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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...

2011-11-21 10:00:57

A new study led by University of British Columbia researchers reveals how the effect of climate change can further impact the economic viability of current fisheries practices. "Fisheries are already providing fewer fish and making less money than they could if we curbed overfishing," says Rashid Sumaila, principal investigator of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC and lead author of the study. "We could be earning interest, but instead we're fishing away the capital. Climate...

2011-09-07 13:14:16

Scientists find nearly all deep-sea fisheries unsustainable, call for stopping unsustainable fisheries and government subsidies that support them A team of leading marine scientists from around the world is recommending an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea, the Earth's largest ecosystem. Instead, they recommend fishing in more productive waters nearer to consumers. In a comprehensive analysis published online this week in the journal Marine Policy, marine ecologists,...

2009-12-21 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catch share programs result in more consistent and predictable fisheries but do not necessarily improve ecological conditions, according to a new study published online this week by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Employed by nations around the world, catch shares - a management system that divides up and allocates percentages, or shares, of the total allowable catch to individual fishermen or fishing groups - have...

2009-12-10 10:54:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A policy released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) charts an historic new course for the nation's fish stocks, giving hope for the recovery of struggling fishing communities and depleted fish resources. NOAA is seeking to correct decades of failed management that has resulted in economically depressed, unsafe, and unsustainable fisheries around the country. The policy promotes greater use of "catch...

2009-09-10 11:12:30

What are the long-term evolutionary implications of prolonged fishing for the fish that humans and, perhaps more importantly, diverse ecosystems so depend on? For many of the types of fish we buy in stores or order in restaurants, the chance that an individual dies from fishing is several times higher than dying of natural causes. This may seem obvious to most (they had to get to our table somehow), but what may not be apparent is that the relentless pursuit of consumer-friendly fish product...

2009-07-31 14:12:51

Overfishing threatens many species but a combination of steps could turn that around, two groups long at odds with each other said. Marine ecologists and fisheries management scientists worked together for two years and published their findings Friday in the journal Science. The researchers agreed solutions to overfishing lie not only in management techniques but also in the political will to apply them, even if it initially causes economic disruption, said a release from the U.S. National...

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2009-03-02 13:00:00

A UN report published on Monday said the fishing industry must do more to confront the effects of climate change as well as get a grip on the perennial problem of overfishing, the AFP reported. Responsible fishing practices must be more widely implemented and new strategies are needed to cope with climate change, according to the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report. The report went on to say how climate change is already modifying the distribution of both marine and...

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2008-11-13 14:05:41

Environmental and economic leaders and scientists reported on Thursday that US President-elect Barack Obama could protect ocean wildlife and save jobs in commercial fisheries by ending widespread overfishing. The report said around 70 percent of the world's fisheries are over-exploited or have already crashed. If this long-term trend continues, scientists have predicted that all current salt-water fish and seafood species will collapse by 2048. However, it could be remedied by instituting a...

2008-09-03 21:00:10

A United Nations agency said Wednesday it has adopted international guidelines designed to ease the impact of commercial deep-sea fishing. The guidelines, the result of two years of negotiation, limit the impact fishing has on habitats and deep-sea fish species, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a news release issued from New York. "Until now, there really hasn't been an international framework for tackling this issue," said Ichiro Nomura, assistant director general of the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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