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Oregon Scientists Develop an Innovative Aquatic Device

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Oregon based marine scientists developed a device for keeping bycatch out of fishing nets. It is referred as an effective means of keeping threatened eulachon out of fish net trawling. LED lights attached to this device will illuminate escape path under the fish net which will allow eulachon to find his way back out. As per research reports, illumination reduced unintentional catching of eulachon. Bycatch of certain category of fish varieties became a grave problem in many coastal areas of the globe. The new technique reduced eulachon bycatch by ninety percent. Innovative aquatic device was successful in removing other bycatch fish species such as dark blotched rock fish and slender sole. Use of properly placed light is the major factor which determines the effectiveness of recently developed marine device.
Research program of Oregon scientists is funded by Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Eulachon is federally protected under the endangered species act. NOAA fisheries have identified eulachon as a major threat to different species varieties. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and ocean shrimp industry actively participated in the research program spearheaded by Oregon marine scientists. Aquatic device became a hot topic of discussion in aquatic industry thanks to the farsightedness and technical excellence of Oregon scientist community.

Via[NOAA]

Shark Season Begins at Macduff Aquarium

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Macduff marine aquarium launches shark season which will span from 11/Oct/2014-26/Oct/2014. Shark season will provide a golden opportunity to learn more about these splendid sea creatures. As a part of shark fest, there will be an exhibition focusing on role played by shark in human lives. Illustrated talks, games, dive shows and feed sessions mark the high point of this year’s shark season, both literally and metaphorically. Their daily interactive workshop will throw light on detailed specification about shark and what makes them stand out from other creatures. Shark survival in ocean is another area on which Macduff aquarium organizers want to focus. Fascinating information about different types of sharks can be obtained by just paying a visit to Macduff.
The event aims to remove some myths prevailing in society about marine creatures and their infinite varieties. Shark science workshops at Macduff are named as ‘creating generations’, ‘primitive to protected’, ‘tantalizing taste buds’, ‘sharks in motion’, ‘super senses’ and ‘ what’s on the inside?”. ‘Creating generations’ theme focuses on exploring shark reproduction and newest arrivals on the aquarium. ‘Primitive to protected’ offers information on extinct classes of sharks and their survival mechanism. Core idea of ‘tantalizing taste buds’ theme is to create awareness about different feeding techniques, specialized teeth and their food habits.

Via[Press and Journal]

Underwater Aquarium Vehicle Discovered

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A Boise based company has discovered a remotely operated underwater vehicle for aquarium named Live Diver. It lets anyone on the internet to take command of an underwater aquarium vehicle. Live Diver device conceptualized by Reach-In is now installed at the aquarium of Boise and it is operating successfully. A user can log into aquarium website and control mini sub marine in the shark and fish tank. Diverse perspectives of marine life can be enjoyed through the recently discovered underwater vehicle. IPet companion was the flagship application of Reach-In and it lets users play with cats in zoos. Disabled children admitted at Seattle hospital go online and enjoy their time with animals using innovative application IPet companion. It will be distributed to more and more hospitals located all over the length and breadth of USA.
Concept of real time interactive digital technology is utilized in Live Diver and associated applications. Although many zoos and aquariums possess locally controlled equipments, controlling all devices over the web is very rare and it is implemented here in Boise. Primary target of this application is students in schools, colleges and research institutions. They can learn about aquatic animals and marine science with the help of Live Diver, a creative brainchild of Reach-In technocrats. Idea of controlling an entire sub marine using Live Diver seems fantastic and unbelievable.

Via[Eschool News]

Plymouth Aquarium Gets 475000 Pounds Research Grant

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A research project of Plymouth Aquarium on sea grass and sea horses has received 475000 pounds funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant is given for completing a citizen science project on marine species. National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth will conduct comprehensive research study on sea grass ecosystems and other marine creatures. Their community sea grass initiative will cover 191 mile coastal area from Looe to Weymouth. Plymouth aquarium authorities sought the help of sailors, divers, students and internet citizens for successful completion of the project. An expert team led by Aquarium director is working closely with local community throughout the project period. Aquarium at Plymouth is equipped with sophisticated equipments and lighting solutions. It gives research students a chance to master specialties of various sea grass varieties at close range.
Proposed research project under the aegis of National Marine Aquarium will enable project team members to get a better understanding of native seahorse species especially its England varieties Spiny Seahorse and Short Snouted Seahorse. This marine aquarium’s research project will focus on coastal development, conservation of near extinct marine species, and diseases affecting sea creatures. Broad range of individuals and civil society groups will become an integral part of sea grass initiative very soon. Managing Director of Plymouth Aquarium is extremely delighted in receiving funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and he hopes that it will give them a valuable opportunity to showcase their capability. As scientific community’s current knowledge about sea grass is meager, research by Plymouth aquarium gains special significance.

Via[Plymouth Herald]

Shedd Aquarium Bags Prestigious ‘Green T’ Award

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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago bagged the prestigious ‘Green T’ award for commitment to a greener workplace instituted by the textile recycling company USAgain. It is recognition to recycling and environment sustainability initiatives carried out by Shedd marine exhibit. Facilities Director of Shedd Aquarium accepted the famous award in a ceremony held in Boston. Illinois based aquarium recycled 2158 pounds of textiles in collaboration with USAgain. Aquarium staff carried out recycling of materials such as wading boots, light bulbs, PVC, and clothing items. Award committee recognized Shedd aquarium’s novel initiatives in the fields of sustainability and ecological conservation. Success story of Shedd proves that minor efforts can make a big difference in environment conservation endeavors. It is pointed out that team at Shedd aquarium prevented more than 15000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. They were able to save more than 2.9 million gallons of water through recycling.
Shedd serves as a true role model for public organizations in conserving ecological balance. USAgain looks forward to associate with Chicago based aquarium in ecological conservation efforts. West Chicago based recycling company is eager to cooperate with other public organizations in textile recycling process. Award recipient organization collected an incredible amount of textiles and it is a matter of great pride for all Chicago residents. Agassiz Elementary, Hanover Township, Chicago Sky, and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are other recipients of this coveted distinction. People at the helm of Shedd marine exhibition center offer heartfelt thanks to their partners in textile recycling.

Via[Chicago Tribune]

Texas Aquarium May Get a New Owner

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Ownership of Texas State Aquarium may be transferred from City Government to Texas State Aquarium Association. According to local newspaper reports, Texas City council members are examining all aspects of the issue. Current lease agreement of Texas aquarium extends up to 2020 and a major expansion plan is being chalked out. A San Antonio based company has already contributed three million dollar towards the aquarium renovation project. Texas State Aquarium Association owners plan to transfer its ownership to lock in a short term construction loan. City of Corpus Christi shifts the aquarium ownership to help ensure funding for its planned $50 million dollar expansion. Texas Aquarium had a very deep impact on cultural and social life of the city ever since its origin before twenty five years.
The association is seeking control over the buildings and other real estate property surrounding the aquarium. Such a deal involving huge financial transaction has no negative financial impact on Corpus Christi taxpayers, according to city government representatives. With the ownership transfer issue, Texas state aquarium once again came into limelight. It offers an amazing underwater world featuring different marine species varieties. As ownership transfer happens in the background, Texas Aquarium is ready to enchant, entertain and inspire its visitors again and again.

Via[Biz Journals]

Minnesota Aquarium Plans Large Scale Expansion

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Sea Life Minnesota, city’s prominent marine exhibit center is launching a big scale expansion plan. Aquarium officials announced that a $2 million expansion plan will be completed by March 2015. Stingray adventure exhibit will be the major development initiative in Minnesota aquarium future plan. At stingray adventure exhibit, guests will get a chance to touch and feed dozens of stingrays. Sea Life Minnesota’s stingrays are housed in a 15000 gallon touch pool. School children and small kids will be thrilled in viewing the stingray exhibition. Minnesota marine exhibit portray colorful marine life in Pacific without losing its charm. Shipwreck exhibition is another amazing attraction of Minnesota aquarium. Although expansion work is going on one side, this aquarium will not be closed.
Regular visitors of Sea Life Minnesota will get free ticket for a limited time to check out expansion plans in May 2015. Their proposed stingray pool is two and half times larger than current stingray tank. Multicolored fish varieties featured in Minnesota aquarium gives an ecstatic experience to visitors and expansion plans will make visitor experience more graceful. Expanded touch pools at Sea Life Minnesota will showcase distinct varieties of Northwest Pacific marine inhabitants. Minnesota marine exhibit holds the rare distinction of “world’s largest jellyfish collection” and “world’s largest underground shark exhibit”.

Via[CBS Minnesota]

 

Shoal of Baby lionfish arrives at Tynemouth Aquarium

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A shoal of baby lionfish has arrived at Tynemouth aquarium located in United Kingdom. A family in North Shields donated a fully grown lionfish to aquarium authorities very recently. Tynemouth aquarium officials bought six more lionfish to prevent the older one from getting lonely. According to zoologists working at Tynemouth, “They don’t house well with other fish, so we found some others to keep it in company. The smaller ones are not on display to the public at the moment to prevent them from suffering any stress.” As per expert opinion, lionfish will grow up to forty centimeter in length. All other baby lionfish are starting to relax on their own in this England based marine exhibit. Hand feeding of lionfish has already started, tells spokesperson of Blue Reef Aquarium.
Baby lionfish are found in plenty in the coral reefs of Pacific Ocean and they are covered in venomous spines along side of the body. Lionfish spread its fin to mesmerize other marine creatures and it looks just like the mane of a lion. Children visiting Tynemouth marine exhibit like watching adult lionfish and they are eager to know how poisonous a typical one is. Smaller varieties of lionfish will be shifted into big tanks located at Tynemouth aquarium.

Via[Chronicle Live]

Texas Aquarium and STEM center Engage in Academic Partnership

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Texas state aquarium entered into an agreement on academic partnership with Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Recently signed pact will greatly benefit engineers, scientists, technology experts, and educators working for both Texas aquarium as well as STEM center, an academic institution with stellar reputation. STEM center and Texas state marine exhibit are planning to exchange their expertise in ecology, conservation and marine diversity. Director of Education and Conservation at Texas state aquarium believes that their number of students will double in the upcoming year. Aquarium in Texas plans distance learning programs in aquatic science and marine research. Scientists and researchers of STEM center will cooperate with future endeavors of Texas marine center.
Prime focus of this aquarium situated in America’s second largest city will be on early childhood and family education. Their current teacher curriculum meets state syllabus of American high school students. Official website of Texas aquarium gives comprehensive information about upcoming programs, research activities, cooking classes and wide variety of marine species featured here. Multitude of marine educational activities aimed at public awareness tops the priority list of Texas aquarium officials. They are very keen on promoting stealth learning in the field of fisheries science.
Via [Kris TV]

Hurricane Causes Damage to Bermuda Aquarium

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Hurricane Gonzalo caused heavy damage to Bermuda Aquarium, museum and zoo. All animals in the zoo are safe and staff members are pursuing all possible avenues to open the facility as soon as possible. “We came through fairly well. All the animals seem fine and all the people seem exhausted”, says principal curator of Bermuda aquarium. Roof of Bermuda aquarium tore as a result of disastrous hurricane Gonzalo and its marine exhibit tanks overflowed. Renovation work at Bermuda aquarium has been started on war foot. Their staffs are staying overnight to finish aquarium renovation work as soon as possible. Alligator, flamingo, and Galapagos tortoise at Berlin zoo had to find outside enclosures as a result of dreaded hurricane. It is a well known fact that animals get sensitive and anxious during the times of natural calamities and the situation was not different in Bermuda aquarium too.
A heron at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), got seriously injured in hurricane. Flooding, power outages and falling down of trees occurred in different parts of Bermuda as a consequence of Gonzalo. It is reported that world nations including USA, UK and other European countries offered their support to Bermuda Government in tackling natural calamity. Hurricane Gonzalo occurred in Bermuda points to the importance of taking effective measures of natural calamity crisis management.

Via[The Royal Gazette]