Fishing ranked Australia’s riskiest job
Fishing beats truck driving, farming, mining and construction as Australia’s most dangerous job, primarily due to the dangers of working on the high seas. Fishing was listed as 17 times more dangerous than mining.
Formaldehyde Detected in Supermarket Fish Imported from Asia
A new study found that about 25 percent of all fish sampled contained unnatural levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that is commonly used as a medical disinfectant or embalming agent. All the fish containing formaldehyde were imported from Asian countries. The report notes that although formaldehyde is illegal in food beyond the naturally occurring amount, fish is imported to the US is not tested for the chemical. In fact, only four percent of imported fish get tested for contaminants at all.
Hong Kong Government Takes Steps to Protect Sharks and Bluefin Tuna
The Hong Kong government recently adopted new measures to promote sustainability at official functions. The new guidelines will remove shark fins and bluefin tuna from the menus at any official events. Hong Kong is the world’s largest shark fin market, so this represents a huge step for shark conservation.
Unprecedented Rate and Scale of Ocean Acidification Found in the Arctic
A new study found that acidification of the Arctic Ocean is happening much faster than projected. Researchers are blaming the increase in rate on rapidly melting sea ice because as the ice recedes the seawater beneath it gets exposed to carbon dioxide which is the main driver of ocean acidification.
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