Diesel hits beaches near Kodiak

Alaska DispatchJun 10, 2012Some 20 cleanup workers were on the scene Sunday, working to limit the impact of a spill of some 15,000 gallons of diesel after the 174-foot Army vessel Monterrey hit a rock, rupturing one of its fuel tanks.The spill threatens the Buskin River area, which, the state says, supports the single-largest subsistence salmon fishery within the Kodiak-Aleutian islands region. Read More…

Giant fish in Mekong River

Vietnam NetBy Anh TuyetJune 10, 2012There is no river in Vietnam which has as many giant fish like the Mekong River. There are fresh-water fish species of up to 300 or even 500kg in weight in this river.The largest species is the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas). This is perhaps the most interesting and most threatened species in the Mekong River. For this reason conservationists have Read More…

Significant progress in seabream genetic improvement

FISBy Analia MuriasJune 11, 2012A team of scientists from the Aquaculture sub-programme of the Agrifood Research and Technology Institute (IRTA) in Spain and from the Laboratory of Physiology and Evolutionary Genomics of St. Andrews University in Scotland managed to sequence the transcriptome of the muscle of the gilt-head sea bream (Sparus aurata) for the first time.According to IRTA, this Read More…

First-ever tuna sustainability awards presented

FISBy Natalia RealJune 11, 2012Greenpeace has used World Oceans Day this 8 June to give two New Zealand brands its first-ever tuna sustainability awards. The awards were presented to Foodstuffs Own Brands Limited and Ceres Enterprises, the latter of which distributes the Fish 4 Ever brand. Foodstuffs and Ceres were chosen for their more sustainably caught canned tuna products introduced to the Read More…

Trawlers absorb 15 percent cut in halibut bycatch

Alaska DispatchBy Amanda CoyneJune 10, 2012After four days of contentious hearings, federal fisheries managers on Friday voted to reduce the bycatch of halibut caught by trawlers and certain other commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska by 15 percent. That number is not as high as some sought, but several council members thought it was a good compromise.It’s the first time since 1989 that Read More…

Mega-bloom in Arctic Ocean astonishes scientists

Los Angeles TimesBy Amy HubbardJune 9, 2012Nothing new in the world? Nothing left to discover? NASA would beg to differ. The discovery of an “enormous, off-the-charts” bloom of microscopic marine plants in the Arctic has floored scientists.And it confirms, if nothing else, that there are things on this planet not yet seen — things that you “never, ever could have anticipated in a million Read More…

Illegal use of driftnets still a big problem in the Mediterranean

FISJune 6, 2012At a recent bilateral meeting in Brussels, high-ranking officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Commission (EC) discussed the problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including the ongoing use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean. In September 2011, the US and the European Union (EU) signed a joint Read More…

Invasive species ride tsunami debris ashore

Bend BulletinBy Jeff BarnardJune 10, 2012 When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan to show up on the West Coast. But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the Read More…

Single-day shad count at Bonneville Dam hit six-digits

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaJune 8, 2012If you haven't noticed the shad counts at Bonneville dam have soared even higher with 54,707 on Tuesday, 61,664 on Wednesday and then boom another 142,265 flooded the gates on Thursday bringing the total this season to 341,743."It is time to go shad fishing, and especially with the free fishing weekend, and with no limits on shad," Joe Hymer, a state Fish Read More…

Scientists protest federal cuts to water research

Vancouver SunBy Margaret MunroJune 6, 2012 Opposition to federal science cuts is getting louder, with top researchers and academics urging the Harper government to rescind curbs on basic research and its plan to close a unique experimental lakes facility. An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the environment and fisheries ministers was released Tues-day, denouncing the decision to Read More…