World Aquarium News
Study shows that reefs built to reach a foot or more above the bottom develop into healthy, self-sustaining ecosystems, while those rebuilt at lower heights are quickly buried by sediment. [...]
Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Protected zones of the Great Barrier Reef benefit fish even at the relatively lightly-fished northern reefs, according to a new study. [...]
Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle. [...]
Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
The 2016 mass bleaching event on Western Australia's coastline is the most severe global bleaching event to ever be recorded. New research records the impact of this event to the rugged reefs of Western Australia. [...]
Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Abstract Conservation practitioners face complex challenges due to resource limitations, biological and socioeconomic trade-offs, involvement of diverse interest groups, and data deficiencies. To help address these challenges, there are a growing number of frameworks for systematic decision making. Three prominent frameworks are structured decision making, systematic conservation prioritization, and systematic reviews. These frameworks have numerous conceptual linkages, and offer rigorous and transparent solutions to conservation problems. However, they differ in their assumptions and applicability. Here, we provide guidance on how to choose among these frameworks for solving conservation problems, and how to identify less rigorous techniques when time or data availability [...]
Mon, Nov 06, 2017
Source Conservation Letters
Abstract Using choice modeling, we explore willingness to pay for rhino horn among existing and potential future consumers in Vietnam. We find that wild-sourced horn, harvested humanely from the least rare species, is the most highly valued product. Furthermore, consumers are willing to pay less for rhino horn products under a scenario where international trade is legalized compared to the current situation of illegal trade. We discuss the potential implications of our findings on rhino poaching and international trade policy. [...]
Mon, Nov 06, 2017
Source Conservation Letters
Abstract Many countries have made statutory commitments to ensure that underwater noise pollution is at levels which do not harm marine ecosystems. Nevertheless, coordinated action to manage cumulative noise levels is lacking, despite broad recognition of the risks to ecosystem health. We attribute this impasse to a lack of quantitative management targets—or “noise budgets”—which regulatory decision-makers can work toward, and propose a framework of risk-based noise exposure indicators which make such targets possible. These indicators employ novel noise exposure curves to quantify the proportion of a population or habitat exposed, and the associated exposure duration. This methodology facilitates both place-based and [...]
Fri, Nov 03, 2017
Source Conservation Letters
Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, a study has found. Some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance. This could help the population adapt more quickly to rising temperatures. But they may not adapt quickly enough to outpace climate change. [...]
Wed, Nov 01, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. [...]
Fri, Oct 20, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar's coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels. [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
How common is bioluminescence in the sea? [...]
Fri, Aug 25, 2017
Source Aquarium News from the New York Times
A tweetstorm with more “awws” than “aghs” started with the birth of a seal pup at the Smithsonian. [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2017
Source Aquarium News from the New York Times
An aquarium service technician is part plumber, part veterinarian, and part ringmaster of a world where things aren't meant to live in harmony. [...]
Fri, Jul 08, 2016
Source Aquarium News from the New York Times
In the face of protests by animal welfare activists, the institution is discontinuing the popular tourist attraction. [...]
Tue, Jun 14, 2016
Source Aquarium News from the New York Times
It was the world's only captive great white shark, a species that has proven difficult to keep in tanks. [...]
Fri, Jan 08, 2016
Source Aquarium News from the New York Times