Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Fishermen Want Humpback Whales Off Endangered List” from NPR (link no longer active)
Check out this interesting article about a group of Hawaii fishermen asking the federal government to remove northern Pacific humpback whales from the endangered species list. The group says they no longer need the protection because their population has steadily increased since the start of international ban on commercial whaling. Although removing humpbacks from the endangered species list wouldn’t allow this group to start hunting them (they are still protected by the whaling ban) they feel that too many species are added to the list and not enough are taken off.
“Malice and grief in Southern waters” from World Fishing and Aquaculture
Fishing can be a dangerous occupation. That is true worldwide, but in areas where there is political controversy, pirates or illegal fishing, it can be much worse. Check out this interesting article about the dangers fishermen face in southern waters.
“‘Monster’ Carcass Washes Ashore in New Zealand” from Discovery News
The “mysterious carcass” that washed ashore in New Zealand last week turned out to be the remains of a killer whale–easily identifiable by it’s flipper. Check out this article to learn about other “sea monsters” that turned out to be regular, boring animals. And check out this article to learn about another “mystery fish” caught last week: ‘Mystery fish’ turns out to be 125-pound opah, a rare catch aboard Southern California half-day boat.
“Mystery of the Mantas in the Seychelles” from Manta Trust
Manta Trust has started a new project in the Seychelles island of D’Arros where researchers are collecting data on population demographics and movements of manta rays. Check out this article to learn more about Manta Trust and the new project.
“San Diego diver has close encounter with large Sevengill shark at La Jolla Cove” from The Examiner
Sevengill shark encounters have been on the rise again in La Jolla Cove. Check out this cool video from a diver who was lucky enough to see one up close.
Scientists have recently developed the first global model that analyzes the movement of invasive species in the ocean. By studying the movements of cargo ships (where many invasive species can catch a ride in the ballast water) the researchers were able to identify hotspots where the invasive species might thrive. Hotspots include Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Panama and Suez canals. The longer the trip, and the colder the destination, the less likely it is that invasive species will thrive.
“Sturgeon search” from U Del
Due to overfishing, Atlantic sturgeon (fish sought for its caviar) are now endangered. It is estimated that there are fewer than 300 adults left. Researchers are now trying to learn more about sturgeon migration patterns by using satellites, acoustic transmitters and underwater robots. Hopefully, this knowledge will help fishermen avoid spots where they may unintentionally catch them.
“Time to Serve Up Antarctic Marine Reserves, Not Chilean Sea Bass” from Pew Environment
Check out this interesting post about Antarctic toothfish, better known as Chilean sea bass, which is caught in the Ross Sea. Hopefully, the Ross Sea will become the world’s largest marine reserve this summer, but right now it is being dangerously overfished.
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