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World - 'Thermal Displacement' Reflects How Far Species Must Go to Follow Preferred Temperatures

Marine heatwaves across the world's oceans can displace habitat for sea turtles, whales, and other marine life by 10s to thousands of kilometers.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Tropical Storm Hanna Helped Shrink Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone

Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday.

West Coast
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CA - Harbor Porpoises and Seal Bombs

Using recordings from MBARI's deep-sea hydrophone, marine-mammal researchers have found that the sounds of seal bombs could have significant impacts on the behavior of harbor porpoises in and around Monterey Bay.

International
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World - Explainer: Why Adapting to Climate Change Matters

The world today is an estimated 1 degree Celsius hotter than it was during the pre-industrial period from about 1850 to 1900.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Study Finds Diseases In N.C. Otters, An Important Species For Tracking River Health

North American river otters are known for their playful swimming, but they are also an important species for helping scientists understand the health of river systems.

Northeast
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MA - Brown Shark Tagging on the Vineyard Aids National Research Efforts

Bennett MacDougall stood knee-deep in the surf at Wasque on a recent Wednesday evening, casting chunks of fresh bluefish into the rip tides, aiming to hit a shoal about 100 feet from shore.

International
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World - Should Plants and Animals That Relocate Because of Climate Change Be Considered Invasive?

Some researchers are calling for a more nuanced approach when it comes to flora and fauna that adjust their range to accommodate a warming world.

International
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Atlantic - One of Earth's Largest 'Waterfalls' is in the Ocean, and We Just Found its Main Source

Victoria Falls is said to be the largest waterfall on Earth, and Angel Falls the highest, but no matter how impressive they might look to us, both these natural wonders fall far short of the true victors.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Seafloor Damage From BP Spill Vastly Underestimated in Rush for Legal Settlement

After BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, Paul Montagna was given the job of rushing into the blackened seas to find out how much harm the nation’s biggest oil disaster was doing to the creatures on the sea bottom — the tiny, barely understood and rarely seen organisms that quite literally form the foundation of the Gulf’s ecosystem.

West Coast
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CA - Massive Seagrass Die-Off Leads to Widespread Erosion in a California Estuary

The large-scale loss of eelgrass in a major California estuary -- Morro Bay -- may be causing widespread erosion, according to a new study from California Polytechnic State University.

Northeast
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ME - New Method Lets Scientists Peer Deeper into Ocean

Researchers have advanced a new way to see into the ocean's depths, establishing an approach to detect algae and measure key properties using light. A new article reports using a laser-based tool, lidar, to collect these measurements far deeper than has been typically possible using satellites.

International
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World - Mangroves: A Unique Ally in the Climate Emergency

Several countries recognized the value of mangroves-based mitigation actions in their REDD+ strategies, while at least 45 countries specifically mentioned mangroves in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

International
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World - Plastics, Pathogens and Baby Formula: What's in Your Shellfish?

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens and human-derived microdebris materials, including plastics, kerosene, paint, talc and milk supplement powders.

Southeast
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FL - Sea Turtle Conservation Flies Forward Thanks to New Drone Project

To better understand the behavior of multiple sea turtle species along Florida’s Space Coast, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed up with aviation leader Northrop Grumman and the Brevard Zoo to launch a drone-based surveillance effort.

Southeast
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FL - Scientists Dive Deep to Explore Mysterious 'Blue Hole' on the Florida Seabed

Arguably, we know more about the surface of the moon that we do about our oceans. A group of scientists and explorers with specialized diving expertise are looking to change that.

International
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World - The Many Lifetimes of Plastics

Many of us have seen informational posters at parks or aquariums specifying how long plastics bags, bottles, and other products last in the environment. They're a good reminder to not litter, but where does the information on the lifetime expectancy of plastic goods come from, and how reliable is it?

West Coast
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CA - NOAA’s La Niña Watch Could Signal a Dry Winter for Los Angeles

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a La Niña watch earlier this month, meaning that conditions are favorable for development of a La Niña in the next six months.

Coastwide
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ASPN Welcomes New Show to the Network: The Fresh & Salty Podcast with the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association

America's estuaries are wonderlands of environmental value and economic horsepower. In 1972, Congress established the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which we believe is one of the great ideas on the American Shoreline. This podcast is about that system, the communities who rely on healthy bays and estuaries, the stakeholders, nature lovers, fisherman, recreationalists, and businesses that live, play and work in these special places.

Caribbean
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PR - Distance From Campus No Obstacle for Clemson Ph.D. Student to Earning NOAA Fellowship

JOBOS BAY, Puerto Rico — While her time spent on the university’s campus has been brief, the way Jessica Tipton has used connections within the Clemson family to achieve her educational goals are a shining example of the opportunities that abound for Clemson students beyond the northwest corner of South Carolina.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Selects Woolpert for US$40M Shoreline Mapping Support Services Contract

Woolpert has been selected as a prime consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Shoreline Mapping Support Services contract.

International
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World - Reef Sharks Around the World Are in Trouble

Sharks were absent from nearly 20 percent of coral reefs in a global survey.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANT - Algae is Turning Coastal Antarctica Red and Green – And it Could Have Big Implications.

Scientists studying the light-rich but low-nutrient ecosystems now believe they could be a model for how life could survive on other planets.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Improving Unmanned Maritime Systems Development Through 10-year Partnership

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to improve unmanned maritime systems research, assessment and acquisition through a partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced Wednesday.

International
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World - Latest Climate Study Predicts Disaster for Oceans, Coastlines and Life as We Know it

A disturbing new climate change study predicts global temperature increases of up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit as atmospheric carbon concentrations double.

International
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World - Plastic Pollution Could Skyrocket to 1.3 Billion Tons by 2040

There's still time for change, but it has to happen now or we'll be drowning in plastic.

International
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UK - Why Britain’s incomparable sand dunes are ‘simultaneously the sands of time past, present and future’

Mark Griffiths takes a look at Britain's sand dunes, our most dynamic landscape, and one to be treasured and protected.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Enhancing Understanding of Gulf Sediments

Where's the sand for future projects off the Texas coast? The Corps of Engineers and the state of Texas partner to answer that question.

International
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UK - HMS Challenger: The Voyage that Birthed Oceanography

The 3.5-year voyage to the furthest corners of the globe reshaped marine science and permanently changed our relationship with the planet’s oceans.

International
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AUS - As Reef Bleaching Intensifies, Lab-Grown Corals Could Help Beat the Heat

CAPE FERGUSON, Australia — In a lab on Australia’s east coast, scientists are concocting what they hope will be the solution to the steadily worsening problem of coral bleaching.

West Coast
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CA - Inside the Scripps Institution of Oceanography SURF Program

The San Diego program has been around for 10 years and continues to thrive.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Cigarette Butts, Microfibers are Most Common Plastics Found in Lake Huron, Shorelines

Coastal stewardship co-ordinator for the Great Lakes says that we have a higher density of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes than in many oceanic gyres.

Coastwide
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USA - ‘Ocean Gliders’ to Help Hurricane Watchers Predict Storm Intensity

Hurricane specialists now have 11 new pairs of eyes in the Atlantic to help them better understand the intensity of tropical storms before they affect Florida and other coastal states.

Caribbean
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Carribean - Ambitious Designs for Underwater 'Space Station' and Habitat Unveiled

Sixty feet beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and industrial designer Yves Béhar are envisioning the world's largest underwater research station and habitat.

Southeast
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FL - Biotelemetry Provides Unique Glimpse into Whitespotted Eagle Rays’ Behavior

Study by FAU Harbor Branch Scientists First to Characterize Ecology of this ‘Near Threatened’ Species in Florida

Southeast
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FL - Climate Change has Scientists Trying to Solve South Florida’s Rainfall Mystery

Rainfall is capricious in South Florida. It’s an even bigger puzzle as the climate warms. A new study aims to look at global climate change models on rainfall patterns to better fit South Florida’s predicament.

International
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World - Three Ways to Secure the Ocean's Survival

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications.

Coastwide
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USA - National System Protects Vital Estuaries

Resources about programs and research to help conserve coastal habitat and sustain communities.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Arctic - New Depth Map of Arctic Ocean

An international team of researchers has published the most detailed submarine map of the Artic Ocean.

International
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World - Genetics Could Help Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate as water temperatures rise worldwide as a result of global warming, pollution and human activities. In the last three decades, half of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost its coral cover.

International
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World - Global Warming and Ocean Acidification Accelerate

The global warming of the biosphere and its consequent acidification of the oceans is a complex of geophysical, biological and ecological, and sociological phenomena that are all accelerating.

Northeast
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USA - North Atlantic Right Whales Just One Step Away From Extinction

The North Atlantic Right Whale was recently added to the “critically endangered” list -- putting them just one step from extinction.

International
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China - Tidal Variation of Total Suspended Solids over the Yangtze Bank

The Yangtze Bank is a flat and broad shallow water, located at the junction of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.

International
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World - Marine Microorganisms: How to Survive Below the Seafloor

Foraminifera, an ancient and ecologically highly successful group of marine organisms, are found on and below the seafloor.

International
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World - Mapping marine megafauna on the high seas

A Western Australian scientist has compiled the largest global dataset ever on the travel habits of large marine animals. The collaboration involves hundreds of researchers from around the world and catalogs the migrations of some of the ocean's most charismatic animals.

Southeast
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FL - NOAA Names University of Miami to Lead Cooperative Institute

Awarded up to $310 million over the course of five years, potential for renewal for another five years based on successful performance

International
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Opinion: Midwater ecosystems must be considered when evaluating environmental risks of deep-sea mining

Despite rapidly growing interest in deep-sea mineral exploitation, environmental research and management have focused on impacts to seafloor environments, paying little attention to pelagic ecosystems. Nonetheless, research indicates that seafloor mining will generate sediment plumes and noise at the seabed and in the water column . . .

International
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AUS - Report: Fish Reef Domes a Boon for Environment, Recreational Fishing

In a boost for both recreational fishing and the environment, new UNSW research shows that artificial reefs can increase fish abundance in estuaries with little natural reef.

International
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AUS - Sydney's Endangered Seahorses Find Protection in Underwater Hotels

It can grow to a maximum of six inches (16 centimeters), change color depending on mood and habitat, and, like all seahorses, the White's seahorse male gestates its young. But this tiny snouted fish is under threat.

International
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World - Study on Shorebirds Suggests that When Conserving Species, Not All Land is Equal

Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for the preservation of endangered species.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Arctic - The Disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice in the Bering Strait due to Climate Change Could Lead to Increased Ocean Noise

The Bering Strait is a vital migration route for numerous marine species. Scientists examining levels of ocean noise in the area have confirmed that the presence of sea ice plays a central role in the soundscape of these Arctic waters.

Arctic & Antarctica
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World - Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier Is Melting Rapidly, Scientists Warn About Thwaites Glacier Losing Ice

The Thwaites Glacier, often referred as the Doomsday Glacier, is an unusually broad and fast Antarctic glacier flowing into the Pine Island Bay, which is part of Amundsen Sea, east of Mount Murphy, on the Walgreen Coast of Marie Byrd Land.

Northeast
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NJ - NJ Policymakers Face a Steep Climb in Implementing Climate-Science Report, Analysts Say

State response seen as unlikely to match daunting list of climate challenges identified in DEP document

Caribbean
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VI - UVI Awarded $20M National Science Foundation Grant for VI-EPSCoR's 'Ridge to Reef' Project

The Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has been awarded funding for its fourth National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant titled “Ridge to Reef.”

Arctic & Antarctica
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World - Hearing the Under-Sea Whispers of a Warming Climate

Scientists are using hydrophones, instruments that use underwater microphones, to collect clues about melting glaciers and the songs of whales.

Coastwide
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USA - As Sea Levels Rise, Vital Salt Marshes are Disappearing

The Ridgway’s rail is a rare bird that relies on the salt marshes south of Los Angeles to survive. And that’s why its future is in doubt — the salt marsh is disappearing under rising seas.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Moderate Algal Bloom Predicted

Monroe County boaters, swimmers and fisherman are expected to enjoy a prosperous year on Lake Erie, at least in terms of battling blue-green algae, after scientists recently predicted a moderate bloom of cyanobacteria in the waters this season.

Mid-Atlantic
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USA - Ecosystem stability and Native American oyster harvesting along the Atlantic Coast of the United States

The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is an important proxy for examining historical trajectories of coastal ecosystems.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Climate Change May Help Asian Carp Thrive in Lake Michigan

Left unchecked, warming will eliminate some of the carp's competition for food, study says.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Expanding Texas' Underwater Eden

Standing in the surf on a Texas beach, it is easy to imagine that the sandy seafloor stretches out indefinitely under the swelling waves.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

Mid-Atlantic
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MD - Heavy rains clobbered water quality, but it wasn't a total washout

From Virginia to New York, residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed were hit with a deluge of water in mid-July 2018.

Southeast
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FL - Lake Okechobee blue-green algae bloom shrinks in size

Recent satellite images shows a shrinking blue-green algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee, but it's still too early in the summer to know whether or not a major bloom will manifest this year.

International
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World - How is a beach formed?

Have you ever wondered how a beach is formed? The formation of sand strips is a long process that involves minerals, water, wind, waves, and tides.

International
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World - Ocean acidification and human health

While ocean acidification was initially perceived as a threat only to the marine realm, the authors of a new publication argue that it is also an emerging human health issue.

International
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China - USJ to receive funding to investigate wetland plants use in reducing local water pollution

The University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, will receive funding from gaming group Las Vegas Sands to investigate ways to enhance local water quality through the use of native wetland plants, especially mangroves, as natural purifiers for water pollution.

International
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World - NSU Researcher Part of Team Addressing Potential Risks to Marine Life from Deep-Sea Mining

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – As the planet’s land-based natural resources become exhausted, the need for new sources is bringing the search to the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. And that has researchers across the globe very concerned.

International
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World - Protecting 30% of planet could bolster economy, study says

Scientists claim widespread conservation can bring rewards if right policies are followed

Northeast
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MA - Biodiversity Research Institute Announces First Successful Loon Nesting in Southern Massachusetts in a Century

Newswise — Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces the successful results of its long-term loon translocation and restoration project Restore the Call.

International
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World - Turtles and tortoises in trouble: More than half of all species face extinction

More than half of the world’s turtle and tortoise species are now threatened with extinction, according to a new study published by a group of 51 global turtle and tortoise experts.

Coastwide
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USA - Plastics epidemic: Let's not waste the opportunity to tackle waste

With coronavirus cases rising in many places around the United States and health officials predicting a second wave to come, there’s no doubt that personal protective equipment (PPE) items like gloves and masks are here to stay.

International
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AUS - New study sparks fresh call for seagrass preservation

An increase in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 5 million cars a year has been caused by the loss of seagrass meadows around the Australian coastline since the 1950s.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Future Hurricanes: Fast Like Ike or Slow Like Harvey?

Climate Change Projected to Make Rapidly-Moving Storms More Likely in Late 21st-Century Texas

Great Lakes
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OH - Lake Erie algal bloom and new twist on the Ned Rig

You don’t often think of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when talking about the Great Lakes, but NOAA will be in the spotlight later this week when it joins with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at The Ohio State University to forecast this year’s algal bloom on Lake Erie.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Tracking sockeye: Research on fish could lead to new projects in Yakima River basin

Sockeye fishing took on a larger purpose for a handful of volunteers at the mouth of the Yakima River early on June 26.

International
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World - Study: Warming waters endanger up to 60 percent of fish species

A new study examining fishes’ reactions to heat at different stages of their life process has revealed that warming waters could impede reproduction in up to 60 percent of species.

West Coast
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CA - New research to address kelp forest crisis in California

July 6, 2020 – California Sea Grant is pleased to announce six new research projects aimed at restoring California’s kelp forests.