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Marine Ecosystems Threatened Worldwide By Traditional Fisheries Management Approach
2012-10-26 13:11:37

The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science In a Perspectives article, "The Risks of Overfishing," published today in the journal Science, Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and professor at Stony Brook University, cautions against continuing traditional fisheries management. According to Dr. Pikitch, current and recent studies demonstrate the need for "a more precautionary approach to fisheries management, in which fishing is...

Task Force: Throw The Little Fish Back!
2012-04-02 10:41:00

New analysis by an international group of scientists specializing in everything from fish ecology to marine mammals highlights the importance of preserving the seas´ smallest fish species that serve as an important food for larger marine animals. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force -- a consortium of 13 scientists from around the world -- reported that forage fish populations such as anchovies, herring and sardines are being affected by commercial fishing. The group recommends that...

2010-07-09 08:00:00

STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A compendium on trophic cascades and how they operate in the world's major ecosystems has been published for the first time. The term "trophic cascades" refers to the follow-on effects of top predator removal from an ecosystem, and, until now, there has not been a comprehensive synthesis of this phenomenon. Evidence accumulated in this volume indicates that trophic cascades operate in nearly all ecosystems around the world, both at sea...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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