The Floor Of The Ocean Comes Into Better Focus

2016-01-28T16:31:40+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) In an ongoing project, mappers at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have been gathering data from hundreds of research cruises and turning it all into accessible maps of the ocean floor with resolutions down to 25 meters. (Credit: Mike Morris/ Flickr) The bottom of the ocean just keeps getting better. Or at least [...]

Long-term Observations Hold Key To Climate Change Impact Assessment

2016-01-28T16:31:51+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Around fifteen years of continuous data is sufficient to detect changes in the ocean that are a direct response to increases in atmospheric CO2, such as sea surface temperature and ocean acidity. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Most ocean data sets are far too short for the accurate detection of trends resulting from [...]

Anglers’ Gear, Cooperation Affect Coral Reef Fisheries

2016-01-20T12:40:37+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. (Credit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Dartmouth College and University of California, Santa Barbara scientists studying a Caribbean fishing village are shedding new light on the social and ecological factors pressuring coral reef fisheries around the world.(From Science Daily) -- The [...]

Tough Times For The Tree Of Life On Coral Reefs

2016-01-28T16:32:04+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) In terms of evolutionary history, less than a quarter of wrasse species receive minimum protection levels. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas (MPAs) are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.(From Science Daily) -- [...]

Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2016 Research Fishery

2016-01-14T16:41:28+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Atlantic shortfin mako shark in the north atlantic at Condor Bank, Azores (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) On November 4, 2015, NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to participate in the 2016 shark research fishery.(From the Federal Register) -- The shark research fishery allows for the [...]

Public Meeting, Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee And North Pacific Fishery Management Council;

2016-01-14T16:06:09+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Pacific Coast south of Pacifica, in San Mateo County, Northern California. (Credit: Wikimedia commons) This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.(From the Federal Register) [...]

Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Vessel Register Required Information, International Maritime Organization Numbering Scheme

2016-01-14T15:45:08+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) School of Bluefin Tuna. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries) NMFS is issuing regulations to implement a resolution adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) that requires U.S. vessels fishing for tuna and tuna-like species with a capacity equal to or greater than 100 gross resister tons (GRT) to have an International Maritime [...]

The US Needs To Warm To Climate Realities

2016-01-14T15:02:58+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) According to Michael Levi, "the reality is that the big barriers to action on climate are mostly domestic; they're domestic policy, they're domestic implementation." (Credit: USGS) As we enter the new year, there many reasons why national elected officials, including presidential hopefuls, should heed the concerns of the global community regarding [...]

Climate Science Deniers 'Will Be Pretty Lonely,' President Says

2016-01-13T19:57:53+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) President Barack Obama (Credit: Pete Souza) President Obama is using his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to chastise lawmakers who deny the science of climate change, saying they will “be pretty lonely” as the world moves toward cleaner energy in the future. (From the Hill/ by Devin Henry) -- “Look, if [...]

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