ARTICLES RELATING TO MARINE LIFE

Fishing in Paris ‘trending' for young hipsters

2014-07-23 08:20

The once polluted Seine River in France has now become a hub for fishermen from all over the world. The waterway has been cleaned up and turned into a popular haunt for young bohemians.

Rare find: A blue red king crab

2014-07-21 09:28

A rare blue-coloured red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

Choked on a sea lion, be careful what you eat

2014-07-17 10:00

A great white shark that washed up on an Australian beach this week had a sea lion stuck in its throat which likely caused its death, fisheries officials say.

Famous Alaskan whale killed by ship

2014-07-14 11:04

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 12m female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

Rush to rescue stranded whale in Australia

2014-07-09 16:03

Australian authorities have struggled to rescue a beached baby whale and have been forced to suspend the operation as fading light hampered efforts to return it to sea.

Scalloped hammer sharks listed as endangered

2014-07-04 13:05

The National Marine Fisheries Service have classified as endangered and threatened four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favoured as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

Calls for speed limits on Great Barrier Reef

2014-07-03 14:32

Cargo ships travelling in the Great Barrier Reef area should have speed limits in known whale zones to reduce fatal collisions, a report says.

Caribbean corals could vanish in 20 years

2014-07-02 12:59

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear within 20 years as overfishing has all but wiped out the fish that feast on coral-smothering algae, the UN says.

132 seahorses seized

2014-07-01 21:03

Seahorses with an estimated value of R100 000 have been seized at a container depot near Port Elizabeth.

Norway takes on sea lice

2014-06-27 13:25

Norway may introduce new measures to combat the levels of sea lice in the fish farming industry, fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker says.

Fishermen throw away $1bn worth of fish a year

2014-06-27 10:59

US commercial fishermen are throwing away about $1bn worth of edible fish each year, according to a conservation group which is advocating for incentives to stop the waste.

Alaska humpback whales may lose endangered status

2014-06-26 14:28

Alaska's humpback whales are swimming a little closer to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years.

Fish farming could feed SA poor

2014-06-25 08:39

An innovative fish farm project in Cape Town could help poor communities find new ways to make a living by growing fish for sale in shipping containers.

Calls for a 5 year deadline to curb over-fishing

2014-06-24 08:37

Governments should set a five-year deadline to crack down on over-fishing and pollution, or parts of the oceans may have to be declared off-limits to industrial fishing.

BP spill slowing one of ocean’s fastest fish

2014-06-23 12:25

A study in the US says mahi-mahi, a popular fish among restaurants have been exposed to oil from the 2010 BP spill, and as such they swim nearly half as fast as their unaffected counterparts.

'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink

2014-06-20 07:12

Microscopic creatures could be helping reduce marine garbage on the ocean surface, not only by "eating" plastics but by causing tiny pieces to sink to the seafloor.

Hard of hearing? Not us, say crabs

2014-06-18 07:28

Crabs have a sort of inner ear that helps them to hear nearby predators, US scientists have found.

Kerry calls for strategy to save world's oceans

2014-06-17 09:44

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global strategy to save the world's oceans, saying everyone had a 'shared responsibility' to protect the seas covering 75% of the planet.

Philippine police seize half-ton of shark meat

2014-06-14 16:25

Police in the central Philippines have seized half a ton of shark meat destined for use in fried fish snacks.

Climate change: Winners and losers for penguins

2014-06-13 14:33

Penguin species in the Antarctic that once benefited from rising temperatures are now in decline due to warming gone too far, scientists say.

Your tuna sashimi may cost you more

2014-06-12 10:09

Pacific island nations have announced plans to dramatically increase the fees they charge tuna fishing boats for the right to enter their waters, saying it will boost revenue.

Fossils reveal details of jawless ancient fish

2014-06-12 07:32

New fossils are providing critical details about one of the earliest known fishes, and researchers say that helps show how jaws evolved in animals that have backbones.

Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss

2014-06-10 13:41

An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan's Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official says.

Calls for urgent action to save 'hobbit' dolphin

2014-06-10 07:38

Marine scientists have urged New Zealand to step up efforts to save the world's rarest dolphin, saying only a few dozen Maui's remain and immediate action is needed.

 

Calls for a 'controlled hunt' of seals

2014-07-22 05:00

Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

'Bizarre' sea creatures found in China

2014-07-17 13:31

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains, showing in fine detail the brain structures, of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators half a billion years ago.

Watch: Plane nearly rams into whale

2014-07-17 07:38

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

2014-07-10 08:23

Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale on Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

Perlemoen bust - 4 arrested

2014-07-08 22:44

Four foreign nationals have been arrested after a raid on an illegal perlemoen drying plant in Benoni on the East Rand.

Marine biologists urge end to Aussie shark cull

2014-07-04 07:25

Hundreds of the world's top marine scientists have called for Australia to ditch its shark cull policy, arguing there is no evidence that it makes beaches safer, a report says.

5 things about Cousteau's undersea mission

2014-07-02 22:35

Five things to know about Fabien Cousteau's 31-day underwater experiment in the Florida Keys.

88% of ocean's surface has plastic debris: Study

2014-07-02 10:30

As much as 88% of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists say.

Whale rescued near Cape Point

2014-06-29 19:42

A ten metre adolescent humpback whale has been rescued near Cape Point, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network says.

Oldest animal-built reef found in Namibia

2014-06-27 12:38

Researchers say they have found fossils of the oldest-known animal-made reef in Namibia, built by a small, filter-feeding seabed creature called Cloudina.

Should we capture fish just to look at them?

2014-06-27 08:43

Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Hawaii's Big Island is well managed, but it has become the focus of a fight over whether it's appropriate to remove fish from reefs for people to look at and enjoy.

Kids gasp in horror as whale gets carved up

2014-06-26 12:23

As Japan's whaling season starts, workers in Minamiboso carved up one of the animals as a crowd of school students and residents watched, with free samples of its fried meat handed out later.

N Zealand may allow oil rig in dolphin sanctuary

2014-06-24 11:42

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has dismissed concerns about allowing oil exploration in waters set aside to protect the world's rarest dolphin as 'mumbo jumbo'.

Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

2014-06-23 13:20

The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the UN warns at the global environment conference.

Animal protectors face blackmail allegations

2014-06-23 08:43

China's river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been hit by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by emerging environmentalists.

Rare white whale 'Migaloo' spotted off Sydney

2014-06-20 09:22

An extremely rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Sydney in event onlookers called an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

California 's drought foces trout to be moved

2014-06-18 12:47

Millions of young trout are being evacuated from a California hatchery, as summer heat and the state's ongoing drought combine to make the water too warm for them to survive.

Great white sharks plentiful off US west coast

2014-06-17 10:42

Great white sharks are likely rising in numbers off the coast of California and are not at risk of extinction despite some reports to the contrary, US researchers say.

US hosts talks to save oceans under siege

2014-06-15 22:02

US Secretary of State John Kerry will launch an unprecedented global effort to save the world's oceans under siege from overfishing, climate change and pollution.

Japan kills 30 whales in new hunt

2014-06-13 21:40

Japan has killed 30 whales in the first hunt since an international court halted its Antarctic whaling.

Rare delicacy: Japan eel on species red list

2014-06-13 11:42

A Japanese eel that is a popular summertime delicacy has been put on the international 'red list' for endangered species.

Australia says Barrier Reef not in jeopardy

2014-06-12 08:42

Australia says it was confident the Great Barrier Reef will avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been reduced.

Illegal fishing needs to stop says EU

2014-06-10 14:04

The European Commission has delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the EU.

Great white consumed by mystery creature

2014-06-10 11:33

A 2.7m great white shark was brutally killed and eaten by what scientists are calling a mysterious creature. Now they are on hunt to find the creature.

Injured sea turtle rescued near Yzerfontein

2014-06-09 08:30

An injured 76kg sea turtle found between rocks in Yzerfontein, in the Western Cape, has been rescued, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

 
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