Local people demand halt to dam construction in Mekong River

Pattaya Mail March 17, 2013 A boat procession cruised along the Mekong River Thursday as part of a campaign by locals who oppose the planned dam construction for power production here. About 70 activists of a group calling themselves the Mekong River Lover Network of Ubon on Thursday held an activity to oppose the dam construction in the Mekong River. Read Read More…

The Mekong River: calling into question the germ theory of disease

American Thinker March 16, 2013 On our  journey along cost of the South China Sea, it's now the first day of Tet. About a week earlier, families made their offerings to the Kitchen God asking for a good report to the Heavenly Emperor. The message is to be delivered by a giant carp which transforms itself into a dragon on the way to heaven, Almost 80% of Vietnamese practice ancestor worship Read More…

Experts discuss how to protect Mekong River

VietNam News March 7, 2013 Environmental issues challenging the Mekong River were discussed at a three-day international Mekong Environment Symposium, which closes today in HCM City. Discussion topics included hazards and disaster-risk reduction; climate change; information systems and spatial infrastructure; capacity building; and education and outreach. Read Read More…

Improvement in volumes of sustainable fish

World Fishing & Aquaculture March 5, 2013 The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has published a new report that shows a big improvement in volumes of sustainable fish, but also shows that many fisheries are failing to improve. Covering 51 principal whitefish fisheries around the world, the report found that 41.5% of the total volume of whitefish supplied to market comes from Read More…

Whitefish sustainability on the rise

Fish News EU March 5, 2013 The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), has published a briefing today that shows a large majority of the world’s whitefish, including over 88% of the cod landed, come from sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The briefing covers the most recent assessment period for which comparable data is available, as of October 2012, and covers 51 principal Read More…

Conference to address Arctic meltdown

Fish News EU March 5, 2013 A symposium discussing the effects that climate change is having on Arctic ecosystems is to be held in Anchorage on March 26-29. Sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted away to a record low in 2012, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the conference seeks to illustrate how individual marine species—from arctic cod, to seals, whales, polar Read More…

Monster bluefin tuna weighed 415kg

Stuff March 7, 2013 A monster bluefin tuna caught off the New Zealand coast could spell a big payday for some Coromandel fishermen. The giant pacific bluefin tuna, caught on Tuesday afternoon off the East Cape, had a live weight of 415kg and a gutted weight of 361kg. It arrived in Whitianga to be unloaded last night. Read Read More…

Americans launch seafood traceability system

Fish News EU March 7, 2013 The US Congress is creating a national seafood traceability system that could combat rampant seafood mislabelling, after a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers today re-introduced the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act. The House legislation, of which Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is the lead sponsor, has the potential to lay the groundwork for a national Read More…

Fish farming could harm shark nursery

Echo News March 7, 2013 "Conflicts" between great white sharks and humans will likely increase if the NSW Government goes ahead with its plans to build a fish farm on the state's Mid North Coast, says Greens MP Cate Faehrmann. An area off Port Stephens has been ear-marked for a five-year study on the viability of off-shore fish farming. Read Read More…

Fishers near marine protected areas go farther for catch but fare well

PhysOrg March 5, 2013 The study, reported in the journal Biological Conservation, is one of the first to look closely at how protected areas in small nearshore fisheries can affect where fishers operate on the ocean and, as a consequence, their livelihood. "Where MPAs are located in relation to how fishers operate on the seascape is critical to understand for fisheries management and this Read More…