Four men found dead after Iwate ice fishing accident

Feb 28, 2017

Four men found dead after Iwate ice fishing accident

The bodies of four men who went missing after going ice fishing in Iwate Prefecture were found Tuesday in a pond, local police said. The four have been identified as residents of the Iwate city of Oshu, officials said. Police found a crack in the ...

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

/ Feb 16, 2017

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

The world's oceans have lost more than 2 percent of their oxygen since 1960, with potentially devastating consequences for sea plants and animals, marine scientists said Wednesday. In those 5½ decades, parts of the oceans devoid of oxygen, called anoxic waters, have quadrupled, said a ...

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 percent ...

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 fitted ...

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 nets ...

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 two ...