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A recent paper in the Journal of Physical Oceanography details the specific challenges posed by the many millions of tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every years. The findings indicate that solving the problem may have complicating factors beyond just raw scale (4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of dumped in 2015 alone). Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 11-Apr-2016
Ecological Applications
Combined effects of copper, climate change can be deadly for amphibians, research finds
Researchers at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory warn that the extinction to two amphibian species -- the southern toad and the southern leopard frog -- may be hastened by the combined effects of climate change and copper-contaminated wetlands.

Contact: Stephanie Schupska
University of Georgia

Public Release: 11-Apr-2016
Virginia continues to lead in clam and oyster aquaculture
Virginia shellfish farmers sold $48.3 million in clams and oysters in 2015, with hard clam sales of $32.3 million once again leading the nation and $16 million in oyster sales tops among US East Coast states.
Virginia SeaGrant

Contact: David Malmquist
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Public Release: 11-Apr-2016
Submarine canyons in the mid-atlantic: Connecting science to management
Regional workshop held to explore submarine canyons science and management
On April 7, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, a partnership among New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, hosted a workshop for a group of leading scientists and federal agency managers to discuss the state of current science for the deepsea canyons ecosystem and existing management programs that have jurisdiction over current and potential uses related to these canyons
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

Contact: Arlo Hemphill
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

Public Release: 11-Apr-2016
Frontiers in Marine Science
Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting
A recent study shows that effective shark conservation in Indonesia only works when shark protection through no-fishing zones is combined with efforts to involve local communities in the management of their own fisheries and by providing alternatives to sustain their livelihoods.
Prime Minister's Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, Karl Mayer Foundation, Australian Postgraduate Award

Contact: Michelle Ponto

Public Release: 8-Apr-2016
Ecology and Society
Restoring ecosystems -- how to learn from our mistakes
In a joint North European and North American study led by Swedish researcher Christer Nilsson, a warning is issued of underdocumented results of ecological restorations. The researchers show that continuous and systematic evaluations of cost-efficiency, planning, implementations and effects are necessary in order to make use of experiences in future projects. The results have been published in the journal Ecology and Society.

Contact: Ingrid Söderbergh
Umea University

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
Science of the Total Environment
Oil and gas wastewater disposal may harm West Virginia waterways
Unconventional oil and gas operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' to release natural gas and oil from underground rock. Studies have centered on potential water pollution from this process that may increase endocrine disrupting chemicals in surface and ground water. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri report high levels of EDC activity in the surface water near a hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia.

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
Systems Biology and Applications
Dynamic model helps understand healthy lakes to heal sick ones
Development of a dynamic model for microbial populations in healthy lakes could help scientists understand what's wrong with sick lakes, prescribe cures and predict what may happen as environmental conditions change. Those are among the benefits expected from an ambitious project to model the interactions of some 18,000 species in a well-studied Wisconsin lake.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Toon
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
NASA finds very heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Zena
Tropical cyclone Zena intensified over the open waters between Vanuatu and Fiji and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite known as GPM found very heavy rainfall and very high cloud tops.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
Nature Communications
Can corals keep up with ocean acidification?
An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by University of Delaware professors Wei-Jun Cai and Mark Warner has successfully measured both pH and carbonate ion concentration directly inside the calcifying fluid found in coral, an important development in the study of how ocean acidification will affect marine calcifying organisms such as corals and shellfish.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Bothum
University of Delaware

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Climate change may reduce vulnerable salmon populations
New research in north-central Mongolia illuminates the effects of global climate change on certain vulnerable species of salmon.

Contact: Dawn Peters

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