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Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:14:08 EST ~ Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. Find out more...

The window for saving the world's coral reefs is rapidly closing

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:35:14 EST ~ For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study documents a dramatic shortening of the gap between pairs of bleaching events, threatening the future existence of these iconic ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people. Find out more...

The Caribbean is stressed out

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:06:43 EST ~ Forty percent of the world's 7.6 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team of marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts. The study provides new insights into the influence of both local and global stressors in the basin, and some hope that the observed changes can be reversed by local environmental management. Find out more...

Conserving coral communities

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:59:43 EST ~ For years, people have sought to stop the loss of coral reefs by transplanting corals grown in underwater 'nurseries' to damaged reefs, but little work had been done to evaluate how effective such efforts were. A new study, however, suggests those projects have a positive impact on local fish populations, both in the short term and over time. Find out more...

Scientists get early look at hurricane damage to Caribbean coral reefs

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:02:42 EST ~ Coral reefs off St. John, part of the US Virgin Islands, suffered severe injury during the storms, say the scientists who traveled there in late November to assess the damage -- the first step in understanding the reefs' recovery. Find out more...

Tiny polyps save corals from predators and disease

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:25:48 EST ~ Corals may have unexpected allies in improving their health and resilience. Find out more...

Taking stock of a thorny issue

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:03:45 EST ~ A new book exploring the best scientific research on preventing coral-eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks, is expected to become a critical resource for informing management of these outbreaks across the Indo-Pacific. Find out more...

Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:33:43 EST ~ There is a glaring gap in sea snakes' near-global distribution: the Atlantic Ocean. Biologists chalk up the absence of sea snakes in the Atlantic to geography, climate and timing. Find out more...

Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:04:07 EST ~ New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. Find out more...

Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:58:06 EST ~ Fishes' fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research. The study is the first clear case of sharks altering a coral reef ecosystem through an indirect effect - creating an atmosphere of fear that shifts where herbivores feed and seaweeds grow. Find out more...