The Weekly Dive Vol. 30
Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!
Ocean conservation group the Black Fish releases tuna from Mediterranean Pens. As the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has been widely criticized for being ineffective, some groups have taken matters into their own hands, such as Black Fish, with its operation in the islands of Ugljan, Croatia.
Twice Manhattan-sized chunk of Ice breaks off glacier. Again. A massive piece of Greenland’s Petermann Glacier broke off into the ocean yesterday, leaving the head of the glacier more diminished than it has been in 150 years. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it also happened in 2010, except that piece was four times the size of Manhattan. (Phys.org)
First genetic data showing climate change is affecting salmon evolution. A recent study in Proceedings of the Royal Society, found genetic selection for Alaskan pink salmon that migrate earlier in the season. There are many observations of earlier migrations among a variety of species in response to a warming climate, but this study shows actual genetic change, not just behavioral adaptation. (Mother Jones)
Design student creates prototype “marine drone” that can swim through the ocean collecting trash. Elie Ahovi, from French International School of Design, designed an silent, autonomous robotic unit to suck in ocean garbage, while avoiding marine animals, return to a central location and be cleaned. (Discovery News)
Scientists declare state of emergency for the world’s coral reefs. At the 12th annual International Coral Reef Symposium, leading coral reef scientists from around the world, including OWOO Science Advisor Stephen Palumbi, said there is 100 percent agreement on the urgent need for action to protect reefs. (Inter Press Service)
World’s last undersea research base gets funding cut. OWOO has sent a team to cover a group of aquanauts on the last scheduled mission to Aquarius Reef Base. The $2.5M annual budget has been cut from NOAA’s expenditures for 2013 and the future of the lab, which has lead to innumerable discoveries over two decades, remains uncertain. (Care2)