More than 217 civil society groups are calling on fisheries ministers to support and end to overfishing as negotiations on the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) come to an end. This request comes after the 27 fisheries ministers on the Fisheries Council reject the target to end overfishing in the EU by 2015. Instead, they agree to a 2020 deadline, but have not set a date for the restoration of fish stocks. You can read the whole letter here: Letter from 217 civil groups to EU Fisheries Ministers.
A new study shows that the bottom-dwelling goosfish (Lophius americanus or monkfish) preys on small Arctic seabirds called dovekies (Alle alle or little auk), the smallest member of the puffin family. You might wonder how a bottom-dwelling fish ends up eating birds. It turns out the dovekies can dive to depths of more than 100 feet to prey on small fish and crustaceans and goosfish are highly opportunistic feeders. Goosfish come to the surface only to migrate or to spawn. If they happen to cross paths with a little auk on their way to the surface, they will take advantage of the easy meal.
Following a 2010 workshop, researchers from eight institutions have joined to establish a cooperative marine biodiversity observation network that would monitor the health of marine ecosystems, as well as the abundance and distribution of ocean life. Climate change, overfishing, invasive species and habitat destruction continue to threaten our oceans, so this network would allow researchers to track biodiversity and better manage important areas.
South Africa recently designated the Prince Edward Islands as a marine protected area (MPA). This is the country’s first offshore MPA. The islands are home to albatrosses, penguins, killer whales and Patagonian toothfish (Chilean Seabass) stocks, all of which have been threatened by illegal fishing. The creation of the MPA will help preserve the impressive biodiversity in the area.
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