Member Highlight: Could Fish DNA Tests Replace Population Surveys?

2018-11-19T14:25:53+00:00 November 19, 2018|

(Credit: UMCES) (From Chesapeake Bay Magazine/ By Meg Walburn Viviano) -- Collecting DNA isn’t just for detectives at the scene of a crime. It’s now being used by environmentalists to track fish species in the water. Environmental DNA, or eDNA, comes from the cells or waste that fish leave behind while swimming. Researchers [...]

Member Highlight: Ready For Next Big Storm? UMD Glider Patrols Ocean To Predict A Hurricane’s Power

2018-11-05T15:10:07+00:00 November 5, 2018|

(Credit: UMass Dartmouth) (From The Standard-Times/ By Jennette Barnes) -- The next time a hurricane comes barreling toward New England, we may have a better idea of whether it will intensify to a Category 5, or fizzle out and bring less damage than everyone feared. Just thank the underwater hurricane patrol. This hurricane [...]

Our Plastic Ocean

2018-10-11T14:49:16+00:00 October 1, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a hearing titled, “Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health?” Why It Matters Plastic is used in countless products — from clothes to [...]

Member Highlight: Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Coastlines

2018-10-09T14:06:43+00:00 October 1, 2018|

(Credit: iStock/ssuaphoto) Offshore wind farms may have a greater capacity for coastal protection than first imagined. Scientists had shown previously that arrays of turbines placed in the sea may buffer storm surge and flooding. Now simulations featuring data from Hurricane Harvey suggest that smart wind farm designs have the capacity to protect [...]

Fish Fights!

2018-09-24T16:34:23+00:00 September 24, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled. “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources.” Why It Matters Seafood accounts for 20 percent of the animal protein in the human diet worldwide, and many people around the world depend on [...]

Member Highlight: As Nelson Touts Red Tide Research At Mote, Another Potential Bloom Is Detected

2018-09-10T10:27:46+00:00 September 10, 2018|

(Credit: University of South Florida) Autonomous USF robot discovered red tide indicators west of Tampa during mapping exercise. (From Herald Tribune/ By Carlos R. Munoz) -- A new batch of red tide could be brewing west of Tampa. A University of South Florida underwater glider, an autonomous robot that collects subsurface data vital to understanding [...]

Algal Blooms Harmful To Health, Economy, And Summer Fun

2018-09-04T12:52:07+00:00 September 4, 2018|

(Credit: Bob Hogensen, Martin County, Florida) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard hearing titled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: The Impact on Our Nation's Waters.” Why It Matters Several areas of the U.S., including the Great [...]

Member Highlight: Can Seagrass Help Fight Ocean Acidification?

2018-08-06T12:31:34+00:00 August 6, 2018|

Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to new work led by Carnegie's David Koweek and including Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and published in Ecological Applications. (From EurekAlert) -- When coal, oil, or gas is burned, the resulting carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere where it is [...]

Shark Research: Hunting For Discoveries Beyond The Ocean

2018-07-23T16:09:38+00:00 July 23, 2018|

(Credit: WHOI) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “SHARKS!” Why It Matters Sharks play a direct role in the health of the ocean (which humans rely on daily for everything from the air we breathe to [...]

Member Highlight: Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems To Advance Biology

2018-07-23T12:30:28+00:00 July 23, 2018|

(Credit: Mariana Rius) Tremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. (From Phys.org) --  But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and [...]

Member Highlight: Racing To Save Florida’s Coral From Climate Change, Scientists Turn To A Once-Unthinkable Strategy: ‘Assisted Evolution’

2018-07-16T14:58:46+00:00 July 16, 2018|

(Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)  In a hurricane-proof lab miles down the Florida Keys, scientists coddle, the way a parent might, tiny pieces of coral from the moment they are spawned until they are just hearty enough to be separated into specimens equipped to survive in the wild. (From LA [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2018-07-02T17:06:27+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

Member Highlight: Newly Discovered Volcanic Heat Source Under Antarctic Glacier Is Half As Hot As Iceland’s Most Active Volcano

2018-07-02T09:01:01+00:00 July 2, 2018|

(Credit: Brice Loose) Several kilometers under the ice, researchers have found evidence of an active volcano spewing large amounts of heat under Antarctica's fastest melting glacier. (From Tech Times/ By Nicole Arce) -- By accident, a team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography have discovered biochemical proof of [...]

The Science Of Food Security

2018-07-31T09:09:08+00:00 June 25, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Earth and Space Science Caucus (chaired by Representatives Ryan Costello (PA-6) and Jared Polis (CO-2)), supported by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance, presented the second annual Congressional Earth and Space Science Caucus exhibition on “The Science Of Food Security.” [...]

The Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education

2018-06-18T17:32:01+00:00 June 18, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “The Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education.”  Why It Matters Plastic has [...]

Roving Exhibit Highlights Ocean Plastics Problem

2018-06-11T09:38:37+00:00 June 11, 2018|

The Ocean Plastics Lab, currently on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., illustrates the pollution threat and points to solutions. (From EOS.org/ By Randy Showstack) -- Plastic seems to be everywhere in the oceans, from urban harbors to remote beaches, from the middle of the oceans to the depths of the seas. It endangers marine [...]

Member Highlight: New Zealand Has Its Own Genetically Distinct Population Of Blue Whales

2018-05-29T10:21:45+00:00 May 29, 2018|

(Credit: Todd Chandler) Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered that a population of blue whales found between the North and South islands of New Zealand are genetically distinct from other blue whales, and live there year-round. (From Forbes/ By Fiona McMillan) -- The first inklings that something unusual was going on began [...]

Member Highlight: IoT, Data Visualization Warn Coastal Residents about Flooding

2018-05-21T09:52:14+00:00 May 21, 2018|

Spearheaded by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the StormSense project combines IoT sensors, cloud systems, predictive analytics modeling, and data visualization mapping to predict flooding impacts and deliver warnings to residents in the Virginia Beach area. (From Information Week/ By Jessica Davis) -- The sound of the ocean waves may be relaxing when you [...]

Blue Technology: Innovation For The Ocean

2018-05-15T09:16:54+00:00 May 14, 2018|

(Credit: ASV Global) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance.”  Why It Matters The United States Coast [...]

The Key To Extended Forecasting Is The Ocean

2018-04-30T15:24:40+00:00 April 30, 2018|

What It Was Senator Brian Schatz (HI) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research hosted a congressional briefing titled, “The Oceans and Long-Range Weather Forecasting: Discovering Clues That Strengthen Subseasonal to Seasonal Predictions.” Why It Matters The weather forecast we rely on every day encompasses a tremendous amount of data and Earth science information. [...]

Member Highlight: Study Reveals New Antarctic Process Contributing To Sea Level Rise And Climate Change

2018-04-20T17:04:13+00:00 April 20, 2018|

(Credit: Alessandro Silvano) A new IMAS-led study has revealed a previously undocumented process where melting glacial ice sheets change the ocean in a way that further accelerates the rate of ice melt and sea level rise. (From Phys.org) -- Led by IMAS PhD student Alessandro Silvano and published in the journal Science Advances, the [...]

Congress Concerned About President’s Proposed Cuts For NOAA In FY 2019

2018-04-16T13:41:55+00:00 April 16, 2018|

What It Was The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing titled, “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” Why It Matters The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the key federal agency responsible for understanding our ocean, managing commercial fisheries, forecasting weather and [...]

March’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-04-02T13:04:17+00:00 April 2, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) What Passed Congress kept us on the edge of our seats last month; with only hours remaining before the continuing resolution expired, the omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was signed into law (P.L.115-141). Thanks to the February budget deal, the final bill included increases across federal [...]

Member Highlight: Ice Cores Show Greenland’s Melting Is Unprecedented In At Least Four Centuries

2018-04-02T11:35:51+00:00 March 30, 2018|

(Credit: Forrest McCarthy) Scientists who crossed western Greenland with a fleet of snowmobiles, pulling up long cylinders of ice at camps a little more than a mile above sea level, have found evidence that the vast sheet of ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 450 years at least — and possibly much longer than that. [...]

Member Highlight: A Team Tackles A Troublesome Fish

2018-03-26T11:04:11+00:00 March 19, 2018|

(Credit: Steve Gittings, NOAA) It is often said that good things come in groups of three, and that might be the case for a trio of research projects aimed at reducing a recent, but growing, threat to Bermuda’s marine biodiversity: the invasive lionfish. (From Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) -- While many invasive species [...]

Member Highlight: New Underwater Vehicles To Study Ocean’s Smallest Organisms

2018-03-13T11:29:52+00:00 March 13, 2018|

(Credit: Elisha Wood-Charlson / UHM/ SOEST) A small fleet of state-of-the-art research submersibles are scheduled to launch from Oʻahu tomorrow. (From Hawaii Public Radio/ By Casey Harlow) -- The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will be using the underwater vehicles to track, study, and collect ocean [...]

Member Highlight – Deeply Talks: Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data, Robots And A.I.

2018-02-20T15:05:34+00:00 February 20, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) In this episonde of Deeply Talks, Todd Woody, News Deeply’s executive editor for environment, and a panel of experts talk about how satellites, sensors, artificial intelligence and DNA scanners are creating powerful new tools to fight illegal fishing. Todd is joined by Mark Powell, Vulcan’s senior ocean researcher, and Jake Hanft, an analyst at Schmidt [...]

All Say, “Yay AICA!”

2018-02-05T12:41:50+00:00 February 5, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “One Year Later: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.” Why It Matters Since 2007, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (COMPETES Act, P.L. 110-69) has maintained and grown the American science and [...]

Raising Seafood

2018-02-05T14:22:19+00:00 February 5, 2018|

(Credit: South Dakota State University) What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “Growing The Future: Opportunities To Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture.” Why It Matters Seafood is a valuable staple for many Americans, and advances in research have made it possible to produce fish and [...]

Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

2018-02-01T15:05:53+00:00 February 1, 2018|

(Credit: Hannah Barkley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable. (From [...]

11 Billion Pieces Of Plastic Are Smothering Reefs, Infecting Corals

2018-01-31T10:17:15+00:00 January 31, 2018|

(Credit: Dr. Kathryn Berry) Our plastic lifestyle is killing coral reefs. A first-of-its-kind study published on Thursday found that an estimated 11.1 billion pieces of ocean plastic trash are lodged in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, increasing corals’ susceptibility to potentially deadly diseases by as much as 89 percent.  (From Oceans Deeply/ By Todd Woody) -- Scientists [...]

Novel Technologies Reveal Key Information About Depleted East Pacific Green Sea Turtles

2018-01-31T08:13:20+00:00 January 31, 2018|

(Credit: Cali Turner Tomaszewicz) Populations of green sea turtles living in the eastern region of the Pacific Ocean have rebounded in recent years, but their numbers remain dangerously depleted. Research by led by biologists at the University of California San Diego and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is offering previously unknown information [...]

2017 Was The Hottest Year Yet In The World’s Ocean

2018-01-29T17:19:52+00:00 January 29, 2018|

(Credit: Mario Tama, Getty) Oceans aren't likely to cool any time soon, a new study finds. In fact, 2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean, according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (From National Geographic/ By Sarah Gibbens) -- Their findings indicate a "long-term warming trend driven by human [...]

Member Highlight: New Study: Industry Conservation Ethic Proves Critical To Gulf Of Maine Lobster Fishery

2018-01-29T13:07:28+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Gulf of Maine Research Institute) A new study, led by scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and colleagues at the University of Maine and NOAA, demonstrates how conservation practices championed by Maine lobstermen help make the lobster fishery resilient to climate change. (From Phys.org) -- For generations, lobstermen in Maine [...]

The Agency That Helped Create The Internet Now Wants To Wire The Ocean

2018-01-26T13:13:55+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Argo) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has had a hand in some of the most transformational innovations of the last half-century, including the computer network that evolved into the internet, the graphical user interface and passive radar. Now DARPA is seeking proposals for what could be the next big thing: a network of intelligent floats [...]

How Blockchain Is Strengthening Tuna Traceability To Combat Illegal Fishing

2018-01-26T13:07:31+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Mern/ AP) In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. (From International Business Times/ By Candice Visser and Quentin Hanich) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Fiji [...]

Vaccines Not Protecting Farmed Fish From Disease

2018-01-25T11:09:13+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: Wikimedia/ Alessandro Duci) The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study. (From Science Daily) -- The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. It showed vaccinated fish tend [...]

Can Hobbits Swim? ‘Mordor Under The Sea’ Found Off Australia

2018-01-25T11:04:10+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: P. Reynolds, S. Holford, N. Schofield, and A. Ross) Today in news best suited for sneaky little Hobbitses and Shire-folk, scientists unveiled a map of a faraway volcanic realm that has a distinct look of Mordor about it. Unfortunately for any ring bearers, the molten landscape has probably been hidden underwater for millions [...]

How Scientists Use Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures To Fight Cancer

2018-01-25T10:55:40+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: E/V Nautilus) Determining whether new immunotherapies are successfully fighting cancer cells can be difficult and expensive. Creatures from the depths of the ocean might be able to change that. (From Oceans Deeply/ By Matthew O. Berger) -- Those were the findings of a recent research project, and they underscore what a number of scientists [...]

New Eocene Fossil Data Suggest Climate Models May Underestimate Future Polar Warming

2018-01-24T10:05:33+00:00 January 24, 2018|

(Credit: Laura Cotton) A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth's potential future climate, was greater than previously thought. (From Science Daily) -- By studying the chemical composition of fossilized foraminifera, tiny single-celled animals that [...]

New Study Suggests Coastal And Deep Ocean Sharks Have Different Feeding Patterns

2018-01-24T09:57:32+00:00 January 24, 2018|

(Credit: UMass Amherst) An international team of researchers studying globally declining shark populations report today that they used carbon isotopes as biochemical markers in shark muscle tissue to identify where in the oceans the mobile predators have been feeding, in the hope that such analyses provide a useful tool for conservation. Details [...]

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