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2010-06-01 12:41:00

Product unveiling and demonstration project scheduled for June 2, 2010 at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, Florida. WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bass Pro Shops has joined Columbia Sportswear Company and The Ocean Foundation in their efforts to protect and restore seagrass meadows. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100103/DC31542LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100601/DC13483LOGO) "Seagrass health is critical to everyone who depends on...

2010-01-03 22:09:00

The Ocean Foundation Releases Successful Monitoring Report on Its First Seagrass Restoration Project. WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The monitoring report for the first SeaGrass Grow project shows a successful program that is restoring damaged seagrass meadows. This project is designed to restore areas damaged from propeller scars and vessel groundings. Unfortunately these actions by boaters will continue to impact our sensitive seagrass habitat. It is important to act to...

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2009-07-04 08:30:00

A new study has shed light on the extent and causes behind the oceans' quickly vanishing seagrass meadows, a vital resource for thousands of species of marine life.In the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reported that 58 percent of the world's seagrass meadows have been shrinking at a rate of about 7 percent a year since 1990.  Scientists based their conclusions on data from over 200 surveys and some 1,800 observations dating...

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2009-07-01 05:54:04

Researchers have said in a new report that coastal development and declining water quality are threatening seagrasses worldwide, The Associated Press reported. Some 58 percent of seagrass meadows are in decline, according to a study of coastal grasses around the world. Seagrass provides habitat for coastal life and helps reduce the impact of sediment and nutrient pollution. Coastal ecosystems have been pushed out of balance due to a combination of growing urban centers, artificially...

2009-06-29 16:57:03

 An international team of scientists warns that accelerating losses of seagrasses across the globe threaten the immediate health and long-term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The team has compiled and analyzed the first comprehensive global assessment of seagrass observations and found that 58 percent of world's seagrass meadows are currently declining.The assessment, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows an acceleration of annual seagrass loss...

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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...

2008-09-27 00:00:31

Up-dating what you already have not only makes sound economic sense, it is also more eco-friendly than throwing it away and buying new. But there are other "green" steps you can take. The eco trend looks set to stay and, when it comes to your lounge, it's all about attitude. Natural paints are a fantastic way to create a new look lounge and be good to the environment because they are based on plant oils, extracts and simple minerals rather than synthetic chemicals so they are completely...

2008-09-25 00:00:00

Almost one in five people in the South West are blissfully unaware of the basking sharks, multi-coloured coral and fields of seagrass that lurk beneath the surface of the sea, a new report claims. Environment body Natural England has carried out research showing that just 18 per cent of people living in the South West believe the region's seas contain diverse populations and landscapes. To coincide with an awareness-raising publicity campaign, the organisation has produced a series of...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

China joins global seagrass monitoring network NANNING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has set up a seagrass monitoring station, which will be part of a global network, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The station was co-sponsored by Guangxi Mangrove Research Center (GMRC) and the Seagrass Monitoring Network of the World Seagrass Association (WSA), which provided internationally standardized monitoring equipment. Seagrass is a shallow saltwater plant that can flower...

2008-06-28 09:02:19

By Susan M. Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 28--RUSKIN -- The idea of banning outboard motors in the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve has not gathered steam on a local task force considering the possibility of Hillsborough County designating its first pole-or-troll zone. In fact, a proposal to limit boaters to push poles or trolling motors in Little Cockroach Bay, a much smaller target, drew outcry from boaters and fishermen when county scientists broached the proposal more than a year...


Latest Seagrass Reference Libraries

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2012-04-10 19:01:50

The Slender sea star (Astropecten spinulosus), is a species of starfish in the Astropectinidae family. It is found only in the Mediterranean Sea, spending much of its life on sandy, muddy or gravelly seabed in areas very rich in algae from 3.5 to 165 feet deep. Its favorite seabed meadows are Mediterranean Tapeweed (Posidonia oceanica) and Little Neptune Grass (Cymodocea nodosa). The common name Sea Star is a generic term given to other members of this genus as well. This sea star spends...

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2009-01-15 18:13:28

The Rusty Carpetshark (Parascyllium ferrugineum) is a species of fish in the family Parascylliidae. It is found off the southern coast of Australia, between latitudes 31° S and 41° S. They are typically found in water at depths between 15 and 500 feet. It occurs on beds of algae on reefs or seagrass, and also hides in rocky caves and ledges during the day. The Carpetshark grows to about 31.5 inches long. The mouth is in front of the eyes. It is gray-brown in color with an unclear...

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