Deep-sea survey of Australian marine parks reveals striking species

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgA monthlong survey of deep-sea seamounts in and around Australia’s Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks has revealed a spectacular range of species, from feathery corals and tulip-shaped glass sponges to bioluminescent squids and ghost sharks.Researchers surveyed 45 seamounts and covered 200 kilometers (124 miles), collecting 60,000 stereo images and some 300 hours of video.Close to the surface, they recorded data on 42 seabird species and eight whale and dolphin species. The researchers also used a net to collect some animals from the seamounts for identification, many of which are potentially new to science. South of Tasmania, hundreds of undersea mountains mark the deep ocean floor. Now, a monthlong survey of these seamounts in and around Australia’s Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks has revealed a spectacular range of deep-sea species, from feathery corals and tulip-shaped glass sponges to bioluminescent squids and ghost sharks. The survey team has also uncovered more than 100 previously unnamed species that are likely new to science.The seamounts within the marine parks occur at depths of 700 to 1,500 meters (2,300 to 4,900 feet). These mountains are home to cold-water corals that are slow-growing, fragile and threatened by fishing, deep-sea mining and climate change-induced variations in sea temperature and acidity. But accessing these harsh, dark, high-pressure depths is extremely hard. So scientists and park managers went aboard the Investigator, a research ship that’s part of Australia’s Marine National Facility, and used a special camera system designed by staff at the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to see what lies thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface.The deep-tow system, weighing about 350 kilograms (770 pounds), has four cameras secured within high-strength aluminium housings, and a fiber-optic cable that feeds real-time footage of the deep-sea floor back to the ship. During the monthlong exploration, the researchers surveyed 45 seamounts using the deep-tow cameras, voyage chief scientist Alan Williams of CSIRO said in a statement. They covered 200 kilometers (124 miles) and collected 60,000 stereo images and some 300 hours of video. The footage captured hundreds of corals, including the main reef-building stony coral (Solenosmilia variabilis) and many other soft corals.“While it will take months to fully analyse the coral distributions, we have already seen healthy deep-sea coral communities on many smaller seafloor hills and raised ridges away from the seamounts, to depths of 1450 meters [4,760 feet],” Williams said in the statement. “This means that there is more of this important coral reef in the Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks than we previously realised.”Yellow stony coral on a seamount. Image by CSIRO.The team saw bioluminescent squids, ghost sharks, deep-water sharks, rays, orange roughy, and oreos near the seamounts. And close to the surface of the sea, they recorded data on 42 seabird species and eight whale and dolphin species. The researchers also used a net to collect some animals from the seamounts for identification. Many species, as one would expect from remote areas, were potentially new to science.“For several of the museum taxonomists onboard, this was their first contact with coral and mollusc species they had known, and even named, only from preserved specimens,” Williams and Nic Bax, director of CSIRO’s NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, write in the Conversation.In one of the seamounts, the team saw what they say is the “world’s only known aggregation of deep-water eels.”“We have sampled these eels twice before and were keen to learn more about this rare phenomenon,” Williams and Bax write. “Using an electric big-game fishing rig we landed two egg-laden female eels from a depth of 1,100 metres [3,610 feet]: a possible first for the record books.”The areas now under the protection of the Tasman Fracture commonwealth marine reserve (created in 2007) and Huon commonwealth marine reserve (established in 1999), were once heavily fished by trawlers. Researchers say the present surveys can shed light on both what grows in the deep-sea environments, and if corals that were damaged by bottom-trawling are recovering after 20 years of protection.“While we saw no evidence that the coral communities are recovering, there were signs that some individual species of corals, featherstars and urchins have re-established a foothold,” Williams said.A brittlestar. Image by CSIRO.Coral with a brittlestar. Image by CSIRO.A rock crab collected from the deep sea. Image by Fraser Johnston/CSIRO. 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more


Ziff Davis Acquires Focus Research

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgThis article originally appears on FOLIO: sister site, min.Ziff Davis has acquired the IT research and lead-gen company Focus Research, Inc. The company, which has served IT managers and buyers since 2005 will become Ziff Davis B2B Focus and operate as a standalone unit from its current home in San Francisco. Nevertheless, Focus CEO Scott Albro and a small group from the company have left to build a separate business apart from ZD around the Focus.com site.  Read the rest of the story here.last_img read more


Town Looking To Add A Case Worker To Assist Its Veterans  Seniors

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — During his Annual Budget Presentation earlier this week, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced his intention to add a full-time case worker position to be shared between the Wilmington Veterans Department and Wilmington Elderly Services Department.“The Veterans Services and Elderly Services Departments have expressed concern about their ability to meet the demands of their clients for timely service and follow-up,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull in his annual budget message. “In many instances, both departments are responding to the same constituency — seniors are who veterans.”Hull stressed that both departments are being confronted with growing workloads. The Veterans Department is currently managing more than 400 active cases, involving a variety of claims at both the state and federal levels. The Elderly Services Department, meanwhile, is seeing the senior population in town boom — a 27.9% increase (4,045 to 5,176) between 2010 and 2017 — with the trend projected to continue. As a result, the Department, which currently only has one case manager on staff, has seen its request for case management rise dramatically.“The new case worker will split their time between both departments in making home visits to seniors and Veterans and conducting follow-up visits or calls to ensure that residents are obtaining their medications, attending doctor’s appointments, and identifying other assistance that may be available,” explained Hull. “The case worker will assist by working with residents to complete documentation to obtain benefits such as fuel assistance, food through the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), financial assistance and medical coverage.”This full-time position would cost $43,898.The Town Manager and Veterans Director will discuss the proposal with the Finance Committee on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Town Hall.Voters will ultimately have the final say over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:30am in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”Town To Launch New Substance Abuse Prevention & Support Programs, Commits $80KIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more


Delhi High Court seek Centres decision on twochild norm

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre regarding a plea seeking to set two-child norm as a means to control population the country. The next date of hearing is on September 3.The petition, heard by a bench consisting of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi, asked the Centre about the next course of action raised in the petition.On Tuesday, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, was moved before the Delhi High Court, seeking directions to the government to ascertain the feasibility of implementing the recommendation of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) headed by Justice Venkatchaliah.According to the petition, the NCRWC proposed the formulation of Population Control Law under the Constitution’s Article 47 (A) which is one of the directive principles of state policy that hold improvement in the level of nutrition, the standard of living and public health as its primary duty.”Till now, the Constitution has been amended 125 times, hundreds of new laws have been enacted, but population control law, utterly required for country, is not made.”The petition also sought an order from the court declaring that the two-child norm to be set as a criterion for government jobs, aids, and subsidies. It was suggested that statutory rights such as the right to vote, right to contest, right to property, right to free shelter, right to free legal aid will be withdrawn if a person fails to comply with the norm.Upadhyay in his plea also claims that the population of India has marched ahead of China, as about 20 per cent of the population does not have Aadhaar and therefore not accounted for, as well as crores of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in the country.Citing population explosion as the root cause of corruption, he also claimed that it is a contributory factor behind heinous crimes like rapes, domestic violence, etc.He also said the government should be asked to declare the first Sunday of every month as Health Day instead of Polio Day to spread awareness on population growth. Provision of contraceptive pills, condoms, and vaccines to economically weaker sections and below poverty line (BPL) families should also be included, he added.Upadhyay also claimed that without population control, campaigns such as Clean India and Save the Girl Child would not succeed.last_img read more


Jaya Bachchan at Shrines

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgDressed in an elegant long kurta, the graceful Jaya Bachchan walked into the Habitat Centre’s Visual Arts Gallery last night to close a historic Sanjay Bhattacharyya exhibition titled ‘Shrines’.Chaste Bengali was heard between two artists, one from the art world and the second from the cine world and Jaya was all ears and eyes as she spent time looking at the show that had four paintings and three drawings. She spent the greatest amount of time in front of the Kalighat canvas that held its own for its elements of design details and the virtuosity of colour.Jaya has been following Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s works for more than two decades and can wax eloquent on his work.The evening also had curator and art historian Aman Nath and Habita Director Sunit Tandon in attendance along with curator Uma Nair , artists Anwar, Anandmoyi Bannerjee and gallery Director Payal Kapoor.last_img read more


Fasting may boost Metabolism

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgOccasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism for many years and decided to search for unknown health effects in human fasting,” said Takayuki Teruya, first author of the paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively,” said Teruya. The study presents an analysis of whole human blood, plasma, and red blood cells drawn from four fasting individuals. The researchers monitored changing levels of metabolites — substances formed during the chemical processes that grant organisms energy and allow them to grow. The results revealed 44 metabolites, including 30 that were previously unrecognised, that increased universally among subjects between 1.5- to 60-fold within just 58 hours of fasting. In previous research, researchers identified various metabolites whose quantities decline with age, including three known as leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid. In fasting individuals, these metabolites increase in level, suggesting a mechanism by which fasting could help increase longevity.last_img read more


New VIP Arrival Service now at Sandals Royal Barbados

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_img Posted by Tags: Sandals Resorts, Sandals Royal Barbados New VIP Arrival Service now at Sandals Royal Barbados TORONTO — Sandals Resorts’ all-new VIP Arrival Service is now available at Sandals Royal Barbados, effective immediately.The free service is available to guests of select Butler Elite room categories which include Rolls-Royce Ghost transfers:South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool SanctuaryMillionaire Butler Oceanview One Bedroom Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking TubMillionaire Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler One Bedroom Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking TubBeachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking TubBeachfront Prime Minister One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool & Patio Tranquility Soaking TubBeachfront One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking TubThe VIP Arrival Service also includes perks at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), such as personalized plane-side meet and greets, assistance with the completion of immigration and customs forms, escorts and fast-tracking through immigration and customs, assistance with luggage retrieval, coordination of the Rolls-Royce Ghost transfer and access to an exclusive Arrival Lounge.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor more information agents can contact their local Sandals Business Development Manager or call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Friday, April 5, 2019 Travelweek Group last_img read more