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This year nearly 100 dead or ill dolphins have washed up on shore mostly in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay where oil lingers in the marshes and sediment.  Kate Spinner, of the Herald Tribune, reports that more than 600 dolphins have been found fatally ill or dead since oil reached the shoreline following the Deepwater Horizon explosion [...]

According to an article in the April 2012 issue of the journal of Marine Biology, a new hammerhead species has now been discovered near the coast of southern Brazil.  The shark was originally discovered off the South Florida coast in 2005 and by a separate team off the South Carolina coast.  At the time, scientists [...]

Barbel Honisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Andy Ridgwell of the University of Bristol, coauthored a paper on ocean acidification that was recently featured in the journal “Science.“ The study found that our oceans may be acidifying faster than at any point during the last 300 million years, endangering marine life [...]

Jason Dearen, of the Associated Press, reports that in the past 12 years, the Navy has used missiles, torpedoes and large guns to sink 109 old U.S. warships off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Florida and other states.  The program called “Sinkex” for sinking exercise, has come under fire from environmentalists for the pollutants it [...]

Dolphins Show Health Problems

Lori Schwacke, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced that 32 dolphins taken from Louisiana’s Barataria Bay were in overall poor health, though she says their studies do not yet definitely tie the illnesses to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The dolphins, caught in August 2011, were underweight, anemic and [...]

Last month we reported that START’s  Chairman, Sandy Gilbert, was one of several keynote speakers at a press conference held in Sarasota to protest legislation aimed at weakening fertilizer restrictions.  We are pleased to announce the legislation was defeated by a majority of senators on the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee.  This was due in [...]

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is a common form of seafood poisoning, affecting tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Potentially at risk are people who consume reef dwelling fish such as black grouper, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, hogfish and triggerfish. One of the reasons so many are afflicted with CFP is that there are no simple screening methods, [...]