Remoteness does not enhance coral reef resilience, according to…

PhysOrg — There's a widespread hypothesis that links the resilience of coral reefs with their remoteness from human activities—the farther away they are from people, the more likely corals are to bounce back from disturbances. "The idea is that these coral reefs might serve as arks, that they could harbor biodiversity and intact ecosystems," said UC Santa Barbara marine ecologist Adrian Read More…

Microplastics making their way up to belugas in Arctic through prey,…

Times Colonist — Hundreds of thousands of tiny bits of plastic waste have been found in the prey of belugas, proving that the pollution in the whales is making its way even to the most remote Arctic waters, a new study says. In the study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers looked at five species of Arctic fish that are regular prey of belugas and found 21 Read More…

Giant jellyfish threaten Japanese fisheries

Honolulu Star Advisor — Swarms of giant jellyfish are floating along the coastline of the Sea of Japan, and the damage they have been causing fisheries is feared to be the worst in more than a decade. Nomura’s jellyfish is one of the world’s largest, with a bell of up to 6-1/2 feet in diameter and a weight that can hit 440 pounds. When tangled in fishing nets, the jellyfish can damage Read More…

Faced with crashing crab stocks, council looks to swiftly analyze…

Alaska Journal of Commerce — As crab fishermen face a dire season in Western Alaska this year, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is looking for quick analysis and the fleet is looking for more extensive closures to protect some crab stocks. Survey data has shown an approximately 90% drop in snow crab stocks since the last survey, pushing acceptable catch limits down, while the Read More…

Researchers make surprising discovery while tracking Chinook salmon…

Seattle Times — Researchers made a surprising discovery while tracking Chinook salmon in both the foraging areas of endangered southern resident orcas and the growing, healthy population of the northern resident orcas in B.C. In a study published last week in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the researchers stated they expected to find the robust population of Read More…

B.C. boaters help rescue entangled humpback near Ucluelet

North Delta Reporter — The West Coast is cheering its local boating community that teamed up to help rescue a beloved mother humpback whale known regionally as ‘Pinky’ last week. The popular humpback recently found snarled by fishing gear in Barkley Soundhas been freed of her entanglement and is now ready to head to her Hawaiian breeding grounds alongside her calf. “Once I heard Read More…

How Safe Is OC’s Coast After Oil Spill? Fisheries Still Closed,…

Voice of OC — Disaster response officials and Orange County public health leaders are saying beaches are safe to go swimming at after two weeks of oil spill cleanup, but not all the experts are convinced. It comes as cities along the coast had been doing their own testing to determine local water safety, lacking a centralized testing system. “What I’m disappointed about is there Read More…

‘It’s really shocking’: Study on coral bleaching highlights…

ABC News — For Marine biologist Alejandra Hernandez, Ph.D., exploring the world's coral reefs with the California Academy of Sciences has been both exhilarating, and at times disheartening. Especially, when she's come across evidence of the damage being blamed on climate change and rising ocean temperatures. An effect known as coral bleaching. "And seeing the corals bleaching is just, Read More…

Study identifies Morro Bay Estuary as site to restore native oysters

KCBX — A recent study identifies Morro Bay Estuary as a priority location for restoring the native Olympia oyster population through conservation aquaculture. It's a project that unites shellfish lovers and conservationists on the Central Coast. April Ridlon, a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, said oysters are not as charismatic as other marine organisms she has studied, but Read More…

Marine researchers focus on the tiniest victims of Orange County oil…

PhysOrg — Until now, the story of the worst Southern California oil spill in decades has been told by gut-wrenching images oil-soaked birds, dying fish and fouled wetlands. However, these images reveal just part of the story, researchers say. Although much of the public's attention has focused on what may happen to future generations of whales, porpoises, seals, sea turtles and migratory Read More…