"Northern anchovies (Engraulis mordax) find the scent of “biofouled” plastic irresistible, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The silvery schooling fish detect the scent that marine algae and bacteria transfer onto bits of plastic, and launch into a flashing, darting feeding frenzy."
Via Seattle Times
"As fish stocks have collapsed around the globe due to poor management, overfishing, dams, habitat loss and a range of other threats, Alaska stands out as a model of sustainability both internationally and here at home. Like Alaska, all U.S. fisheries should be rigorously managed by using science-based stock assessments to set catch limits, and strictly enforcing regulations."
Via USA Today
"On parts of the shoreline in the Moroccan beach town of Tangier, something is amiss. Though the ocean is there — its waves lapping, crashing and roaring as they have since time immemorial — it is not a place for long days of lazing on soft sand. Because there isn't any."
"The two-day GGSD Forum took place from 21-22 November 2017, at OECD headquarters in Paris, France, as part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week. The Forum focused on the theme, ‘Greening the Ocean Economy.’"
"The Offshore Pacific Area of Interest (AOI) adjacent to Vancouver Island has an area of approximately 140,000 km2 and was identified as an area of ecological importance because it contains 13 seamounts (underwater mountains) and multiple kilometers of hydrothermal vents."
"Authority to allow oil and gas development in that undeveloped piece of Alaskan wilderness lies with Congress. But elsewhere in Alaska’s North Slope, where the executive branch is less hamstrung, the Trump administration is marching forward unabated with energy development."
"The smallest microplastics in our oceans – which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful – could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick."
"Fishes' fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research by a scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The study is the first clear case of sharks altering a coral reef ecosystem through an indirect effect - creating an atmosphere of fear that shifts where herbivores feed and seaweeds grow. Referred to as a trophic cascade, these complex relationships exist throughout nature but the linkages are often hard to identify."
Via CTV News
"B.C. photographer Tavish Campbell recorded the video.Campbell dives all over B.C. to take underwater photos of wild salmon and sea life. But he says he's never seen anything quite like his footage of a thick column of blood gushing out of a pipe onto the ocean floor."