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World's first known manta ray nursery

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:31:15 EDT ~ Located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas at NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the juvenile manta ray habitat is the first of its kind to be described in a scientific study. Find out more...

Deep-sea marine sponges may hold key to antibiotic drug resistance

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:30:13 EDT ~ FAU's Harbor Branch houses more than 1,000 strains of actinobacteria, one of the most prolific microbial groups for the production of natural products. Derived from sea sponges and other macro-organisms, several strains were identified for their potent antifungal activity, for anti-MRSA activity, and for both antifungal and antibacterial activities. A key finding was the identification of a strain that produced metabolites that are more potent than the bacterial antibiotic, vancomycin, against C. difficile. Find out more...

Coral reef 'oases' offer glimmer of hope

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:54 EDT ~ Scientists have discovered small communities of corals that are flourishing against the odds while so many around the world are dying. Find out more...

Local interventions boost coral's resilience to bleaching

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:30 EDT ~ Local conservation actions can significantly boost coral's resilience to, and recovery from, climate-induced thermal bleaching by reducing other energy-sapping stresses the coral faces, a new study finds. Scientists found they could reduce the extent of bleaching by half if they removed or reduced populations of coral-eating snails from affected reefs. The coral's recovery from bleaching was also enhanced. Find out more...

Rising sea temperatures threaten survival of juvenile albatross

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:26:05 EDT ~ Changes in sea surface temperature affect the survival of albatross during their first year at sea, resulting in a reduced population growth rate when temperatures are warmer than the current average, a new study has revealed. Find out more...

Great white sharks dive deep into warm-water whirlpools in the Atlantic

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:25:42 EDT ~ Tracking data from two great white sharks reveals that they spend more time deep inside warm-water eddies, suggesting that's where they like to feed. Find out more...

Key ocean fish can prevail with changes to farmed fish, livestock diets

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:38:22 EDT ~ A new study shows that if current aquaculture and agriculture practices remain unchanged into the future, wild forage fish populations likely will be overextended by the year 2050, and possibly sooner. However, making sensible changes in aquaculture and agriculture production would avoid reaching that threshold. Find out more...

Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:37:27 EDT ~ The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. Find out more...

Stress test to predict how diatoms will react to ocean acidification

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:26:56 EDT ~ Researchers have shown that diatoms can withstand population collapse in an acidified environment by conserving valuable energy normally used for carbon dioxide consumption. Find out more...

Attacking bacteria with shark skin-inspired surfaces

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:37:48 EDT ~ Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But scientists are finding that sharks could inspire a new type of surface that would attack bacteria, helping humans instead of hurting them. Researchers have designed a coating that is infused with antimicrobial agents and has the patterned diamond-like texture of shark skin. Find out more...