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Giant Amazon Fish Has Become Extinct In Some Local Fishing Communities
2014-08-14 03:55:38

Virginia Tech An international team of scientists has discovered that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some local fishing communities. The team compared mainstream bioeconomic theory — which policymakers have depended on in order to protect fish populations — with the lesser-known "fishing-down" theory, which predicts that large, high-value, easy-to-catch fish can be fished to extinction. "Bioeconomic thinking has predicted that...

New Air Breathing Amazonian Fish
2013-10-15 13:06:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, air-breathing Amazonian fish reported in the journal Copeia marks the first time a new species of arapaima has been identified since 1847. Dr. Donald Stewart of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry discovered the species dubbed Arapaima leptosoma while attempting to reclassify arapaimas, which is among the world's largest freshwater fish. Arapaimas can grow up to 10-feet in length and weigh 440 pounds. The...

2012-02-09 18:20:29

It´s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer–given the notorious guillotine-like bite of the piranha–is Brazil´s massive Arapaima fish. The secret to Arapaima´s success lie in its intricately designed scales, which could provide “bioinspiration” for engineers looking to develop flexible ceramics. The inspiration for this study...

2008-10-06 00:00:20

IPOH: While acknowledging that the fish population in the Perak waterways is dwindling, state Fisheries Department director Sani Mohd Isa said there could be other reasons. "The peacock bass problem cannot possibly be the main reason why fishermen were hauling in lesser fish these days. "The peacock bass might be one reason for the reduction of local fish and prawn species in our rivers, but we have not received any report on it." Sani said the department would investigate the problem....


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