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New laws will curb super-trawler from fishing in Australian waters for at least two years by Ben Packham and Lanai Vasek September 11, 2012   |  Source: The Australian  | Copyright: The Australian

The super-trawler Abel Tasman will be banned from fishing in Australian waters for at least two years under changes to environmental laws to be introduced into parliament today. Environment Minister Tony Burke said amendments to the Environment Conserv...

Japanese scientific vessel breaks underwater drilling record September 10, 2012   |  Source: Knovel  | Copyright: 2012 KNOVEL CORPORATION

Engineering research continues to allow scientists to look further under the ocean, in an effort both to better understand the environment down in the depths and to find ways to access the various resources trapped under the waves. The Japan Agency for...

Sea squirt enables production of greener and faster computer chips September 10, 2012   |  Source: Bits of Science News  | Copyright: © 2012 - Bits of Science

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen’s Marine Biodiscovery Centre and the University of St Andrews last week presented their work on the components of a new type of computer chip created using molecules from a sea squirt sourced from the bottom of...

Predicting wave power could double marine-based energy September 10, 2012   |  Source: Science Codex

In the search for alternative energy, scientists have focused on the sun and the wind. There is also tremendous potential in harnessing the power of the ocean's waves, but marine energy presents specific challenges that have made it a less promising resou...

Earlier mass extinction for most of marine life by SINDYA N. BHANOO September 10, 2012   |  Source: NYT  | Copyright: 2012 The New York Times Company

Most scientists agree that dinosaurs became extinct as a result of a catastrophic meteor strike 65 million years ago near the Yucatán Peninsula. But now scientists are suggesting that another mass extinction event occurred about 200,000 years earlie...

Tie fishing quotas to processing capacity, says Russian president September 10, 2012   |  Source: Journal of Turkish Weekly (JTW)  | Copyright: International Strategic Research Organization

The quotas on catches of fish and other seafood that Russia provides to a foreign company should be tied to the amount of seafood processing capacity it builds in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said at the concluding press conference of the APEC summit ...

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area September 08, 2012   |  Source: IUCN  | Copyright: IUCN

As concern increases on the state of natural resources and the degradation of the world’s oceans, it is critical to be clear on how countries are progressing with conservation actions for the environment. New guidance issued today on Marine Protected Ar...

Scottish deep sea 'zombie worms' whale study suggested September 08, 2012   |  Source: BBC  | Copyright: BBC © 2012

Scientists are planning to conduct what would be the first study in UK deep waters of creatures known as "zombie worms" that eat bones of dead whales. The research would involve sinking a whale carcass, potentially at a location off the coast of Scotla...

Marine bacterium creates cooperative populations by Sophie Bushwick September 07, 2012   |  Source: Scientific American  | Copyright: 2012 Scientific American, a Division of Nature America, Inc.

As a kindergarten teacher might say, sharing is caring. She might not mention that cooperation is also a great way to form a community, and thus improve everyone’s chances of survival. Humans aren’t the only ones to apply this strategy—marine bacter...

Costa Rica Fisheries Institute shakeup continues by David Boddiger and Steve Ercolani September 07, 2012   |  Source: Tico Times

Efforts by the administration of President Laura Chinchilla to clean house at the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) continued this week, as officials pondered the fate of Incopesca President Luis Dobles. Dobles has not been fired, but source...

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