies and incomes. Concern over the worldwide decline of coral reefs has prompted many...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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