Latest Marine biology News

Queuing for eternity: Fossils show lining up is primal urge

Oct. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ever felt like you've been queuing forever? Scientists say fossils found in Morocco suggest the practice of forming orderly lines may date back 480 million years and could have had evolutionary advantages. Their study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes groups of...

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

Oct. 17, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee. The Jackson Sun reports Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced last month that a Senate committee had approved $25 million to fight the invasive fish. That marks a $14 million increase from last year....

Study of Cape Cod shark problem finds no definitive solution

Oct. 16, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A long-awaited report on what to do about the great white sharks prowling Cape Cod waters offered more than two dozen suggestions but concluded there is nothing that can provide 100% safety. The report by the Woods Hole Group — a coalition of towns, the Cape Cod National...

Cape Cod officials to release report on dealing with sharks

Oct. 13, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod officials are expected to release a long-awaited report on ways the tourist destination can deal with a growing population of great white sharks. The Woods Hole Group will present its findings Thursday at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. Cape Cod National Seashore...

Another outside crab species turns up in Maine waters

Oct. 11, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A scientist with an environmental group says she has found what she believes is the first recorded appearance of a potentially damaging species of crab in Maine waters. Marissa McMahan of the Massachusetts-based group Manomet said she located the smooth mud crab this month on a...

Study to assess farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff

Oct. 8, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly $2 million in federal funding will go toward a study to look at how farm efforts are working to improve water quality, U.S. Sen. Patrick...

UMaine scientist to lead migratory fish consortium

Oct. 7, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A scientist from the University of Maine will lead a new consortium that focuses on the sustainability of highly migratory fish species such as tuna and sharks. The Pelagic Ecosystem Research Consortium will be headed by UMaine's Walt Golet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Scientists: Red tide is back in Florida's southwest coast

Oct. 5, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say toxic red tide is back in the waters off the Florida southwest coast after fading away earlier this year following a 15-month bloom. Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said Friday that samples taken from the waters off the shore of...

State Marine Fisheries director retiring

Sep. 30, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — For nearly half a century, David E. Pierce has toiled in the vineyard of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, first as a marine biologist and later as only the third director in the history of the state fishery management agency. After four years as director and decades...

1 whale dies, 3 euthanized after beaching in South Carolina

Sep. 29, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

EDISTO BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Biologists will perform necropsies on one whale that died and three that were euthanized after becoming stranded on a South Carolina beach. Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network Director Lauren Rust tells WCSC-TV the whales were found Saturday morning on Edisto Beach, but it was not...