Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral species predicted by modelEurekAlert | 22 May 2013
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Researchers from the University of Hawaii, Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered.
Corals turn to algae for stored food when times get toughEurekAlert | 16 May 2013
(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers at EPFL present new evidence for the crucial role of algae in the survival of their coral hosts. Ultra-high resolution images reveal that the algae temporarily store nutrients as crystals, building up reserves for when supplies run low.
Coral reefs suffering, but collapse not inevitable, researchers sayEurekAlert | 10 May 2013
(Cell Press) Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 9 based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.
Australian minister: I never saw advice against coal port at Great Barrier ReefGuardian Unlimited | 26 Apr 2013
Australia's environment minister said he never saw advice that a proposed coal port posed "extreme" risks - including threats to endangered turtles and a species of dolphin – at the Great Barrier Reef. Campaigners said Tony Burke should have ruled out the Fitzroy Terminal as soon as the government received the strongly worded warnings, rather than allow the company to undertake a lengthy environmental impact statement.
Israeli scientists discover why soft corals have unique pulsating motionEurekAlert | 24 Apr 2013
Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US).
Coral reefs: Underwater pharmacies (video)bbc.com | 21 Mar 2013
Since many of the creatures on the reef are stationary, many have evolved chemical defences to protect themselves from predators. These potent weapons may also hold the key to new medicines to treat everything from cancer and Alzheimers disease to viruses and arthritis.
Scientists create new maps depicting potential worldwide coral bleaching by 2056EurekAlert | 25 Feb 2013
(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) New maps by scientists with NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies show how rising sea temperatures are likely to affect all coral reefs in the form of annual coral bleaching events under different emission scenarios.
Submerged banks in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, greatly increase available coral reef habitatOxford Journals | 20 Feb 2013
Harris, P. T., Bridge, T. C. L., Beaman, R. J., Webster, J. M., Nichol, S. L., and Brooke, B. P. 2013. Submerged banks in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, greatly increase available coral reef habitat. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70: 284–293.
Netherlands names four new Caribbean Ramsar SitesRamsar Convention | 14 Feb 2013
The government of the Netherlands has designated four new coastal and near-coastal Wetlands of International Importance on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, a constitutent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the Leeward Antilles 70km north of Venezuela.
Big fine in US Virgin Islands coral-smuggling caseJamaica Observer | 13 Feb 2013
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands — THE former CEO of an upscale jewellery- manufacturing company has been fined nearly US$1 million for smuggling black coral into the US Virgin Islands.
Australian government pledges to protect Great Barrier ReefGuardian Unlimited | 01 Feb 2013
The Australian government pledged to stop coal port or shipping developments that would cause damage to the Great Barrier Reef as it responded to a Friday deadline amid UN warnings that the reef's conservation status could be downgraded.
How the purple and pink sunscreens of reef corals workEurekAlert | 23 Jan 2013
(University of Southampton) New research by the University of Southampton has found a mechanism as to how corals use their pink and purple hues as sunscreen to protect them against harmful sunlight.
Navy crew leaves grounded warshipNew Zealand Herald | 20 Jan 2013
All 79 officers and crew of a US Navy minesweeper stuck on a coral reef in the central Philippines have left the ship two days after efforts to free the vessel failed. The ship ran aground on Thursday while making its way through the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a coral sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, 640km southwest of Manila.