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one scientist's mission to save the 'super weird' snails under the sea | environment

A ‘punk’ mollusc named after Joe Strummer and a snail with a bright orange shell are among the creatures at risk from deep sea miningIt takes an hour from the surface of the Indian Ocean, descending 3,000 metres in a submersible research pod, to reach the bizarre creatures that cluster around hydrothermal vents on the seabed. “You’re in a titanium sphere that is about two metres in diameter,” says evolutionary biologist Julia Sigwart, describing her voyage to Kairei hydrothermal vent field, east...

how a no-take zone revived a scottish fishery devastated by dredgers | environment

Protecting the waters around the Isle of Arran against destructive trawling has led to a massive revival in marine species including king scallops, cod and lobstersAfter the government allowed trawlers to come closer to Scottish shores in 1984, the marine ecosystem around the Isle of Arran steadily collapsed, as bottom-trawlers and dredgers intensively combed the seabed with their vibrating spikes.Now, more than 30 years later and following the interventions of local residents, there has been a ...

tiny chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil ever found | science

Proterocladus antiquus carpeted seafloor 1bn years ago and was size of rice grainScientists have found in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found: tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor 1bn years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.Researchers on Monday said the plant, called Proterocladus antiquus, was about the size of a rice grain and boasted numerous thin branches, thriving in shallow water while attached to ...

monkeyface prickleback: what a vegetarian fish can teach us about sustainable eating | food

Unlike the vast majority of fish species, this North American bony fish is a vegetarian, which means it can be farmed more sustainably, say scientists. And it tastes good!Name: Monkeyface prickleback.Age: Millions of years in evolutionary terms; 166 years since it was classified biologically; 48 hours since it became a media sensation. Continue reading...

coronavirus hits torres strait's traditional fishers as rock lobster market hits rock bottom | australia news

China’s ban on live seafood imports has taken a huge toll on island communities at a time when crayfish are at their most bountifulJanuary and February are usually the busiest time of year for longtime Torres Strait fisherman Boggo Billy.Ordinarily, just before dawn or dusk, he would navigate out in a dinghy from his home on Warraber, a 37-hectare island between the top of Cape York and the southern coast of Papua New Guinea, which is home to around 250 people. Continue reading...

the guardian view on the blue whale’s comeback: an ocean’s glory restored | editorial | environment

News that the biggest mammal is returning in numbers to Antarctica signals a conservation triumph“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” Captain Ahab’s splenetic, dying declaration of defiance, as Moby Dick destroys his whaling ship and sends it below the waves of the Pacific Ocean, is among the most famous passages in Herman Melville’s extraordinary novel....

african killifish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans | science

Turquoise killifish is able to suspend its development for longer than its average lifespanThe curious ability of the African turquoise killifish to press pause on its development could have intriguing implications for human ageing, say researchers.Certain creatures, including the killifish, can put themselves into suspended animation as an embryo – a trait known as diapause. The phenomenon is thought to have evolved in response to pressures such as seasonal changes in the environment – for exam...

hundreds of thousands of mussels cooked to death on new zealand beach in heatwave | world news

Northland residents describe ‘heartbreaking’ find as experts warn climate crisis could make it a more frequent sightHundreds of thousands of mussels have been cooked to death on a beach in New Zealand’s North Island, with experts saying millions more will die as the effects of the climate crisis accelerate.The mass die-off in Northland was sparked by “an exceptional period of warm weather” combined with low tides in the middle of the day, which had exposed the shellfish, said Dr Andrew Jeffs, a ...

shipping pollution regulations 'could harm food chain' | environment

Use of ‘scrubbers’ to cut air pollution increases pollutants pumped into sea, UN report saysNew shipping pollution regulations introduced earlier this year could harm humans by contaminating fish and crustaceans with toxins, according to an internal report compiled by the International Maritime Organization and obtained by the Guardian.In the report the IMO, the United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, says that there is insufficient “toxicity data” to be able to assess the ris...

florida: $20,000 reward offered after two dolphins found stabbed or shot dead | environment

Officials say dolphins had what looked like bullet woundsDead mammals found in waters off Naples and PensacolaUS federal authorities have offered a reward of up to $20,000 after two dolphins were found with gruesome and life-ending injuries along Florida’s Gulf coast in recent weeks. Related: DDT and other banned chemicals pose threat to vulnerable dolphins on Great Barrier Reef Continue reading...

pacific lamprey project in peril after floods wash away hundreds of fish | environment

At least 250 unaccounted for after heavy rainfall across Pacific north-west overwhelmed cage of fish waiting to be releasedA pioneering tribal biodiversity project to restore the sacred Pacific lamprey population has been dealt a major blow after huge floods washed away hundreds of fish before they could be released into the wild.The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have spent two decades reintroducing the lamprey into tributaries of the Columbia River after US gove...

'we have nothing to keep the sea out': the struggle to save spain's ebro delta | environment

After Storm Gloria devastated one of the Mediterranean’s largest wetlands, an urgent search has begun for solutions to protect it from further floods and creeping water levelsA month after Storm Gloria battered the east coast of Spain, the extent of the devastation to the Ebro Delta is only now becoming clear. Those whose livelihoods depend on the region are demanding solutions amid fears that rising seas will further threaten the fragile ecosystems of the Mediterranean’s most important wetland....

the guardian view on deep sea exploration: murky waters ahead | editorial | opinion

This year could be a crucial one for ocean protection – but threats abound. A robust global treaty is neededThe 60th anniversary of the expedition that first took humans to the highest spot on earth – the peak of Everest – was widely celebrated seven years ago. The 60th anniversary of the first expedition to its deepest point has gone almost unnoticed. Yet that trip to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, at the southern end of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, was an equally remarkable fea...

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