From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) (Dec. 11-14)

2017-11-28T16:39:26+00:00 November 28, 2017|

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of the Council and its Committees. DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, December 11, 2017 through Thursday, December 14, 2017. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. [...]

From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: North American Wetlands Conservation Council meeting (Dec. 13); Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Dec. 12)

2017-11-28T16:35:19+00:00 November 28, 2017|

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of meetings. SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). The Council will consider Canada, Mexico, and U.S.Start Printed Page 56045Standard grant proposals. The Advisory Group [...]

Request For Proposals: Energy Frontier Research Centers (Department of Energy) (Jan. 31, Apr. 11)

2017-11-28T16:22:57+00:00 November 28, 2017|

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a proposed $99 million in Fiscal Year 2018 funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate transformative scientific advances for the most challenging topics in materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, and biosciences. Research supported by this initiative will provide fundamental understanding to enable future advances in energy production [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 11-27-2017

2017-11-27T16:12:56+00:00 November 27, 2017|

As you recover from a hopefully restful period of giving thanks and feasting, I hope you are getting ready to join the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) for the third biggest giving day of the year - #GivingTuesday. Each year, the NOSB features a theme that is both timely and regionally significant to the Finals [...]

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Receives Fertility Treatment

2017-11-27T14:10:15+00:00 November 27, 2017|

Australian scientists are optimistic that a fertility treatment for coral could help regenerate the Great Barrier Reef. The 2,300 kilometer long coral reef -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- has been extensively damaged by a process known as coral bleaching in which warm water stresses the organism and causes it to die.

Schooling Fish Mainly React To One Or Two Neighbors At A Time

2017-11-24T13:00:11+00:00 November 24, 2017|

The study, published in PLOS Computational Biology, developed a new method combining behavioral analyses with a computer model to map the chain of direct interactions in a school of fish. The international research team, that includes the University of Bristol, found individual fish pay attention to its neighbours when the school moves together.

Combining Tradition And Modern Science To Survive Climate Change In The Pacific Islands

2017-11-23T09:39:35+00:00 November 23, 2017|

When Alifereti Tawake was a boy growing up on Fiji's Kadavu Island, his grandfather would go out fishing in the morning and return before Tawake left for school. "That would be my lunch," Tawake says. "Fresh fish." Over time, his grandfather would stay out for longer and longer stretches of time, until one day in 1988 when he didn't come back at all; his family believes that he died at sea. By then, it was clear to many Fijian fishermen that the marine resources they harvested for food and livelihoods were dwindling. Fiji's shift from a subsistence economy to a commercial one left its coasts largely depleted.

Surfing for Science: Ocean Enthusiasts Could Help Gauge Coastal Warming

2017-11-22T09:08:21+00:00 November 22, 2017|

Researchers want to enlist surfers, scuba divers and anglers to monitor hard-to-reach areas vulnerable to climate change. Satellites are good at measuring temperatures over vast stretches of ocean, but less accurate at monitoring a particularly important type of marine environment—coastlines. Now help could come from an unlikely source: a water sports “navy” of surfers, anglers, scuba divers and others. A U.K.-led team of researchers has proposed this alliance to help gather coastal climate data in a recent paper in Frontiers in Marine Science.

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