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  • Sting operation - jellyfish `blooms` may endanger fish stocks

    Surges in jellyfish populations may be one reason for a drop in fish stocks observed in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, according to a new report published by FAO. Overfishing, which removes top predators from the sea, is one of the factors behind jellyfish "blooms", or suddenly increased numbers. A "vicious circle" can then follow in which large numbers of medusae feed on fish larvae and ...

  • US fish farms tap former coal mines for water

    In the Appalachian mountains of the United States, growing numbers of fish farmers are raising trout, catfish, and even salmon throughout the valleys of the state of West Virginia. What they'd rather not tell you, however, is that the source of their water is deserted coal mines. Worry not, seafood lovers. According to independent experts from within West Virginia and outside the state, the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Increased fishing depths puts pressure on vulnerable deep-sea species

    A new study reports that fishing depths in the EU have increased, with more deep-sea fish species being harvested. Deep-sea fish populations are often more vulnerable to effects of fishing, and the ecological impact of overfishing may therefore be greater than for shallow-water species. Overexploitation of fish in shallow waters, coupled with technological advances in fishing techniques, ...

  • China scoops up 100,000 kg of poisoned dead fish

    Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. The Hubei province environmental protection department, notified of the piles of dead fish in central China's Fuhe River on Monday, pointed the finger ...


    By Associated Press

  • Salmon population crash shuts down west coast fishery

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council today closed the commercial and sport chinook fisheries off the coast of California and most of Oregon and will allow only a 9,000 fishery for hatchery coho only off of Central Oregon. The council adopted the most restrictive salmon fishing quotes in the history of the West Coast in response to the unprecedented collapse of the Sacramento River fall chinook ...

  • World Governments Adopt Sustainable Fisheries Resolution

    NEW YORK, New York, (ENS) - Concerned that overfishing, illegal catches, wasteful methods and destructive techniques are depleting fish stocks and ruining fragile marine habitats in many parts of the world, the UN General Assembly Friday called on all nations to take 'immediate action,' to sustainably manage fish stocks, and protect vulnerable deep sea ecosystems from harmful fishing ...

  • Small-scale Swedish freshwater fishery gains international recognition through MSC

    The Swedish small-scale pike-perch fishery has been successfully re-assessed against the MSC environmental standard, and can once again be sold to key European fresh fish markets with the blue ecolabel. Overcoming challenges The fishery was the world’s first freshwater fishery and the first Swedish fishery to become MSC certified in 2006. The 30 fishermen working on ...

  • Financial Times: Out of the malaise

    Out of the ashes of the current financial crisis, where should the 21st-century global economy look for real and long-term growth, genuine prosperity and job creation? What about a 'Global Green New Deal'? Faced with the Great Depression, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt rapidly adopted his recovery-focused New Deal. It brought in banking and industrial reforms alongside emergency relief, work ...

  • Fisheries certification update: November 2013

    Collectively, the fisheries certified since our last newsletter bring an estimated additional 880,000 tonnes of fish into the market with the potential to carry the MSC label. They include whitefish, shellfish, herring form several fisheries and toothfish. Whitefish certifications welcomed by buyers The ...

  • Healthy soils for a healthy planet

    Healthy soils are vital in a world challenged by climate change. We need to decide how best to use land to provide food for a growing population and how it can be used to mitigate the effects of manmade emissions. The quality of soil must be maintained or restored if it is to provide its essential services: cycling nutrients, water and air, supporting biodiversity and acting as a substantial ...

  • MSC and Sealord join forces to promote certified sustainable seafood

    The MSC, in partnership with Sealord, will reward Australia’s school children for sharing their thoughts about sustainable fishing as part of the SAVE SOME FOR ME campaign to launch in Woolworths this week. Engaging the next generation For the next four weeks, Woolworths customers ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • Global warming having direct impact on the world`s key fishing grounds

    Climate change is emerging as the latest threat to the world's dwindling fish stocks a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests. At least three quarters of the globe's key fishing grounds may become seriously impacted by changes in circulation as a result of the ocean's natural pumping systems fading and falling they suggest. These natural pumps, dotted at sites across the ...

  • Sustainability at a Profit

    How profitable are the world's major industrial and agricultural sectors? According to a new report by the London-based consultancy Trucost, when one accounts for these sectors' costs to third parties in the form of environmental and other damages, the answer is "not very." Many sectors seem lucrative when ...

  • Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand

    The creation of a global partnership to help ensure that the world’s fish supplies can keep pace with booming demand has received a green light from FAO’s Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. Over 50 countries endorsed the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme, which will bring together governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to ...

  • World fisheries must prepare for climate change

    The fishing industry and national fisheries authorities must do more to understand and prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on world fisheries, says a new FAO report published today. According to the latest edition of the UN agency's The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA), existing responsible fishing practices need to be more widely implemented and current ...

  • Aker BioMarine secures sustainable future for krill in the Antarctic Southern Ocean

    The Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery has been recertified against the world’s most robust standard for environmentally sustainable fishing. A rigorous, third party assessment has shown that the Antarctic based ...

  • Extending responsible fisheries management to the ocean deeps

    On the first-ever UN World Oceans Day FAO has published a set of technical guidelines aimed at helping the fisheries sector reduce its impacts on fragile deep-sea fish species and ecosystems. The guidelines provide a framework that countries can use, individually and in the context of regional fisheries management organizations, to manage deep sea fisheries (DSF) in high-seas areas outside of ...

  • Brian McClendon, co-founder and VP of Google Earth Awarded Top UN Environment Prize

    Brian McClendon, co-founder and VP of Google Earth is to receive the United Nation's highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth Award 2013, for harnessing the power of technology to support conservation and green economic development. Mr. McClendon was recognized for providing powerful tools, through Google Earth, to monitor the state of the environment, allowing researchers to ...

  • The Role of Forest Carbon in Emerging Ecomarkets Will be Significant

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., — Forest carbon will play a significant role in emerging environmental markets designed to address climate change, despite the reluctance of some countries to accept forest carbon offsets, predicted environmental economics expert Ricardo Bayon at a seminar for forestry professionals representing all facets of the industry. “Forest carbon has been ostracized by the world’s ...


    By ImageTree Corporation

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