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Scientists listening to Fish farts -- are you kidding? Ugly oil futures.

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Many fish make identifiable sounds, and it offers potential for research and management. The most recent sound discovered fish farts!

Fish farts gives clues to where they are and what fish are doing. Researchers are hoping to better understand fish distributions by recording the sounds they make.

According to ScienceShot, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a team from the University of South Florida picked up the barely audible, cricket-like noises using a robot called a glider that sampled ocean sounds in Tampa Bay.

The sounds lasted throughout the day and night, and were most likely groups of menhaden and herring releasing gas from their swim bladders. Of the 30,000 fish species in the world oceans, researchers believe fewer than one thousand have been recorded. They know that the tiny cusk eel can sound like a jackhammer. And for years the mating calls of codfish have wreaked havoc for the Norwegian navy- because the love sounds are similar to enemy submarines.

 By mapping these sounds, the researchers hope to get a better picture of species distributions and likely spawning

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Read this closely. It’s about land off Virginia but a catastrophe would doom the waters of the Jersey coast.

 

[News Observer] By Brock Vergakis - March 29, 2012 - 

NORFOLK, Va, The U.S. Interior Department said Wednesday it is seeking comment from the public on a plan to allow energy companies to begin seismic testing to find oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean.

Officials have released a programmatic environmental impact statement on seismic testing for public review. The testing would be used to determine how much oil and natural gas is available and where the best places to drill would be, among other things. The studies also help identify archaeological and geologic hazards to avoid.

Companies would use the information to determine where to apply for energy leases, although no leases are available until at least 2017 in the region that could be opened up for exploration.

Supporters of drilling argued that there needs to be a plan in place soon to sell drilling leases to make the seismic testing valuable. Environmental groups said seismic testing could harm wildlife, even before any drilling begins.

“Without an Atlantic coast lease sale in their five-year plan, the administration's wishful thinking on seismic research has no ultimate purpose,” the American Petroleum Institute Upstream Director Erik Milito said in a statement.

The announcement comes as Americans grumble about escalating gas prices and the Obama administration seeks to fend off criticism from Republicans that not enough is being done to tap domestic energy resources.

“As the president has said, there is no silver bullet to high gas prices. But we must continue to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and reduce our vulnerability to the ups and downs of the international market,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said at a news conference in Virginia.

Virginia was originally slated to be the first state on the East Coast to offer oil and gas drilling, but that plan was shelved by the Obama administration last year following the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

The exploration area about 50 miles off Virginia's coast encompasses 2.9 million acres. The government estimates the area can produce 130 million barrels of oil and 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Seismic studies haven't been conducted in those waters in decades. Industry estimates forecast much higher gas and oil reserves than previously thought, based on new exploration technology.

Salazar said he would make his ruling on whether to allow seismic testing by the end of the year, following a series of public meetings from Delaware to Florida, where the testing would occur. Salazar said six companies have already filed applications expressing interest in conducting seismic testing.

Environmental protest

The possibility of oil exploration in the Atlantic drew immediate criticism from environmental groups, who are concerned about its effects on marine life, including endangered whales.

“Today's announcement is great for petroleum companies, but horrible news for our coastlines and a potentially deadly blow to ocean fisheries and wildlife,” Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said in a statement.

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