Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview Of Ocean Threats And Conservation Funding

2017-06-08T10:56:59+00:00 June 8, 2017|

Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview of Ocean Threats and Conservation  Funding is a guide of the primary ocean threats and trends to help funders, advocates, and governments make better, faster, and more informed decisions. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation commissioned California Environmental Associates to develop the guide for the increasing number of philanthropists and [...]

Nightmarish, Toothy Lizard Fish Found in Ocean Deep

2017-06-08T09:49:37+00:00 June 8, 2017|

A month-long voyage to explore the depths of Australia's oceans has turned up a multitude of deep-sea creatures fearsome enough to haunt your dreams. So far, the research team aboard the Investigator, a research vessel from the Australian Marine National Facility, has found a dragon fish that glows in the dark, carnivorous sponges that wield lethal weapons, a spine-chilling sea spider, and a fish that doesn't have a face. "Jelly and fangs," is how chief scientist Tim O'Hara described the abyss where he found his most nightmarish catch yet—the deep-sea lizard fish (Bathysaurux ferox).

Scientist: Baby Lobster Count Drops Off US Coast, Canada

2017-06-06T16:51:23+00:00 June 6, 2017|

The number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests, a University of Maine marine scientist has warned. Rick Wahle quantifies the population of baby lobsters in the gulf, a key lobster fishing area about the size of Wisconsin, at monitoring sites in New England and Canada every year. His American Lobster Settlement Index, released this month, shows monitoring sites from New Brunswick to Cape Cod had some of the lowest levels since the late 1990s or early 2000s.

How An Icon of Evolution Lost Its Flight

2017-06-06T16:35:48+00:00 June 6, 2017|

In 1835, the Galapagos Islands shaped the thoughts of a young British naturalist named Charles Darwin, and helped inspire his world-shaking theory of evolution. For that reason, the islands have become something of a Mecca for biologists, who travel there to see the same odd creatures that enthused Darwin. “I like seeing wildlife in general, but some of these creatures have become iconic in evolutionary biology,” says Leonid Kruglyak from the University of California, Los Angeles, who visited the Galapagos in 2012. The famous finches, with their well-adapted and variously shaped beaks, are especially famous, but Kruglyak found them underwhelming. He was more drawn to the flightless cormorants.

In Coral Skeletons, Microscopic Portraits of Resilience?

2017-06-06T09:25:50+00:00 June 6, 2017|

Coral reefs are sprawling, intricate ecosystems that house an estimated 25 percent of all marine life and can sometimes be seen from space. Yet they are formed by a process invisible to us. A study published in Science on Wednesday now presents a microscopic picture of the biology that makes corals’ skeletons grow. The findings suggest that coral may be more robust in the face of human-driven ocean acidification than commonly thought. Corals grow their armor by diligently secreting a chunk of hard skeleton smaller than the width of a human hair each day. This process is called calcification and scientists have debated which parts of it are most important for decades.

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 6-5-2017

2017-06-05T16:32:22+00:00 June 5, 2017|

To borrow a phrase from a distinguished speaker at an event I attended last week, Thursday, June 1 was a “day of two Donalds.” Most people are familiar with the first, and his withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement sent shock waves around the world. I’ll dwell less on him (but you can read my statement expressing my deep concerns and disappoint with this action here), and I’ll instead focus on the second – Dr. Donald Boesch.

Hurricane Season Starts Without Heads Of FEMA Or NOAA

2017-06-03T14:55:05+00:00 June 3, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Atmospheric gravity waves are thought to relate to hurricane intensity. (Credit: NOAA) The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1. With the forecast for "above-normal" storm activity predicted, the two federal agencies most responsible for predicting weather and managing disasters face budget cuts and temporary bosses. In a statement on [...]

Acidified Ocean Water Widespread Along North American West Coast

2017-06-02T16:55:44+00:00 June 2, 2017|

A three-year survey of the California Current System along the West Coast of the United States found persistent, highly acidified water throughout this ecologically critical nearshore habitat, with "hotspots" of pH measurements as low as any oceanic surface waters in the world. The researchers say that conditions will continue to worsen because the atmospheric carbon dioxide primarily to blame for this increase in acidification has been rising substantially in recent years.

Paris Climate Agreement: What It Means That Trump Is Leaving And What The World Will Look Like Because Of It

2017-06-02T10:45:15+00:00 June 2, 2017|

Now that President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday, here's what you need to know about the international effort and how the decision could impact the environment. The Paris Agreement is a deal reached between 195 countries to gradually reduce emissions that cause climate change in order to prevent a major increase in the global temperatures that could raise sea levels, spark major droughts, and lead to more dangerous storms.

A First Look At Dolphin Immune System

2017-06-02T09:27:05+00:00 June 2, 2017|

For humans, there are hundreds of antibodies available on the market to evaluate immune status in health and diseases. However, for the more than 42 known species of dolphins around the world, commercially available marine-specific antibodies do not exist. With the drastic increase in the number of unusual dolphin strandings and deaths along the southeastern coast of the United States and elsewhere, finding specific antibodies to test, monitor and document their immune health is critical.

Ignoring The Changing Climate Threatens Our National, Homeland, and Economic Security

2017-06-01T16:09:48+00:00 June 1, 2017|

(Washington, D.C.) -- In response to President Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the following statement was issued by Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. “Much like geometry, climate change isn’t an abstract concept to be believed or disbelieved. Measurable points, lines, [...]

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