NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming

Jan 7, 2017

NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming

As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean. The government sees the move toward aquaculture as a promising solution to feeding a hungry planet. But ...

Japan sees crab prices surge as poached imports sink

Dec 30, 2016

Japan sees crab prices surge as poached imports sink

Prices of crab, a sought-after delicacy in the year-end and New Year’s period, are surging because of a sharp fall in imports, especially from Russia and Alaska. Imports provide most of the crab distributed in Japan, and wholesale prices are some 30 to 50 ...

Dec 25, 2016

French farmers turn to electronic 'spy' oysters for help

Electronic spies come in all shapes and sizes, but none is as funny looking as an oyster impersonator called the Flex Spy now infiltrating the waters off western France. Looking for all the world like the bivalves it is protecting, the plastic imposter is ...

Mexico scrambles to save world's smallest porpoise

Dec 24, 2016

Mexico scrambles to save world's smallest porpoise

Mexican authorities and scientists are scrambling to save the world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita marina, from extinction, capturing illegal “ghost” fishing nets while hoping to make specimens reproduce in captivity. The environment ministry recently said that the navy, conservation groups and fishermen removed 103 ...

Malaysia signs 'landmark' deal to buy China warships

Nov 2, 2016

Malaysia signs 'landmark' deal to buy China warships

Malaysia will buy four combat vessels from China in a “landmark” defense deal, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, signaling a potential strategic shift away from the United States. The agreement marked the first time Kuala Lumpur had purchased warships from Beijing and came only ...