Threatened ocean species get protection

The San Francisco Chronicle March 14, 2013 A major international meeting on wildlife trade ended Thursday with final decisions to extend protections for dozens of animal and plant species - including five types of sharks - that have come under severe pressure from soaring demand and overfishing. Conservationists welcomed the decisions by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Read More…

Fluorescent corals send up warning flares of trouble

U-T San Diego March 12, 2013 Light-producing properties of corals send up warning flares that the organisms are in trouble, according to a study released Tuesday by researchers with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and U.C. Berkeley. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, explains how changes in coral fluorescence can alert marine researchers and ocean managers that a Read More…

International shark trade to be regulated

Live Science March 11, 2013 Conservationists voted Monday (March 11) to regulate the international trade of five species of sharks that are threatened by overfishing and targeted for their valuable fins. Oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle sharks, scalloped hammerheads, great hammerheads and smooth hammerheads — as well as two species of manta rays — are set to get new protections after Read More…

Could social enterprise hold the key to saving our oceans?

The Guardian March 8, 2013 To quote WH Auden, "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water". He was also exactly right. Btween 50% and 85% of the world's oxygen comes from the oceans, 50-80% of all life on Earth is found under the surface of the sea and over one billion people, often in the most deprived areas, depend on fish for their protein. Yet, very little is being done to Read More…

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…