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URL :http://na.oceana.org/en/blog
Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2185
Posts / Week:6.3
Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Ocean Roundup: Cause of Green Sea Turtle Tumors Discovered, Sharks Found to Have Distinct Personalities, and More

Nitrogen runoff is causing tumors to grow on green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) around Hawaii. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - Scientists have detected a 40 percent decline in calcium carbonate in one section of the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island. Show More Summary

New Government Report Exposes Oversight Gaps in Offshore Drilling Regulators

Oil rigs near Horn Island, Mississippi, USA, pictured during an Oceana Latitude Gulf of Mexico Expedition in 2010. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez) A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of the Interior has revealed some condemning information about the oversight of offshore drilling operations. Show More Summary

Chile Becomes First South American Nation to Tax Carbon

A power plant in Ventanas, Chile. (Photo: Oceana) Late last month, Chile became the first nation in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The new tax—$5 per ton of CO2 emitted—targets 50 megawatt or higher fossil fuel-emitting power plants, while smaller plants and those fueled by renewable sources will remain exempt. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Fish Finding It Difficult to Adapt to Climate Change, Oceans Warmer Than Thought, and More

Spiny damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus). Juvenile spiny damselfish are having a difficult time adjusting to climate change. (Photo: Nikita / Wikimedia Commons) - New research shows that fish aren’t quickly adapting to climate change, and it may take them several generations to do so. Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine Fish Tale: Bay of Biscay Anchovy Fishery

Anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) and sardines (Sardina pilchardus) unloaded from a purse seiner in the port of Ayvalik, Turkey.(Photo: Oceana / María José Cornax) This article, originally published in the summer 2014 issue of Oceana magazine, is the first installment of a new column, Fish Tale. Show More Summary

As California Drift Gillnet Fishery Continues to Kill Marine Mammals, Oceana Pressures for “Count, Cap, and Control” Approach

A short-finned pilot whale killed by a California drift gillnet. This fishery killed an estimated six short-finned pilot whales in the 2013 to 2014 fishing season. (Photo: NOAA) In September, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Giant Clam Could Inspire Solar Technology, Thousands of Seamounts Discovered, and More

A giant clam (Tridacna gigas) in the Maldives. Giant clams could influence new solar technology. (Photo: Malcolm Browne / Flickr Creative Commons) - Improvements in radar satellite technology have allowed scientists to discover thousands of underwater seamounts around the world. Show More Summary

Video: Oceana Makes Plea for Mediterranean Swordfish and Local Fishermen

A swordfish (Xiphias gladius) caught by a typical vessel for artisanal fishing swordfish with a harpoon in Italy. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Alessandro Donelli) Last week, Oceana in Europe released a new video that sheds light on the perils small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean face today as swordfish decline. Show More Summary

Photos: Oil Spill in Chile’s Quintero Bay Affects Local Wildlife, Fisheries

Oiled seawater near the Monobuoy Terminal in Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Claudio Almarza) Last week, nearly 800 gallons of oil spilled into Quintero Bay, Chile at the Monobuoy Terminal when intake hoses broke free from an oil tanker. The...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Crabs Found to Look Out for Corals, 35,000 Walruses Gather on Alaskan Beach, and More

A crab of the genus Trapezia, which defends coral reefs from sea stars. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research shows that some coral may have natural “crab guards” that help them fight off predatory sea stars....Show More Summary

Recent Marine Fossil Discoveries Provide Insight on Ancient Ocean Inhabitants

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus skull, the first semi-aquatic dinosaur known to exist. (Photo: Didier Descouens / Wikimedia Commons) It’s no surprise that the oceans are home to some of the most fascinating animals, from the massive blue whale, the world’s largest animal, to creatures like octopus and squid that can change their coloration instantly. Show More Summary

Celebrate National Seafood Month with This Sustainable Recipe: Mussel Chowder

(Photo: Pete / Flickr Creative Commons) October 1 kicks off National Seafood Month, a time to raise awareness for sustainable fisheries and celebrate the benefits of seafood in one’s diet. Oceana focuses on sustainable seafood all year...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Oceans Get a “D’ for Ocean Health, Beluga Whale Population Faces “Catastrophe,” and More

A beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas). Beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River are declining. (Photo: Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia Commons) - The Ocean Health Index’s third annual ocean evaluation gave ocean health a “D,” or 67 out of 100. Show More Summary

Arctic Sea Ice Found to Play Bigger Role in Global Carbon Cycle Than Assumed, Study Says

Arctic Ice. (Photo: Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard / U.S. Geological Survey / Flickr Creative Commons) It comes as no surprise that Arctic sea ice melt has a range of ecological and economic consequences, from hastening sea level rise to disrupting food chains. Show More Summary

Video: Rare Blue Whale Footage Captured Off California

Underwater footage of the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) off Laguna Beach. (Photo: Rich German / YouTube) While paddling off Laguna Beach recently, one lucky paddle boarder was in the right place at the right time to spot an elusive blue whale—an endangered marine mammal that’s rarely spotted. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: UN Sounds Alarm on Mangrove Disappearance, Brazil to Triple Marine Protected Areas, and More

Mangroves in Elbow Reef, Key Largo, Florida. The U.N. has issued a report warning about mangrove disappearance. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) - Brazil is planning to triple its Marine Protected Areas from 5.5 million hectares to over 17.5 million—a project that’s worth more than $18 million. Show More Summary

Live Action Role-Play for the Baltic Sea: Finding New Ways to Address Environmental Troubles

Baltic Sea project manager, Hanna Paulomäki, being attacked by “Viking Zombies”at the Baltic Warriors event. (Photo: Oceana) Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe’s Baltic Sea Project Manager Hanna Paulomäki attended an event in Finland that simulated “Viking Zomebies” as a way to raise awareness for the issues facing the Baltic Sea. Show More Summary

Creature Feature: Leatherback Sea Turtle

A leatherback sea turtle hatchling (Dermochelys coriacea) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo: Tim Calver / www.timcalver.com) If you’re an ocean lover, you’ve probably heard of the mighty leatherback sea turtle—the largest of the seven sea turtle species. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Sand Tiger Shark Embryos Found to Eat Each Other, Wind Turbines Could Weaken Hurricane Intensity, and More

A sand tiger shark. Sand tiger shark embryos engage in cannibalism. (Photo: Mark Turner / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research shows that young sea stars (Asterias rubens) in the Baltic Sea are more vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification than adults. Show More Summary

Meet a Tiny Crab Species That’s Not into Long-Term Relationships

Planes minutus crab living on a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). New research shows that another small crab species (Planes major) that also hitches rides on loggerheads may engage in “risky behavior.” (Photo: BMC Ecology / Flickr Creative Commons) A tiny crab species, commonly known as flotsam crabs, have quite the luxurious lifestyle. Show More Summary

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