Study reveals secret sex life of fish

Feb 22, 2006

Scientists have long thought of deep-sea pelagic fish as nomadic wanderers, but now they suspect the fish may be meeting at ridges or seamounts to spawn.

Pelagic fish are those species thought to spend the bulk of their time in open water, as opposed to staying near the seafloor. Now the research being conducted as part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystems program is suggesting new ways in which deep-sea ecosystems should be managed to prevent devastation by deep trawling activities.

The MAR-ECO research expeditions have also led to the discovery of as many as six new fish species and the collection of some unusually large deep-sea fish specimens.

The first public presentations of results from MAR-ECO are being made this week during the American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Liberal democracy is possible in Muslim-majority countries

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US clears $2.3 bln Lenovo deal for IBM unit

4 hours ago

IBM said Friday that US authorities had cleared a $2.3 billion deal allowing China-based Lenovo to take over its server unit after a national security review.

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

4 hours ago

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking ...

Attack Ebola on a nanoscale

7 hours ago

(Phys.org) —The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 900 lives since February and has infected thousands more. Countries such as Nigeria and Liberia have declared health emergencies, ...

Phone snooping via gyroscope to be detailed at Usenix

7 hours ago

Put aside fears of phone microphones and cameras doing eavesdropping mischief for a moment, because there is another sensor that has been flagged. Researchers from Stanford and defense research group at Rafael ...

Recommended for you

Fossil arthropod went on the hunt for its prey

5 hours ago

A new species of carnivorous crustacean has been identified, which roamed the seas 435 million years ago, grasping its prey with spiny limbs before devouring it. The fossil is described and details of its lifestyle are published ...

When it comes to how pizza looks, cheese matters

13 hours ago

Most consumers have an idea what they want their pizza slice to look like. Golden cheese with that dark toasted-cheese color scattered in distinct blistery patches across the surface with a bit of oil glistening in the valleys. ...

User comments : 0