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Posted on October 15, 2018 - 3:56pm, by raye

Dornoch Firth: Extinct oyster reefs restoration starts

The endangered European oyster is trying to make its way home. This is not the doing of researchers or scientists, but was kick started by the Glenmorangie Distillery which sits above the Dornoch Firth. Dornoch Firth historically was home to a large European oyster reef that has since been farmed away. The owners of Glenmorangie Distillery hope to replant this reef to use as a natural filter that will help to clear any discharge created through the distilling process. (via bbc)

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Posted on October 9, 2018 - 9:36am, by raye

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)

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Posted on October 1, 2018 - 12:45pm, by raye

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

The IPCC, otherwise known as the intergovernmental panel on climate change, duties include informing governments on climate change statistics and introducing global plans to limit more dire results. Their main concern, currently, is atmospheric warming. The panel goal is to contain warming to at most 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlook for reaching this goal is slim. The planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, leaving only .5 degrees left of this goal. In the newest report by the IPCC, the council pushes for change through the “Talanoa Dialogue,” where the countries under the Paris agreement now must discuss where and how they veered from their original goals in 2015 and how they must act now to ensure the 1.5 degree goal is reached. (via The Washington Post)

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Posted on September 24, 2018 - 12:41pm, by raye

How reliable are turtles for measuring ocean trash and marine health?

Sea turtles are widespread through the ocean. They are one of the most photographed, as well, when it comes to marine debris and plastic pollution. With snouts closed shut with plastic can holders, and stomachs full of debris, it seems that turtles and marine plastics almost go hand and hand. The question is how well could scientists use turtles as an indicator for ocean health? (via phys.org)

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Posted on September 18, 2018 - 9:11am, by raye

New Genetic Research Shows the Legacy of Fish Farm Escapees

New tests have discovered interbreeding between escaped farm salmon and native salmon stocks in Newfoundland due to the 2013 Cooke Aquaculture pen collapse in that area. This was not the first, nor the last of pen collapses for Cooke Aquaculture. During the summer of 2017, where over 260,000 farmed salmon escaped into Puget Sound, Cooke stated that survival of the escaped fish was low and interbreeding was impossible. The same statements were given in 2013. Obviously those fish did survive and found a way to flourish. (via Hakai Magazine)

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Posted on September 10, 2018 - 8:50am, by raye

The United Nations Is Considering Banning High-Seas Fishing

In a recent study, published through Science Advances, researchers try to determine how influential high sea fisheries are for global supplies. The results show that the answer is very little. Another question to ask though is “how important is the high seas for the overall health of global fish stocks?” (via Hakai Magazine)

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Posted on September 4, 2018 - 9:19am, by raye

Hundreds of Researchers From Harvard, Yale and Stanford Were Published in Fake Academic Journals

An undercover study, performed by a German team led by journalist Silvia Eckert, discovered that hundreds of papers were submitted to predatory journals by real researchers from prominent institutions. These journals go on to create fake conferences with “experts” to draw in millions of dollars. One plausible explanation for these researchers to submit to these inauthentic journals is purely to say they were published. ( via Motherboard)

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Posted on August 27, 2018 - 9:55am, by raye

How Whale Poop Could Counter Calls to Resume Commercial Hunting

Researchers continue to explore the importance of whales for the overall vitality of ocean. Results have shown that fecal wastes from whales increase abundance of sea life, especially that of phytoplankton, which in turn consumes atmospheric carbon helping to mediate climate change. The IWC Scientific Committee will use this information, and more, to decide on the fate of commercial whaling. (via Scientific American)

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Posted on August 20, 2018 - 12:47pm, by raye

Dosed salmon, clipped fins, a ‘dinner bell’: How far is too far in helping starving orca? 

J50 is one of the 75 remaining residential Salish Sea orcas, and she is dying. Sick with intestinal worms and suffering from a fungal infection, J50 needs help fast.  Oral medication is necessary to treat these ailments, and to supply these is going to require some ingenuity. (via Seattle Times)

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Posted on August 13, 2018 - 10:37am, by raye

Apathy towards poachers widespread in world's marine protected areas

New research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies assesses how fishers behave when faced with poaching in MPAs. The study found that majority of fishers, in the countries studied, did nothing when faced with illegal fishing behavior. The researchers hoped to find what would make fishers more empathetic towards the protection of MPAs. (via Phys.org)

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