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Released: 13-Feb-2020 10:15 AM EST
New study shows Deepwater Horizon oil spill larger than previously thought
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Toxic and invisible oil spread well beyond the known satellite footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel school of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 6:05 PM EST
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program Yields Cumulative Results
Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance released the 2019 Gulf Star Program annual report. It showcases the successful results of the regional public-private partnership. Gulf Star funds projects related to seafood, habitat, water resources, and much more.

Newswise: The Nose Knows: Study Establishes Airborne Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms’ Toxins
Released: 11-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
The Nose Knows: Study Establishes Airborne Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms’ Toxins
Florida Atlantic University

There are no limits specific to airborne concentrations of microcystins (blue-green algae) or inhalation guidelines. Little is known about recreational and occupational exposure to these toxins. New research provides evidence of aerosol exposure to microcystins in coastal residents. Researchers detected microcystin in the nasal passages of 95 percent of the participants; some who reported no direct contact with impacted water. Results also showed higher concentrations among occupationally exposed individuals and demonstrated a relationship between nasal and water microcystin concentrations.

Newswise: Where the sky meets the sea: Exploring the sea-surface microlayer
Released: 7-Feb-2020 3:45 PM EST
Where the sky meets the sea: Exploring the sea-surface microlayer
Texas A&M University

The separation between sky and sea is only one millimeter at its thickest and, yet, this sea-surface microlayer plays a major role in global phenomena. Dr. Aarthi Sekaran is taking a deeper look into how flow instabilities in this microlayer affects weather patterns and prediction.

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Released: 7-Feb-2020 1:15 PM EST
Mediterranean sea urchins are more vulnerable than previously thought
Universitat de Barcelona

The sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus, an eatable species of great commercial interest found in the Mediterranean and North-East Atlantic, is more vulnerable than so far believed.

Newswise: East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Released: 6-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study of East African coral reefs has uncovered an unfolding calamity for the region: plummeting fish populations due to overfishing, which in turn could produce widespread food insecurity.

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Released: 5-Feb-2020 2:05 PM EST
Colossal oysters have disappeared from Florida's 'most pristine' coastlines
University of South Florida

Hundreds of years ago, colossal oysters were commonplace across much of Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Today, those oysters have disappeared, leaving behind a new generation roughly a third smaller - a massive decline that continues to have both economic and environmental impacts on a region considered by many to be the last remaining unspoiled coastlines in the Gulf.

Newswise: Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life
Released: 5-Feb-2020 6:00 AM EST
Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its kind.

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Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:10 PM EST
New Thalattosaur Species Discovered in Southeast Alaska
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago.

Newswise: Microplastic Hotspots
Released: 3-Feb-2020 12:45 PM EST
Microplastic Hotspots
University of Delaware

A new study from the University of Delaware found high concentrations of microplastics in so-called convergence zones, the areas where the fresher water from the Delaware River meets the saltier water of the Atlantic Ocean and the surface currents converge. They found the distribution of plastics also depends on the force of the winds.

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