Caltech wants to explore the ocean with swarms of bionic jellyfish

Digital Trends – For the past seven years, nature-inspired engineers from the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University have been working to create bionically augmented jellyfish which may one day be used to explore the oceans. Now, thanks to a prosthetic device that acts a bit like a pacemaker, they have found a way to propel them through the water even faster than Read More…

Albatrosses fitted with tracking devices are helping to crack down on…

CNN – People fishing illegally in the world's oceans may soon need to watch out for more than patrol boats, after scientists tested how effective albatrosses were in tracking fishing vessels. In a six-month trial, researchers attached portable data logging devices to 169 of the giant sea birds and then tracked them. Albatrosses were chosen because of their attraction to fishing vessels Read More…

To Conserve Marine Species, Make Protected Areas Mobile

Scientific American – Take a good look at the oceans today—there’s a strong chance they won’t look the same in a few decades, scientists say. As water temperatures rise around the world, some marine animals are already migrating to other areas in response. Habitats are shifting and evolving. Some species are disappearing, and others are moving in to take their place. The Read More…

Why The Nassau Grouper Is A Conservation ‘Success Story’

Forbes – The Caribbean’s Cayman Islands are known for their stunning coral reef ecosystems. Home to a large diversity of marine life, these reefs function as a source of both food of tourism for residents of the three islands. But for some of the reef’s fish, local pressure has led to significant population declines. The Nassau grouper is one of the Cayman Islands’ reef fish that has Read More…

Climate change and the future of salmon

San Juan Journal – A salmon barbecue, Holly B’s pastries, Lopez Island Vineyard wines and music by Stanley and Kip Greenthal await you at the 11th annual SalmonAtion celebration of Lopez community marine research for salmon conservation, together with a slideshow report on results of last summer’s sampling of salmon, sand lance, herring, and plankton at Watmough Bay. It’s all happening Read More…

Can We Ever Reverse the Damage We’ve Done

Interesting Engineering – The global numbers regarding fishing have gone from sustainable to straight-up devastating in just a few decades. Now, the creatures of the water have to fear about two more things in addition to human-made disasters - the rising water temperatures and plastic. There is no harm in fishing. It actually helps the marine ecosystem by keeping the aquatic population in Read More…

The Plight Of The Old-Fashioned Fisherman On A Changing Ocean

NPR – Genaro Moreno Bonilla has been fishing off the coast of Coqui, Colombia, for 53 years. "I remember that I would paddle out in my canoe and propose to myself to catch 50 or 100 fish that day, and it happened," he says. Life was good. Colombia had a reputation for having one of the greatest variety of fish on the planet. But things have changed. The plentiful supply of fish Bonilla Read More…

This giant stingray could be world’s biggest freshwater fish

National Geographic – We know that the whale shark is the biggest fish in the ocean, but what is the world’s largest freshwater fish? The answer to that seemingly simple question has remained a mystery as murky as the Southeast Asian rivers in which it’s most likely found. Officially, the heavyweight title belongs to the Mekong giant catfish, with a specimen caught in northern Read More…

West Coast Fisheries Record Rare Environmental Victory

Courthouse News Service – A rare environmental success story is unfolding for bottom trawler fishermen in waters off the U.S. West Coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawlers, who use nets to catch rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish, are making a comeback as a sustainable industry less than two decades after authorities closed huge Read More…

Court: Trump Administration Unlawfully OK’d Longline Fishing Off…

Center for Biological Diversity – A federal district court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to adequately analyze threats to critically endangered leatherback sea turtles when it allowed longline fishing off California. The Trump administration violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in failing to consider the best available Read More…