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#Crabs, #supersized by #carbon pollution, may upset Chesapeake’s #balance

#Crabs, #supersized by #carbon pollution, may upset Chesapeake’s #balance | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Bigger and stronger, the predatory crustaceans could upset the Chesapeake Bay’s balance. (GIANT ENEMY CRABS: RT @dstahl: Giant crabs caused by carbon pollution. Do we have enough butter for this threat?
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Oysters are filter feeders that play a critical role in cleaning the polluted bay.

 

Under ocean acidification, oysters won’t be able to keep up. “As you’re using up your energy, it could make you more vulnerable not just to predators but to disease,” Dodd said.

 

8.4.13:: http://inhabitat.com/carbon-pollution-creates-giant-crabs-in-the-chesapeake-bay-and-disrupts-ecosystem/

 

Could throw the food chain out of balance!

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Great New Website: The #BlueCarbon Initiative - IUCN ~ restore our #marine areas #uk c.c Richard Benyon Link below... #Co2

Great New Website: The #BlueCarbon Initiative - IUCN ~ restore our #marine areas #uk c.c Richard Benyon  Link below... #Co2 | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

April 2, 2013 CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

Efforts to restore marine ecosystems that store vast amounts of carbon have received a boost with the launch of a new website that provides the latest blue carbon science and policy.

The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate change through the conservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems. Coastal ecosystems are some of the most productive on Earth. They provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as coastal protection from storms and nursery grounds for fish. We also know that they provide another integral service – sequestering and storing “blue” carbon from the atmosphere and oceans and hence are an essential piece of the solution to global climate change.... http://thebluecarboninitiative.org/

 


Via pdjmoo
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UK link:: http://afloat.ie/marine-environment/marine-wildlife/item/21312-british-government-taken-to-task-over-marine-conservation-zones#.UWGmfF2yXhQ.twitter  

 

it will cost 'EveryOne, if nothing is done, not your money!

 

More:: There are a couple of major pathways for CO2 to be removed from the atmosphere. One isplant respiration. Plants absorb CO2 during their growth, and use it along with sunlight and water and other nutrients, to grow. The carbon in the CO2 is converted into plant matter, such as blanches, leaves, roots, etc. It is important to note that this absorption of CO2 is only temporary in the big scheme of things, because when the plant dies and decomposes, the plant matter will go back to CO2 during the decomposition process. Therefore, in its natural state, this is in balance... as much CO2 is absorbed as is emitted when averaged over time (not including processes such as deforestation, which is not in balance, and so right now, CO2is net being emitted by plants due to deforestation). 

The other major way to remove CO2 is the oceans. The oceans have a tremendous capacity to absorb CO2. However, when CO2 is dissolved in water, it becomes carbonic acid, and so the more CO2 in the oceans, the more acidic it becomes. This is a serious problem for sensitive marine ecosystems. Also, CO2 can only be absorbed at the surface of the water, which is in contact with air. And so to absorb a lot of CO2, you have to wait until the surface water is mixed with the water from the deep oceans. This takes hundreds to thousands of years to happen. That is why the increased CO2 emissions due to humans is so serious. All the CO2we are pumping into the air right now will stay in the air for a length of time comparable to recorded human history.


There are no other known methods to remove CO2 from the air on the scale that we are emitting it !!!

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#AirPollution 'affects #coral growth' ~ sooty #particles can cool sea surface temp. #Ecosystem at risk!

#AirPollution 'affects #coral growth' ~ sooty #particles can cool sea surface temp. #Ecosystem at risk! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Researchers find evidence that aerosols from burning fossil fuels are affecting the growth of corals in the Caribbean.
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http://www.rtcc.org/fossil-fuel-emissions-stunt-coral-growth/

 

 

7.4.13:: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-air-pollution-stunts-coral-growth.html

 

Also:: http://earthsky.org/earth/pollution-slows-coral-reef-growth

 

Up to 25% of Ocean species depending on them for food and shelter.

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#LosAngeles Plan to Turn #Pollution Into #DrinkingWater

#LosAngeles Plan to Turn #Pollution Into #DrinkingWater | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Storm runoff is the primary source of water pollution in Southern California, but new regulations encourage cities to capture and filter rainwater to bolster groundwater supplies.
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LOS ANGELES — Surfers here have long lived by a simple rule: When it rains, no matter how good the waves may be, stay out of the water. Those who do head out to the Venice Pier on a rainy day might have their bravery (or naïveté) repaid with pinkeye, a fever or diarrhea.


“The water will have this weird, funky smell to it,” said Sean Stanley, 26, who has been surfing here his entire life. “It’s murky. You’ll see soda cans and plastic bottles, oil from the cars. All the runoff from the city gets in there.”

 

Even in this water-starved region, storm and other runoff has become the primary source of water pollution. After the rare rains, runoff drags heavy metals, pesticides, cigarette butts, animal waste and other pollutants into streams and rivers and eventually to the Pacific Ocean, turning Los Angeles County’s beaches into the filthiest in the state.

 

But now, local officials are trying to deal with runoff pollution and another problem — the lack of drinking water — with an ambitious plan to make the runoff drinkable.


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Bob Brown: 'great result for the #Whales' - @ABCNews ~ harpooning is Not showing signs of #research #Japan !

Bob Brown: 'great result for the #Whales' - @ABCNews  ~ harpooning is Not showing signs of #research #Japan ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown applauds this year's record low whaling catch by Japanese ships.
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#Hunger May Be Driving Spike in #SeaLion #Strandings

#Hunger May Be Driving Spike in #SeaLion #Strandings | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
RT @yelowcanarychic: Hunger May Be Driving Spike in Sea Lion Strandings http://t.co/TX5Sjeoter @SeaShepherd @MrHolise @sallysoderholm @P4Animals @earthactivists
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Nearly 1,100 sickly sea lion pups that should still be with their mothers have stranded in southern California since the beginning of this year, officials say.

Biologists still don't know exactly what's causing the unusually high number of young animals to wash ashore, but there is one symptom that most of the pups share: They're starving.

 

"You can see bones through their skin," said Sarah Wilkin, California's marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

The leading hypothesis is that environmental conditions are cutting the sea lion pups' supply of food like anchovies and sardines, Wilkin told reporters today (April 4). While adult sea lions and other marine mammals are more adaptable and can change their feeding habits in the face of a shortage, pups are more limited in how far they can travel for food and what they can eat. [Photos: World's Cutest Baby Wild Animals]

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@Seasaver: Infographic: #China's overseas #fishCatch is 12 x more than reported...

@Seasaver: Infographic: #China's overseas #fishCatch is 12 x more than reported... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
RT @Seasaver: Infographic: #China's overseas fish catch is 12 times more than reported to the United Nations. #overfishing #ecocide http://t.co/2nY6nr9ghU
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Polar melt shakes up #foodchain ~ #Krill on the decline...+ video #Antarctic

Polar melt shakes up #foodchain ~ #Krill on the decline...+ video #Antarctic | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Major changes to the food chain, weather and landscape of Antarctica have provided stark evidence of the impact of global warming, a report on a polar expedition has revealed.

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#Carnage in the Gulf of #Carpentaria ~ #prawns arrive on your plate 90% is #bycatch !

#Carnage in the Gulf of #Carpentaria ~  #prawns arrive on your plate 90% is #bycatch ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, almost to the day, we find ourselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean standing tall on the deck of the Maka Koa. She’s sandwiched between the Hawaiian island of Maui and crescent-s...
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Sea Shepherd Australia :: #Japan Confirms #SeaShepherd #Success in the Southern Ocean ***

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Operation Zero Tolerance has been Sea Shepherd’s most effective campaign to date. 932 whales were saved because of our work in the Southern Ocean. (RT @OmarSeaShepherd: Japan *Confirms* @SeaShepherd Success in the Southern Ocean!
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The Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research, the front organisation for Japanese illegal whaling activities has released their kill records for 2012/2013.

 

They wanted 50 Humpbacks. They took none.

 

They wanted 50 Fin whales. They took none.

 

They wanted 935 Minke whales. They killed 103.

 

832 Minke whales not slain! 50 Humpbacks and 50 Fins not slaughtered!

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Travels of Pregnant Great White #Sharks Revealed

Travels of Pregnant Great White #Sharks Revealed | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
One female shark was tracked for 3 years.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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For the first time, migrating great white sharks have been tagged and their movements around the oceans tracked for years, as opposed to the few months they have previously been tracked, according to a researcher.

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Climate change winners: Adélie #penguin #population #expands as ice fields recede

Adelie penguins may actually benefit from warmer global temperatures, the opposite of other polar species, according to a breakthrough study.

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Standing up for the little guys – #Phytoplankton and Southern Ocean #Ecology ~ #Antarctic

Standing up for the little guys – #Phytoplankton and Southern Ocean #Ecology  ~ #Antarctic | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

By Laura Bretherton on January 24, 2013 in Antarctic, Ocean Acidification 

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll by now be well acquainted with marine plankton. These little guys are the topic of my PhD, though more specifically, I look at the phytoplankton – the photosynthetic microalgae – and how they might be affected by ocean acidification. That means I’ve been particularly focussed on the bioassay experiments we’ve been conducting at sea, and today marked the end of our second one. With that comes an early start and many water samples to process…

 

My role on this cruise is to look at the physiology of phytoplankton populations, and how that changes over the course of the bioassays. I use an instrument called a fast-rate repetition fluorometer (or FRRF for short), which monitors photosynthesis by detecting fluorescence given off by the chlorophyll inside the microalgae. Because we understand how changes in this chlorophyll fluorescence are linked to photosynthesis, the fluorometer can tell us things like how efficiently the phytoplankton are photosynthesising, or if they’re changing the structures within their cells that catch sunlight.

 

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The more we learn, the more we can help the ocean.
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#California #Wildlife Center raising $25K for #sealion shelter ~ #NOAA #CWC thxu

#California #Wildlife Center raising $25K for #sealion shelter ~ #NOAA #CWC  thxu | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
California Wildlife Center raising $25K for sea lion shelter Malibu Times In response the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) declaration of “unusual mortality event” this year for sea lions, the California Wildlife Center...
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In response the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) declaration of “unusual mortality event” this year for sea lions, the California Wildlife Center (CWC) is working to raise $25,000 to set up a temporary rehabilitation center, according to a CWC statement.

 

The National Marine Fisheries asked the CWC to set up a temporary rehabilitation center at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) in San Pedro, Calif., for the large number of Northern Elephant Seals and California Sea Lions pups the center has rescued.

 

Approximately 1,000 malnourished sea lions have been picked up in Southern California this year, with 118 of them from Malibu, according to Victoria Harris, board president of the CWC.

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Why the Ocean? ... ~ 405 #Ocean #DeadZones exist with little to no #Oxygen ! @1World1Ocean

Why the Ocean? ...   ~ 405 #Ocean #DeadZones exist with little to no #Oxygen !  @1World1Ocean | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
RT @vampirest69: @SaveOceansNowThOceanGivesUsLIFE50-70%OfOxygenComesFromOceanThatsMOReTHAnALLRainForestsCombined http://t.co/dMSSLyMIhI #Overfishing ADDitUP
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New plan to cut #OceanPollution in half for South #Australia ~ to cut particles by 50% ***

New plan to cut #OceanPollution in half for South #Australia ~ to cut particles by 50% *** | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
New plan to cut ocean pollution in half for South Australia The Australian Inquiries by The Advertiser have revealed an action plan to be released next month will include goals to cut particles of pollution allowed into the gulf by 50 per cent, and...
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The Future of the #Oceans with @SylviaEarle - Video 33:52

The Future of the #Oceans with @SylviaEarle - Video 33:52 | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

American oceanographer and world-famous conservationist and explorer Sylvia Earle has spent a lifetime exploring the world's oceans. In this Melbourne, Australia talk, she explains how... http://www.themonthly.com.au/video/2013/03/24/1364105192/future-oceans-sylvia-earle

 

 

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                      We are All chemically connected... Sylvia Earle

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#Weather concerns grow for #marine wildlife ~ The #Wildlife Trusts

#Weather concerns grow for #marine wildlife ~ The #Wildlife Trusts | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Weather concerns grow for marine wildlife - http://t.co/PDqZyQIdM4 via http://t.co/pckE0cANQi
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Dead crabs, lobster and mussels - equivalent to approximately 800,000 individuals - have been washed ashore, with significant numbers of cuttlefish bones, razorshells, starfish and increased numbers of porpoises also recorded.

Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts.

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wild shores of singapore: Can eat or not?: Sea #anemones

wild shores of singapore: Can eat or not?: Sea #anemones | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Sea anemones. In Spain, apparently, yes can! The Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia sulcata) is highly prized by Spanish gourmet restaurants and eateries leading to poaching and over-exploitation which seriously damage the coastal ...
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The Snakelocks Anemone, a Marine Species Prized in Cooking, Has Been Bred for the First Time in Captivity
Science Daily 5 Apr 13;

Researchers from Granada have managed to breed for the first time in captivity a marine animal known as the snakelocks anemone, (Anemonia sulcata), and have also begun breeding a species of sea cucumber (Sticophus regalis), although this process is still in its initial stages. Both species have great culinary potential and possess excellent nutritional properties.

 

As well as these two species of marine invertebrates, the scientists have cultivated the edible saltmarsh plant Salicornia, also known as marsh samphire or sea asparagus.

The harvesting of anemones for use in gourmet restaurants and eateries is creating a decline in their numbers, and due to the high prices they reach on the market, poaching and over-exploitation are "considerably damaging the ecological niche in coastal and inter-tidal areas."

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#CoralReef Back From the #Dead ~

#CoralReef Back From the #Dead ~ | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Isolated reef surprises scientists by recovering from near devastation

Via Amocean
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Back in 1998, Scott Reef was a ghost town. Rising ocean temperatures caused by El Niño had triggered a catastrophic bleaching event that decimated the enormous reef system off the coast of Western Australia.


The prognosis was grim—more than 249 kilometers away from its nearest neighbors, the Scott system had no hope of being reseeded by their coral larvae, a process scientists believed was vital to reef recovery.


But just 15 years later, Scott Reef has regrown into the vibrant ecosystem pictured above, and its isolation may have been the key to its survival.


Although the Scott system did not benefit from the arrival of larvae from other reefs, an abundance of plant-eating fish in the area kept dangerous algae in check and allowed the few remaining local larvae to hang on long enough to begin the slow but steady process of repopulating the reef, researchers report online today inScience.


The reason those hungry fish were there to save the day? There were no humans around to hunt them. So while climate change may be wreaking havoc on coral reefs around the world, these ecosystems might stand a chance of bouncing back once humans are no longer around to bother them.

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Marian Locksley's comment, April 8, 2013 8:54 AM
We cannot give-up hope, not whilst there's a glimpse of recovery and still so much to learn.
Marian Locksley's comment, April 8, 2013 9:00 AM
Your so right, we must keep spreading Awareness. And most humans will only act when it's almost too late (at the brink)...it is most worrying!
VanAllen's comment, April 8, 2013 11:14 AM
You are so right too about continuing to learn. The worrying factor is that humans are encroaching on more and more places and plundering them on such a large scale. It is not of course simply a matter of the oceans. I agree we must not ever give up.
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Hated #Invasive Species Helps #Restore an #Ecosystem - ScienceNOW ***

Hated #Invasive Species Helps #Restore an #Ecosystem - ScienceNOW *** | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Hated Invasive Species Helps Restore an Ecosystem - ScienceNOW (But only after overfishing by humans “@YaleE360: 'Hated' invasive crab helps restore a #CapeCod ecosystem, http://t.co/Gt4LtOju65)...
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New Research: #MarineReserves Can Stoke Local Economies

New Research: #MarineReserves Can Stoke Local Economies | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
On April 3, 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and a team of colleagues from around the world published a scientific paper called “A General Business Model for Marine Reserves” in the journal PLoS ONE.
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Scientific studies suggest that at least 20% of the ocean should be protected. That 10% is only one milestone, and it shouldn’t be the end point.

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Ferocious Isles - #SeaShepherd ~ #Faeroeislands

Ferocious Isles - #SeaShepherd  ~  #Faeroeislands | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world (As many as 1,000 endangered long-finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faeroe Islands each year http://t.co/MXFIwlUHUo...
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The pilot whale grind is similar to the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan, documented in the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove.


The main difference, and thus challenge for Sea Shepherd, is that there are at least 23 different coves in the Faeroe Islands where a grind could potentially take place, as opposed to one main cove in Taiji. Sea Shepherd has been actively opposing and confronting the Faeroese grinds since 1985 and will remain one of the foremost advocates for these endangered whales.

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#SevenGill #Sharks Sighted at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California ~ In Focus #UnderwaterPhotography Blog

#SevenGill #Sharks Sighted at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California ~ In Focus #UnderwaterPhotography Blog | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Several divers are having encounters with large Sevengill sharks now in LaJolla, San Diego, California
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VIDEO: The Global Partnership for #Oceans ~ A precious #environment #overfishing #seafood + @SylviaEarle

VIDEO: The Global Partnership for #Oceans  ~  A precious #environment #overfishing #seafood + @SylviaEarle | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

The Global Partnership for Oceans is a growing alliance of governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world's oceans.

 

Short URL: http://on.natgeo.com/10u0EW2

 

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This is our Air that we breath, the jewel of our planet.

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