A recent paper by Zhang et al. (2021) explores the acute toxicity of microplastics on a filter-feeding planktivorous fish, Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix).
In a recent forum by Youngentob et al. (2021) pose this fascinating question, given that endotherms commonly reduce their voluntary food intake in warm temperatures - could reduced food intake be an overlooked driver of climate change casualties?
A recently recorded population of Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins has been observed using their own distinct whistles which have longer durations, lower frequencies and fewer inflection points. Not only does this suggest they are an independent population but researchers suggest that the specific features of this delphinid language are used to communicate more effectively in the waters around Hainan Island, Zhanjiang, and Sanniang Bay.
Public perception can play a key role in conservation efforts, a recent study has found that even much maligned creatures can be promoted by using attractive aesthetics in videos and images as well as educating people about them.
The bycatch by fishing vessels can kill hundreds of thousands of seabirds each year, understanding which factors influence the likely-hood of a bird becoming bycatch could inform conservation policy and bycatch reduction measures.
Semi-enclosed estuaries and regional seas are particularly vulnerable to eutrophication. The excess nutrients from both non-point source pollution and point source pollution can fuel excess algal growth - leading to widespread hypoxic "dead zones".
Microplastics are now thought to be ubiquitous in marine environments with recent studies finding traces in 67% of sampled sharks (Parton et al. 2020), travelling their way up the food chain through zooplankton and even in newly discovered deep sea amphipods (Eurythenes plasticus).
While many studies have focused on the issue of Marine Plastic Pollution, a review by Pinheiro et al. (2021) has found that few studies of the major source of this pollution – rivers and estuaries take into account important factors.
Brown boobies (Sula leucogaster) are large seabirds commonly found in tropical oceans around the world, as such they have the potential to be a good species to use in monitoring mercury levels in the marine environment.
Blacktip Reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) are one of the most common sharks found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Their abundance makes them an important apex predator exerting top-down control - helping to structure inshore ecological communities.
Following in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic were growing fears and numerous accounts of discarded single use PPE making its way into the world’s oceans. Yet despite these very real concerns there is no extensive quantitative estimation of the amount of discarded face masks likely to litter coastal regions.
Floating Marine Debris (FMD) is the catch-all term for any type of manufactured material that ends up in the marine environment either on purpose or by accident. Around 80% of FMD comes from terrestrial sources with only 20% coming from marine sources and around 70% of all this debris is made from or contains plastic.
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