Primitive fish with butt fins shows evolution’s quirks

NBC NewsApril 9, 2013A 370-milion-year-old, primitive fish sported a weird pair of fins just below its anus, new research shows.The strange appendages, detailed Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, were found on an ancient jawless fish called Euphanerops longaevus that lived around the time that jawless fishes like lampreys split off from jawed vertebrates, which include everything from sharks Read More…

Innovative solution of blue carbon helps ocean wildlife

National GeographicApril 9, 2013Last week, Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society spoke about the Society’s Pristine Seas program, which has visited an array of countries to highlight the important marine regions that need protection. In 2012, Sala led an expedition to the Pitcairn Archipelago, which is famous as the refuge of the HMS Bounty mutineers. On this trip, Sala’s team Read More…

How aquaculture will feed 9 billion hungry people

GizmodoApril 9, 2013Shrimp fountains don't grow on trees, you know—nor do Ahi Tuna steaks, Fish McBites, or fried calamari. But that hasn't stopped an increasingly affluent human population from annually demanding more and more seafood. As a result, an estimated 85 percent of the ocean's fish stocks are now either fully exploited or overfished. But an ancient form of aquatic farming, and Read More…

Man-made OC reef not generating enough fish

Santa Cruz SentinelApril 9, 2013Biologists say a San Clemente habitat built to compensate for a drop-off in fish population because of the San Onofre nuclear plant's warm water emissions isn't generating enough fish.The Orange County Register reports that scientists told a Dana Point forum Monday night the 176-acre reef is growing kelp, but only half the fish it should.Read Read More…

ADF&G announces 2013 southeast Alaska Chinook salmon harvest quota

SitNewsApril 08, 2013Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced that the preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2013 is 176,000 fish. This year’s quota is 90,000 fish lower than the 2012 allowable preseason Chinook all-gear harvest level of 266,800.The annual all-gear quota for Southeast Alaska is Read More…

Panel OKs ecosystem plan for West Coast fisheries

Mercury NewsApril 9, 2013After three years of consideration, West Coast federal fisheries managers on Tuesday unanimously adopted their first ecosystem approach to decisions on fishing seasons and catch quotas.Meeting in Portland, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the Fishery Ecosystem Plan, whose first initiative will be to consider how to make sure enough little forage fish remain Read More…

Federal fisheries administrative merger could cost California

Los Angeles TimesApril 9, 2013Federal budget cutters are merging the two West Coast administrative regions of the National Marine Fisheries Service, a move that could leave California at a disadvantage.The merger will create one administrative region for the West Coast, saving an estimated $3 million in management costs. Currently the agency has two West Coast regions: The Southwest, Read More…

Mekong Delta suffering from climate change

Asia OneApril 8, 2013A new study on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin released on March 29 has revealed that the effects of climate change in the basin is worse than the global average.Final results of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded study, that were released at a regional workshop in Bangkok, indicate that changes in climate will Read More…

Lies, threats at dam site

Phnom Penh PostApril 8, 2013Commune chief Seak Mekong changes into uniform in his family’s small wooden home in Sesan district’s Srekor I village before leading reporters to a speedboat on the Sesan River and motioning them to climb aboard.“If I visit this logging site without a uniform, maybe I will have a problem,” the chief of Srekor commune, who cuts a more commanding figure in his Read More…

Erosion threatens Mekong houses

Vietnam NetApril 5, 2015In An Giang and Dong Thap provinces, thousands of households are scheduled to be relocated to safer areas because of erosion along the Tien and Hau rivers, two tributaries of the Mekong River.The two provinces have asked the Government to fund an additional 24 residential areas to relocate more than 6,500 households in erosion-prone areas.Read Read More…