Robotic flappers and models could help researchers understand a basic…

Inside ScienceBy Katharine GammonJanuary 23, 2013One fish, two fish, skinny fish, flat fish – scientists and anglers alike have long wondered about the connection between how the shape of a fish determines how it moves. Researchers are starting to unravel the secrets of fish motion – using some unexpected methods.Kara Feilich, a graduate student in comparative biomechanics at Harvard Read More…

Study on krill and benthic fish in Antarctica underway

FISBy Analia MuriasJanuary 22, 2013 A team of scientists from Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE), under the Ministry of Production (Produce), leaves today for Punta Arenas, Chile, to join the Peruvian representatives participating in the Twenty-first scientific campaign of Peru 'Antar XXI'. The researchers will then move to the Frei Antarctic base, where they will embark on the scientific Read More…

A real fish tale

Sightline DailyBy John AbbottsJanuary 23, 2013Over the holiday season, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an administrative finding that may remove one of the last obstacles before the agency approves the sale of genetically modified salmon in grocery stores. Here’s how we got to this point.In 1995, AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts biotechnology company, filed an Read More…

Can governor broker a water peace treaty?

The Sacramento BeeJanuary 24, 2013Gov. Jerry Brown is sure to highlight water in his State of the State address today. Less clear are the answers to two key questions: How much political capital is the governor willing to expend to resolve some long-standing water conflicts in California? In particular, how does he propose to break through the impasse over the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Read More…

Short spring chinook season likely in lower Columbia

The ColumbianBy Allen ThomasJanuary 23, 2013There’s not likely to be much spring chinook salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River in April no matter how Washington and Oregon structure the season. Figure on being done downstream of Bonneville Dam by about April 5, maybe April 8.The bi-state Columbia River Recreational Fishery Advisor Group got a look at the spring chinook options on Read More…

New international education effort promotes sustainable approach to…

PR NewswireJanuary 23, 2013Today the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna launched an international effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. By educating consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna seeks to ensure that not only dolphins, but sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, juvenile tuna and Read More…

Modesto, Turlock water users could be in for rate increase

The Modesto BeeBy Garth StapleyJanuary 22, 2013A state push to help Tuolumne River fish means bad news for farmers and Modesto water customers, irrigation leaders heard in a somber update Tuesday.Water and power rates eventually would rise for customers of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts because the agencies would get less water, an attorney told the MID board. The proposal also Read More…

Plan to dredge sand on Mekong

Radio Free AsiaJanuary 22, 2013Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered government planners Tuesday to draw up a master plan to dredge sand from the Mekong River, saying it was aimed at restoring shallow areas along the waterway.Sand that is dredged from Cambodia's portion of the river can also be exported to draw more revenue for the country, he said at an inauguration ceremony for a U.S. $28 Read More…

US seeks infrastructure deals in Cambodia

Cambodia DailyBy Simon LewisJanuary 20, 2013Looking to compete with Chi­nese influence in the region, the U.S. government is making plans to help American companies win large-scale infrastructure projects in Cambodia, U.S. officials said on Thursday in Phnom Penh.The plans, which come as part of a strategic and economic em-bracing of Asia by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, Read More…

Food is a struggle for Southeast Asians

San Francisco ChronicleBy Joel BrinkleyJanuary 20, 2013Travel through Southeast Asia, and wherever you go you'll find statues of Buddha - meditating, cogitating, calling for peace or for rain. The poses are varied, and each has its own meaning.But only one pose shows the Buddha actually grinning. That's the Buddha who is fat, sitting in a chair, his belly so big it looks as if he'd be unable to Read More…