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Recreational angler should get higher catch quotas than the industrial sector

by: Jürgen Oeder
A NOAA report shows significant economic benefits of recreational fishing in California's national marine sanctuaries. -  Anglers spent approximately $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing in Californias four national marine sanctuaries on average, which generated more than $200 million in...

Open Fire!

by: Jürgen Oeder
The Pacific island nation of Palau has set fire to four Vietnamese vessels caught illegally fishing operating in its waters. “We wanted to send a very strong message. Captains will be prosecuted and jailed. Nothing will be gained from poaching...

Tiger sharks migrate like birds

by: Jürgen Oeder
The tracked sharks followed the same migration pattern each year and returned to almost the same small area in the Caribbean each time. There, the males will find female tiger sharks and mate. But why they travel so far north...

Cold hearted bluefin tuna

by: Jürgen Oeder
Bluefin tuna can keep their hearts pumping during temperature changes that would stop a human heart: Adrenalin is the triggering key factor. Scientists at the University of Manchester and at Stanford University in the USA discovered that adrenalin keeps the...

We do not catch clever fish

by: Jürgen Oeder
Scientist have investigated the fish populations at the coast of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea and found that some fish species show enhanced gear-avoidance behaviour in regions with high angling intensity compared to fish exposed to low levels of exploitation...

Bluefin tuna stock biomass underestimated

by: Jürgen Oeder
Scientific studies have clarified that the equation relating the size and weight of the eastern Bluefin tuna stock (including the Mediterranean one) underestimates the actual weight up to 12.5 per cent for larger specimens. This is bad news for purse...

Open letter to Mrs Damanki

by: Jürgen Oeder
Open Letter to: European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki Dear Mrs Damanaki, I am a journalist and author of a book on the deep sea fishing and would like to thank for your work on behalf of...

European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets

by: Kopp
The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015. Although rules are already in place to forbid using driftnets to catch certain migratory fishes, the...

Ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny snails off the U.S. West Coast

by: Kopp
A NOAA-led research team has found the first evidence that acidity of continental shelf waters off the West Coast is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming marine snails, called pteropods, which provide food for pink salmon, mackerel and herring, according...

El Nino Outlook Neutral Into Spring

by: Jürgen Oeder
Due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the El Nino phenomenon is unlikely to cause extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere into spring 2014. Atmospheric and oceanic conditions over the last month indicated a neutral El Nino forecast heading...