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2012-03-12 15:00:34

University of Rhode Island marine biologist Jacqueline Webb gets an occasional strange look when she brings fish to the Orthopedics Research Lab at Rhode Island Hospital. While the facility's microCT scanner is typically used to study bone density and diseases like osteoporosis, it is also providing new insights into the skull structure and sensory systems of fish. A professor of biological sciences and director of the marine biology program at URI, Webb studies the lateral line system, a...

2008-07-17 06:10:00

A new study published Wednesday reveals that 57 species carried into the Great Lakes since the lakes were connected to the sea are responsible for $200 million in annual damages. The conservative estimate does not include harm done to other parts of the U.S. or to the Canadian economy, said the report from the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The report said the various species, which includes the round goby and the zebra mussel, have been carried...

2008-07-17 03:00:21

A U.S. study suggests invasive species brought in by ocean-going ships may be costing the Great Lakes region more than $200 million a year. A study by the the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wyoming said the losses include commercial fishing, sport fishing and the region's water supply. David Lodge, director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation said the $200 million figure is preliminary. The losses are for the U.S. alone, with...

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent NEW laws could see anglers and landowners who put alien fish species into lochs and rivers fined up to GBP 1,000. The Scottish Government legislation aims to provide greater protection to our native freshwater fish life. Species such as pike, carp, roach, bream, tench and rudd - popular with anglers - have been appearing in areas where they did not previously live. They cause havoc, eating other fish, competing for food, spreading disease...

2007-02-28 12:00:00

By DAVID GREENWOOD CONSERVATIONISTS are celebrating the end of a major operation to save rare fish found only in a North Wales lake from the jaws of its arch enemy. Experts were last night hoping that the unique gwyniad, which was left stranded after the Ice Age in Bala's Llyn Tegid, will settle down in a nearby lake after a phased relocation offensive. The gwyniad - otherwise known to scientists as Coregonus lavaretus - is a whitefish, a kind of landlocked herring. The fish's future was...

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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'