Entries by Newswire

Lionfish Reported at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Lionfish, a venomous invasive marine species considered one of the top predators in many coral reef environments in the Atlantic, have been documented at NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary – the first instance of the invader in the sanctuary since the species spread to U.S. East Coast waters in 2000. Read the full […]

Penguins Suffer as Antarctic Krill Declines

By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News The study suggests krill availability affects the population trends of penguins, such as chinstraps A number of penguin species found in western Antarctica are declining as a result of a fall in the availability of krill, a study has suggested. Researchers, examining 30 years of data, […]

Scott’s Antarctic Samples Give Climate Clues

By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News Samples of a marine creature collected during Captain Scott’s Antarctic trips are yielding data that may prove valuable in projecting climate change. The expeditions in the early 1900s brought back many finds including samples of life from the sea floor. Comparing these samples with modern ones, scientists have […]

Japan Suspends Whale Hunt After Chase by Activists

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says their tactics in trying to stop Japan’s annual Antarctic whale hunt have been completely safe and not endangered anybody. “There is nothing violent about what we are doing here,” Alex Cornelissen, Captain of the Sea Shepherd vessel “Bob Baker” told the BBC World Service via satellite phone. Japan says […]

Global Fish Consumption Hits Record High

By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News The global consumption of fish has hit a record high, reaching an average of 17kg per person, a UN report has shown. Fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 145m tonnes in 2009, providing about 16% of the population’s animal protein intake. The findings published […]

Shark Nations Failing on Conservation Pledges

By Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News The wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic and the Pew Environment Group say most of the main shark fishing nations do not manage fisheries well. Ten years ago, governments agreed a global plan to conserve sharks. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, with nearly a third […]

BP’s Disaster Down Under

Australians continue to raise their barbie sticks to say “no” to the proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in the country’s pristine, untouched Kimberley region, off its west coast. Currently, the massive area’s sprinkling of residents enjoy the company of endangered marine life, including snubfin dolphins, sawfish, turtles, dugongs and lots of fish. They are […]

Extreme Heat Bleaches Coral, and Threat Is Seen

From Thailand to Texas, many corals are reacting to heat stress by shedding their color and going into survival mode, putting the oceans’ richest ecosystems and fisheries at risk. Read the full New York Times article… Note: Newswire stories are provided as a courtesy of OceanDoctor.org. Content of these articles is provided by external sources.

New Orleans Fish Market Struggles After Gulf Spill

Ruth Graves makes a point of thanking all her customers for supporting what she calls “seafood people”. She has been selling shrimp, crabs and fish at the Westwego market just outside New Orleans for three decades, but her family is now in a desperate situation. “This is my only livelihood,” says Ms Graves, 51. “My […]

Oil and Ice: Worse than the Gulf Spill?

(Reuters) – When writer Anton Chekhov arrived on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he was overwhelmed by the harsh conditions at the Tsarist penal colony. It wasn’t just the floggings, forced prostitution and ill-treatment of children in the colony. It was the environment itself. “There is no climate on Sakhalin, just nasty weather,” […]