Well shit… The green-lighting of the world’s first deep-sea mineral mine in Papua New Guinea waters has caused alarm among scientists and indigenous people who fear it will damage local marine life. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Michael Somare, today licensed the new mine for ore that contains copper, zinc and gold, to be run . . . → Read More: PNG Gives OK to Deep-Sea Mining
Of course we all know how forward thinking the UK government can be There is no case for declaring a moratorium on deepwater oil or gas drilling in British waters, the UK government said yesterday 11 October, as the EU is expected to call for a temporary ban until probe is completed into the causes . . . → Read More: UK sees no need for EU deepwater drilling ban
I could write about a detailed account of a new study in PLoS One. I could discuss how the researchers imported information on the spatial extent of marine scientific research, submarine communication cables, radioactive waste disposal, munitions and chemical weapons waste disposal, military operations, oil and gas industry, and bottom trawling OSPAR maritime area . . . → Read More: Our Impacts on the Deep
This is of course meant as an educational offering, you know… us being a top science blog and all… Everything Poops by Kevin Zelnio Lyrics under the fold . . . → Read More: Everything Poops
Figure 2 from paper: Mean average phototaxis and geotaxis score of E. marinus exposed to varied concentrations of serotonin (n = 20 per treatment) over a 3-week period. Error bars to one standard deviation. *Significance compared with control determined by Mann–Whitney and Bonferroni correction p < 0.0125. Nearly 30-90% of the pharmaceuticals we digest are . . . → Read More: Your Happiness Kills Crustaceans
A clam boat in Massachusetts dredged up a not-so-welcome surprise last week – 2 tanks of Mustard Gas. One crew member is reported as getting sick from the exposure, confirmed by diagnosis, blood and urine tests, before they tossed the canisters back into the sea. The Coast Guard is now looking for them. Now, one . . . → Read More: Fresh Catch of the Day in Boston: Mustard Gas
Photo from Queensland Government. Some of the 1,075 tons of fuel carried by the Chinese freighter Shen Neng 1 could be seen leaking from its tanks on Sunday. In part two of unintended series on oil… Unless you live under an oil covered rock you probably already know that a Chinese ship carrying 65,000 tons . . . → Read More: Oil: Not just for autos but coral reefs as well
Of course, the sad thing is that this scenario is likely to occur in deep water along the majority of coastlines. Hat tip to @scubadivergirls.
Fig. 5 from Watters et al. (2010). “Examples of debris items observed from the Delta submersible during deep-water surveys on the seafloor off central and southern California: (a) monofilament fishing line in gorgonian corals off central California at 95 m (photo by M. Yoklavich); (b) gill net snagged on rock off southern California at 80 . . . → Read More: Taking Fish and Leaving Trash
From Nature Adding iron to the ocean is not an effective way to fight climate change, and we don’t need further research to establish that, say Aaron Strong, Sallie Chisholm, Charles Miller and John Cullen. In the face of seemingly accelerating climate change, some have proposed tackling the problem with geoengineering: intentionally altering the planet’s . . . → Read More: Ohh! Ocean Fertilzation Snap!