Scientists Anxiously Await Barrier Reef Coral Spawn Off North Qld

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You don’t know exactly which night it’s going to be, so slowly the stress builds up. Dr Sylvain Foret Only two species out of an estimated 1,000 in the world that have been mapped before. Dr Foret says coral spawn is the purest sample of the coral animal. “If you take coral on the reef you have all these additional components – the algae and the microbes,” she said. “If you should try to extract DNA from this complex community, it is extremely hard to make sense of it.” Professor Eva Abal, the chief scientific officer of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation coordinating the project, says researchers are applying the techniques used to map the human genome to coral to see how it can adapt to global warming. “If we understand the human body, the human function, and we know what our DNA composition is, we are able to look at how our body responds to treatment for cancer for example,” she said.

Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo: 12 Promises in Paradise

Ocean Reef Club

Perhaps the secret to the Ocean Reef Clubs long-standing success can be found in the 12 Promises witnessed by members and guests every day of the year. 12 Promises and a Chef When current President Paul Astbury first made the commitment to lead Ocean Reef Club back in 2002, he could see that the clubs two golf courses, multitude of restaurants, tennis courts, airport runway, marina, and rich history were all assets with an upside. Astbury believed that by introducing two new additions to the clubs home, villa, dock, and condo owners, a good thing would only get better. When Astbury first gathered his management team together, something more than a mission statement emerged. The Ocean Reef staff, with many members having worked at the club for decades, began charting their future to align with something called The 12 Promises. This was more than a work ethic and customer service mantra.


New Caledonia Expedition: An Army Of Giant Parrotfish

Today we dove at Astrolabe Reef, a remote coral atoll northeast of New Caledonia. So far its the best place we have explored. In our dives today weve seen everything one hopes to see: sharks, groupers, Napoleon wrasse, bright red old sea fans, and many other gorgeous animals. But the most impressive sight and one that we will remember for a long time was a school of 75 bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum). They are the largest of the parrotfishes, with a maximum length of 130cm and can weigh up to 50kg! The bumphead parrotfish is a vulnerable species, and a great indicator of fishing pressure: they are one of the few species to go away when people start fishing a reef. This is why we are so excited and happy today, because we know that Astrolabe is still a pristine reef full of large animals. This is the most precious jewel we have explored in the last three weeks. Click here to view all New Caledonia expedition blog posts.

Great Barrier Reef in High Resolution Bathymetry from Space

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While these coral reefs are the most ecologically significant, they are also the most difficult to map due to being either too remote or because of their shallow nature, which makes them navigationally dangerous. Germany-based aquatic remote-sensing company EOMAP used space-borne satellites. The 3D water depth maps have a 30m horizontal resolution over approximately 350,000 km2 of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and Torres Strait, providing detailed individual reef data and a complete picture of Earths largest coral reef ecosystem. The product will aid the big picture assessments of the Great Barrier Reef including water quality modeling, measuring responses to both man-made and natural impacts, such as sediment transportation and tropical cyclones, and helping to predict the impacts of climate change effects, such as sea level rise and increased tropical cyclone frequency. It will also help target priority areas for more detailed data collection, for example with the vast improvements this promises to ocean current modeling, scientists can model crown of thorn starfish larval trajectories to where they are next likely to inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. All of the mapped areas, no matter how small, are available for purchase by anyone via the EOMAP website. A coarser product (500m spatial resolution) is also available, free of charge, together with sample data of the high resolution products.

Interactive Coral Reef Panoramas Will Make You Hate Your Landlubbing Life

Mydlarz studies the effects of stress on coral. She hopes students leave with a better understanding of the problem and learn something new about coral reefs, she said. Reefs are in tune with their environment and sensitive to changes, she said. When there is a change in the environment, the coral reefs either contract diseases or bleach, expelling the algae that lives with them and turning white, Mydlarz said. She knows there is a connection between climate change and coral reefs, but is not sure what that connection is yet. Like humans, when coral is stressed, it gets sick, has decreased immunity and dies, Mydlarz said. Coral attracts animals, and when it dies, the vibrant colors and sea life disappear, and protection, food and tourism are disrupted, Mydlarz said. Environmental science senior Nguyen Cao said she enjoyed the presentation and wasnt aware of the disease and the effects of bleaching. This is a topic of interest to her, Cao said.

One of the major threats to corals in the Caribbean is bleaching, a process that leaches life and color from the colonial organisms. Bleaching occurs when corals lose tiny, photosynthetic organisms that live inside their cells. These organisms, called zooxanthellae, are responsible for the corals’ varying color. External stresses, such as massive algal blooms, warming water temperatures, overfishing and rising sea levels, can trigger zooxanthellae to abandon their corals, which kills them. At right, a diver inspects a massive, bleached fire coral that should be a bright orange. View all Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Resembling a murmuration of starlings, these schools of rabbitfish and angelfish swirl and collide in warm, equatorial waters. These two species are harmless, but stonefish (pictured, right) most definitely are not. First of all, yes there are fish in that photo. We count three (we think) bright, multi-colored lumps snuggled into the comparatively lackluster coral. Secondly, stonefish stings can be fatal to humans. Masters of disguise, stonefish carry a powerful venom in the spines located along their dorsal fins.

3d Printed Coral Reefs Could Help Safeguard Marine Biodiversity

Researchers are working on developing a method to 3D print coral reefs

Thanks to a team of artificial reef designers working with Reef Arabia and specialists with DShape, aquatic creatures might soon no longer have to worry about ever finding themselves without a roof over their heads. Tree Hugger tells us that these good folks have for some time been working together to figure out a way to create life-like 3D printed artificial coral reefs that can be sunk to bottom of seas and oceans, and provide suitable habitats for several marine species. The same source details that the specialists plan to create these coral reefs using a non-toxic patented sandstone material. Sandstone, unlike concrete, is closer to a natural earth rock and has a neutral pH surface which makes it more attractive to coral larvae looking for a home, David Lennon with Reef Arabia explains. With 3D printing we can get closer to natural design because of its ability to produce very organic shapes and almost lay down material similar to how nature does it, the conservationist adds. Presently, designing an artificial coral reef takes about four days. Printing it, on the other hand, is done in just 24 hours. Should this technology move past its testing phase and start being used on a fairly wide scale, there is little doubt that marine biodiversity would have a lot to gain. More so given the fact that, according to several reports, the coral reefs that our planet came equipped with are being destroyed by pollution and ocean acidification. FILED UNDER:

Nikon Small World 2013 – In Focus – The Atlantic

Taking first place this year is a 250x view of a marine diatom by Wim van Egmond (photo #2 below), showing the complexity and stunning detail of its fragile helical chain. Other entries include close-up views of ladybug feet, mollusc radula, dinosaur bones, nerve structures in embryos, and much more. Enjoy a trip into a miniature world through the images shared here with us by Nikon, all from the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. [ 32 photos ] Use j/k keys or / to navigate Choose: 1024px 1280px 3rd Place winner of the 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition, a 20x close-up of a marine worm by Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto, of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, Brazil. (Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto) 3rd Place winner of the 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition, a 20x close-up of a marine worm by Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto, of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, Brazil. (Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto) First place winner in the competition, this image depicts a colonial plankton organism, Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), magnified 250x by Wim van Egmond, of the Micropolitan Museum, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Zuid Holland, Netherlands. (Wim van Egmond) # Honorable Mention: This 100X image of an adult mouse foot showing blood vessels, immune cells and soft tissues, by Dr. Andrew J. Woolley, Himanshi Desai and Kevin Otto, Purdue University, Indiana. (Dr. Andrew J. Woolley, Himanshi Desai and Kevin Otto) # Image of Distinction: A 4x image of a worker ant, (Aphaenogaster senilis) by Dimitri Seeboruth, from Paris, France. (Dimitri Seeboruth) # Image of Distinction: A 6.6x image of a benthic fish egg cluster, by Dr. Jaime Gomez-Gutierrez, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Mexico. (Dr. Jaime Gomez-Gutierrez) # Honorable Mention: A 200x view of the radula (rasping organ) of the mollusc Buccinum undatum (Common Whelk), by Dr. David Maitland, from Feltwell, Norfolk, UK. (Dr. David Maitland) # Image of Distinction: An image of primary rat brain astrocytes cultured in a SynVivo BBB (blood-brain barrier) device, by Ashley M.

Scott Jones – National Scuba Diving Examiner – Water Sports

Underwater Models gather for “Be A Better Mermaid” week in the Bahamas

Organized by DEMA (the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association), DEMA is targeted toward the… Scuba divers capture more than 700 lionfish in recent event in Florida Keys September 24, 2013 Under sunny Florida skies, 27 teams of lionfish hunters took part in the Fourth Annual Key Largo Lionfish Derby on Saturday, September 14 at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.Nearly 100 divers brought in 707 lionfish during the sunrise… Divers Alert Network seeks nominations for DAN Member’s Choice Awards August 26, 2013 Divers Alert Network (DAN) is looking for a few good dive professionals and you can help! As part of the non-profit diving safety organizations Members Choice Awards, you are being asked to nominate worthy… Underwater Models gather for Be A Better Mermaid week in the Bahamas (Photos) July 18, 2013 Its a growing trend in the underwater photography community bringing fantasy to life by capturing shots of mermaids. Last weekend in the Bahamas, some of the best underwater models teamed up with two of the… Safety stressed for scuba divers during upcoming Florida Mini-Lobster Season July 9, 2013 As the 2-day Florida lobster mini-season approaches July 24-25, the non-profit Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) has released two safety items to help make it safer for scuba divers during this annual event.DEMA, together with… Scuba equipment company takes on rising baggage fees July 2, 2013 Excess baggage fees for domestic US carriers exceeded 3.5 BILLION dollars in 2012. Many scuba divers know the pain they experience at the airport having to pay extra fees for overweight or large bags.This week, the AERIS company… Scuba Diving group releases safety video for dealing with hazardous lionfish June 20, 2013 The non-profit Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) has released a 30-second PSA aimed at providing effective basic first aid instructions for Lionfish. The release comes in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopting… Abyss Dive Center in Marathon, Florida named Blue Star operation June 18, 2013 Abyss Dive Center of Marathon, Fla. as the newest participant in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuarys Blue Star education and conservation program. Abyss Dive Center is the 15th charter recognized by the program and the second business… Scuba group sponsors Mother’s Day SCUBA Photo Contest May 11, 2013 NASE Worldwide, a scuba diving certification organization, has announced a May Scuba Moms Photo Contest. The Mother’s Day-themed promotion is designed to encourage kids to take photos of their scuba-diving mothers UNDERWATER.According to NASE Officials… Scuba diving industry pushes for safety through proper use of dive flags April 9, 2013 As the 2013 boating season approaches, the scuba diving industry’s trade association, DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) has created a new Dive Flag Awareness poster and is distributing a 30-second Public Service Announcement in an effort…

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