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Coral reef connections

Scientists have identified how coral reefs, hundreds of miles apart, are connected by ocean currents. Observing these networks from space may prove vital for their conservation.

Marine microplastics detected in bottom-dweller bellies for the first time

Around half of marine creatures living at depths of more than 2,000 metres in the North Atlantic could be eating microplastic material, marine scientists have discovered.

 

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland sampled deep-sea starfish and sea snails from the Rockall Trough and found microscopic traces of plastic in 48 per cent of those sampled. The levels of plastic ingestion were comparable to those found in species living in shallower coastal waters.

 

Global experts launch project to ensure seaweed sustainability

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) News release, July 21, 2017

 

The seaweed industry is the fastest-growing of all aquaculture sectors, transforming the lives of millions of people, but the increasing threat from disease and pests has prompted a global research group into action to protect this multi-billion dollar commodity.

 

Ocean Science Centre Mindelo started

After two and a half years of construction, the new GEOMAR research station in Mindelo, Cape Verde, has been completed. Now the preparations for the scientific operation of the Ocean Science Center Mindelo have begun. The project is a cooperation of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the National Cape Verdean Fisheries Research Institute INDP.

Iron deficiency restrains marine microbes

GEOMAR scientists discover important process in the nutrient cycles of the tropical North Atlantic - Iron is a critical nutrient in the ocean. Its importance for algae and the nitrogen cycle has already been investigated in detail. Now a new discovery shows that microbes also need iron to process phosphorus. A team of researchers from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the University of Southampton, UK has just published results in the international journal Nature Communications showing that iron can limit phosphorus acquisition in the ocean.

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