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Invading Species Threaten Texas Gulf Coast
2011-12-29 05:52:05

The Asian Tiger Prawn, an invasive species in the Gulf of Mexico that can grow nearly a foot long and threatens native wild stocks, has been found on the Texas coast. The tiger prawns, native to the western Pacific, have been spreading along the Gulf Coast since 2006 and their numbers have increased this year. Shrimpers pulled the first one from Texas waters in June. So far shrimpers harvested three in Aransas Bay, one from Sabine Lake at the Louisiana Border and one from open waters about...

Jealous Cleaner Shrimp Murder Their Rivals
2011-11-12 05:23:41

The hermaphroditic cleaner shrimp Lysmata amboinensis usually live in monogamous pairs, but dark passions underlie their social structure. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that cleaner shrimp, in any group larger than two, viciously attack and kill each other until only a single pair remains. L. amboinensis are protandric simultaneous hermaphrodites. This means that they start out as males but, as they grow, they also develop female...

Image 1 - Taking The Pulse Of Marine Life In Stressed Seas
2011-10-07 08:42:33

Researchers study responses of crustaceans to human-caused environmental stresses The Earth currently has more than 400 so-called "dead zones"--huge expanses of deep ocean that, because of human activities, become too oxygen-starved during the summer to support most life. The total global count of dead zones--some of which cover tens of thousands of square miles--is doubling every decade. But even as encroaching dead zones, pollution and other human-caused stressors damage the oceans,...

Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Down, But Still Too High
2011-09-15 04:48:28

  Some 4,600 sea turtles are accidentally caught and killed in U.S. fisheries every year, a 94 percent reduction since 1990, according to a new study published this month in the journal Biological Conservation. However, the progress may not be enough to sustain turtle populations, according to researchers at Duke University's Project Global and Conservation International, who conducted the study. The use of turtle-excluder devices (TEDs), or large holes that allow the sea...

2011-04-25 09:25:00

MCLEAN, Va., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eat more seafood. This creed was abundantly clear for the first time in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans released January 31, 2011. Every five years for the past three decades the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) have released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This year, for the first time, the guidelines include a strong recommendation for all...

2011-03-10 15:11:57

By studying the tolerance of marine invertebrates to a wide range of temperature and pressure, scientists are beginning to understand how shallow-water species could have colonized the ocean depths. Scientists believe that climate changes at various at various times during Earth's history caused extinctions of creatures living at bathyal (1,000"“4,000 meters) and abyssal (>4,000 m) depths. These extinctions were apparently followed by re-colonization of the deep sea by shallow-water...

2011-03-09 08:25:00

MCLEAN, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Delicious and nutritious, shrimp reigns as one of the most popular seafood items throughout the year, particularly during the Lenten season, the 40-day period leading up to Easter when believers from around the world join to abstain from meat and other rich foods. "The Lenten season is actually the largest selling seafood season of the entire year," said Judy Dashiell, Senior Vice President, The Shrimp Council. "Many believers are familiar...


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Conservancy Fairy Shrimp, Branchinecta conservatio
2014-05-05 12:32:48

Scientific name: Branchinecta conservatio Common Names: Conservancy Fairy Shrimp Status: Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List on August 1, 1996 Geography: Native to the United States (Southern California) Conservation Information: The historical distribution of this species is unknown. However, places where the species is now known to occur (vernal pools in southern California) once held more continuous and larger populations than there are today. The species is known from...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

Yellowfin croaker (Umbrina roncador)
2014-01-08 15:05:32

The yellowfin croaker can be found in the Gulf of California and Mexico. It is commonly found in bays, channels, harbors, and other near shore waters that have sandy bottoms. It is abundantly found along beaches during the summer and move to deeper waters for the winter. It has an arched back and an elliptical-elongated body with a blunt head. It is iridescent blue-grey in color with brassy reflections on the back with a silvery white belly. There are multiple dark wavy lines along its...

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2009-01-17 17:58:21

The Yellow-headed Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) is a species of fish found in coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. The head and upper body of this species is light, but brilliant, and yellow in color slowly fading to a pearlescent blue hue. The Yellow-headed Jawfish keeps near its small territory, and is typically seen with only the head and upper section of its body sticking out from its burrow. It will also sometimes hover nearby. It is able to arrange material using its mouth to carry...

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2009-03-28 17:01:34

The Ghost Shrimp, Pestarella tyrrhena is a species of thalassinidean crustacean that dwells in shallow, sandy tunnels of the ocean floor in the Mediterranean Sea and northern Atlantic Ocean. Initially, the crustacean derived its name from the Tyrrhenian Sea where it inhabited. The crustacean was called formerly Callianassa tyrrhena, but current common terminology for the species is Ghost Shrimp or Mud Shrimp. Fishermen in the Mediterranean have used it as bait for at least 200 years...

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