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2010-06-08 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of World Ocean's Day, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announces the release of Disneynature OCEANS as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and 1-Disc DVD, October 19, 2010 and the extension of the "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" efforts - an initiative developed between Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy to help establish new marine protected areas. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100608/LA17278) (Photo:...

2010-06-08 05:00:00

Scientific Statement Released for World Oceans Day WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as "an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment." While small marine reserves are known to protect some species, large reserves -- comparable to large national parks on land -- are...

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2010-05-11 11:24:59

A team of Spanish and French researchers has undertaken a pioneer analysis of red coral populations in the oldest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean and the impact that fishing activity has had. Results show that MPAs are a guarantee for conserving this species. Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum) has been highly valued for jewelry since ancient times. But intensive fishing, particularly in shallow waters, has transformed populations and hindered the recovery of this...

2010-03-01 15:15:00

Largest study of marine protected areas links social, ecological systems KINGSTON, R.I.  -- In one of the most comprehensive global studies of marine reserves, a team of natural and social scientists from the University of Rhode Island and other institutions has found that community involvement is among the most important factors driving the success of marine reserves. "We make a big mistake thinking that a marine reserve is just about coral, fish and other aquatic organisms," said...

2010-02-21 12:00:00

Move, adapt or die. Those are the options marine plants and animals have in the face of climate change, said Stanford biologist Steve Palumbi, who has been exploring how to help them go with the first two options, rather than the third. He's come up with some surprising answers. Palumbi will be discussing the results of his research in two talks at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego. How to design marine protected areas to best benefit a...

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2010-02-21 11:05:50

Protecting vulnerable reproduction sites key to long-term health of fish populations Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the "world's aquarium," the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California are under threat. Destructive new fishing methods are depleting the sea's habitats, creating areas that are ghosts of their former existences. But, as Octavio Aburto-Oropeza of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will describe during a presentation at the 2010 American Association for...

2010-02-20 09:57:09

As biologists and ecologists propose ever-larger conservation areas in the tropics, ones that encompass multiple countries, social scientists say it's local people banding together with their community leaders who ultimately determine the success or failure of such efforts in many parts of the world. "When people sacrifice to conserve, they want to benefit from that sacrifice," says Patrick Christie, University of Washington associate professor of marine affairs and a Pew fellow in marine...

2010-01-07 18:34:52

You can conserve fish and eat them too, according to a fisheries economist at UC Santa Barbara, along with a team of experts. "We found that if you have the key spatial (location) information on fish, you can put the Marine Protected Areas in the right places, thus increasing conservation and making the fisheries more profitable," said Christopher Costello, economist and professor with UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Information on fish, from spawning...

2009-11-09 15:24:37

Studies conducted in California and elsewhere provide support for the use of marine reserves as a tool for managing fisheries and protecting marine habitats, according to biologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A recent study in the Gulf of California, for example, confirmed the validity of a key concept behind marine reserves--the idea that offspring produced in a protected area can replenish the stocks of harvested species outside the reserve. "It seems really obvious, but...

2009-09-09 09:56:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), the private, non-profit partner to NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, announced today that Jason Patlis has been selected by its Board of Trustees to serve as the new President and CEO. "We are excited and very fortunate to welcome Jason aboard. His vast experience and expertise will allow the Foundation to continue serving as a strong partner to NOAA's Office of National...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • 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.'
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