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…

Endangered Mekong giant catfish splashes into River Safari

Straits Times March 6, 2013 One of the many giants of the River Safari, the Mekong giant catfish, moved into the soon-to-be-opened wildlife park's aquarium on Wednesday. The herbivorous species, which is critically endangered, is one of the world's largest freshwater fish. It can grow up to 3 metres in length and nearly 300kg in weight. Read Read More…

Mekong Delta rice exports up 18 percent

Tuoi Tre News March 6, 2013 The provinces in the Mekong Delta exported 670,000 tons of rice in the first two months of 2013, generating $304 million  in revenue – an 18 percent increase in value compared to the same period last year. Asia is the region’s largest market, with 65 percent of consumption, followed by America, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Read Read More…

Nam Houng river: The lifeblood of Xayaboury

Vientiane Times March 2 , 2013 At about 8am, the sun shines down on the Nam Houng, the main river that threads its way through the provincial capital of Xayaboury. As the mist slowly evaporates, the voices of young people can be heard as they gather by the water to catch fish. A line of boys and girls make their way along a narrow path down to the river, carrying fishing utensils and Read More…

Great white sharks get more protection

Summit County Voice February 28, 2013 Just a few decades after Jaws, there’s been a sea change in public attitudes about sharks, as people recognize the importance of the ocean’s apex predators. Along with other recent shark conservation measures, the shift is reflected by the efforts to list great white sharks under the California Endangered Species Act. Starting March 1, great whites Read More…

Scientists to consider management options for Pacific albacore tuna

Pacific News Center February 26, 2013 The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) that advises the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene Feb. 26-28, at the Council office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, to discuss management of federally managed fisheries in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the remote US Read More…

Using amount of fish caught as measure of fisheries health is…

University of Washington February 21, 2013 “The sea is a big place. Most fish are small. So it stands to reason that it is difficult to work out with any degree of accuracy just how many fish live in the sea. One way is to measure how many fish we pull out of it. But is that the best way? Or even an accurate way?” asks an editorial in this week’s (Feb. 21) issue of Nature. The topic Read More…

Drought, salinity attack Mekong Delta

VietnamNet February 28, 2013 The 4% salinity has encroached by 40-50 kilometers far into the Mekong Delta. Hydrologists say the saltwater intrusion this year comes too early, which is unusual and unprecedented. In Soc Trang province, drought and salinity both have seriously affected the agricultural production, damaging tens of thousands of hectares of the winter-spring rice fields in the Read More…