Rathlin Island: Maerl 'concrete seaweed' protected from cruise ships

[UK] Scientists have identified safe areas for ships to drop anchor off Rathlin Island, in an attempt to protect the the area’s unique habitat.

Cruise liners are calling at the island off the County Antrim coast because of its reputation as a bird sanctuary. Continue reading Rathlin Island: Maerl 'concrete seaweed' protected from cruise ships

Michigan State University Extension: Causes and effects of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes

[USA] Zebra mussels have been a nuisance in the Great Lakes ever since their discovery in Lake St. Clair in 1988. The introduction of zebra mussels was possibly caused by the interactions between the sending and receiving systems that operated during the Soviet grain trade in the 1980s. Continue reading Michigan State University Extension: Causes and effects of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes

Warming, up close / Underwater ‘forests’ face bleak future

[Japan] A few years ago, a local fisherman in Minami-Boso, Chiba Prefecture, found an unusual fish in his gill net: a yellow-brown rabbitfish around 20 to 30 centimeters long. Originally from tropical regions, the fish is eaten frequently in Okinawa, but never in the Kanto region. Continue reading Warming, up close / Underwater ‘forests’ face bleak future

Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel production

[Japan] Biofuels are an environmentally-friendly, low-cost and renewable power supply that present promise for decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. Though many biofuels have been created from plant and animal fat, scientists are more and more within the potential for large-scale oil synthesis from microalgae. Continue reading Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel production

Sentinel-2 catches eye of algal storm

[EU] The Sentinel-2A satellite has been in orbit for only a matter of weeks, but new images of an algal bloom in the Baltic Sea show that it is already exceeding expectations. Built essentially as a land monitoring mission, Sentinel-2 will also certainly find its way into marine applications. Continue reading Sentinel-2 catches eye of algal storm