Endangered fish species are legally being sold as seafood

ZME Science — We might unwittingly be eating endangered fish species as part of our diet, according to a new study which found that almost 100 endangered species that are being sold as seafood across the globe — legally. The researchers warn that the problem could be even greater than we believe, and called to keep endangered species off the menu. A team from the University of Read More…

Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in…

Los Angeles Times — A prestigious San Diego research institute and a Long Beach social-benefit investment group are teaming to create what could be the first fish farm in federal waters. The proposed Pacific Ocean AquaFarm would be about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowfish each year — enough for 11 million servings of the Read More…

Scientists Say Jellyfish Should Become The Next Popular Seafood

ScienceAlert — According to the IUCN Red List 32,000 species are threatened with extinction – everything from birds and mammals, to reef corals and crustaceans. And that's only the species we know about. But although we might be working hard to help some species come back from the brink, we might also be eating some threatened species without even realising it. Searching industrial Read More…

Tracking Undersea Earthquakes Helps Scientists Study Ocean Heating

CleanTechnica — Almost every vehicle has a cooling system. Whether it uses a internal combustion engine or an electric motor, it creates heat while in operation and that heat must be managed to keep the machinery working properly. If it is not, the radiator may boil over or the battery could catch fire. Either way, the consequences may be catastrophic. The world’s oceans are the cooling Read More…

Can pumping up cold water from deep within the ocean halt coral…

ScienceDaily — The risk of severe coral bleaching -- a condition in which corals lose their symbiotic algae, called zooxanthellae -- is five times more frequent today than it was forty years ago. Coral bleaching is a direct result of global warming, where rising temperatures cause marine heat waves, which place stress on the living coral animals, as well as the photosynthetic algae on which Read More…

Marine animals live where ocean is most breathable, ranges may shrink…

ScienceDaily — As oceans warm due to climate change, scientists are trying to predict how marine animals -- from backboned fish to spineless jellyfish -- will react. Laboratory experiments indicate that many could theoretically tolerate temperatures far higher than what they encounter today. But these studies don't mean that marine animals can maintain their current ranges in warmer oceans, Read More…

New Oceana Analysis Finds 300 Chinese Vessels Pillaging the Galapagos…

StreetInsider — Oceana released a new analysis today that finds nearly 300 Chinese vessels pillaging the waters off the Galapagos Marine Reserve primarily for squid, which are essential to the diet of iconic Galapagos species such as fur seals and hammerhead sharks, as well as for many commercial and recreational fish species, including tuna and billfish, that contribute to the local Read More…

Scientists Support Local Activities to Rescue the Mesoamerican Reef

Eos — Earlier this year, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People published its sixth report card on the status of the Mesoamerican Reef System (MAR). After an analysis of 286 sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, the report concluded that the health of the system is poor, with an index of 2.5 out of 5. This conclusion was based on the status of the reef’s coral and fleshy macroalgae Read More…

Costa Rica Boosts Plan to Track Vessels, Combat Illegal Fishing

InSight Crime — By providing satellite data on its fleets, Costa Rica is the latest country in Latin America to take on illegal fishing, which costs billions of dollars and taxes already over-exploited waters. In July, the Costa Rican Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA) signed an agreement to make its vessel tracking data publicly available through Global Fishing Watch Read More…