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Why Do Some Jellyfish Bloom? A New Theory Emerges

A recent article “Is Global Ocean Sprawl a Cause of Jellyfish Blooms?” proposes one possible cause for the apparent rise in this phenomenon that’s increasingly aggravating residents of coastal areas around the world. In the piece, based partially on research funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the authors theorize that a major reason for these […]

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NOAA Scientists: Fish Spawning Hotspots Located by New Technology

Scientists at the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute at the University of Puerto Rico identified locations and size of reef fish spawning aggregations by the sounds they make.  The success of many commercially valuable species in the Caribbean requires annual spawning aggregations of reef fishes; aggregation behavior creates extreme vulnerability to overfishing. The scientists developed a […]

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NOAA-funded research investigates where Caribbean fish gather and spawn

NOAA-funded research in the Caribbean is using the underwater sounds of reef fish, such as groupers, to identify areas where they gather to spawn — a behavior that makes the fish easier to catch and susceptible to overfishing. The research may lead to more precise measures to protect spawning locations and thereby allow a depleted […]

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Ocean scientists find how size of Coral Triangle matters in biodiversity | SciTech | GMA News Online

A new study of Asia’s Coral Triangle, which contains nearly 30 percent of the world’s reefs, shows that when it comes to ensuring a rich and diverse range of species, size matters. “The study suggests that marine protected areas should be as large and diverse as possible,” Peter Etnoyer, a marine biologist at the US […]

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Tracking Coral Larvae Sources Helps Protection Plan Development

NOAA investigators and their partners embarked on a year-long study to determine the origins of coral polyps and fish species seeding the reefs of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam so that the islands’ officials can take customized measures to protect them from overharvesting or other damage. Using  drifting sensors coupled with a computer […]

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New Report Helps Wind Farm Planners Avoid Bird Flyways

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently evaluated techniques to design robust marine bird surveys to support offshore wind energy sites that are in the same location as sensitive bird migratory pathways. Spinning turbine blades can kill birds outright or divert them from their natural routes which disrupt their fairly inflexible behavior. […]

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Florida Keys marine reserve a keeper: Fish rebounding – NBC Science blog

Both fishermen and fish species have benefited from “no-take” protections at a marine reserve in the Florida Keys, according to a government report. The report found that overfished species — including red and black grouper, yellowtail and mutton snapper — have increased in abundance and size inside the reserve and throughout the area, according to […]

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NOAA: Tortugas marine reserve yields more, larger fish

A new NOAA research report finds that both fish populations and commercial and recreational anglers have benefited from “no-take” protections in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The report, “An Integrated Biogeographic Assessment of Reef Fish Populations and Fisheries in Dry Tortugas: Effects of No-take Reserves,” is the first to […]

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