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2008-02-18 08:50:00

Giant bluefin tuna are in trouble, primarily because the powerful muscles that propel their extensive ocean migrations come with an Achilles' heel: They're tasty. Prized by sushi lovers for their savory succulence and by fishermen for the incomparable price they command - one 607-pound fish fetched over $90 per pound at a January auction in Tokyo - all three species of bluefins have seen their population plummet in the past 50 years thanks to worldwide demand. However, there is hope for...

2008-01-09 06:00:00

MIAMI -- The recent development of daytime recreational deep-dropping in South Florida is a double-edged swordfishery, according to participants. Catching big swordfish under the sun has been a huge boon to the charter boat industry and the recreational community. However, the practice has spawned fears among some of overfishing a valuable resource only recently bouncing back from collapse in the 1980s. "Now the cat is out of the bag," said captain Richard Stanczyk, owner of Bud `n'...

2006-07-05 18:05:00

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Bluefin tuna risk being fished to extinction in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, a conservation group warned Wednesday, appealing for an immediate ban on catches of the highly prized fish. The WWF report said catches were running at 40 percent above the legal quota set by an international regulatory body. It said boats from Libya, Turkey and European Union nations led by France were responsible for most of the illegal and unregulated catches. "The...

2006-07-04 19:05:00

BRUSSELS -- Illegal fishing has devastated Europe's stocks of the highly prized bluefin tuna and threatens the species' survival in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. International quotas that aim to keep fish stocks viable were exceeded in both 2004 and 2005 for bluefin tuna, it said. "Fleets from the EU -- mainly France -- Libya and Turkey are the main offenders," WWF said in a report. "These countries are greatly exceeding their...

2005-11-16 15:43:49

ROME (Reuters) - Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for...

2005-11-16 15:40:00

ROME -- Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for bluefin tuna in...

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2004-12-06 12:34:55

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An international decision that it's illegal to cut the fins off of a shark and then dump the carcass is a great first step, but more is needed to protect sharks, experts say. The biggest need is an international limit on the number of sharks which can be killed each year, agree William Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Sonja Fordham of the Ocean Conservancy, an environmental group. Without catch quotas, the finning regulations will only slow...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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