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2008-10-03 12:44:43

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest and most sought-after of all tunas, weighing as much as 1,400 pounds and capable of fetching as much as $50,000 or more in Asian markets where its meat is a prized commodity, one big reason why its numbers have declined precipitously since the 1970s. New research findings reported in Science have critical implications for how bluefin tuna are managed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A team of international researchers led by Dr. Jay Rooker of Texas...

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2008-09-18 13:57:59

In an attempt to help conservation of marine animals and aid in climate change monitoring, scientists using DNA have catalogued and described 100 new species of sharks and rays in Australian waters. More than 90 of the newly named species were identified by scientists in a 1994 book "Sharks and Rays of Australia" but remained scientifically undescribed. One rare species of carpet shark catalogued was found in the belly of another shark. A revised 2009 edition of the book by Australia's peak...

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2008-09-16 13:25:00

Conservationists agree that major changes to rules on shark finning are needed to preserve the health of the world's shark populations. Confusing regulations and poor enforcement mean rule breaking is common, according to campaign group Oceana. Actor and activist Ted Danson said proper management could rescue the species in decline. Over half of ocean-going sharks, and about a third of European species, are threatened with extinction. Danson said the basic problem is it's a fishery that's not...

2008-09-15 18:00:00

By Anonymous A state official put it best: A federal report that documents a continued decline in some species of groundfish despite years of regulation was "extremely frustrating." After reducing the number of fishing days, staying out of certain areas and using nets with bigger mesh, the stocks of some species have not rebounded as hoped, leading to what are expected to be even stricter limits next fishing season. For commercial fishermen and the remaining Maine businesses that...

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2008-09-11 09:56:06

A recent study reports that nearly 40 percent of freshwater fish species in North America are in trouble, doubling since 1989. According to experts, humans have caused the "silent extinctions" through polluting and damming freshwater habitats. In the first large study of freshwater fish in North America in 19 years, a team of researchers from the US, Canada, and Mexico looked at a species restricted to certain geographic areas.  The decline among these "subspecies" groups is even more...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Dave Bard of Pew Environment Group, +1-202-486-4426 PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter Baker, manager of the Pew Environment Group's New England Fisheries Campaign, today issued the following statement in response to the most recent stock assessment of New England groundfish (including cod, haddock and flounder) from the Third Groundfish Assessment Review Meeting. Statement of Peter Baker: "This stock assessment shows that current...

2008-09-03 18:00:16

COULD this be a great white shark emerging from the water just off the Welsh coast? The terrifying picture (right) was shot by fisherman David John while on a fishing trip just 100 yards off the popular tourist destination of Caldey Island. Mr John, 40, from nearby Manorbier, said he just happened to be taking pictures of his girlfriend on his mobile phone when what could be one of the sea's most feared predators leaped from the water. And last night, marine experts refused to rule...

2008-08-07 06:00:22

By Bina Venkataraman Fishing season has begun in northern waters, not for prize tuna or marlin, but for tropical fish small enough to fit on an angler's fingertip. Luckily, the fishermen here are seeking neither trophies nor dinner. From July to late October, the Gulf Stream carries these young, dime-size reef dwellers from tropical waters near the Florida Keys and the western Bahamas, and abandons them along the coastline of Long Island. In ichthyologists' lingo, they are known as...

2008-08-02 00:00:23

By Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 2--WACHAPREAGUE -- Out here on the Eastern Shore, where voracious greenhead flies rule the marsh and waves of grass roll to the sunrise, scientists are fishing for sharks so they can learn how not to catch them. More than 11 million sharks die every year on fishing hooks that aren't intended for them. Up until recently, few people really cared -- at least no one who remembers "Jaws." Now, it's becoming clear that these wolves...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By Bill Bleyer, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 31--Swimmers were ordered out of the water for almost two hours at Jones Beach yesterday after a state park police officer saw a shark's fin. It was the second time in less than two weeks that Jones Beach bathers were instructed to leave the water after a reported shark sighting. About 20,000 people were at the park, said George Gorman Jr., deputy regional director for Long Island state parks. A park police officer in a patrol boat about...


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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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.