Overfishing threatens critical link in the food chain

Sustainablog 30 January, 2013 The fish near the bottom of the aquatic food chain are often overlooked, but they are vital to healthy oceans and estuaries. Collectively known as forage fish, these species—including sardines, anchovies, herrings, and shrimp-like crustaceans called krill—feed on plankton and become food themselves for larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Historically, Read More…

Tuna fishing in the Pacific starts

FIS 23 January, 2013 The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) authorized the start of the capture of tuna species -- yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus orientalis) and skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) -- in Mexican federal waters of the Pacific Ocean. Since 19 January, Mexican flag purse seiners operating on Read More…

New international education effort promotes sustainable approach to…

PR Newswire 23 January, 2013 Today the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna launched an international effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. By educating consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna seeks to ensure that not only dolphins, but sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, juvenile tuna Read More…

Plan to dredge sand on Mekong

Radio Free Asia 22 January, 2013 Cambodia is to draw up a blueprint for dredging sand from the Mekong River. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered government planners Tuesday to draw up a master plan to dredge sand from the Mekong River, saying it was aimed at restoring shallow areas along the waterway. Read Read More…

US seeks infrastructure deals in Cambodia

The Cambodia Daily 20 January, 2013 Looking to compete with Chi­nese influence in the region, the U.S. government is making plans to help American companies win large-scale infrastructure projects in Cambodia, U.S. officials said on Thursday in Phnom Penh. The plans, which come as part of a strategic and economic em-bracing of Asia by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, Read More…

Energy from fish and bones

DW 15 January, 2013 Vietnam’s booming fishing industry is now using waste products to generate energy. A research project in the Mekong Delta is researching how fish waste could potentially replace fossil fuels. Dead fish lie in blue plastic bags. Hundreds of people with masks and hair nets stand at the assembly lines and cut the fish into pieces. These images appear in a promotional Read More…

Mekong Delta: No common voice found yet in adapting to climate change

VietNamNet Bridge 2 January 2013 Setting up a perfect plan to get adapted to the climate change, and helping the agriculture production in Mekong Delta develop in a sustainable way, has been highlighted as an urgent task. However, no common voice between scientists and managers has yet been found. Vietnam is an agriculture economy with 70 percent of its territory in urban area and 75 Read More…