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Conservation of Ancient Fishes: Reintroducing the Alligator Gar; and What About Those Carp?

Changing Planet<p><i>Posted by Dr. Solomon David, research associate at Shedd Aquarium.</i><p>Gars and bowfin have been around since the dinosaurs; in fact, they’ve outlasted them. More recently, however, a modern creature has threatened these ancient fishes: humans. Misunderstood and much-maligned, these …

Study finds more sharks than ever swimming in waters along the East Coast

More sharks than ever are swimming along the East Coast, federal researchers announced this week, amid a busy summer in which a record number of the fish have attacked North Carolina beachgoers.<p>Scientists with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured and tagged 2,835 …

North Carolina

Wild Fisheries: New Hope for the Blue Economy

Changing Planet<p>By Amanda Leland<p>What is the blue economy? Hundreds of people from around the world are gathered this week in Cascais, Portugal at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit 2015 to answer this question and discuss ways to catalyze growth in this important sector.<p>Historically, capture …

Scientists baffled by gray whale's record journey

A gray whale named Varvara has surprised marine scientists with an epic six-month migration of nearly 14,000 miles. That's the longest such journey ever recorded of a mammal, surpassing the humpback whale's migration of about 10,000 miles, reports <i>USA Today</i>.<p>Varvara began her journey off the coast of …

Humpback Whales

US govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

The Southeast shrimp trawl industry, the largest in the United States, kills some 53,000 of the turtles each year in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, the advocacy group Oceana said.<p>"If people knew that their order of shrimp cocktail came with a side of government-authorized sea turtle they …

Sea Turtles
Conservation

Monster catfish which looks big enough to swallow a man whole caught in Italy

The giant fish, which weighed 20 stone, was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in northern Italy<p>With its huge, gaping mouth, it looks big enough to swallow a person whole.<p>This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po …

Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, NASA says

Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys spewing hot water deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets, NASA says.<p>The shrimp are called Rimicaris hybisae (no, we can't pronounce it either). They live in clumps on hydrothermal …

Horseshoe Crabs Mate in Annual Beach "Orgy"

Delaware Bay in the eastern U.S. is ground zero for the annual horseshoe crab spawning ritual.<p>Up and down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, horseshoe crabs, which have been around for some 450 million years (200 million years before dinosaurs), are spawning. The crabs live in the ocean year-round but come …

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management—Part IV

Changing Planet<p><b>Protecting essential fish habitat: Homes and nurseries</b><p>On May 29, the House Natural Resources Committee met to refine legislation reauthorizing and amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law that governs fishing in U.S. ocean waters. This is …

Great White Sharks Thriving in U.S. Waters

Two new reports find that great white shark populations are recovering after years of fishing pressure on the East and West Coasts.<p>It's a bad time to be a seal. That's because great white sharks are on the rebound.<p><b>In fact, two new studies say that these iconic fish are doing better than expected</b> …

Jaw-Dropping Underwater Photos of the Most Enormous Predatory Hunt in the World

The southern African sardine run happens from May through July when literally billions of sardines spawn in the waters of the Agulhas Bank and travel …

East Africa

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Fishers recently captured a rare megamouth shark, similar to the one depicted in the image above, off the coast of Japan. Photograph by Natural History Museum and Institute/Reuters<p><b>It’s been a banner month for rare shark sightings. Last week a fisher off the coast of Florida</b> …

SCOTUS and the missing groupers

Not even Supreme Court justices can resist a good fish story.<p>The court said Monday it will hear the case of a Florida fisherman charged with destroying evidence — three small grouper — under a federal law originally aimed at the accounting industry.<p>Commercial fishing boat captain John Yates argues …

Up to 27% of America’s imported tuna is caught illegally

If you’re American seafood-eater, the odds are very high that you’ve sampled what’s essentially black-market fish. Some 20-32% of wild-caught seafood imports to the US made it without adhering to fishery management laws, according to a new study, based on 2011 data. Alarming given that more than …

Biodiversity

New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species

A new report by Oceana exposes nine U.S. fisheries that throw away half of what they catch, and kill dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and more in the …

Scientists Track a Great White Shark Across the Atlantic for the First Time

Tagged off Florida, the mature female is now closing in on the U.K.'s Cornish coast.<p>Ever since researchers tagged a great white shark nicknamed Lydia off Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013, they've been keeping a close eye on her. Their vigilance was rewarded this past weekend when the 14-foot …

High-Tech Tuna Researcher Uncovers Marvels of the Big Fish

Stanford professor Barbara Block has pioneered tagging and tracking tools.<p>We met 30 years ago, Barbara Block and I, over the body of a huge Pacific blue marlin. We were standing on the dock at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, on opposite sides of the table supporting the fish. Professor …

Possible World-Record Redear Sunfish Caught in Arizona

An Arizona man fishing Lake Havasu on Feb. 16, 2014, caught a 5.78-pound redear sunfish that could eclipse the current world record.<p>According to the …

Rare Video Shows Deep-Sea Squid Fighting Epic Battle With an Owlfish

Wildlife<p>This rare video published on January 13 shows a deep-sea squid (<i>Gonatus onyx)</i> fighting to eat what appears to be a larger owlfish (<i>Pseudobathylagus milleri</i>). The video was made with the remotely operated vehicle <i>Doc Ricketts</i>, by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).<p>The squid, …

Albino Dolphin: Uncertain Fate Awaits Rare Calf Captured in Japanese Hunt

Vulnerable youngster at risk in captivity, expert says.<p>A rare albino dolphin calf, rounded up in a dolphin hunt off of Japan earlier this month, is now on display at a Japanese whale museum, where experts say its long-term survival is in doubt.<p>The dolphin, a female believed to be less than a year …

Slaughterhouse Said to Process "Horrifying" Number of Whale Sharks Annually

A recently released report by a nongovernmental organization found that about 600 whale sharks and basking sharks are processed by a factory in China every year.<p>Whale sharks are being slaughtered: That's the shocking news from a report issued by WildLifeRisk, a nongovernmental organization. A …

Shark Tagging & Tracking: Separating Fact from Fiction

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>For several years now, I have been using electronic tagging to study the movements and behaviors of sharks. You can find out more about this research HERE and watch a video HERE.<p>I previously wrote about the state of electronic tagging and tracking marine animals. However, …

Mexico is Saving Sharks While Australia Kills Them

Changing Planet<p>There was great news out of Mexico this week when the Mexican government announced a permanent ban on fishing for great white sharks (<i>Carcharodon carcharias</i>). The measure applies to national waters on both coasts and is notable because it means that white sharks caught accidentally – …