Tuesday 03 April 2012
Expert task force recommends halving global fishing for crucial prey speciesEurekAlert | 03 Apr 2012
Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in half globally to account for their critical role as food for larger species, recommends an expert group of marine scientists in a report released today. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force conducted the most comprehensive worldwide analysis of the science and management of forage fish populations to date.
New comparison of ocean temperatures reveals rise over the last centuryEurekAlert | 03 Apr 2012
A new study contrasting ocean temperature readings of the 1870s with temperatures of the modern seas reveals an upward trend of global ocean warming spanning at least 100 years. The research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego physical oceanographer Dean Roemmich shows a .33-degree Celsius (.59-degree Fahrenheit) average increase in the upper portions of the ocean to 700 meters (2,300 feet) depth.
Corals 'could survive a more acidic ocean'EurekAlert | 03 Apr 2012
Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought - giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation. In new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international scientific team has identified a powerful internal mechanism that could enable some corals and their symbiotic algae to counter the adverse impact of a more acidic ocean.
The future of sustainable mackerel in jeopardyWorld Wide Fund For Nature | 03 Apr 2012
Gland, Switzerland: WWF is disappointed that the final round of negotiations over Northeast Atlantic mackerel quotas between the European Union (EU), Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands failed to result in an agreement, seriously jeopardizing the future of this fish stock.
Global warming began in oceans 135 years ago, suggests studyChristian Science Monitor | 03 Apr 2012
The world's oceans have been warming for more than 100 years, twice as long as previously believed, new research suggests. The findings could help scientists better understand the Earth's record of sea-level rise, which is partly due to the expansion of water that happens as it heats up, researchers added.
Total to send expert team to assess gas leak soonReuters | 03 Apr 2012
ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - France's Total plans to send a team of experts on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning to assess the steps needed to stop a large and potentially explosive gas leak at its North Sea Elgin platform, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
MSC suspends mackerel certificatesWorld Fishing | 03 Apr 2012
The certifiers for seven MSC certified mackerel fisheries in the North East Atlantic ocean have suspended the fisheries' certificates.
Greenpeace: WPFC meeting fails tunaWorld Fishing | 03 Apr 2012
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting ended having failed to reach agreement on necessary conservation measures, putting Pacific tuna populations on coarse to collapse, says Greenpeace.
WWF: Commission blind to bigeye fateWorld Fishing | 03 Apr 2012
Deadlocked talks and a deferral of key conservation and management measures for high value tuna stocks mark a disappointing outcome for the annual meeting of The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
New pole & line organisation launchedWorld Fishing | 03 Apr 2012
A new organisation has been launched to ensure the fast growing demand for pole-and-line caught tuna can be met without compromising the sustainability of the fisheries.
Aussies increase fishery catch limitsWorld Fishing | 03 Apr 2012
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has reported positive scientific trends in fish stocks resulting in the increase of catch limits for key species at the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.
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