$10 million to protect critical ecosystems in Southeast Asia

Viet Nam NewsMarch 25, 2013The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has committed to provide another US$10 million in grants to address the environmental crisis engulfing mainland Southeast Asia.The ground-breaking biodiversity fund was launched in 2008. During the first phase, $10 million was invested in efforts to conserve the critical ecosystems in the Indo-Burma Hotspot, which includes the Read More…

Global co-operation key to looming water crisis

Viet Nam NewsMarch, 25 2013Major countries in Asia including Viet Nam are likely to face severe water crises in the coming decades and regional and international co-operation will be crucial to tackling them.Experts attending the Asia-Europe Meeting that wrapped up last Friday in Mekong Delta Can Tho City also agreed that water resource management has become a pressing global issue.Read Read More…

Fish protein can prevent cancer growth

PostMarch 23, 2013A protein in Pacific cod, an important commercial food species, may inhibit prostate cancer and possibly other cancers from spreading, scientists, including Indian-origin researchers, have found. "The use of natural dietary products with anti-tumour activity is an important and emerging field of research," said senior author Hafiz Ahmed, from the University Of Maryland School Of Read More…

A guide on balanced tuna stock management

FISMarch 25, 2013Through the Organization for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fisheries (OPRT), Dr Peter Miyake expressed the difficulties faced by scientists when they need to advise on balanced measures to manage tuna stocks.Miyake is a leading tuna researcher who has worked for many international tuna fisheries management groups, including the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Read More…

Overfished and under-protected: Oceans on the brink of catastrophic…

CNNMarch 24, 2013As the human footprint has spread, the remaining wildernesses on our planet have retreated. However, dive just a few meters below the ocean surface and you will enter a world where humans very rarely venture.In many ways, it is the forgotten world on Earth. A ridiculous thought when you consider that oceans make up 90% of the living volume of the planet and are home to more than Read More…

Icelandic volcano’s ash led to more CO2 being absorbed by oceans

PhysOrgMarch 22, 2013The Icelandic volcano's ash plume that caused huge air travel disruption across Europe in 2010 resulted in the oceans absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than usual, say scientists.They found that particles from the ash cloud that fell into the ocean provided microscope plants, called phytoplankton, with a nutrient boost in the form of iron. Phytoplankton are important as Read More…

Ocean salmon season looks bright

The Times-StandardMarch 24, 2013All signs are pointing to a great salmon ocean fishing year, a good follow-up to last year's record salmon run. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking public input on its preseason report, which lays out several options for the length of the season and other restrictions for fishing areas along the West Coast.Council deputy director Chuck Tracy said, Read More…

California voters, lawmakers have no say in OK of major river…

The Sacramento BeeMarch 24, 2013It may be the most ambitious habitat restoration project ever conceived in the United States.The Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposes to restore one of every five acres in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, breaching levees on some of the estuary's 70 islands to create tidal wetlands and marshes.Read Read More…

Two ocean season options include an early hatchery chinook season

The News TribuneMarch 24, 2013Fishing The ocean salmon fishing season would start with a hatchery-only fishery for chinook under two of three options being considered by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.The council also chose three quota options for catching chinook and coho salmon at its March 11 meeting.Read Read More…