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New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast

new sponge New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast  Christine Picton, a scientist at the Titanic Belfast, has discovered a new species of Sponge off the West Coast of Ireland. While exploring the continental shelf in a remotely operated underwater vehicle, Picton discovered the sponge growing on a piece of coral. While Ireland isn’t exactly known for their coral reefs, Ireland does have flourishing deep water coral reefs that are visually stunning. The new species has been named ‘Beauforti’ after the Beaufort Marine Biodiversity Research Award, the award which funded Picton’s research. MOREMore:

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Catlin Seaview Survey Maps Coral Triangle

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The Catlin Seaview Survey, the project which is out to capture and record the health of our World’s Reefs, is at it again. The goal of the project is to create a scientific baseline of the reefs, which can be used to monitor the changes in the World’s reefs over time.  The Catlin Seaview Survey have just finished capturing and mapping the Coral Triangle, a triangular area comprising of the Indian and Pacific Oceans of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.… More:

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Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean Conservation

closer variety leonardodicaprio 03 0208 bnz cmyk Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean ConservationA man after my own heart, Leonardo DiCaprio, is more than just a pretty face – he’s actually quite the conservationist. Most recently, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated a generous sum of $2 million Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Oceans 5. The international funder’s collaboration works to establish marine reserves and put a halt to over-fishing. Here’s a few projects the grant will be supporting:… More:

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New Study: Fish Thrive On Oil And Gas Platforms

oil New Study: Fish Thrive On Oil And Gas PlatformsThis is an interesting article which seems counter-intuitive to what we would associate with the image of oil platforms. A new study from Occidental College, UC Santa Barbara, and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management shows that oil platforms had 10 times the fish biomass to other, more traditional marine environments. The study surveyed oil platforms and seven different reefs through the years from 1995 to 2011. Fish population were counted in all of the areas surveyed. The Study revealed that the oil platforms were 27 times more productive.The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. MOREMore:

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Looking For An Exciting Volunteer Opportunity? Head Out To The Caribbean

wp2d8e018b 05 06 300x217 Looking For An Exciting Volunteer Opportunity? Head Out To The Caribbean Caribbean Reef Buddy, a non-profit organization based on the island of Carriacou in the West Indies, has a slew of ongoing projects you can offer a helping hand to. Opportunities include reef monitoring, invasive-species (cough, lion fish, cough) monitoring & culling, and community outreach programs to raise awareness for conservation. Open to anyone over the age of eighteen, the programs are ideal opportunities to those who have a few weeks to spare, a passion for the ocean and marine species, a desire to travel, a positive attitude and the intention of helping our coral reefs. Check, check, check, check, and check. Looks like I’ll be blogging from the Caribbean soon, where do I sign up? What can you expect? Well you can register via their volunteer registration page on their website. Simply express your interest, any diving experience you have, and your reasoning behind wanting to participate. As for what to expect? The following: 

  • PADI dive training, including research and data collection dives once qualified.
  • Learn about the marine biology and ecology of our coral reefs and marine ecosystems.
  • Marine species and coral identification. Receive training in recognising, monitoring and recording important ecological and commercially exploited species.
  • Gain invaluable experience of working as part of a small, professional and highly dedicated marine conservation team.
  • Dependent on time and the progress of your dive training, you may also have the opportunity to assist our staff in other ongoing research, monitoring and conservation projects.
  • Finally, experience the magical island of Carriacou and immerse yourself in the local culture, their passion and infectious relaxed and happy nature.

Includes half board accommodation, PADI training and certification fees (exc. PADI Divemaster fees), all equipment use, and free boat dives.

Hotel accommodations are provided, but you’re on your own for other travel expenses such as flights and visas. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I hope those of you in the position to do so will take part in the worthy cause. Hell, maybe I’ll even bump into you there!
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Sydney’s Octopi Are Packing Their Bags, “To Tasmanian Waters!”

5807512 3x2 340x227 300x200 Sydneys Octopi Are Packing Their Bags, To Tasmanian Waters!In light of Tasmanian warming heating up, Sydney’s eight-armed sea-folk are packing up, heading south, and reproducing with a greater population turnover and greater growth rate. Talk about things heating up down there. The common Sydney Octopus (Octopus tetricus usually keeps residence  between southern Queensland and southern New South Wales. Jorge Ramos, a PhD candidate from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), has been studying hundreds of the little guys near the east coast of Flinders Island in the Bass Cape of Tunisia. … More:

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Should We Ban The Sale Of Nautilus Shells?

nautilus shell Should We Ban The Sale Of Nautilus Shells?Nautilus shells are beautiful, no doubt about it. These mollusks are also fairly rare. They are only found in the deep sea of the Indo-Pacific. Their gorgeous shells are also in demand. More than 100,000 shells (according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)) are imported into the U.S. each year, to be sold in stores or online. Additionally, the iridescent nacre on the inside of the shell is desired for its decorative use and for use as pearl buttons. A new study by Peter Ward, Professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, suggests this level of trade is not sustainable. Ward states: “There is no sustainable fishery for nautilus possible anywhere. ” Ward’s study suggest that Nautilus are already almost gone due to over-fishing in places like the Philippines. There is very little restrictions or regulations on Nautilus collection. Ward, along with other conservationists have tried to make the Nautilus protected. The FWS has claimed there was not enough statistical data to support the proposition that the Nautilus needed protective status. Hopefully the more data and awareness there is, the better chance of getting protection for these amazing mollusks. MORE More:

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Ocean Acidification: The Trillion Dollar Problem

coral image Ocean Acidification: The Trillion Dollar Problem The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has estimated that ocean acidification of coral reefs will cost approximately 1 trillion dollars by the year 2100. The report titled ‘An Updated Synthesis of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity’ came out last week. The main focus is on the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leading to acidification, and the devastating future effect which will take place if nothing is changed. Just in the past 200 years, a blip in World History, Ocean acidification has increased by 26 percent.… More:

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