Aquatic Biology

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Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.
Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure across the Belizean Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The conclusions of this paper run contrary to the view that the lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs has greatly reduced populations of small reef fishes.
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Worldwide exploration of the microbiome harbored by the cnidarian model, Exaiptasia pallida (Agassiz in Verrill, 1864) indicates a lack of bacterial association specificity at a lower taxonomic rank

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A very nice study that can serve as one of the first examples of global examination of bacterial communities in a cnidarian species.
Short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not impact the health and acute stress response of adult Atlantic salmon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Conceição –– This article answers a fish welfare concern on farming operations, providing scientific evidence that short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not have major impact on the health and acute stress response of Atlantic salmon.
Microbial communities in sediment from Zostera marina patches, but not the Z. marina leaf or root microbiomes, vary in relation to distance from patch edge

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerrit Beemster –– The involvement in of the micro biome in the functioning of plants (is it is in animals) is rapidly becoming evident over the recent years. This article is a nice example of this.
Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article
Mitochondrial diversity in Gonionemus (Trachylina:Hydrozoa) and its implications for understanding the origins of clinging jellyfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A genetic approach to the first examination of invasion history of a harmful (to humans) group of jellyfish; this work will form the basis for future detailed examinations.
A transdisciplinary approach to the initial validation of a single cell protein as an alternative protein source for use in aquafeeds

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– The paper could be of great interest due to the actual limitations of proteins to fed aquatic animals.

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New paper: #Whale #cetacean mass mortality during #elnino linked to #toxicalgae #harmfulalgalbloom #psp #chile https://t.co/j0rJh8bu3L

#CoralBleaching in popular #Hawaiian tourist destination #HanaumaBay. https://t.co/6DFMTuyCen

New broad-scale, multi-year study showed that lionfish had no effect on prey fish community structure in Belize. https://t.co/gHOOQ28kO6

Worldwide exploration of the microbiome harbored by the cnidarian model, <i>ex... - Brown T et al. - https://t.co/fTyNPA8rqm #microbiome

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Yellow-eyed penguin population in decline, with changes in adult survival related to sea-surface temperature https://t.co/zUhJNV8xNm

New preprint out: Eelgrass microbiome variation at edges https://t.co/gNguVqgvAk by @casettron et al. supported by @MooreFound https://t.co/NGQp7yceaJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/bwjrgpCq43 #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #Ecology

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New work w/ Annette Govindarajan @thePeerJ https://t.co/K8tukf6dpy #Biodiversity #Biogeography #MarineBiology https://t.co/1B5Fm19oMw

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Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/death-killer-algae/

Corals Are Dying At Hawaii’s Most Popular Snorkeling Spot
http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/06/corals-are-dying-at-hawaiis-most-popular-snorkeling-spot/

Coral Bleaching Threatens One of Hawaii's Most Popular Coral Reefs
https://weather.com/science/environment/news/hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-hawaii-coral-reef-bleaching

Hawaiian Reef in Danger as Bleaching Event Continues
https://www.courthousenews.com/hawaiian-reef-danger-bleaching-event-continues/

Hawaiian corals in peril due to global climate change
http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/05/hawaiian-corals-in-peril-due-to-global-climate-change-001739617.html

New Zealand’s star species could be extinct on mainland by 2060
http://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/new-zealand%E2%80%99s-star-species-could-be-extinct-mainland-2060

The Guardian: "Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/us-coral-reefs-global-warming-climate-change

Huffington Post: "New Zealand’s Iconic Yellow-Eyed Penguins Could Be Extinct Locally In 40 Years"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin-extinct_us_591e9a4ee4b094cdba52e689

New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Trouble
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/

Urgent Action Needed to Slow Penguin’s Slide to Extinction, Study Claims
http://www.courthousenews.com/urgent-action-needed-slow-penguins-slide-extinction-study-claims/