EU told use Thailand as base

Bangkok Post March 18, 2013 Thailand has the potential to be a hub for Europe to the fast-growing Greater Mekong sub-region, a forum was told on Monday. Simon Makinson, vice-chairman of the European Asian Business Centre, told the "Thailand at a Glance" forum that the kingdom's location was attractive for companies to set up regional offices for markets in Myanmar and other countries in Read More…

U.S. House committee reviewing fisheries observer program

KTOO March 14, 2013 The Magnuson Stevens Act – the federal law that manages and regulates the nation’s fisheries – will expire September 30th. Today, a U.S. House committee formally started the re-authorization process. And as APRN’s Peter Granitz reports, changes could be on the horizon for how the government monitors fishermen’s catch. Read Read More…

U.S. fish stocks rebound; two-thirds back from depletion

USA Today March 13, 2013 In the 1990s, some U.S. fish stocks faced collapse. Federal requirements to prevent overfishing have brought a reversal and health to 27 of 44 once-depleted stocks. Is it time to relax the rules? Nearly two-thirds of once depleted U.S. fish stocks, including monkfish and sea scallops, are now thriving or bouncing back, a report today says. Read Read More…

Catch shares leave fishermen reeling

The Bay Citizen March 12, 2013 For centuries, men like Larry Collins, a garrulous crab and sole fisherman, were free to harvest the seas. But sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations. The system, called catch shares, in most cases favors large fishing fleets, a review of the systems operating across the Read More…

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…