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100+ Scientists Urge Obama to Wait on New Science before Permitting the Use of Seismic Airguns in the Atlantic Ocean

21 Feb 2014 Written by Press Release New Science is Essential to Protecting Marine Life from Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–February 21 – Today, more than 100 marine scientists and conservation biologists sent a letter to President Obama and his administration urging them to “use the best available science before permitting seismic surveys […]

February 19, 2014
New study reveals timeline of future coral reef decline, highlights urgent need for action

Contact: Jeff Burgett, PICCC Science Coordinator 808-687-6149 Email: [email protected] Honolulu, Hawai’i.                    Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species.  Photo: Glassy sweepers, Polynesia.  Credit: Thomas Vignaud. Honolulu, Hawai’i.  February 18, 2014 – An international team of coral reef scientists has […]

February 6, 2014
Fiery-red coral species discovered in the Peruvian Pacific

  Science Daily. Date:  February 3, 2014 Source: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute A new coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve. The corals' hand-sized colonies are slightly smaller than the colonies of their closest relative. Costa Rican researchers at […]

January 28, 2014
Toxicological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, benzophenone-2, on planulae and in vitro cells of the coral, Stylophora pistillata

Abstract Benzophenone-2 (BP-2) is an additive to personal-care products and commercial solutions that protects against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. BP-2 is an “emerging contaminant of concern” that is often released as a pollutant through municipal and boat/ship wastewater discharges and landfill leachates, as well as through residential septic fields and unmanaged cesspits. Although […]

New Science Released On How Human-Made Sounds Impact Marine Mammals

By Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau | January 23, 2014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking for public comment on guidelines updating the effects of human-made sounds on marine mammals. Marine mammals rely on their sense of sound for survival. “They use it for feeding, locating mates, and just generally understanding what’s going […]

January 24, 2014
Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Some harmful algae produce potent toxins which cause illness or death in humans and other organisms, including endangered species. Other harmful algae are non-toxic to humans and wildlife but degrade ecosystems by forming such large blooms that they can adversely affect corals, seagrasses, and organisms living on the sea-bottom. Human health and ecosystem impacts […]

January 23, 2014
Caloosahatchee and Estuary Condition Reports

Caloosahatchee Condition Summary:   For the past 5 weeks the salinities have exceeded the MFL "harm" threshold of 10 psu.  Legacy nutrients from the summer's high flows continue to feed algal blooms within San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound and along the hard bottom surfaces within the Gulf of Mexico and are washing up on coastal […]

North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean Bringing Climate Change to Antarctica

Science Daily Jan. 22, 2014 — The gradual warming of the North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean is contributing to climate change in Antarctica, a team of New York University scientists has concluded. The findings, which rely on more than three decades of atmospheric data and appear in the journal Nature, show new ways in which […]

January 23, 2014
War on lionfish shows first promise of success

01/22/2014. Ocean State University MEDIA CONTACT: David Stauth, 541-737-0787 SOURCE: Stephanie Green, 541-908-3839 CORVALLIS, Ore. – It may take a legion of scuba divers armed with nets and spears, but a new study confirms for the first time that controlling lionfish populations in the western Atlantic Ocean can pave the way for a recovery of […]

Cost of Putting Seafood on Dinner Tables: 650,000 Marine Mammals Killed or Hurt by Foreign Commercial Fishing Each Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Lass, office 415-875-6143, cell 202-468-6718, [email protected] *Broadcast quality video, slideshow, and infographics available* Cost of Putting Seafood on Dinner Tables:  650,000 Marine Mammals Killed or Hurt by Foreign Commercial Fishing Each Year Consumers Can Take Action & U.S. Can Protect Endangered Marine Mammals by Cracking Down on Foreign Fisheries Supplying Some […]