Latest Reef fish Stories

2009-01-20 14:30:03

The growing appetite for live reef fish throughout Southeast Asia is devastating fish populations in the protected Coral Triangle, which supports 75 percent of the world's coral species and contains the richest ocean diversity anywhere on the globe.  Spawning of reef fish in this marine area has dropped 79 percent over the past 5 to 20 years, depending on location, according to a recent report in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.  Overfishing, especially of spawning...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

Marine species show dismal survival rates when the predatory lionfish swim into their ecosystem, an Oregon State University study indicates. The study found when lionfish entered an area, survival rates other reef fishes fell by about 80 percent, ScienceDaily.com reported. The loss of some herbivorous fish permits seaweed potentially to overwhelm coral reefs and disrupt their ecological balance, scientists said. The study is the first to quantify the severity of the problems presented...

2008-06-17 15:00:24

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Julia Roberson (UK, BST), +44(0)77-04-54-83-92, jroberson@seaweb.org; Cindy Yeast (US, EDT), +1-202-236-5413, cyeast@seaweb.org; or Corinne Knutson (US, PDT), +1-808-497-3360, cknutson@seaweb.org, all for the International Coral Reef Symposium FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The worlds leading coral reef science conference, the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), begins Monday, July 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Held once...

2008-06-03 06:00:24

By Robertson, D Ross Smith-Vaniz, William F Coral reefs, one of the most biologically diverse and important ecosystems on Earth, are experiencing unprecedented and increasing ecological decline, yet the fish faunas of such reefs and other tropical shoreline habitats remain poorly known in many areas. Rotenone, a natural substance traditionally used by subsistence fishers, is a uniquely efficient tool for sampling reef and other shore fishes for marine research. Unfortunately, such sampling...

2008-01-14 10:40:00

NEW YORK -- Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the "coral triangle," the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.The starfish "“ a predator that feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue "“ were discovered in large numbers by the researchers in reefs in...

2007-01-24 13:45:00

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia -- Amid banks of bubbling aquariums, Hong Kong resident Kerry To sat back and admired his plate-size steamed grouper plucked from one of the tanks in this Malaysian restaurant and cooked live. "It is very special," said the 45-year-old To, who flew to the northwest coast of Borneo Island for a holiday featuring a chance to sample the rare delicacy. "These fish are so big and taste so good. I'll be telling my friends." What he and other diners don't realize is that...

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