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2008-09-25 03:00:18

By Huang, Yun-feng Cui, Sheng-hui; Ouyang, Zhi-yun Key words: Marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, ecological indicators, urbanisation SUMMARY In the process of rapid urbanisation in China, environmental problems have increased, from sewage discharge to climate change. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are widely advocated as a means to comprehensively manage human activities and resources in ocean and coastal areas. However, MPAs only safeguard populations or assemblages...

2008-09-14 03:00:15

Scientists and government officials studying potential no-take zones and other marine protected areas off the California coast will gather Monday and Tuesday for all-day meetings in El Segundo. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. on both days at the Embassy Suites, 1440 East Imperial Ave., and will be broadcast online at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_sc.asp/. Agendas are posted at the same Web site. A handful of agencies are working to implement the 1999 Marine Life Protection Act, which directs...

2008-09-04 12:00:16

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Lou Cafiero of the Office National Marine Sanctuaries, +1-240-205-0400, or Nathan Constable of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, +1-301-608-3040, ext.5 WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) announced today that it has funded the first of several marine conservation and education projects designed to protect the fragile coral reefs and communities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By Bob Breen THE CALIFORNIA COAST has been called one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world. Our coast needs the protection that meets standards set by most marine scientists that fully protects recreational and educational opportunities, as well as enhances depleted fisheries. Marine Protected Areas, areas of the ocean that allow marine animals and plants to flourish undisturbed, will allow our oceans to absorb the shocks of change. And make no mistake; we are living in a...

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2008-08-26 00:25:00

The White House announced on Monday that certain areas of U.S. Pacific Ocean waters could be protected as marine sanctuaries or monuments. President George W. Bush called for U.S. secretaries of the Interior, Defense and Commerce departments to assess whether certain locations in the Pacific should be designated as marine protected areas, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.A group of islands and atolls in the remote central Pacific, including the Rose Atoll near American Samoa, and some...

2008-08-25 18:00:23

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Jo Knight of Pew Environment Group, +1-202-552-2070 WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to President Bush's announcement today of three new areas in U.S. ocean waters that will be assessed for possible protection as marine sanctuaries or monuments. "Two years ago President Bush set a new standard for global ocean protection when he...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

The Lyme Bay exclusion zone is to be monitored by Westcountry scientists after they won a major pounds400,000 Defra contract. The scientists, led by marine biologists from the University of Plymouth, will now monitor the ecological and socio-economic impact of the 60 sq m exclusion zone. Almost 10 per cent of Lyme Bay, one of Britain's richest marine habitats, has been permanently closed off to scallop dredging and bottom trawling in a bid to protect the area's reef habitats. The move,...

2008-06-25 18:02:33

A team of 38 U.S. research divers has completed a 20-day biennial census, measuring how the protected status of the Dry Tortugas is working. In what is called an unprecedented collaboration, researchers from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington...

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2008-06-16 06:05:00

DRY TORTUGAS -- Before six hurricanes hit mainland Florida in 2004 and 2005, they first wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys' far western islands known as the Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson, the lone man-made structure at the remote outpost, survived with minimal damage. But under the sea, large sections of the precious coral reef were not so lucky. "The gorgonians, that literally look like a forest, were just blasted to nothing," said Jerry Ault, professor of marine biology and fisheries at...

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2008-05-15 11:15:00

The natural resources of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary off the North Carolina coast are in good condition overall, but the wreck of the Civil War ironclad encompassed by the site is at risk from human activity and natural deterioration, according to a new NOAA report.The first-of-its-kind assessment of the sanctuary's archaeological and living marine resources indicates that corrosion, strong currents, hurricanes, high water temperatures and highly salty water threaten the long-term...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.