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La Niña-Like Conditions Associated with 2,500-Year-Long Shutdown of Coral Reef Growth

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A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panamá were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years. The study suggests that future changes in climate similar to those in the study could cause coral reefs to collapse in the future.

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Which Environmental Projects Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck? Research Develops Species Conservation Model

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A Florida State researcher has developed a framework to help government and conservation groups make decisions about how to best allocate resources for conservation purposes.

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New Species, the ‘Ruby Seadragon,’ Discovered by Scripps Researchers

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While researching the two known species of seadragons as part of an effort to understand and protect the exotic and delicate fish, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego made a startling discovery: A third species of seadragon.

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Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute to Conduct One-of-a-Kind Shark Race for Conservation Science

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Unique "Competition" Created to Attract Sponsors - Goal to Gather Additional Data on Sharks

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Madagascar Creates Shark Park!

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The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Mercury Levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna Increasing

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Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

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Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2063

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The Great Lakes are the freshwater system than has been the most invaded by non-native species. Researchers predict they will remain vulnerable to future waves of invasions, unless some US-Canadian coordinated measures are implemented. The scientists also identify some species at high risk of being in the Lakes by 2063, if nothing is done.

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Tracking Fish Easier, Quicker, Safer with New Injectable Device

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A new acoustic fish-tracking tag is so tiny it can be injected with a syringe. It’s small size enables researchers to more precisely and safely record how fish swim through dams and use that information to make dams more fish-friendly.

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Pioneer Study Examines Declining Coral Reef Health Due to Pesticides/Sea Surface Temperatures

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Coral reef health is declining worldwide. To better understand the combined effects of mosquito pesticides and rising sea-surface temperatures, Dr. Cliff Ross, UNF associate professor of biology, exposed coral larvae to selected concentrations of pesticides and temperatures.