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2011-08-02 12:42:41

Census of Marine Life reports in anthropogenic impact on deep sea The oceans cover 71% of our planet, with over half with a depth greater than 3000 m. Although our knowledge is still very limited, we know that the deep ocean contains a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, supports high biodiversity, and harbors important biological and mineral resources. Human activities are, however increasingly affecting deep-sea habitats, resulting in the potential for biodiversity loss and, with this,...

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2011-08-02 10:45:00

Researchers, led by ecologist Sandra Pompa from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have identified 20 of the most important regions of the world's oceans and lakes that are crucial to ensuring the survival of marine mammals such as seals, whales and porpoises, reports the Guardian. Marine mammals are under constant threat from climate change, ocean acidification, hunting and other perils. Of the 20 important sites chosen, 11 include creatures that are found nowhere else on Earth,...

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2011-06-04 15:44:55

A Spanish research team, using 3D reflection seismology, has for the first time mapped the geomorphological features of the Ebro river basin between five and six million years ago. The images obtained show that the surface analyzed is today 2.5 or 3 kilometers below the sea bed."The results shed light on the way in which the sea level fell during the Messinian (between 5.33 and 6 million years ago), and imply that the subsequent inundation of the river margins happened extremely quickly",...

2011-05-27 14:44:00

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Crockett, director, Federal Fisheries Policy for the Pew Environment Group, released the following statement in response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) announcement regarding the listing of Atlantic bluefin tuna under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. "While NOAA has decided not to list Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act, the agency has recognized it as a 'species of concern.' The...

2011-05-15 00:02:31

Effective next month, two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter the waters off the coast of Libya, an area declared to be in a state of war as NATO-backed rebel forces struggle to topple the despotic dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with the goal of intercepting bluefin tuna poachers and freeing any illegally caught fish in attempt to save the species from nearing extinction. Friday Harbor, WA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 Effective next month, two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will...

2011-04-27 08:29:00

SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oli Valur Steindorsson, Chief Executive Officer of Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. (OTCBB:UMAM) ("Umami" or the "Company"), a holding company of fish farms supplying sashimi-grade Northern Bluefin Tuna to the global market, wrote a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times that was published on April 17. Mr. Steindorsson wrote the letter in response to an April 10 editorial critical of the bluefin tuna industry. "Contrary to your...

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2011-04-19 11:30:00

More than 40 species of fish that are native to the Mediterranean Seas are threatened with extinction in the next few years, according to a survey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Overfishing, pollution and the loss of habitat are to blame for the possible disappearance of half of the species of sharks and rays as well as at least 12 species of bony fish, report the AP. Although some of the endangered sharks and rays are not commercially valuable, they are...

2011-03-09 08:13:00

SAN DIEGO, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. (OTCBB:UMAM) ("Umami" or the "Company") today announced that following an acquisition of about 150 metric tons of live bluefin tuna in Croatia from an unrelated third party (hereinafter: "the Vendor") in January 2011, the Company has also concluded an agreement with the Vendor that secures the transfer of the Vendor's current tuna farming concessions in Croatia to Kali Tuna, Umami's Croatian subsidiary,...

2010-12-29 05:53:00

KIEV, Ukraine, December 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ukrainian corvette Ternopil has participated in NATO's Operation Active Endeavour for the fifth time. The Operation was launched for the first time by the Alliance after the 9/11 terrorist attack and aims to detect and deter terrorist activity in the Mediterranean Sea region. Ukraine was the first amongst non-member states to join the operation. "The trip was of great importance for our country. Ukraine has once again demonstrated its...


Latest Mediterranean Sea Reference Libraries

Hatpin Urchin, Centrostephanus longispinus
2013-11-14 12:05:28

The Hatpin Urchin (Centrostephanus longispinus) is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. There are two subspecies, Centrostephanus l. longispinus, found in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and Centrostephanus I. rubricingulus, found in the western Atlantic. In the year 1940, Mortenson believed that C. longispinus and C. rubricingulus were closely related species but that they could be distinguished due to the fact that C. longispinus has smaller and fewer...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Astropecten jonstoni
2013-08-12 10:02:43

Astropecten jonstoni is a species of starfish that is classified within the Astropectinidae family that can only be found in the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat within sandy areas at depths between 3.2 and 39.3 feet. This species is unique in its shape, which highly resembles a star. Its upper side is typically clear with shades of greyish brown, turquoise-green, or light brown. It reaches a diameter between 2.7 and 3.1 inches, making it the smallest species in its family within the...

Adriatic Sea
2013-04-18 22:08:38

The Adriatic Sea is a body of water dividing the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and neighboring ranges. This sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from the Strait of Otranto to the northwest and the Po Valley. It contains over 1300 islands, mainly located along the eastern, Croatian, coast. Its divided into three basins, the northern one being the shallowest and the southern one being the deepest; a...

Balearic Sea
2013-04-18 22:04:34

The Balearic sea, or otherwise known as the Iberian Sea, is a body of water located in the Mediterranean Sea near the Balearic Islands. Image Caption: Satellite Picture of the Balearic Sea. Credit: Serg!o/Wikipedia

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