Danish researchers introduce new DNA-method to track seawater fish

Biometric UpdateBy Raze MachanSeptember 4, 2012University of Copenhagen researchers have introduced a new way of monitoring marine biodiversity and resources with the use of DNA traces found in seawater samples, keeping track of fish and whales in the ocean.The research shows that a half litre of sea water can actually contain ample amount of evidence regarding local fish and whale life. The Read More…

Laos denies dam construction

Radio Free AsiaBy Bounchanh MouangkhamSeptember 4, 2012An official says that no work has begun on a second dam planned for the Mekong mainstream.Laos dismissed claims Tuesday that it has launched construction of a second dam on the Mekong River but a conservation group insists that the government has already started preparatory work on the site. The proposed Don Sahong hydropower project is Read More…

Scotland once more prioritises mackerel dispute

FISSeptember 3, 2012Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has stressed the importance of the fact that the European Union (EU) Fisheries Commissioner manages to achieve a breakthrough in mackerel talks with Iceland, which will take place this week.Lochhead has set out Scottish concerns over the continued overfishing of the mackerel stock by Iceland, ahead of a meeting schedules for this Read More…

Northern hake stock decline denounced

FISBy Analia MuriasSeptember 3, 2012The Development and Sustainable Fisheries Centre (CeDePesca) have requested national fisheries authorities to take action against the persistent state of exhaustion experienced by the hake (Merluccius hubbsi) in the country.In a note to the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and president of the Federal Fisheries Council (CFP), Miguel Read More…

Tropical fish caught off Oregon coast

KEPRTV NewsBy Henry MillerSeptember 3, 2012Off of Florida they're called dolphinfish. Off of Mexico they're known as dorado. When it's caught off Hawaii, they're mahi-mahi.Off of Oregon? It's known as, well, weird. John Boyer of Salem was at the helm of the Myrtle Bee on Thursday about 45 miles out of Depoe Bay, slow trolling for albacore tuna en route to his home berth in Newport after fishing Read More…

Climate change spawns salmon dilemma for San Joaquin River

The Fresno BeeBy Mark GrossiSeptember 2, 2012 Skeptical farmers often ask a big key question about the $2 billion revival of the San Joaquin River and salmon runs: How can cold-water salmon possibly survive here as the climate heats up the river?Prominent fishery biologist Peter Moyle replies that the San Joaquin will be an ideal place for salmon in the future. It will be a pipeline of chilly Read More…

Salmon parr naturally excrete high amounts of ammonia

FISAugust 31, 2012Researchers are studying how to adapt today’s recommended limit of how much ammonia farmed salmon can tolerate to the increasing popularity of smolt production. They have found that salmon parr have natural mechanisms that help them excrete ammonia.The most common recirculating aquaculture production method in Norway has been flow-through systems, in which the water only Read More…

Yukon River chum salmon run coming in strong

CBC NewsSeptember 2, 2012Salmon numbers in the Yukon River are picking up as the summer draws to an end.After a disastrous chinook salmon run, the chum salmon seem to be coming back strong. Steve Smith, the area resource manager with the federal Fisheries and Oceans Department in Whitehorse, said that means commercial fishermen are being allowed to put their nets in the river. “We currently Read More…

Buoy 10 cleaning station reducing Columbia River waste

The Daily NewsBy Tom PauluAugust 30, 2012Fishermen who reel in salmon during the current Buoy 10 season have been leaving a boat launch looking and smelling better when they head home.Anglers have been lining up to use the new custom-built fish-cleaning station at Astoria's East Mooring Basin. The facility was designed with multiple goals of improving the overall fishing experience, reducing Read More…

El Nino 2012: Latest data continues trend for winter rains in…

ExaminerBy Gary LondonAugust 30, 2012 The latest data from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center continues to point toward much-needed substantial rainfall this winter in California. The previous series of extended monthly outlooks suggested a broad belt of above normal rainfall for much of the southwestern U.S beginning late this fall, and the most recent models released on Aug. 16 continue this Read More…