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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

Source: The Florida Times-Union/Emelia Hitchner - March 27, 2017

Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening its original intent.

Originally proposed by Northeast Florida Senator Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, Senate Bill 884 would have thwarted the lucrative business of shark fin sales with strong language outlining the punishment and violations more…

Glimpse Into a Different World: Nighttime Open-Ocean Diving

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Glimpse Into a Different World: Nighttime Open-Ocean Diving

Scientific American/ David Shiffman - March 27, 2017

Every night in the open ocean zooplankton migrate toward the surface, away from their deepwater daytime habitat. They are followed by a large and diverse more…

Fish Evolve to Play it Safe and Take Advantage of Marine Protected Areas

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Fish Evolve to Play it Safe and Take Advantage of Marine Protected Areas

Source: Science Daily/University of British Columbia - March 27, 2017

New research supports the creation of more marine reserves in the world's oceans because, the authors say, fish can evolve more…

Corals in the South China Sea Die When Global Warming Collides With Local Weather

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Corals in the South China Sea Die When Global Warming Collides With Local Weather

Source: Phys.org/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - March 27, 2017

In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha more…

Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

Source: The Florida Times-Union/Emelia Hitchner - March 27, 2017

Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening its original intent.

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Dolphins

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Dolphins

Source: One Species at a Time/Ari Daniel - March 27, 2017

You have probably seen cans of tuna in your local supermarket marked “dolphin safe.” That label means the tuna was fished in a way that more…

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The Many Shades of Water: A Sea of Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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The Many Shades of Water: A Sea of Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Source: The TeraMar Project - March 17, 2017

For more than 50 years now, the Chicago River has turned green on St. Patrick’s Day. This is no work of a magical leprechaun, just more…

Ask Dr. Universe

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Ask Dr. Universe

Source: Washington State University - April 26, 2016

Why is the ocean salty? -Alysin, 10, Ruston, La.
Dear Alysin,

At first, I thought the answer to your question might take us deep into the more…

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week

Source: Big Island Now - December 30, 2016

The 2017 Waimea Ocean Film Festival will take place Jan. 2 through 10.

The event will showcase films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, more…