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Archives for: August 2010
Rare “Ribbon Fish” Fish Makes Way to Aquarium

An interesting “ribbon” fish has made its way to an aquarium, after being reeled in accidentally by fisherman

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Fraser sockeye count climbs to 30 million

The Fraser River is being overrun by sockeye salmon. Officials from the fishery are now estimating that the number of sockeye returning has climbed to roughly 30 million, which is a 5 million increase from their previous count of 25 million earlier this week.

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Trawlermen from Shetland Illegally Reeled in 15M GPB Worth of Herring and Mackeral

Six skippers are facing unlimited fines and confiscation orders to the tune of millions of pounds after admitting they breached fishing quotas.

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Death From Jellyfish-Sting, First in Europe
Portuguese Man-O-War (Physalia physalis)

Authorities have said that a woman had a deadly reaction and died after being stung by a jellyfish on an Italian beach. Maria Farcus, 69, is thought to be the first such case of a person dying of a jellyfish-sting in Europe.

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At long last, a vaccine offers hope of preventing Ich
Fish with Ich Credit: Dehai Xu, Ph.D

According to new research presented by Dehai Xu, Ph.D. at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS)*, a vaccine against the feared ich disease might be available in the foreseeable future.

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Scientists Hot on the Trail of Huge, Underwater Oil Plume In Gulf Of Mexico

Researchers backed by the NSF (National Science Foundation) and in conjunction with the WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) have discovered a plume of hydrocarbons which is more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and is thought to be 22 miles long at minimum. This plume is the residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Hawaiian Coral Can be Safely Thawed in 1,000 Years!
Great star coral (Montastraea cavernosa)

Researchers from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University and the Smithsonian have brought the first frozen Hawaiian coral bank into existence to try and prevent them from becoming extinct and to preserve their diverse population in Hawaii.

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Madagascar Alarmed at Self-Cloning Crayfish Invasion
self cloning crayfish

An invading rare kind of self-cloning crayfish has been discovered in Madagascar, and is causing all sorts of alarm among researchers.

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Tour Operators Who use Chum to Lure Sharks Challenge Law
Tiger shark

Some tour operators, who specialize in shark tours, who were accused of chumming off the North Shore have commented they plan to challenge the preposterous law.

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Researchers Delving into Sea Slug Poison

A group of researchers are going to meet sometime this week, and attempt to delve into the mysterious poison which has been discovered in sea slugs, which have made an appearance on Auckland’s shores this past winter.

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80% Of Oil From the Gulf Of Mexico Spill Is Still Lurking About: “The Oil Is Still Out There”

The Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia have released a report which draws the conclusion that somewhere in the vicinity of 80% of the oil which was released into the Gulf Of Mexico from the BP spill has not been cleaned up, and is still a threat to the environment.

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The Conundrum of the Gap in the Spine of the Barbeled Dragonfish Finally Solved

The conundrum of why a particular group of deep sea fish have a gap between their skull and spinal columns has finally been solved by a crack team of researchers, which include representatives from the Natural History Museum.

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Sea Otter Numbers Are Down in California Survey Says
sea otter

After 10 years of a steady recovery, the southern sea otter – a species on the federal list as being threatened – populations are declining for the second year running, so says a population survey conducted by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Costa Rican Boat Caught With Hand in Cookie Jar: Illegally Fishing in the Galapagos
Galapagos Island

The navy in Ecuador took charge of a fishing boat, of Costa Rican origin dubbed the Rosa I, which had a bountiful cargo of shark meat. This boat was seized in the Galapagos Islands, and an investigation is underway to determine whether the shark came from the archipelago, where shark fishing has been outlawed.

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Coral Dies After Massive Indonesia Bleaching: “A Disappointing Development”
Coral bleaching. Picture: Bruno de Giusti

The Wildlife Conservation Society has recently released an initial report stating that there was a drastic rise in the surface temperatures in the waters of Indonesia, and has caused a massive bleaching event which has really sent coral populations into a tail spin.

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