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New light cast on fishing throughout history

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:59:42 EST ~ A new study has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet. Find out more...

Plastic microfibers found for first time in wild animals' stool, from S. A. fur seals

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:57:23 EST ~ For the first time, plastic microfibers have been discovered in wild animals' stool, from South American fur seals. The findings were made by scientists who suggest examining scat from pinnipeds can be an efficient way to monitor environmental levels of microfibers and microplastics in the environment. Find out more...

Freshwater turtles navigate using the sun

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:14:27 EST ~ A new study shows that simulating a clock shift of six hours causes hatchling Blanding's turtles to shift their course, demonstrating that the sun is central to their navigational compass. Find out more...

Study tracks severe bleaching events on a Pacific coral reef over past century

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:43:18 EST ~ A new study has uncovered the history of bleaching on a reef in the epicenter of El Nino, revealing how some corals have been able to return after facing extreme conditions. Find out more...

Warming waters caused rapid -- and opposite -- shifts in connected marine communities

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:24:26 EST ~ Two connected marine ecosystems -- the Eastern English Channel and Southern North Sea -- experienced big and opposite changes in their fish communities over a 30-year period. Rapid warming drove smaller ocean fishes to shift abruptly northward from one ecosystem to the other. Find out more...

Reducing seafood fraud: Researchers and partners work with sushi restaurants

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:41:40 EST ~ A new monitoring project aims to take 'fake sushi' off Los Angeles diners' plates. The Los Angeles Seafood Monitoring Project team -- which includes university researchers, students, sushi restaurants and government regulators -- is working to reduce sushi fraud and the mislabeling of fish. Find out more...

The secret behind coral reef diversity? Time, lots of time

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:05:14 EST ~ One of the world's premier diving destinations owes its reputation as a hot spot of marine biodiversity to being undisturbed over millions of years, according to ecologists. The researchers conclude that patterns of high diversity may take tens of millions of years to arise, but can be wiped out in a few years by human impacts. Find out more...

Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:13:20 EST ~ Around 75 percent of marine biodiversity in Finnish waters is left unprotected, reveals a performance assessment of the country's current Marine Protected Area network. Increasing protection by just 1 percent in the most biodiverse areas could double conservation of the most important species. In addition to identifying areas of high conservation value, the methodology can also be used in ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and impact avoidance, including siting of wind energy, aquaculture and other human activities. Find out more...

Codebreaker Turing's theory explains how shark scales are patterned

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:49:06 EST ~ A system proposed by world war two codebreaker Alan Turing more than 60 years ago can explain the patterning of tooth-like scales possessed by sharks, according to new research. Find out more...

Microbiome implicated in sea star wasting disease

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:02:55 EST ~ A first-of-its-kind study shows that the sea star microbiome is critically important to the progression of the wasting disease that is killing these animals from Mexico to Alaska -- and that an imbalance of microbes might be the culprit. Find out more...