Nov 1, 2014

Antarctic marine reserve plans again fail to move ahead

Environmental groups said Saturday that Russia and China had blocked a plan to create the world’s largest marine reserve in a vast swath of ocean off the coast of Antarctica. The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finished a 10-day meeting late Friday ...

Oct 3, 2014

Environmentalists threaten boycott over rare New Zealand dolphin

Environmentalists are threatening to call a boycott of New Zealand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry unless the government boosts efforts to save the world’s rarest dolphin, which has dwindled to a population of just 50. The Maui’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and scarcest sub-species, is ...

Cuba turns down request for Hemingway fishing logs

Sep 12, 2014

Cuba turns down request for Hemingway fishing logs

U.S. scientists won’t get immediate access to potentially invaluable fishing logs kept by Ernest Hemingway but authorities will work to allow researchers to view them eventually, Cuban officials said Thursday. Cuba’s National Cultural Heritage Council said marine scientists on a tour with the author’s ...

Sep 10, 2014

Vietnam accuses China of beating fishermen

Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and has demanded severe punishment for those involved in an incident that could increase tensions in a sea dispute between the communist neighbors. Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website late ...

Ministry sets limits on young bluefin tuna catch

Aug 27, 2014

Ministry sets limits on young bluefin tuna catch

The Fisheries Agency has set area-based ceilings on Japan’s catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to help restore the dwindling adult tuna stock in the Pacific Ocean. The agency briefed a national meeting of fishermen in Tokyo on the measures Tuesday and obtained their broad ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Jun 27, 2014

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel — ...