Quantcast

Latest Mediterranean Sea Stories

2009-02-18 08:15:00

In the first systematic analysis of threats to the biodiversity of the world's mediterranean-climate regions, scientists at The Nature Conservancy and UC Davis report that these conservation hotspots are facing significant and increasing pressure. The study, which appears in this week's edition of the journal Diversity and Distributions, is part of a global conservation assessment of the rare mediterranean biome."Throughout human history, the mild climates of mediterranean regions have...

c205ea1996ac6b77a26c95a862aea6671
2009-01-22 11:12:14

Biological invasions are one of the major threats to biodiversity and in many cases they have considerable impact on economy and human health. For their effective management it is important to understand which areas and ecosystems are at the highest risk of being invaded. The first map of the level of alien plant invasions in European Union was published in the Wiley-Blackwell journal Diversity and Distributions. An international team of Czech, Spanish and British plant ecologists...

03f41c22626f682bd38d8bc667cf14601
2008-11-25 16:15:00

In a move environmental groups called a "mockery of science", nations with involvement in trading Mediterranean bluefin tuna voted to maintain catches at levels nearly 50 percent above "safe" levels. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICAAT) vote was blamed primarily on the European Union, who environmentalists say used trade issues to pressure smaller nations into supporting the measure. ICAAT's scientists initially said the total allowable catch (TAC) for...

ffc5d941dc2bc1e030c5f785ada2b4f41
2008-11-11 10:35:00

A rapid, climate change-induced northern migration of invasive marine is one of many research results announced Tues. Nov. 11 during opening day presentations at the First World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, in Valencia. Investigators report that invasive species of marine macroalgae spread at 50 km per decade, a distance far greater than that covered by invasive terrestrial plants. The difference may be due to the rapid dispersion of macroalgae...

51d8eeaab455eaa462b5ccb15d12e113
2008-11-01 10:24:57

A giant Atlantic bluefin tuna weighing more than half a ton had the honor of being fitted with the 1000th electronic tracking tag placed on this threatened species when it was caught and released on Monday (October 20) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Port Hood, Nova Scotia. The prized fish, which measured 10 feet in length, was tagged by a scientific team from the Tag-A-Giant campaign of Stanford University, Dalhousie University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, working in collaboration with...

e99ff8f1713529265cd3c69398f9070a1
2008-10-14 14:29:02

Major calls for temporary closure of a Mediterranean tuna fishery business have been backed by major tuna-fishing nations, as they have been branded a "disgrace" by a recent expert report. The World Conservation Congress passed a motion calling for closure of the bluefin fishery until scientifically sound recovery plans are in place. They say catches are estimated to be about four times higher than scientists recommend. Both Spain, which has the biggest quota for Mediterranean tuna, and...

2008-10-09 03:00:24

By Anonymous Tectonic collisions are responsible for the emergence, and decline, of marine biodiversity hotpots, a study has concluded. "By examining fossil and molecular evidence we could clearly see that the global centre of marine megadiversity was over western Europe and Africa in the Eocene, around 50 million years ago," says Prof John Pandolfi of the University of Queensland. "By the start of the Miocene, around 25 million years ago, the hotspot of sea life had moved to the region of...

4cebf8748cad298b88b4be40841b781f
2008-10-03 12:44:43

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest and most sought-after of all tunas, weighing as much as 1,400 pounds and capable of fetching as much as $50,000 or more in Asian markets where its meat is a prized commodity, one big reason why its numbers have declined precipitously since the 1970s. New research findings reported in Science have critical implications for how bluefin tuna are managed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A team of international researchers led by Dr. Jay Rooker of Texas...

6ed77dd8ee1e7059ba8ea16f583660121
2008-09-29 15:45:00

A study showed on Monday that Europe is warming faster than the world average and governments need to invest to adapt to a changing climate set to turn the Mediterranean region arid and the north ever wetter. The report by the European Environment Agency and branches of the World Health Organization and the European Commission said Europe's mountains, coasts, the Mediterranean and the Arctic were most at risk from global warming. "Global average temperature has increased almost 0.8 C (1.4 F)...

2008-08-22 00:00:19

Italian environmental officials said the Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by two alien species each month. IRPA, Italy's marine environment protection agency, said the fish are coming from fish farms, the Atlantic Ocean and up the Suez Canal, ANSA reported Thursday. "The sea has been weakened by environmental stress and overfishing," research director Franco Andaloro told ANSA. Andaloro said the Mediterranean is the world's "most invaded" body of water, with barracudas, parrot fish and...


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

More Articles (15 articles) »
Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
Related