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Dissolving the future of #coralreefs ~ Phys.Org

Dissolving the future of #coralreefs ~ Phys.Org | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Phys.Org Dissolving the future of coral reefs Phys.Org Overfishing, pollution, sediment runoff, and destructive fishing methods like trawling and blast fishing – a widespread practice in some developing nations where fishermen literally dynamite...
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More acidic oceans mean less carbonate available – a mineral that is essential for building the hard structures that corals, oysters, lobsters, and other shelled creatures rely on for protection and support. Without adequate carbonate in the seawater, these animals grow more slowly, build brittle and breakable shells, and produce significantly less viable offspring. In some cases, organisms dissolve entirely. This spells disaster for coral reefs, where the intricate coral formations provide food and shelter for hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates like crabs, clams, sea stars, octopuses, and squid.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-dissolving-future-coral-reefs.html#jCp

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Adorably Tiny #Crayfish Discovered (and It's a Cannibal) - LiveScience.com

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Adorably Tiny Crayfish Discovered (and It's a Cannibal)
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A new species of crayfish discovered in southeast Australia's coastal lakes and swamps is one of the world's smallest crayfish species, researchers report.

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Non-native Crayfish and Disease UK:  http://www.buglife.org.uk/sites/default/files/non%20native%20crayfish%20and%20disease.pdf

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In the UK one of the biggest threats to our native White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) is the <br>presence of introduced non-native species of crayfish. http://www.buglife.org.uk/sites/default/files/non%20native%20crayfish%20and%20disease.pdf
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New variant of #cetacean #morbillivirus identified in WA dolphins

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Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin deaths in WA have been linked to a new variant of cetacean morbillivirus (CeMV)—a virus related to the human measles and canine distemper viruses, according to research from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU).

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#BlueWhale #carcasses spotted on #Newfoundland's swCoast ~ If WindDirection changes canB left in ice #NoEscape

#BlueWhale #carcasses spotted on #Newfoundland's swCoast ~ If WindDirection changes canB left in ice #NoEscape | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
As many as nine blue whale carcasses are in heavy ice off Newfoundland's southwest coast, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed.

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A flood of optimism on #nutrient #pollution

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A flood of optimism on nutrient pollution Delmarva Daily Times After three years of drought, the traditional sources of nutrient pollution — animal waste, over-fertilized lawns and farms, septic system drain fields — had become stockpiles of...
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It’s not often that Wicomico Creekwatchers science coordinator Judith Stribling describes sharp increases in nutrient pollution as a good thing.

But 2013 was an unprecedented year in the 11 years that the group has been collecting water-quality information on the Chesapeake Bay tributary.

After three years of drought, the traditional sources of nutrient pollution — animal waste, over-fertilized lawns and farms, septic system drain fields — had become stockpiles of nitrogen and phosphorus. Then, the skies opened up, and the 47 inches of precipitation that followed sent that pollution gushing into the Wicomico River.

“It was almost like a worst-case scenario last year,” said Stribling, a Salisbury University biology professor, “but there’s some evidence that things are better than the long-term average.”

Contaminant levels were higher almost across the board compared with 2012, when a mere 38 inches of rain fell across the 180-square-mile watershed.

Yet, of the four regions of the river monitored by the Creekwatchers, nitrogen concentrations were lower than the 2006-2011 average in the ponds and the upper portion and about the same in the lower portion and Wicomico Creek, the group said in its annual report.

Phosphorus concentrations were below average levels in the same areas, but they exceeded the average in the lower river and Wicomico Creek.

Those long-term improvements may suggest that efforts to curb nutrient pollution are starting to work, Stribling said.


Efforts big and small likely influenced the results, Stribling said. She cited the city of Salisbury’s storm drain filters, beefed-up state stormwater regulations on new development, cover crops planted by farmers and efforts to educate homeowners about fertilizer use.

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World's Largest “Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium Will Cultivate ... - KQED (blog) #cephalopods

World's Largest “Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium Will Cultivate ... - KQED (blog) #cephalopods | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
World's Largest “Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium Will Cultivate ...
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This somber prediction is largely driven by one particular population of giant cuttles, which has never recovered from overfishing in the 1990′s.
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This anxious uncertainty is due to the short lifespans typical of cephalopods. The exhibit itself, which is scheduled to close on Labor Day 2016, will outlive nearly all of its inhabitants. Continuous display of any given species would require ongoing collection from the wild, and most species are native to distant seas—a severe challenge to both logistics and sustainability.

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#Ocean Health Check-Up Will Help #Brazil Captain Its Own Course for More productive Seas.

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Ocean Health Check-Up Will Help Brazil Captain Its Own Course for More ...
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Brazil has a whopping impact on our oceans. 20 percent of the entire world's fresh water ...
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For the first time, the Brazilian government has a data-driven measurement tool to inform planning and management of their coastal waters. The new Brazil regional Ocean Health Index assessment shines a light on the health of the ocean along the coast of all 17 coastal states in Brazil. It assesses how well Brazil is maximizing benefits and resources from the ocean in a sustainable way.

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#Wildlife still suffers four years after #BPoilspill - Phys.Org ~ Impacts are far from over!

#Wildlife still suffers four years after #BPoilspill - Phys.Org ~ Impacts are far from over! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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Wildlife still suffers four years after BP oil spill
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"The science is telling us that the impacts of this are far from over," said Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation.
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Sea Shepherd Founder > @CaptPaulWatson to Bill Maher: Covering the ills against our #Oceans ~ true 'heroes' with dignity*

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Captain Paul Watson talked about Japanese whalers and who the real "eco-terrorists" are (.@SeaShepherd Founder to @BillMaher: ‘If #Oceans Die, We Die’ http://t.co/FzMDLm2Pl7 @Beee_Baker...
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When you talk too much for Twitter ~ @OmarSeaShepherd

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TwitLonger is the easy way to post more than 140 characters to Twitter (@seashepherd @CaptPaulWatson thank you for this.
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#Greenpeace Our #Oceans are in #crisis ~ #ecosystems #depleted !

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Greenpeace: Our oceans are in crisis News24 In Senegal specifically, Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to overfishing in the West African waters and encouraging sustainable policies that will help expand a fishing industry that respects and...
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#Fish affected by a legacy of #pollution - Kitsap Sun

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Fish affected by a legacy of pollution Kitsap Sun In the sixth in a series of stories on indicators of a healthy Puget Sound, reporter Christopher Dunagan looks at the state of marine water quality and what effects sediment pollution is having on...
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Andrea Carey dribbles herring eggs onto a piece of plastic mesh held by Jim West to launch an experiment in Port Gamble Bay. The two biologists placed the fertilized eggs into the bay, where growth abnormalities could signal the presence of toxic chemicals. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

Herring populations in the bay have declined dramatically!

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T&T a major player in #sharkfin trade ~ #SharksWorthMoreAliveThanDead ! #Biodiversity #Ecosystems

T&T a major player in #sharkfin trade ~ #SharksWorthMoreAliveThanDead ! #Biodiversity #Ecosystems | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
T&T can be the tipping point to deliver a crippling blow to the global shark fin industry. This view was expressed by marine ecologist Rick MacPherson during an interview at the Sunday Guardi (Trinidad & Tobago a major player in shark-fin...
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De Verteuil: Shark sanctuary campaign continues in schools
PBC director Marc de Verteuil said the next phase of the shark sanctuary campaign was the educational outreach to schools where children will be taught about shark conservation.

 

They also intend to conduct a citizens science survey which will help the Fisheries Division in establishing a baseline for sharks. On March 21 MacPherson and De Verteuil met with Environment Minister Ganga Singh, who said he was sympathetic and supportive of the cause.

 

Sharks, Whales, Ivory...    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/blog/sharks-whales-ivory-and-drugs/

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A #sharkcull divides a nation

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Western Australia has introduced a programme to cull sharks, after several fatal attacks. But it's a divisive policy with many critics.

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The hidden life in #PondWater « New Phoenix ~ #MayflyNymphs ... 4.39minVid

The hidden life in #PondWater « New Phoenix ~ #MayflyNymphs ... 4.39minVid | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

We don’t need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short clip is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond water.

 

You will see water fleas, bryozoans, water mites, mayfly nymphs, ostracods, and, of course, hydras. They jump, crawl, and float in a completely alien environment filled with mesmerizing algae and bushes of ciliates on stalks.

This video uses image made through a biological microscope and macro lenses, that macro work added more depth and allows seeing whole animals in a more natural environment. The average size of the animals filmed was less than 1mm.


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Witness these but not on this scale...WoW!
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Champion #surfer says shark attacks changing surfing #SharkRepellent better than #sharkcull

Champion #surfer says shark attacks changing surfing #SharkRepellent better than #sharkcull | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Surfing legend Tom Carroll says recent shark attacks are changing the nature of surfing in Australia.
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Shark repellent company wins government support

Carroll has signed on as the new face of Shark Shield, a company that is developing a surfboard fin system that incorporates an electronic shark repellent technology.

 

The WA Government has provided a $300,000 grant towards the product's development, and its managing director Lindsay Lyon hopes it will be commercially available within a year.

He said the shield has electrodes that pulse and use salt water as a connector, creating an electric field.

Sharks have gel-filled sacks in their snout that they use to sense electric currents and those sacks spasm when they get within about two metres of the shield, deterring the animal from getting closer, he said.

"The technology has been around for a very long time," Mr Lyon said.

"There is absolutely no doubt it works. The question is, how do we get it in to the fins of the surfboard.

"If we can do that successfully we will not impact any of the design or manufacturing process of the board."

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#SodaStream Targets #OceanPollution With Light Touch #Change4Better

#SodaStream Targets #OceanPollution With Light Touch  #Change4Better | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
SodaStream Targets Ocean Pollution, With Light Touch MediaPost Communications The aim is very much in earnest: To encourage consumers around the world to sign a petition (hosted on Change.org) that will be sent to world leaders, "urging them to...
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The 5 Gyres Institute is dedicated to researching the issue of plastics in the world’s oceans and engaging communities in systemic change.

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Sea Shepherd Australia :: Operation Relentless saves 784 #Whales

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world (#OperationRelentless saves 784 whales http://t.co/wTDQ3ik5qv via @SeaShepherd_Aus RT!
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Demand for #Tuna #fishingBoats rises at #Masula

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According to the boat manufacturers, the new boat allows Tuna fishing from the bow side unlike the presently used mechanised boats wherein the gill net is spread from the stern side.
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Even the mechanised boat operators are making a beeline to acquire these boats that are being built exclusively for Tuna fishing. At present, the MBBC have orders for at least six boats each costing about Rs. 30 lakh. The boats are being built at boat building centre at Gilakaladindi village and they likely to be ready for fishing by May-end. This apart, the MBBC has 10 more orders on hand.

“These orders would be cleared by June as these boats should hit the water by June-end,” K. Venkateswara Rao, a technician of the boat building, told The Hindu.

 

According to the boat manufacturers, the new boat allows Tuna fishing from the bow side unlike the presently used mechanised boats wherein the gill net is spread from the stern side.

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What are the DEEPEST known #echinoderms??

What are the DEEPEST known #echinoderms?? | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
                     The depth of the ocean has been in the news a lot lately.

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More info: http://www.starfish.ch/reef/echinoderms.html

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Debunking #Captivity: 3 Reasons Not to Keep #Dolphins in a Tank - National Geographic

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National Geographic Debunking Captivity: 3 Reasons Not to Keep Dolphins in a Tank National Geographic A second claim is that by keeping them in a tank we are saving them from pollution and overfishing, even extinction, and that captive breeding...
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Highly complex and intelligent species deserve their 'Freedom' not in a swimming pool !

 

Those that require nurturing , then 'yes' but adequate sized areas for them to recover*

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A Big Step Forward in the Global Fight Against #Illegal #Fishing ~ #WWF

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The United States government took a major step forward on Thursday in the global fight against illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.
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The United States government took a major step forward on Thursday in the global fight against illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

The US signed an agreement to a set of minimum standards for what every port state must do to prevent illegally caught fish from being offloaded and reaching global markets.

The Port State Measures Agreement was brokered between 92 nations by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and was opened for signature on Nov. 23, 2009. The United States is the 11th party to sign the agreement, along with the European Union, Chile, Indonesia, and Norway.

The agreement will take effect once 25 parties have signed on. Once enforced this agreement will help close ports to vessels suspected of illegal fishing and block illegally caught fish from entering the global marketplace.

 

9.4.14 ~ Europe needs maritime spatial planning to avoid over-exploitation of our seas   http://bulletin.sciencebusiness.net/news/76516/Europe-needs-maritime-spatial-planning-to-avoid-over-exploitation-of-our-seas

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2014 Has Been a Brutal Year So Far for Urban #Wildlife Rescuers #FrozeninIce !

2014 Has Been a Brutal Year So Far for Urban #Wildlife Rescuers #FrozeninIce ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities 2014 Has Been a Brutal Year So Far for Urban Wildlife Rescuers The Atlantic Cities It's finally spring here in North America, but across the continent urban wildlife rehabilitators—the people who rescue and nurse back to health...
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A merganser rescued after being frozen into the ice in Toronto. Despite emergency care, the bird died later that day. Photo via Nathalie Karvonen.
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Puget Sound #Jellyfish show up in areas of #poorWaterQuality ~

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Puget Sound Jellyfish show up in areas of poor water quality
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In some cases, overfishing has reduced forage fish, which leaves the food supply wide open for jellies.
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Questions remain about how humans might be encouraging jellyfish and whether short- and long-term climate variations may shift things in favor or against jellyfish versus forage fish.

 

"The important thing," said Rice, "is that people are trying to understand this stuff. It is exciting to compare notes and talk about how things are being pushed around at the bottom of the food chain. Our observations so far are consistent with going down the jelly road."

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Hundreds show support for @SeaShepherd - Echonetdaily ~ who #ProtectOurMarineLife #Biodiversity

Hundreds show support for @SeaShepherd - Echonetdaily ~ who #ProtectOurMarineLife  #Biodiversity | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Hundreds show support for Sea Shepherd Echonetdaily Several hundred people turned out on Saturday to support Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling campaign at a benefit at the Brunswick Heads Hotel, which also doubled up as a celebration for last week's...
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