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The ocean contains a vast and significantly unexplored diversity of life and therefore represents a vast untapped resource that has the potential to be utilised in a variety of fields. Marine biotechnology is defined as the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials obtained from marine biological agents, to provide goods and […]

An increase in ocean acidity was responsible for Earth’s most severe mass extinction event, a recent study has confirmed. The Permian-Triassic Boundary (P- Tr) extinction event – also known as The Great Dying, took place 252 million years ago and occurred as a result of Earth’s oceans absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide from powerful […]

A recent study set out to understand what coral reefs would be like in the absence of human influence, through studying extremely remote and uninhabited reefs in the Pacific. A number of islands and atolls in the Pacific Ocean remain virtually untouched by human activity, situated hundreds of kilometers from the nearest human populations. Due to this great distance […]

A long-term study published this week in Current Biology has revealed that coral trout in protected ‘No-Take Marine Reserves’ (NTMRs) are bigger and more abundant than those in fished ‘blue zones’ of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Coral trout (Plectropomus spp) are a reef dwelling fish belonging to the Serranidae family and are a popular ‘food fish’ around […]

Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its kind has found. The study was conducted in the Bay of Biscay by scientists from Oregon State University and the Centre […]

China plans to vastly increase its yearly fishing of Antarctic krill. The country currently harvests about 32,000 metric tons of krill annually from Antarctica’s waters, topped by only Norway and South Korea. Under China’s plans, detailed in a March 4 story in the state-run China Daily, the world’s most populous country would increase those catches 30 […]

A team of Brazilian researchers have described five new species of ascidians, commonly known as sea squirts. The team, affiliated with the Federal University of Paraná’s Zoology Department (DZ-UFPR), discovered the five new species off the coast of Bahia State, with four of the five species belonging to the genus Didemnum (D. aurantium, D. flammacolor, D. lambertae, and D. longigaster) […]