Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

2016-10-28 07:43

The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica is to be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached.

IWC agrees to stricter oversight of 'science' hunts

2016-10-27 17:09

The world's whaling watchdog has agreed to stricter oversight of whale hunts conducted under an exemption to a 30-year old moratorium which detractors claim Japan abuses for commercial hauls.

'Stinky whale' whiff wafts over whaling talks

2016-10-26 20:52

Between explosive diplomatic quarrels and pressing animal welfare concerns, world whaling talks have come up against an unusual challenge - that of "stinky whales".

Whaling nations sink bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

2016-10-25 21:15

Whaling nations have defeated a renewed bid by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle

2016-10-24 21:01

Pro- and anti-whaling nations have dug in their heels at a key meeting where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts.

Danish angling bonanza: 80 000 trout set free by accident

2016-10-12 16:33

Anglers are rushing to a western fjord to catch some of the up to 80 000 farmed rainbow trout accidentally released into Danish waters, hoping to keep them from upsetting the area's ecological balance.

Thailand suspends seahorse trade

2016-09-29 19:17

Thailand has suspended the seahorse trade amid conservation concerns.

Coral fish stress out if separated from 'shoal-mates'

2016-09-22 21:04

Coral fish become stressed and lose weight if they are separated from each other, hampering their chances of survival, an Australian study has revealed.

Man nabbed with abalone worth R300k following police chase

2016-09-15 23:00

Western Cape police have confirmed that a man who was caught with abalone worth R300 000 following a police chase will appear in the Strand Magistrate's Court on charges of illegal possession and transporting of abalone.

Obama declares new marine reserve at Oceans summit

2016-09-15 18:15

US President Barack Obama is set to announce the creation of a new marine reserve as Washington hosts a major world summit on protecting the planet's oceans.


Humanity decimating planet's wildlife - report

2016-10-27 19:01

Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone - fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals - have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study.

Lucky escape for Camps Bay swimmer swept out to sea

2016-10-26 22:59

A swimmer who was swept out to sea by rip currents at Camps Bay beach has been lucky to survive after a local and a body boarder came to his aid.

Japan, West clash over whale hunts

2016-10-26 16:36

Japan has pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

An upside to Hurricane Matthew - bigger shrimp

2016-10-25 18:55

Hurricane Matthew flooded roads and homes and tore branches from trees, but there has been one upside to the storm - bigger shrimp.

Drama unfolds in R2m perlemoen bust

2016-10-18 21:25

Blood, adrenaline, and drama were involved in a sting operation that netted R2m worth of perlemoen in Somerset West.

Researchers find abundant life in Hawaii's twilight zone

2016-10-04 17:22

Coral reefs in Hawaii's oceanic twilight zone are abundant and home to a diverse and plentiful number of regionally unique fish species, a study shows.

2 arrested in R4.5m perlemoen bust

2016-09-27 21:06

Two men have been arrested after an apparent illegal perlemoen processing facility was uncovered in Gordon's Bay, the Western Cape Hawks say.

World's oldest fishhooks found in Japan - researchers

2016-09-19 20:19

Fishhooks found on a southern Japanese island dates back some 23 000 years, making them among the world's oldest fishing implements, researchers say.

Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change

2016-09-15 22:12

President Barack Obama says he created the first monument in the Atlantic Ocean because the planet cannot be protected without protecting its oceans.

DiCaprio unveils free technology to spy on global fishing

2016-09-15 16:48

American movie star Leonardo DiCaprio is unveiling a new, free technology that allows users to spy on global fishing practices, in a bid to curb illegal fishing.

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