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Warmer Waters Threaten Maine’s Shrimp Fishery

Warmer Waters Threaten Maine’s Shrimp Fishery

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Lobster isn’t Maine’s only tasty crustacean: shrimp from the New England state were once a seasonal delicacy. But the fishery has been closed since 2013, and the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine has made survival difficult for the cold-water shrimp. This fall, a regulatory board is likely to extend […]

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Atlantic Current System on Brink of Collapse, Threatening Worldwide Weather Systems

Atlantic Current System on Brink of Collapse, Threatening Worldwide Weather Systems

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), a critical system of currents in the Atlantic Ocean, is on the verge of collapse, and scientists say the consequences could resonate worldwide. The system helps regulate the temperature of the Northern Hemisphere and is crucial to the health of the entire Atlantic Ocean. Without […]

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Growing “Dead Zone” Off Oregon Coast Worries Scientists and Fisherman Alike

Growing “Dead Zone” Off Oregon Coast Worries Scientists and Fisherman Alike

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A growing hypoxic “dead zone” off the coast of Oregon has environmentalists and experts worried about the future of marine life in the region. Low-oxygen levels in a 7,700-square-mile stretch of the ocean are now suffocating sea life, leaving a trail of death along the ocean floor. Experts say that growing dead zones are a […]

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What’s Fueling Florida’s Seaweed Blooms?

What’s Fueling Florida’s Seaweed Blooms?

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Atlantic Ocean’s Sargasso Sea, the only sea without a land boundary, is named for the brown free-floating seaweed that’s unique to its waters. Over the past decade, the sargassum seaweed has proliferated and spawned massive blooms beyond the Sargasso Sea’s boundaries, inundating Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida […]

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Greenland’s Big Melt Down

Greenland’s Big Melt Down

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Greenland, whose ice sheet is melting rapidly, saw temperatures rise over 70 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, melting enough ice to cover the state of Florida in two inches of water. International climate experts are now calling Greenland’s ice sheets a “ground zero” for “cascading climate impacts across the planet.” Additionally, melting Arctic ice is also […]

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Interview of the Week: Anne Birch click button

Interview of the Week: Anne Birch

Oysters are the unsung heroes of our oceans and estuaries. A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water each day, while oyster reefs help protect coastal communities from erosion and storm surges and provide other marine species with habitat. In Pensacola, FL, The Nature Conservancy is leading the effort to place 33 oyster reefs […]

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