Other stories worth reading this weekend:
Scientists from Rutgers University plan to launch the first unmanned, underwater robotic vehicle (a glider) around the world. They recently launched a second test mission from South Africa and plan to fly the glider all the way to northern Brazil which could take up to a year.
“Despite Strong Efforts, Shark Fin Still King in China” from the Inquisitr
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of conservationists, shark fin soup is still and expensive and popular delicacy in China. A recent study found that only 17 of 249 luxury hotels in Beijing, Shenzhen and Fuzhou have stopped serving shark fin soup.
“Dolphin Circus Halted in Prague” from WDC
Thanks mainly to efforts by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), plants for a dolphin circus in Prague have been halted. The Czech Republic currently has no dolphins in captivity so WDC is extremely pleased that the show will most likely not take place.
“FAO fuel saving manual for small vessels” from World Fishing and Aquaculture
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department recently released a manual to help boat owners, builders and designers learn how to reduce fuel consumption. The manual focuses on small fishing vessels (less than 50 feet) that operate at speeds less than 10 knots, covering the majority of the world’s fishing boats.
“Injured killer whale back on job” from UT San Deigo
Nakai, the killer whale that was injured at SeaWorld San Diego in September, is performing in shows again. The injury, which caused controversy between SeaWorld and activists, is 85 to 90 percent healed. To learn more about Nakai’s injury, check out this article: Orca Injured at SeaWorld: Understated or Under Control?
NASA is reusing one of its instruments to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat will be launched in 2014 to the International Space Station where it will help scientists understand more about ocean-atmosphere interactions and how they influence the climate.
“Ocean conservation: A big fight over little fish” from Nature
Check out this interesting article about the theory of fisheries-induced evolution. The theory states that by adhering to size restrictions when fishing, we have actually caused fish to evolve. They are now maturing faster and at smaller sizes. While some of the evidence is compelling, there are many who oppose the theory.
“Oceana to give EU evidence of illegal fishing” from World Fishing and Aquaculture
Oceana, a conservation group, recently announced that it will send evidence of illegal fishing activity in protected areas near Cabrera and south Majorca. Many of the cases involve the use of fishing gear that is banned in certain habitats and violate regulations that have been in place in the EU for six years.
“Sea Shepherd intercepts Japanese whaling fleet” from ABC News
Earlier in the week, Sea Shepherd’s vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, made the first contact with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. They intercepted the harpoon ship, the Yushin Maru 3, on Tuesday. Watch the video in the link to learn more. For additional information, check out this article: Japanese whalers ordered out of Australian waters.
“Seal Eats Shark: Amazing Feeding Event Photographed in South Africa” from the Huffington Post
Check out these must-see photos of a seal who seems to have forgotten his place in the food chain. Chris Fallows, a South African photographer, captured this amazing event for the first time. What’s even more amazing is that this wasn’t a one-time event…this seal killed five sharks in one afternoon.
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