How A Huge School Of Sharks ‘Flips The Food Pyramid’

2016-08-02T09:55:23+00:00 August 4, 2016|

Ecologists have discovered a food web beneath the waves of French Polynesia that is both unusual and spectacular. A small channel hosts up to 700 sharks - far more than it can support based on the number of fish living there. The predators survive by feasting every winter on huge numbers of grouper fish, which swim into the channel to spawn.

Member Highlight: Researchers Pinpoint Abrupt Onset Of Modern Day Indian Ocean Monsoon System

2016-08-29T12:33:32+00:00 August 4, 2016|

A new study by an international team of scientists reveals the exact timing of the onset of the modern monsoon pattern in the Maldives 12.9 million years ago, and its connection to past climate changes and coral reefs in the region. The analysis of sediment cores provides direct physical evidence of the environmental conditions that sparked the monsoon conditions that exist today around the low-lying island nation and the Indian subcontinent.

Increasing Ocean Acidity Could Impact Fish Spawning

2016-08-03T09:28:36+00:00 August 3, 2016|

A new study suggests that the increasing acidification of the oceans is likely to interfere with the ability of fish to reproduce. Researchers found that elevated levels of CO2, which make the waters more acidic, saw significantly lower levels of spawning. However, other mating behaviours of the same species were unaffected by the souring of the oceans.

Exciting New Fisheries Technology

2016-07-18T12:41:40+00:00 July 18, 2016|

Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) opened the Marine Technology Society and the House Oceans Caucus Congressional briefing this week by noting his attempts over 28 years in Congress “trying to develop as much interest in the ocean as there is in space.”

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