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2011-02-24 04:17:00

Pew applauds Pacific Islands for leading world on shark conservation WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Senate of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, passed a bill today banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. With this legislation, sponsored by the Guam Senate's Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, the Pacific islands continue to lead the world in the fight for shark conservation. It now moves to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo for his signature. "More...

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2011-02-02 11:55:59

Greek philosopher Aristotle believed eels emerged spontaneously from mud. Although that has long since been disproven, the slippery fish has always had a mysterious reproduction system. Now, a team of Japanese researchers reportied in the British science magazine Nature Communications on Tuesday that they found 31 eel eggs near the West Mariana Ridge in the Pacific Ocean near Guam, for the first time ever, shedding light on the mystery surrounding the spawning habits of the fish. Experts...

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2011-01-27 08:26:12

A 10-year pledge among nations to help conserve the shark population has fallen short of its goals, a wildlife trade monitoring network reported on Thursday. Traffic, an organization dedicated to keeping plant and animal trade from becoming a threat to conservation efforts, teamed with the Pew Environmental Group for a study of the primary shark fishing nations in the world. "Ten years ago, governments agreed a global plan to conserve sharks," according to BBC News Environmental Correspondent...

2011-01-26 23:01:00

After Ten Years International Plan to Save Sharks Still Not Implemented WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade after members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that it has yet to be fully implemented. With 30 percent of all shark species now threatened or near threatened with extinction, there is little evidence that the plan has contributed significantly to improved...

2011-01-10 15:07:49

Common genetic recipes pattern organs as different as shark gills and human hands A SCUBA expedition in Australia and New Zealand to find the rare embryos of an unusual shark cousin enabled American and British researchers to confirm new developmental similarities between fish and mammals. Elephant fish, a relative of sharks, utilize the same genetic process for forming skeletal gill covers that lizards and mammals use to form fingers and toes, researchers at the University of Chicago and the...

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2011-01-08 07:46:09

The mystery of the mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8,000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy with strange blue stains on their beaks.Initial testing of the stains is believed to be a sign of poisoning or hypoxia -- lack of oxygen that is a sign of altitude sickness. Hypoxia is known to cause confusion and illness in animals. Experts said full test results may not be available for at least a week.Thousands of dead turtle doves littered roofs and cars in the Italian town of Faenza in what...

2010-12-23 00:01:08

An aquarium in Utah is lighting its Christmas tree with the help of an electric eel. Electrodes in the water pick up the eel's voltage, powering the tree's multi-colored lights. Sandy, UT (PRWEB) December 22, 2010 The Living Planet Aquarium is shocking visitors with its Christmas display which uses an Electric eel to flash the lights on its tree. A Christmas display in the 'Journey To South America' gallery is blinking by using the energy generated by an electric eel in a nearby tank. "We...

2010-12-13 21:25:57

For the first time ever, scientists have found a difference in the way males and females of the same species of vertebrate see things "“ and that sexes likely use that difference to select their mates. Queen's PhD candidate Shai Sabbah, a Vanier Scholar, led a team of researchers who found that male and female cichlid fishes not only see things differently, but detect light in different ways as well. "It is difficult to say what color attracts the female the most, but we know that if we...

2010-12-07 15:07:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica (pronounced ya-MON-ja) today announced that Henry's Farmers Market, a growing Southern California grocery chain, has discontinued selling shark meat at its fresh seafood counter. The grocery chain took this important step in sustainability on September 2nd of this year after several meetings with Iemanya staff to discuss transitioning Henry's to sustainable seafood and receiving petitions by...

2010-12-06 18:04:00

HONOLULU, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientific recommendations for improving information on population status and fishing of sharks will be considered this week at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Scientists are recommending that the WCPFC adopt a three-phase shark research plan, identify species of concern, and make reporting on shark catches mandatory. Shark catch reporting has proved a challenge for some WCPFC member...


Latest Ichthyology Reference Libraries

Prowfish
2014-05-30 12:05:29

The prowfish (Zaprora silenus) is a subtropical species of a perch-like fish found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The range of the prowfish is from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Kamchatka, Russia, from Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Hokkaido, Japan and Monterey, California. The preferred habitat of the prowish is rocky bottom at a maximum of 2,200 feet in depth where they spend most of their adult life. Prowfish can grow to a length of 40 inches or more having an elongated body that...

Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix
2013-10-22 10:54:52

The Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only living species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish that can be found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia, shad on the east coast of South Africa, and elf on the west coast. Other common names regarding this fish are blue, chopper, and anchoa. It is a good eating and game fish. The bluefish is moderately proportioned with a...

Ichthyology
2013-10-02 13:31:45

Ichthyology is the study of fish that focuses on many types of fish including cartilaginous fish, jawless fish, and skeletal fish. This branch of zoology can be associated with marine biology and fisheries science, as well as other areas of study. Ichthyologists, those who practice ichthyology, have discovered more than 32,200 species of fish, and it is thought that they discover 250 new species each year. Humans first began to study fish during the Upper Paleolithic Revolution, when humans...

Little tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus
2013-03-28 14:07:39

The little tunny is found widespread in temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. It is the most common tuna and is highly migratory, with a range from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Brazil in the Western Atlantic. In the Eastern Atlantic it is found from Skagerrak to South Africa. The little tunny will form schools close to the shoreline, around inlets, and sandbars that can cover up to two miles. This fish prefers warm water and will migrate south in...

African Sharptooth Catfish, Clarias gariepinus
2013-02-09 08:30:28

Image Credit: WA Djatmiko/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0 and 1.0) The African sharptooth catfish is native throughout Africa, and the Middle East, and in the 1980’s it was introduced all over the world. This catfish lives on muddy bottoms in freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps, man-made habitats, and occasionally found in urban sewage systems. This species is able to crawl across dry ground to another body of water when one pool dries up. It is also able to survive for long periods of...

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