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Cool website with stories of species once thought extinct but now rediscovered! Check them out at http://lostandfoundnature.com/ #conservationoptimism #earthoptimism

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Meet the microscopic heroes of planet earth! Plankton create more oxygen than all of the world's rainforests combined...

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Hey come check out the documentary I made for marine biology
Check out the my documentary video I made for marine biology 

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Video clips from my 2014 trip to the Maldives made it into this NAT GEO WILD program that was on last night.

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Anybody know what kind of eggs these are
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#‎Ecological‬ indicators to capture the effects of fishing on ‪#‎biodiversity‬ and conservation status of ‪#‎marine‬ ‪#‎ecosystems‬
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Description: IndiSeas (“Indicators for the Seas”) is a collaborative international working group that was established in 2005 to evaluate the status of exploited marine ecosystems using a suite of indicators in a comparative framework. An initial shortlist of seven ecological indicators was selected to quantify the effects of fishing on the broader ecosystem using several criteria (i.e., ecological meaning, sensitivity to fishing, data availability, management objectives and public awareness). The suite comprised: (i) the inverse coefficient of variation of total biomass of surveyed species, (ii) mean fish length in the surveyed community, (iii) mean maximum life span of surveyed fish species, (iv) proportion of predatory fish in the surveyed community, (v) proportion of under and moderately exploited stocks, (vi) total biomass of surveyed species, and (vii) mean trophic level of the landed catch. In line with the Nagoya Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2011–2020), we extended this suite to emphasize the broader biodiversity and conservation risks in exploited marine ecosystems. We selected a subset of indicators from a list of empirically based candidate biodiversity indicators initially established based on ecological significance to complement the original IndiSeas indicators. The additional selected indicators were: (viii) mean intrinsic vulnerability index of the fish landed catch, (ix) proportion of non-declining exploited species in the surveyed community, (x) catch-based marine trophic index, and (xi) mean trophic level of the surveyed community. Despite the lack of data in some ecosystems, we also selected (xii) mean trophic level of the modelled community, and (xiii) proportion of discards in the fishery as extra indicators. These additional indicators were examined, along with the initial set of IndiSeas ecological indicators, to evaluate whether adding new biodiversity indicators provided useful additional information to refine our understanding of the status evaluation of 29 exploited marine ecosystems. We used state and trend analyses, and we performed correlation, redundancy and multivariate tests. Existing developments in ecosystem-based fisheries management have largely focused on exploited species. Our study, using mostly fisheries independent survey-based indicators, highlights that biodiversity and conservation-based indicators are complementary to ecological indicators of fishing pressure. Thus, they should be used to provide additional information to evaluate the overall impact of fishing on exploited marine ecosystems.
For more ‪#‎Fisheries‬ and ‪#‎Aquaculture‬ related information please click the below link
http://www.omicsonline.org/…/marine-food-journals-articles-…
If you are interested in Fisheries and Aquaculture related conferences please click the below link
http://aquaculture-fisheries.conferenceseries.com/

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#‎Effects‬ of ‪#‎Environmental‬ Parameters on Bacterial Levels in ‪#‎Seawater‬ from ‪#‎Juvenile‬ Green ‪#‎Turtle‬ (Chelonia mydas) kept in ‪#‎Captivity‬
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Bacterial infection is a major cause of high mortality in juvenile sea turtles at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, Chonburi Province, Thailand. The attempt is to identify sources of bacterial accumulation and contamination in order to reduce the number of infections. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of live rocks and captivity parameters on microbiological water quality. Microbiological results indicated that the presence of live rocks in juvenile green turtle containers resulted in a reduction of haemolytic bacteria in seawater. Additionally, the high stock density of animals in the captivity has influence on the increased bacterial levels in the water, while temperature of the water was found to have an influence on bacterial growth. The results of this study implied that the environments of captivity have great impact on the bacterial levels in the water, which should be considered for the management of sea turtles as well as other aquatic animals
If you are interested in Fisheries and Aquaculture related conferences please click the below link
http://aquaculture-fisheries.conferenceseries.com/

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The #Mediterranean #Sea, a crossroads of civilisations and a privileged holiday destination, is unfortunately also a gigantic dumping ground where marine life is affected by a wide range of pollutants. A very comprehensive study conducted between 2006 and 2013 by the +Université de Liège (ULg) the +WWF has revealed the existence of alarming levels of contamination by certain lipophilic #pollutants in three species of #whales permanently inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea.
http://reflexions.ulg.ac.be/en/POPWhales 
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