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2014-10-15 00:00:00

Ocean Roundup: Sea Otter Teeth Stronger than Human’s, Sri Lanka May Face International Fishing Ban, and More

– New research shows that tiny microbes found along seamounts and the seafloor play a big role in sequestering methane. The scientists are still unsure as to how much methane these microbes take in, but say that they play a significant role in keeping methane from entering the water column. Grist

– Researchers warned that there is a “critical” risk for multiple invasive species to move into British waterways. The researchers point to canal construction in helping the creatures move across European waters, and say that can devastate infrastructure and ecosystems. BBC News

– A new study points out that sea otters have unusually robust teeth—twice as strong as human teeth. Their enamel contains a special microstructure that allows them to feast on clams, crabs, and other shelled organisms without chipping their teeth. Science

The European Commission proposed a ban on fisheries imports from Sri Lanka on Tuesday, citing that the island nation has failed to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Sri Lanka in expected to attempt to avert the ban. The Associated Press

Long Read:

In a controversial experiment in South Africa, researchers have been testing the effects of closing fishing around two islands where African penguins have faced significant declines. The fishing bans had adverse effects on local fishermen, and a final decision on permanent bans will be presented to the South African government in December. Nature