Seabirds face growing competition from fishing industry

The Wildlife Society – Seabirds around the world are increasingly finding themselves in competition for food with the fishing industry, researchers found, as fishing vessels increase their catches of potential seabird prey. “We’re fishing their food away,” said University of British Columbia fisheries professor Daniel Pauly, a principal investigator and founder of the university’s Read More…

‘One fish at a time’: Indonesia lands remarkable victory

The Guardian – Indonesia, the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, has pulled out all the stops in recent years to transform the health of an industry blighted by depleted stocks and illegal poaching. Measures by the government – which have even included the bombing of foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters – have helped fish stocks more than double in the last five Read More…

And baby makes 75: newborn orca boosts endangered whale population

KUOW – Whale researchers spotted a baby orca swimming energetically with its mother west of San Juan Island on Friday. The new orca calf boosts the population of the endangered southern resident killer whales to 75. TV news helicopters spotted the whale on Thursday near Vashon Island and shared their footage with the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor. “We are able Read More…

Huge swarms of jellyfish are making it difficult to swim in the…

Business Insider – With canyons, woodlands, plenty of wildlife, 216km of coastline, white sand, and sparkling blue water, the small island of Menorca is a beach-lover's dream. Menorca's waters, known for their bluefin tuna, are considered to be one of the last unspoiled areas of the Mediterranean, with a diverse range of species of seaweed, fish, and shellfish living there. Its stunning Read More…

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

Tampa Bay Times – The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country's millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that proponents call the Modern Fish Act that were approved by the Read More…

Scientist’s accidental discovery makes coral grow 40x faster

Big Think – The news has not been encouraging as of late if you are one to pay attention to either climate change or The Great Barrier Reef: coral reefs are an incubator of the ocean's ecosystem. They account for less than 1% of the ocean and yet manage to provide food and shelter to over one quarter of all marine species in the ocean, as well as support fish that ultimately feed over one Read More…

New Fishing Gear Spares Whales Sea Turtles and Dolphins

Pew Charitable Trusts – Using a new type of fishing gear for swordfish in California can help protect nontargeted species—including whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles—while keeping the commercial fishery economically sustainable. According to a new study published in the journal Marine Fisheries Review, commercial fishermen using deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) for Read More…

The fish crisis: businesses called on to do more to conserve stocks

Oregon Business – It was a surprise to many: A trade association representing crabbers in Oregon and California last year sued several big oil companies for contributing to climate change that has damaged their livelihoods. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association’s lawsuit, filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court in November 2018, alleges fossil fuel Read More…

Scarcity and price can undermine wildlife conservation

Niagara Falls Review – Nothing drives up prices like scarcity. The most treasured diamonds, I am told, are unusually coloured — intense yellows or pinks or blues. Just one in 10,000 diamonds has such vivid qualities. And for hockey fans, most prized is the Wayne Gretzky rookie card. In 2016, a rare card of this great player sold at auction for a stunning $605,000. Wildlife, too, can Read More…

Ocean robot opens window to whole new world of marine life

Silicone Republic – Researchers have developed a new autonomous robot capable of exploring the tiniest of creatures roaming the world’s oceans. When it comes to marine life, more often than not what we can’t see with our own eyes is crucial to what’s going on in the murkiest depths of the world’s oceans. That is why oceanographers and engineers at the University of California San Read More…