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The ocean is broken

The ocean is broken | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
A Newcastle sailor's trip across the Pacific Ocean after the Japan tsunami was frighteningly similar to a nightmare.
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It sounds much worse than we thought.

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"We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

 

Macfadyen signed up to this scheme while he was in the US, responding to an approach by US academics who asked yachties to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing - a significant concern in the wake of the tsunami and consequent nuclear power station failure in Japan.

 

"I asked them why don't we push for a fleet to go and clean up the mess," he said.

"But they said they'd calculated that the environmental damage from burning the fuel to do that job would be worse than just leaving the debris there."

 

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Newly discovered algal species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet

Newly discovered algal species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius -- temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.
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Maybe this algae could be used to help other coral species that are struggling with rising sea temperatures.

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Wildlife Extra News - Government urged to consider important UK seagrass areas

Wildlife Extra News - Government urged to consider important UK seagrass areas | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The online wildlife magazine for those who like wildlife, wildlife news and watching wildlife, plus a guide to UK nature reserves.
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A vital habitat for seahorses and as fish nurseries.

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Marine LifeWatch creates Virtual Research Environment | JPI OCEANS

Marine LifeWatch creates Virtual Research Environment | JPI OCEANS | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
RT @jpioceans: Marine LifeWatch creates Virtual Research Environment http://t.co/LC3nJE3axo
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A useful resource.

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World's coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns

World's coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Worldwide bleaching of coral would be only third such event in recent history, driven by high ocean temperatures caused by global warming, RTCC reports 2015 could see coral bleaching on a global scale for the third time in history – and the first...
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Skomer Marine Conservation Zone - Ecl-ips

Skomer Marine Conservation Zone - Ecl-ips | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Ecl-ips installs innovative CCTV technology that will support CCW’s remit as the Government's statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters.
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Chumbe Island, sea sanctuary

Chumbe Island, sea sanctuary | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The private nonprofit that owns the tiny island in Tanzanian uses tourism to support protection of its reef.
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It's a pity that there's no diving there, for the eco-friendly sort of diver.

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What Taking Orcas From the Ocean for Captivity Does to Wild Pods - One Green Planet

What Taking Orcas From the Ocean for Captivity Does to Wild Pods - One Green Planet | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Taking marine mammals from the wild has far reaching effects on not only the captive individuals, but the families and environment they leave behind.
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Community-led marine reserve produces benefits for fisheries and conservation

Community-led marine reserve produces benefits for fisheries and conservation | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The first and only fully protected marine reserve in Scotland is continuing to provide benefits for fisheries and conservation, according to new research by the University of York.
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One-quarter of grouper species being fished to extinction

One-quarter of grouper species being fished to extinction | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Groupers, a family of fishes often found in coral reefs and prized for their quality of flesh, are facing critical threats to their survival. Scientists report that 20 species are at risk of extinction if current overfishing trends continue, and an additional 22 species are near "threatened" status.
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If they are allowed to mature the females produce a far greater number of eggs.

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Global impact of debris on marine life studied

Global impact of debris on marine life studied | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have been recorded as having encountered humanmade debris such as plastic and glass according to the most comprehensive impact study in more than a decade.
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New species, the Ruby Seadragon, discovered

New species, the Ruby Seadragon, discovered | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
While researching the two known species of seadragons as part of an effort to understand and protect the exotic and delicate fish, scientists made a startling discovery: A third species of seadragon.
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Wow, there's still so much to be discovered in the oceans!

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Evolution of Motherhood: The Importance of Mature Female Fish | RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

Evolution of Motherhood: The Importance of Mature Female Fish | RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
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Marine reserves are vital to ensure that mature female fish survive to replenish our over-fished oceans.

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Madagascar creates shark park

Madagascar creates shark park | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them.
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Great news for sharks!

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New ocean acidification study shows added danger to already struggling coral reefs

New ocean acidification study shows added danger to already struggling coral reefs | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Over the next century recruitment of new corals could drop by 73 percent, as rising carbon dioxide levels turn the oceans more acidic. New research findings reveal a new danger to the already threatened Caribbean and Florida reef Elkhorn corals.
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I'm a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones

I'm a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
I’ve just signed up to become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones to help protect the UK’s amazing sea-life and undersea habitats. You can too. http://wtru.st/ACTION4OURSEAS
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Seahorses are a species that I am researching in the Mediterranean with the help of other volunteer research divers.

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Defra consults on 23 proposed new English MCZs

Defra consults on 23 proposed new English MCZs | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Defra has opened a public consultation on 23 proposed new Marine conservation Zones in English seas. The consultation runs from 30th January to 24th April 2015.
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The chance to have your say on the proposed MCZs.

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Bio robots to study marine ecosystems - Innovations

Bio robots to study marine ecosystems - Innovations | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Scientists at one of the world’s leading research organisations plan to use bio robots to increase their knowledge and understanding of marine ecosy
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Climate models suggest major changes in coastal marine ecosystems - News@Northeastern

Climate models suggest major changes in coastal marine ecosystems - News@Northeastern | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
By the end of the 21st century, climate change will significantly alter an important oceanographic process that regulates the productivity of fisheries and marine ecosystems, Northeastern researche...
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Central Marine Fisheries Research Invited Applications

Central Marine Fisheries Research Invited Applications | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
KOCHI: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) under the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has invited  applications from men and women in the 18-35 age ...
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What's On? is the events guide for the Looe Marine Conservation Group

What's On? is the events guide for the Looe Marine Conservation Group | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Helping to protect and conserve marine wildlife through an exciting programme of rockpool rambles, talks, beach cleans and public events in Looe Cornwall.
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Sounds like fun!

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White sharks grow more slowly, mature much later than previously thought

White sharks grow more slowly, mature much later than previously thought | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
A new study on white sharks in the western North Atlantic indicates they grow more slowly and mature much later than previously thought. The findings present the first reliable growth curve for this species in the western North Atlantic. The results: males are sexually mature around age 26 and females around age 33, much later than currently accepted estimates of 4-10 years for males and 7-13 years for females.
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When estimating fish populations, seeing is believing

When estimating fish populations, seeing is believing | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
By adding video cameras to fish traps, scientists get more precise abundance estimates for several important species of reef fish, including red snapper and gag grouper. In a new release, a scientist and a fisherman share very different perspectives on why this is important.
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Sardines move north due to ocean warming

Sardines move north due to ocean warming | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Sardines, anchovies and mackerels play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, as well as having a high commercial value. However, the warming of waters makes them vanish from their usual seas and migrate north, as confirmed by a pioneering study analysing 57,000 fish censuses from 40 years. The researchers warn that coastal towns dependent on these fishery resources must adapt their economies.
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L'Escala is famous for its anchovies but catches are much smaller now.

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Dolphins set up home in the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age

Dolphins set up home in the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The bottlenose dolphin colonized the Mediterranean only after the last Ice Age - about 18,000 years ago – according to new research.
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Customs Seizure Brings Attention to Threatened Seahorse - Arbiter News

Customs Seizure Brings Attention to Threatened Seahorse - Arbiter News | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Featured Image: Peter Liu Photography, Flickr Creative Commons WASHINGTON, February 14, 2015—The seizure of an illegal shipment of an estimated 18,000 seahorses at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CGD) Airport Thursday brings attention to threats to seahorse species around the world. The dehydrated seahorses were stashed in a commercial transit container on its way to Hong Kong …
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Divers can help by volunteering with Kenna Eco Diving Seahorse Project.

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