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Historic Census of Marine Life (COML) Roll Call of Marine Species Published

Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity's most ancient questions, "what lives in the sea?" Census of Marine Life scientists on August 2, 2010 released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas.


Oceana discovers one of the most important and threatened deep-sea coral reefs of the Mediterranean in the Alboran Sea

Oceana has discovered large colonies of white coral and a wealth of associated fauna in Spanish waters of the Alboran Sea (Western Mediterranean), with greater abundance at depths between 300 and 500 meters.


New NOAA Website Highlights Economic and Ecological Value of America’s Coast

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched State of the Coast, a new Web site that provides coastal managers, planners and officials at all levels of government a snapshot of statistics, facts and graphics about America’s 95,000-miles of coastline.


New World Mangrove Atlas Highlights Importance of and Threats to Mangroves and Successful Restoration Efforts

The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries.


President Obama signs Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes

President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes on July 19, 2010. That Executive Order adopts the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and directs Federal agencies to take the appropriate steps to implement them.


Researchers Discover Source of Essential Nutrients for Mid-Ocean Algae

For almost three decades, oceanographers have been puzzled by the ability of microscopic algae ("microalgae") to grow in open-ocean areas where there is very little nitrate, an essential nutrient for the algae.


Expanded Focus of Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Efforts Recommended

Conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered Caribbean corals may be overlooking regions where corals are best equipped to evolve in response to global warming and other climate challenges.


Long-Distance Larvae Speed to New Undersea Vent Homes

Working in a rare, "natural seafloor laboratory" of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other institutions have discovered what they believe is an undersea superhighway.


More than One: Long-Reigning Microbe Controlling Ocean Nitrogen Shares the Throne: Novel species found to be more widely distributed in world's seas

Marine scientists long believed that a microbe called Trichodesmium, a member of a group called the cyanobacteria, reigned over the ocean's nitrogen budget.


Book, World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life, Highlights Findings of Ten-year Census of Marine Life 2000-2010

Started in the year 2000, Census of Marine Life (CoML) is an international science research program uniting thousands of researchers worldwide with the goal of assessing and explaining the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life - past, present and future - by 2010.


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