News & Events

14 conservation wins for 2014!
Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change and habitat destruction, but there are many success stories to celebrate from 2014.
Posted: January 5, 2015

Presidential task force on combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud
The “recommendations for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need” have now been provided to the President through the National Ocean Council.
Posted: December 16, 2014

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Professor Kenneth Coale Receives National Honor
As part of the Section on Geology and Geography, Coale was elected as an AAAS Fellow for studies of trace element biogeochemistry in marine waters and the response of marine phytoplankton to exogenous iron deposition.
Posted: December 4, 2014

Warmest oceans ever recorded
Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year,” says Axel Timmermann, climate scientist and professor, studying variability of the global climate system at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Posted: November 21, 2014

Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease
All along the Pacific coast of North America, the sea stars have been disappearing. Commonly known as starfish, millions have died over the past year in an unprecedented outbreak of sea star wasting syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes sea stars to disintegrate as their arms fall off and tissues turn to mush.
Posted: November 18, 2014

Fukushima radioactivity detected off northern California coast
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: November 13, 2014

Scientists ideinify a new driver in Arctic warming
A mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice has been identified by scientists. They found that open oceans are much less efficient than sea ice when it comes to emitting in the far-infrared region of the spectrum, a previously unknown phenomenon that is likely contributing to the warming of the polar climate.
Posted: November 10, 2014