Industry trials slash bycatch and fish discards

FISJuly 24, 2012Seafish has announced that industry trials of revolutionary fishing gear have been successful in reducing ground impact caused by beam trawlers and further reducing fish discards. Seafish has been working closely with part of the team responsible for the successful 50 per cent discard project including net designers Darren 'Edd' Edwards, Alan Porter and Shaun Gibbs, skipper of the Read More…

Laos in game of high stakes as it pushes ahead with Xayaburi dam…

WWFJuly 24, 2012Construction work is marching ahead at the Xayaburi dam site in northern Laos and risks making a mockery of the decision last December by Mekong countries to delay building the dam on the Mekong mainstream pending further studies on the impacts of the controversial project, warns WWF. An international delegation of ambassadors, donors and NGOs, including WWF, attended a meeting Read More…

Another Mekong giant catfish caught in An Giang

Vietnam NetBy P. LanJuly 23, 2012Mr. Huynh Thanh Hong, the chief police officer of Quoc Thai commune, in An Phu district, paid VND15 million ($700) to buy the fish.Six people carried the giant fish to a delivery tricycle to carry it from the Hau River to Hong’s pond. The fish was in good health. The local fishery resources protection agency was informed of the giant fish. On the afternoon of Read More…

Global water issues fuel tensions in regions with shared river systems

Huffington PostJuly 23, 2012Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanisation, increased irrigation and a rising demand for alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity.Following are a few of the regions where competition for water from major rivers systems is fuelling tension. SOUTH ASIAIndia is home to three major Read More…

Coastal Oregon waters slightly caffeinated

OPB NewsBy Tom BanseJuly 23, 2012The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.Caffeine does not occur naturally in the environment in the Pacific Northwest. Marine scientists believe the java jolt gets into seawater through treated sewage and Read More…

Water wars set to reignite as Governor moves ahead with massive water…

KQED NewsBy Lauren SommerJuly 23, 2012On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are expected to announce a multi-billion dollar plan designed to fix California’s longstanding water war in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.Their proposal for a 35-mile water tunnel is set to reignite the fight over how water is exported from the Delta. The announcement comes just months Read More…

Chinese fishing overwhelms marine resources

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 24, 2012Chinese businesspeople's fishing operations are overharvesting fishing resources on Fiji's waters in the Pacific ocean, local leaders state.A traditional Fijian chief, the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu from Taveuni (on Fiji's second main island of Vanua Levu), claimed that Chinese businesspeople are paying locals to catch fish, clams, beche de mer and anything Read More…

First open water shellfish farm to be built off Southern California

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 23, 2012KZO Sea Farms is building the "First Open Ocean Shellfish Farm in US Federal Waters" in accordance with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new aquaculture policy. The new farm will bring jobs and help slash the country’s USD 10 billion seafood deficit, the company said. The US Army Corps of Engineers last week issued a provisional Read More…

The next evolution of acoustic telemetry goes mobile

PR WebJuly 24, 2012Driven by the research needs of USGS scientists and others, the latest product for acoustic telemetry for fisheries research has arrived. Over the past decade, fisheries scientists around the world have used HTI acoustic telemetry to remotely track fish behavior with fine-scale 2D and 3D positions. These studies provided a wealth of information about fish passage, survival and Read More…

Delta’s path has tunnel right ahead

The Stockton RecordBy Alex BreitlerJuly 23, 2012Gov. Jerry Brown is expected this week to announce a plan to siphon water beneath the Delta with a pair of large tunnels, although the science supporting the $13 billion project is uncertain and final decisions about how much water can be taken may not be made until after construction is complete.Meanwhile, San Joaquin County supervisors will Read More…