Global trends in world fisheries: impacts on marine ecosystems and food security

This contribution, which reviews some broad trends in human history and in the history of fishing, argues that sustainability, however defined, rarely if ever occurred as a result of an explicit policy

Gloom and doom? The future of marine capture fisheries

It reviews past forecasts, present trends and outlooks for single aspects of the fishery systems, as well as more comprehensive scenarios.

Research Links Long Droughts In U.S. To Ocean Temperature Variations

Large-scale, long-lasting droughts in the United States such as the present one in the West tend to be linked to warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean, and not just cooling in the tropical Pacific

Scientists Find Evidence Of Catastrophic Sand Avalanches, Sea Level Changes In Gulf Of Mexico

An international team of marine research scientists working for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have found new evidence that links catastrophic sand avalanches in deep Gulf waters to rapid sea level changes.

Researchers Drill Historic Hole In Atlantic Ocean Floor

Researchers from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have drilled into sections of the Earth's crust for the first time ever, and their findings could provide new insights about how Earth was formed.

Global Seismic Network Now Extends To The Deep Oceans

Ocean Drilling Program's New Technology To Open Exploration Of Earth's Interiors

Marine Reserves Are Giving Coral Reefs A Helping Hand

It may be no surprise that marine reserves protect the fish that live in them, but now scientists from the University of Exeter have shown for the first time that they could also help improve the health of coral reefs.

Marine Reserves Could Save Coral Reefs

Threatened coral reefs could be given a helping hand by establishing marine reserves, according to a research team led by the University of Exeter.

Oceans May Soon Be More Corrosive Than When The Dinosaurs Died

Increased carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly making the world's oceans more acidic and, if unabated, could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to one that occurred 65 million years ago

Ocean Temperature Predicts Spread Of Marine Species

Scientists can predict how the distance marine larvae travel varies with ocean temperature -- a key component in conservation and management of fish, shellfish and other marine species -- according to a new study

Diagnosis and Management of Injuries From Dangerous Marine Life CME

This article discusses various types of venomous marine life and the treatments for the injuries that they inflict.

Southern Ocean Iron May Have Come From The Depths, Not The Atmosphere, Researchers Conclude

Scientists believe that increases in plant life in the Southern Ocean are associated with increases in iron, which acts as a fertilizer, in the ocean water.

New Method Of Dating Oceanic Crust Is Most Accurate So Far

A newly developed method that detects tiny bits of zircon in rock reliably predicts the age of ocean crust more than 99 percent of the time, making the technique the most accurate so far.

Studying Coastal Eddies: Restaurants And Nurseries Of The Sea

Two NASA oceanographers have found and described numerous coastal ocean eddies off the southern California coast that are smaller and more abundant than previously reported

Sound Of The Sea A Clue To Climate

Scientists will be able to detect long term climate change by sending underwater acoustic signals across the Indian Ocean.

Why We See Red When Looking At Ocean Plants: Rutgers Marine Scientists Say Phytoplankton Changed Color 250 Million Years Ago

Green was the dominant color for plants both on land and in the ocean until about 250 million years ago when changes in the ocean's oxygen content - possibly sparked by a cataclysmic event - helped bring basic ocean plants with a red color to prominence -

Scientists Find That Of Tons Of Carbon Dioxide Get Stored In The Subtropical Oceans

The cold Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica soaks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere like a sponge, but scientists have discovered that the greenhouse gas doesn't stay there.

Dust From Africa Leads To Large Toxic Algae Blooms In Gulf Of Mexico, Study Finds

Saharan dust clouds travel thousands of miles and fertilize the water off the West Florida coast with iron, which kicks off blooms of toxic algae, according to a new study.

Oceanic Acidity

The ocean is getting more and more acidic, and that's bad news for coral reefs.

Research Shows Overfishing Of Sharks Key Factor In Coral Reef Decline

Understanding sharks and their significance as top predators —and the consequences of human activity towards them—has taken on new importance through a new study.