News and Updates
"Artificial, man-made reefs can be more attractive to divers than nearby natural coral formations and can help mitigate potential reef damage, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers."
"The Sydney Opera House, in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Sydney, has begun a collaborative research project to restore the natural habitat of native marine life in and around Sydney Harbour.
The three-year project involves installing pseudo apartment blocks for fish, which will act as artificial reefs. These will hopefully attract native sea life – such as baby blue gropers and seahorses – and create retreats for other species, too."
"The National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) has completed one of the biggest expansions of our public datasets in recent history, including:
- NEW ARCTIC DATA: Transits, Intl. Ports and Cargo, Oil and Gas, Fisheries, Minerals, Tourism, Subsistence Economies, Non-Market Values, and Ecological Data (what creatures found where)
- NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY DATA: a map with international off-shore projects (wind and tidal) and info for each project
- NEW MARKET DATA: updated Ocean, Coastal, US Ports and Cargo data."
ODFW Marine Program crab biologists recorded a hypoxic event take its toll on a research crab pot. After just 15 days during the summer's oxygen decline, all crabs in the test pot were dead.
Via News Deeply
"As the International Seabed Authority moves to permit the mining of unique deep-sea habitats, calls grow for it to disclose secretive deliberations about the environmental consequences of extracting valuable minerals from the ocean floor."