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  • Factory Fishing in the Yellow Sea

    NASA’s Earth Observatory posted this image of the Korea and the Yellow Sea at night. The bright group of lights in the center is South Korea. China is the left third of the image and Japan is on the right. Why is the sea so well-lit, you might ask? Those are factory fishing operations. More

  • Tuna Fisheries Agree Not to Catch Whale Sharks

    Several nations agreed last week not to catch whale sharks while fishing for tuna. Whale shark numbers have declined in recent decades, along with the populations of other shark species, but whale sharks are often targeted intentionally. More

  • Aquaponics at the University of Hawaii

    Aquaponics is such a great idea. The fish and vegetables lived in a closed system, which means the water is basically reused over and over. Fish supply nutrients to plants and plants do the same. The space required is minimal, too. At least compared to conventional fish farming and field-raised vegetables. More

  • Improving Sustainable Fisheries

    New research shows that fisheries managers can improve profits from sustainable fisheries given the right combination of tools. More

  • Menhaden: Tiny Fish, Big Impact

    Menhaden is a tiny fish with a big impact on the ecosystem. Because of recent overfishing, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recommended a change in the amount of catch allowed this year from 92% of the spawning population to 70%. More

  • Glines Canyon Dam Removal (Video)

    The Glines Canyon Dam is coming down. The dam has been blocking the natural water flow of the Elwha River and salmon migration route for a century. More

  • Another Pacific Salmon Found with Infectious Salmon Anemia

    A third Pacific salmon has been found with infectious salmon anemia. Until the recent finding of two wild Pacific salmon with infectious salmon anemia, the virus has only been found in the Atlantic Ocean, where it originated, and in Atlantic salmon being farmed in the Pacific Ocean. More

  • Aral Sea Fisheries Return

    A dike built to separate the Northern Aral Sea from the Southern Aral Sea has restored enough of the ecosystem that the fisheries have rebounded. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s a good start. More

  • Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes

    The ecology of the Great Lakes has been struggling for many years. Parts of them are dead and others are dying. “Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes” examines the reasons why. More

  • Increased CO2 in World’s Oceans Causes Fish to be Attracted to Predators

    Human activity is not only causing increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in our atmosphere, but our oceans are suffering as well.  CO2 absorption causes the water to become more acidic, which in turn alters marine life’s natural instincts to avoid predation.  Researchers fear the results will have “far-reaching consequences for the sustainability of fish populations”. […] More

  • 20 Pound Asian Carp Found Past Great Lakes Defenses

    So it happened. The first Asian carp was found past the electric barrier designed specifically to keep them out of Lake Michigan. And the thing weighed 20 pounds. After several suits against Illinois to close the shipping waterways that separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes water basins and losing every time, including in the […] More

  • Does Climate Change Cause Crime?

    Here’s the theory: climate change contributes to rising temperatures and dropping water levels, which in turn leads to lower catch volume and smaller fish, which pushes some Lake Naivasha fishermen in Nairobi’s Rift Valley to cast their nets into the world of crime. Naivasha police say that most of their recent arrests for kidnapping, rape, […] More

  • Oceans Without Fish in 40 Years?

    Ok, “without fish” is a little bit of an overstatement, but a new report out by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and leading economists warns us that if fishing policies don’t change, all commercial fisheries could collapse in the next 40 years, which is pretty dramatic. UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner […] More

  • UN: Dock 13 Million Fishing Boats to Save Global Stocks

    Stark predictions lie ahead for the fishing industry if action is not taken immediately to preserve stock, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).  Warning that “virtually all commercial fisheries will have collapsed by 2050 unless urgent action is taken”, scientists estimated 13 million boats need to stop fishing immediately to save global fish […] More

  • Will There Be a 2010 Salmon Fishing Season on the West Coast?

    West Coast families, tribes, and communities that rely on salmon fishing for their sustenance, once again are faced with bleak options for the 2010 salmon, although the outlook is improved over the 2009 season, especially for sport fisherman. Beleageured by previous poor runs on the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers, commercial salmon season could be closed […] More

  • Endangered Ocean Species Won't Get International Trade Protection

    U.N. delegates from around the world gathered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Qatar this week- their mission? To vote on international regulations governing the trade in endangered species. For the urban layman, their decisions affect how much tuna we can have for sushi or […] More

  • Human Rights vs. World’s Largest Marine Reserve

    In the late 1960s, the United States and Great Britain expelled the native people of the Chagos Islands and slave descendants in order to create a nuclear air force base. If the area is turned into a marine reserve today, the Chagossians (Ilois) contest they could never return since fishing would be banned deeply impacting their livelihood. More

  • CNN Flip Flop: Benefits of Eating PCB Ladened Farmed Fish Outweigh Risks

    Farm-raised salmon practices are often criticized by environmentalists because of pollution risks and stock escaping into the wild, but aquaculture may be needed to meet the demand for fish consumption in times of dwindling wild supplies.  Recently, CNN health expert Dr. Melina Jampolis rekindled the debate on whether farm-raised salmon is safe for human consumption. […] More

  • Scientists Expand Fish Memory From 3 Seconds to Several Months

    Fish are often considered lesser beings. In fact, pesce vegetarians justify eating fish because they don’t consider them to feel pain and suffering, and they think it is better for their health.  New research challenges prior assumptions about fish, including their memory.  The long standing myth that fish can only recall something for three seconds […] More

  • Tilapia Takes a Toll on Fiji’s Native Fish

    The native fish of the waterways of Fiji are battling an invasive species, one advocated by many sustainable fish farming proponents: tilapia. A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that streams with tilapia contained 11 fewer species of native fishes than those without, leading to speculation that the introduced species may be feeding […] More

  • Study Finds Coral Reefs Recover from Climate Change Damage

    A study by the University of Exeter has provided the first ever evidence that coral reefs can recover from climate change. The researchers surveyed ten sites located within the Bahamas, both inside and out of marine sanctuaries. These reefs, which were studied over a two and half year period, had been severely damaged by bleaching […] More

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