1 June, 2012

Source: EurekAlert

Author: Jan Steffan

Up to now marine scientists investigating complex processes on the ocean floor have had limited choices. If they wanted to examine large areas on the ocean floor, they could do it only for short periods of time, because research vessels are expensive to use. If they wanted to examine long term processes, they could use autonomous observatories, but they would get measurements from only one point in the ocean.

Continue reading First Mission for New Ocean Floor Observatory

25 January, 2012

Source: Nature 481, 426–428 () DOI:10.1038/481426a

Author: Jo Marchant

Brendan Foley peels his wetsuit to the waist and perches on the side of an inflatable boat as it skims across the sea just north of the island of Crete. At his feet are the dripping remains of a vase that moments earlier had been resting on the sea floor, its home for more than a millennium. “It’s our best day so far,” he says of his dive that morning. “We’ve discovered two ancient shipwrecks.”

Continue reading Underwater archaeology: Hunt for the ancient mariner

19 January, 2012

Published by: Natural Environment Research Council, Planet Earth Online

Author: Peter Hurrell

Bottom trawling fishing boats have devastated many cold water coral reefs along the margin of the North East Atlantic Ocean. Now, researchers have found large cold water coral colonies clinging to the vertical and overhanging sides of submarine canyons 1350 metres below the surface of the Bay of Biscay.

Continue reading Cliffhanging corals avoid trawler damage

16 November, 2011

Source: Aljazeera

From a climate change/fisheries/pollution/habitat destruction point of view, our nightmare is here, it’s the world we live in.”

This bleak statement about the current status of the world’s oceans comes from Dr Wallace Nichols, a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Al Jazeera asked Dr Nichols, along with several other ocean experts, how they see the effects climate change, pollution and seafood harvesting are having on the oceans.

Continue reading World’s oceans in peril

22 July, 2011

Deep-sea corals area among the most vulnerable ecosystems and the United Nations has called for their protection. Most of these interesting communities have disappeared from large extensions of European waters and the Mediterranean due to bottom trawling, changes in water temperature or natural catastrophic events.

Continue reading A deep-sea, white coral reef has been discovered in the Alboran sea (Western Mediterranean) during Oceana Ranger’s 2011 expedition.