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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...

2009-08-13 12:21:05

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is among the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the tropical Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to a new NOAA report.The report, A Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities and Associated Benthic Habitats within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, offers insights into the coral and fish communities within the sanctuary based on data collected in 2006 and 2007. Sanctuary managers will use the report to track and...

2009-08-03 12:22:00

First-of-its-kind study has major applications in California SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The premise of California's ocean habitat protection strategy for the past decade has just been validated -- again -- by a major scientific study. A major research effort conducted over two years involving 21 scientists who surveyed 166 areas where specific fish species are caught, which was published in Science today, found that management techniques such as marine protected...

2009-07-29 15:26:00

New Campaign Exposes Million Dollar Effort by Out-of-State Interests to Kill California Ocean Protection Efforts SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today launched a statewide campaign and Web site (www.somethingsfishyaboutpso.com) that unmasks the "Partnership for Sustainable Oceans" (PSO), an industry front group that is raising more than $1 million from foreign and national fishing equipment manufacturers, boat...

2009-07-22 09:17:24

A reduction of as little as five per cent in fisheries catch could result in as much as 30 per cent of the British Columbia coastal ecosystems being protected from overfishing, according to a new study from the UBC Fisheries Centre.The study, by Natalie Ban and Amanda Vincent of Project Seahorse, proposes modest reductions in areas where fisheries take place, rather than the current system of marine protected areas which only safeguard several commercially significant species, such as...

2009-05-24 18:43:13

Governments seeking to stop global warming must give a higher priority to protecting marine ecosystems, scientists said Sunday in Washington. Meeting at the International Marine Conservation Congress, the scientists stressed that because the oceans act as a vital carbon sink absorbing much of the ever-increasing supply of carbon emissions, maintaining their health is a prerequisite for battling climate change, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a Swiss environmental group,...

2009-05-22 12:07:55

Sites in Hawaii, Fiji and the Philippines show that protecting vulnerable parts of the ocean pays off for business and the environment, marine experts said. Protected sites ultimately provide higher and more sustained income through tourism and controlled fishing than continued exploitation, experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said. Along the western coast of Hawaii, marine sites were placed under protection in 1999 after years of over-harvesting of fish...

2009-05-14 09:00:00

Residents voice support for compromise proposal SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today in Sacramento, the Fish and Game Commission is holding a public comment hearing on plans for a network of underwater parks, or marine protected areas (MPAs), along California's north central coast (between Half Moon Bay and Point Arena). After today's meeting, the Fish and Game Commission is expected to make a final decision on the north central coast MPA network at an adoption...

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2009-05-11 08:57:07

Climate change, fishing and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. "Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, "is affected by 10 to 15 different human activities annually." In a two-year study to document the way humans are affecting the oceans in this region, Halpern...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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