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Diadema Response Network: Concerns for Diadema – your help is needed

Diadema Response Network: Concerns for Diadema – your help is needed

The Caribbean may be facing another widespread die-off of sea urchins. Diadema antillarum, also known as the long-spined sea urchin, is one of the most important herbivores on Caribbean coral reefs, removing algae and maintaining open space for coral growth. In mid-February 2022, we first learned of extensive.. click READ MORE reference: AGRRA … Read entire article »

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Zookeeper

Zookeeper

Lionfish, The most dangerous and beautiful fish living in the ocean. Lionfish are categorized as one of the most invasive species to hit the eastern shores of the United States, Bahamas, Caribbean, Central and South America. Their native habitat is the Indo-West Pacific region, but there are now known to be established populations off the coast of Florida, and in the Indian River Lagoon. Because they consume so much prey in their native habitats, lionfish aren’t … Read entire article »

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SeaSide Chats

SeaSide Chats

Seaside Chats provide an interested party to attend annual speaker series related to ocean topics related to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Mexico. The presentations are on Wednesday evenings in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Central Time) Presentations are free and last for one hour. Speakers include sanctuary staff and guests from partner organizations.Anyone is welcome to attend, but presentation style is most suited to those in middle school and above. … Read entire article »

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Hawaii’s Shark Bill

Hawaii’s Shark Bill

A bill in the Hawaii State Legislature to protect sharks is moving toward final passage. The bill would protect sharks while not criminalizing their accidental capture and release. Fishermen are protected as long as the sharks are captured while individuals are fishing for other species, as permitted. … Read entire article »

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Are Sharks Truly Protected in Costa Rica?

Are Sharks Truly Protected in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica recently announced the Hammerhead, Silky and Fox Shark were officially included as protected species by the Costa Rican Wildlife Conservation Law. The environment ministry has sanctioned this decree. Previously they were fished like any commercial species, with practically no restrictions. … Read entire article »

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Georgia’s Dredging Plans Halted

Georgia’s Dredging Plans Halted

A US federal judge ordered an immediate halt to plans to dredge a shipping channel on the Georgia coast, citing a threat to sea turtles nesting on nearby beaches. … Read entire article »

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NASA needs your help to map the ocean

NASA needs your help to map the ocean

NASA invites video gamers and citizen scientists to embark on virtual ocean research expeditions to help map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems.During the past several years, researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley have developed new instruments that can look below the ocean surface in more detail than ever before. Using techniques originally developed to look at stars, these “fluid-lensing” cameras use complex calculations to … Read entire article »

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Invasion of the lionfish – From Reef to Table

Invasion of the lionfish – From Reef to Table

There is a species invading the Eastern United States seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, Central and South America with unprecedented, alarming speed. Armed with venomous spines, a non-discriminating palate, ability to survive in various salinities and depths, high reproductive rate, a gluttonous ambush predator voracious of your food supply. The invader appears exotic to some, to others an opportunity. This non-indigenous species is commonly referred to as: Lionfish. Lionfish Watch this National … Read entire article »

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Out of sights out of mind

Out of sights out of mind

What are they so upset about? So, what will you do about it? … Read entire article »

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