Laos urged to conduct impact studies

Khmer Times – Member countries of the Mekong River Commission have sent a request to the Lao government to carry out thorough impact studies prior to the construction of the Pak Lay hydropower dam in order to minimise risks in the future. Last year, the Lao government suspended the approval of new dams after the collapse of the Se-Pian Se Nam Noi hydropower dam caused dozens of deaths and Read More…

Otoliths — the fish’s black box — also keeps an eye on the…

News Wise – For the first time ever, an international research team has shown that fish otoliths record information on fish metabolism. Analyses of old and new otoliths can therefore provide new knowledge about how different species of fish adapt to new conditions, including climate change. Fish swim around with calcified structures in their inner ear. The so-called otoliths, or ear Read More…

Scientists Discover Freaky Fish Thriving in Waters We Thought Were…

Science Alert – In the water, it's getting harder to breathe. Suffocating dead zones with little or no oxygen are pervading the world's oceans, rivers, and streams. This phenomenon – which has exploded in recent decades – poses an extinction-level nightmarefor marine populations already beset by a complex interaction of human-made menace. When it comes to these oxygen shortages, Read More…

Salmon found in the River Don in Sheffield

The Star – A salmon has been found in the River Don confirming the species’ return to Sheffield city centre after an absence of 150 years. The body of the 79cm salmon was reported to the Environment Agency by a member of the public on Wednesday, January 2. A salmon has been found in the River Don confirming the species’ return to Sheffield city centre after an absence of 150 years. Read More…

Jacques Cousteau’s Son Teams with Cell-Based Seafood Startup to…

Veg News – San Diego-based Technology startup BlueNalu recently announced its new, nine-member advisory board, which includes Pierre-Yves Cousteau—a global environmental consultant and president of Cousteau Divers, an organization dedicated to continue the goals of his late father, world-renowned ocean conservationist Jacques Cousteau. BlueNalu launched last year as a “cellular Read More…

River advocate: Removing dams won’t help orcas, environment, economy

Capital Press – Removing four dams from the Snake River won't help orcas, salmon, the environment or the economy, the head of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association says. Kristin Meira, executive director of the association, which includes ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals that depend on the region's rivers, cited figures from federal agencies to counter Read More…

Researchers call for improved conservation to save bony fish from…

The National – Almost 40 species of bony fish in the Arabian Gulf are at risk of extinction due to overfishing and coastal destruction, a study has revealed. The study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, New York University Abu Dhabi, and other collaborators, evaluated the conservation status of 471 species of bony fish in the Gulf. The results showed that 8.2 per Read More…

Salmon policies debate continues between states

The Bulletin – Oregon and Washington state are still figuring out what to do with gillnets on the Columbia River. A committee that includes fish and wildlife commissioners from both states met for the first time Thursday with staff in Salem to go over areas where the states maintain different policies for the river. They made no decisions. Rather, the meeting provided commissioners with a Read More…

Aqua Bridge aims to transform fish farming in UAE

Gulf News – Being a nation that prides on its coastal heritage, fishing is a deeply embedded tradition in the UAE’s culture. However, increased demand for fish as a rich source of protein over the years has resulted in significant depletion of fish stocks. Recognising the growing market demand for sustainable aquaculture-produced fish, Dubai-based start-up Aqua Bridge was set up Read More…

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: where fishermen have no fish and no hope

South China Morning Post – As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina. But there’s another body of water, 130km north of Phnom Penh, that deserves just as much attention. The Tonle Sap Lake, whose annual flood cycle is a crucial part of the Cambodian Read More…