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Full carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification in a tropical coral

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:06:27 EST ~ Researchers have succeeded in directly measuring three key parameters necessary for skeleton formation in a live tropical coral. This way, they completely characterized the carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification. Find out more...

Murky water keeps fish on edge

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:10:16 EST ~ Fish become anxious and more cautious when water quality is degraded by sediment, an effect that could stunt their growth and damage their health. Find out more...

Sunscreen and cosmetics compound may harm coral by altering fatty acids

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:00:48 EST ~ Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial to ocean-dwelling creatures. In particular, sunscreen chemicals shed by swimmers are thought to contribute to coral reef decline. Now, researchers say that one such chemical, octocrylene (OC), which is also in some cosmetics and hair products, accumulates in coral as fatty acid esters that could be toxic to the marine organism. Find out more...

Coral larvae use sound to find a home on the reef

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:53 EST ~ A new study is starting to unravel that mystery. Researchers found that the soundscape of a reef -- the combined sounds of all animals living nearby -- might play a major role in steering corals towards healthy reef systems and away from damaged ones. Find out more...

A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:56:26 EST ~ The future of the world's coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a new study, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching. Find out more...

Could algae that are 'poor-providers' help corals come back after bleaching?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:02 EST ~ How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their coral hosts varies between species and what this could mean for a coral's ability to survive in a changing climate. They determined that in the wake of a bleaching event, even an algal tenant that's poor provider may be better than no provider. Find out more...

Mystery of color patterns of reef fish solved

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:37:26 EST ~ Scientists have solved the mystery of why some closely-related species of an iconic reef fish have vastly different colour patterns, while others look very similar. Find out more...

New approach to assess sustainability of reef fish

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:50:58 EST ~ A new study helping to improve how sustainability is measured for popular reef fish could help better assess the eco-friendly seafood options at the dinner table. Find out more...

Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 08:03:49 EST ~ Researchers took a virtual reality experience into a variety of educational settings, including high school classrooms, to test the impact on awareness and understanding of ocean acidification. Find out more...

Thriving reef fisheries continue to provide food despite coral bleaching

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:24:41 EST ~ The unexpected results of a 20-year study into reef fisheries showed fisheries being maintained despite extreme coral bleaching. Remarkably, rapid proliferation of fishes with low dependence on corals led to catches remaining stable or even increasing. But the results also showed fishing success was 'patchy' and more dependent on fewer species. Find out more...