More pangasius farmers adopt VietGAP standards

FISBy Natalia RealSeptember 11, 2012Thousands of pangasius or tra fish farmers in the Mekong Delta have adopted the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) standards following the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MARD) encouragement.The standards help farmers achieve stability in production and quality and sell and export their fish more easily, as well as significantly slash Read More…

Dams, climate plague Mekong

The Phnom Penh PostSeptember 10, 2012Villagers in Kratie province have long feared the proposed Sambor hydroelectric dam and the impact it could have on their subsistence fishing and riverbank agriculture.According to Resilience on the Mekong: A Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in North-East Cambodia, a report released by the World Wildlife Foundation on Friday, those concerns are more Read More…

Are conservation projects succeeding in the Lower Mekong Basin?

Forests NewsBy Maya ThatcherSeptember 10, 2012For thousands of years, the people living on the banks of the Mekong river have been paddling through its often treacherous waters in wooden cargo boats laden with all manner of freshly grown produce, ready for trade.But in the last few decades they have entered a struggle of a new kind. With rising foreign investment and a rapidly expanding Read More…

Poor fisheries management endangers sharks

China OrgSeptember 10, 2012WWF and TRAFFIC today released a new report that shows the need for a more concerted effort in managing shark fisheries in the Coral Triangle, to help conserve dwindling populations of these threatened species.The report, An Overview of Shark Utilization in the Coral Triangle Region, examines the catch, trade, and management of sharks in waters of the six Coral Triangle Read More…

Vietnam warns of water conflicts

My SinchewSeptember 7, 2012Nations could soon be engaged in conflicts over access to water, Vietnam's president warned Friday, as he called for sustainable exploitation of Southeast Asia's Mekong River.Speaking at a business forum in Russia, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said water was likely to become a geopolitical flashpoint commodity like oil. "It would not be over-exaggerating ... to Read More…

Mysterious changes in ocean salt spur NASA expedition

LiveScienceBy Wynne ParrySeptember 9, 2012Over the past 50 years, the salty parts of the oceans have become saltier and the fresh regions have become fresher, and the degree of change is greater than scientists can explain.Researchers are heading out into one particularly salty ocean region, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, in the hopes of better understanding what drives variation in Read More…

Overfishing pushes tuna stocks to the brink

PhysOrgSeptember 8, 2012Five of the world's eight tuna species are already classified as threatened or nearly threatened with extinction, according to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At the IUCN's World Conservation Congress currently underway in South Korea's southern Jeju Island, experts said partial quotas currently in Read More…

Feeding the river

The Spokesman-ReviewBy Rich LandersSeptember 9, 2012Two major Bonneville Power Administration projects are tending to the welfare of Kootenai River fisheries, which have been starved for more than attention since Libby Dam went online in 1972.The success of the multiyear, multimillion dollar projects is easy to confirm with an Idaho fishing license and a fly rod. Trout, whitefish and suckers are Read More…

Review doubts science on sea lion protection

The Sacramento BeeBy Dan JolingSepember 7, 2012Three independent reviewers are questioning the science behind a decision to restrict commercial fishing to protect endangered Steller sea lions in Alaska.The reviewers say a federal biological opinion doesn't support that restricting fishing in the Aleutian Islands will help sea lion survival. The western population of Steller sea lions was listed Read More…

Strange humming sound in West Seattle could be frisky fish’s mating…

The OregonianSeptember 7, 2012 Researchers think they have found the source of a mysterious humming sound that has been bothering West Seattle, KING 5 News reports. Residents have wondered whether the hum, which to us sounds a lot like the music used to build up tension in a horror movie scene, came from nature or nearby industries. Julie Schickling of West Seattle, who made a recording of the Read More…