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Ocean Acidification Makes Coralline Algae Less Robust

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Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found.

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Motorboat Noise Makes Reef Fish Vulnerable to Predators

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Noise from motorboat traffic makes some fish more than two and a half times more likely to be eaten by predators, according to an international team of researchers including biologists from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Long-Term Picture Offers Little Solace on Climate Change

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Climate change projections that look ahead one or two centuries show a rapid rise in temperature and sea level, but say little about the longer picture. Today (Feb. 8, 2016), a study published in Nature Climate Change looks at the next 10,000 years, and finds that the catastrophic impact of another three centuries of carbon pollution will persist millennia after the carbon dioxide releases cease.

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Scripps-Led Team Discovers Four New Deep-Sea Worm Species

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A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Western Australian Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have helped properly identify these elusive creatures through genetic analysis.

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Motorboat Noise Gives Predators a Deadly Advantage

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The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.

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Researchers Aim to Safeguard Sturgeon

New clues are helping UD researchers develop an online map to help Mid-Atlantic fishermen avoid catching Atlantic sturgeon.

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Man-Made Underwater Sound May Have Wider Ecosystem Effects Than Previously Thought

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Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research from the University of Southampton.

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Plastic Debris Crossing the Pacific Can Transport More Species with the Help of Barnacles

The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in.

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Can Animals Thrive Without Oxygen?

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In 2010, a research team garnered attention when it published evidence of finding the first animals living in permanently anoxic conditions at the bottom of the sea. But a new study, led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), raises doubts.

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Bachelor’s Paradise: FSU Researcher Finds Female Turtles Outnumbering Males

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Rising global temperatures may skew gender imbalance among the marine turtle population, according to new Florida State University research.

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Gulf's Coastal Observing System Now Part of National Weather-Ready Initiative

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NOAA initiative recognizes partners that are helping to improve the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water and climate events.

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NSU Receives Additional Grant for Projects Related to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Nova Southeastern University researchers continue their research into the long-term effect the Deep Water Horizon oil spill had on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Study Shows North Atlantic Ocean CO2 Storage Doubled Over Last Decade

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Findings by Rosenstiel School researchers have important implications for ocean life.

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Ship Noise Extends to Frequencies Used by Endangered Killer Whales

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When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies.

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UCI Biologist Named to Salton Sea Science Advisory Committee

The California Natural Resources Agency has named University of California, Irvine biologist Tim Bradley to the science advisory committee for the state effort to preserve its largest inland body of water.

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Study: Shark with Lowest-Known Metabolism Is a Sluggish Success

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Laziness can help you succeed… if you’re a nurse shark. A new research paper from Mote Marine Laboratory reveals that nurse sharks have the lowest metabolic rate measured in any shark — new evidence of the sluggish lifestyle that has helped the species survive for millennia.

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The Sound of Endangered Salmon Surviving

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With California in the fourth year of a historic drought, there is much controversy over how to supply cities, farms, and ecosystems with the water they need. Technology may help solve the puzzle.

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Study Finds Toxic Pollutants in Fish Across the World’s Oceans

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A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego also uncovered some good news¾concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.

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Seagrass Genome Sequence Lends Insights to Salt Tolerance

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Coastal seagrass ecosystems cover some 200,000 square kilometers and account for an estimated 15 percent of carbon fixed in global ocean. In Nature, a team including DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers describes the first marine angiosperm genome: the eelgrass Zostera marina.