Iridocytes, cells in #giantclam tissues, transform harmful UV radiation into longer wavelength light that powers photosynthesis in their symbiotic algae.
#sunscreen #animalfacts https://phys.org/news/2020-07-giant-clams-symbiotic-partner.html
Nitrogen and phosphorous #pollution from fertilizers, sewage & other human sources compromises corals' ability to fight off infection.
To a starlet #SeaAnemone, a second helping of dessert might mean a new tentacle.
Nutrient pollution from fertilizers, stormwater runoff, sewage & other sources exacerbates #CoralBleaching. While not sufficient to mitigate the effects of #ClimateChange on corals, decreasing local pollution may reduce bleaching severity.
It's #WorldWaterWeek!🌊💧🌏Ocean sewage pollution can make corals more susceptible to disease and #coralbleaching. Insights from #behavioralscience may lead to effective interventions.
https://oursharedseas.com/leveraging-behavioral-insights-to-solve-our-sewage-pollution-crisis/ via @OurSharedSeas
#Tigershark Lisa Christina traveled from the Queensland coast in Dec. 2019 to the waters of the Solomon Islands in Feb. 2020.
From sharks to turtles to whales and more, track your favorite #marinemegafauna at https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/ via @OCEARCH
We're #hiring! To support our need for #onlinetraining development, we're recruiting a #consultant for #remotework as Virtual Training Officer. Bahasa Indonesia & English skills required. Deadline: 31 Aug. 2020
@BaleBengong @hrdbacot #onlinelearning
Our former volunteer @MinkaCurr
contributed this article on the #NusaPenida #MarineProtectedArea during the pandemic.
https://www.insideindonesia.org/coral-reef-conservation-and-the-communities-leading-the-way via @InsideIndo
~80% of the world's saltwater #aquarium fish come from Indonesia & the Philippines. Read how fishers in Les Village, Bali, who once used cyanide, now practice aquaculture and #coralrestoration, supported by @YayasanLINI.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/aquarium-fish-hold-the-cyanide/ via @hakaimagazine
Survival of #coral outplants dropped below 50% when the #SeaSurfaceTemperature exceeded 30.5° C, according to a study of 100s of #CoralRestoration projects.
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/sea-temperature-a-critical-factor-in-success-of-coral-reef-outplants/ via @Mongabay
Want to use #CitizenScience in your research?
#PLOSONE: The motivation for citizens’ involvement in life sciences research is predicted by age and gender
NOAA uses Degree Heating Weeks to predict #coralbleaching. For mobile species, like fish and turtles, 'thermal displacement' has been suggested as a metric to characterize the effects of marine #heatwaves.
A functioning #coralreef ensures a constant supply of beach sand through cycles of erosion, deposition & growth. This supply function may make coastlines more resilient to #sealevelrise by providing building material to waves that shape island contours.
#ToDo: search for whales in #GoogleEarth imagery.
Four #remotesensing technologies helped uncover widespread #IUU fishing by vessels originating from Chinese ports & operating in waters between the Koreas, Japan & Russia.
>700 volunteers helped screen ~18,000 hrs of video footage for #sharks.
Conclusion? Sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ from 1 in 5 #coralreefs.
Lacking business, tour operators helped confirm severe #coralbleaching in Western Australia, including the worst bleaching on record at Rowley Shoals. https://theconversation.com/with-no-work-in-lockdown-tour-operators-helped-find-coral-bleaching-on-western-australias-remote-reefs-142644?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton via @ConversationEDU
New nuisance alga is smothering reefs in the Pacific:
In August 2019, researchers diving in #Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument saw mats of a red alga they did not recognize, smothering the native corals. Learn more about this undescribed species in our latest story.
Photo: Heather Spalding