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Open Water: Japanese Diver Survives Ten-hour Ordeal At Sea Off Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Aug 22, 2007 17:38 EST

A Japanese man was plucked out of the waters off Malaysia after 10 hours adrift at sea after he went missing on a diving trip, news reports said Tuesday. The 32-year-old, whose family name was given as Miyazawa, was pulled...
 
Russian Agency Seeks 'Extremely Tight State Monopoly' Over Sturgeon, Black Caviar Trade
Moscow, Russia - Aug 21, 2007 14:32 EST

Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) unveil a draft law on August 31 to introduce a state monopoly on trade in sturgeon and black caviar. The bill would be introduced at a meeting in the city of Astrakhan of the...
 
Indian Tourists Cautioned Over Killer Croc On The Prowl
Kendrapara, India - Aug 17, 2007 17:55 EST

Perturbed over reports of a giant 18-feet-long crocodile running amuck, the wildlife officialsl of Bhitarkanika National Park have cautioned the tourists and the locals settlers on possible attacks by the reptile. Lately the reptile has ensconced along the Khola water...
 
'World Record' Siamese Giant Carp Caught In Thailand; 'The Fish Kept Slapping People With Its Tail'
Bangkok, Thailand - Jul 17, 2007 16:43 EST

A claim has been made that the world's biggest carp has been caught in Thailand by a local fisherman named Kik. Kik, who works as a guide for mainly European sportsmen, said the monster carp was caught caught on...
 
WWF: Endangered Gray Whales Vanishing From Russian Waters Amid Oil Exploration Projects
Moscow, Russia - Jul 5, 2007 16:08 EST

Noise pollution from a gas and oil project in the Russia Far East is the likely cause behind critically endangered western gray whales abandoning their only known feeding area. The installation of a platform by Sakhalin Energy at Shell’s Sakhalin II...
 
3,500 Artificial Reef Domes Placed Off Philippines Coastal City; 'I Hope That Others Will Follow Our Lead'
General Santos City, The Philippines - Jun 18, 2007 15:31 EST

Over 3,500 artificial reef domes have been submerged in parts of the 214,000-hectare Sarangani Bay to protect it, two years after private scuba diving aficionados started the project. The Sarangani Bay Divers were elated that their project has gained the support...
 
Chinese Fishermen Snare Mammoth 30-foot, 5-ton 'Blue' Shark
Jiangsu Province, China - Jun 9, 2007 05:36 EST

A giant 'blue' [basking?] shark was captured by a fisher in east China's Jiangsu Province on the afternoon of May 23. The shark was 10 meters long and 1.5 meters wide with a total weight of five tons or so....
 
International Dive Team Reaches The Wreck Of The Stella Polaris; Treacherous Waters Challenge Explorers
Kushimoto, Japan - May 29, 2007 14:42 EST

For the first time ever, an international team of divers from Austria, Britain, and Japan touched down on the shipwrecked Scandinavian passenger liner Stella Polaris. The world famous ship sunk last year off the coast of Kushimoto, Japan. With the help...
 
Biting Discovery: New Ferocious 'Water Strider' Bugs Found To Devour Fish, Sting Humans
Columbia, Missouri - May 21, 2007 14:59 EST

While in Thailand, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher found a treasure-trove of previously unknown information about aquatic insects in the country. In the process, he learned firsthand that a few of these little critters pack quite a punch when they...
 
Kazakh Officials: Abnormally Warm Winter, Early Sea Ice Melt to Blame for Over 800 Seal Deaths
Astana, Kazakhstan - May 1, 2007 14:30 EST

Kazakh officials have blamed the deaths of more than 800 seals off its Caspian Sea coastline on an abnormally warm winter and the early melting of sea ice. "The total number of dead seals by late Monday was 819, including 639...
 
Cambodian Illegal Fishing Crackdown with Vietnamese Leads to Swordfight to the Death
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Apr 25, 2007 16:32 EST

At least three Vietnamese fishermen have been killed in a clash with Cambodian authorities during a crackdown on illegal fishing on a lake in the country's northwest, a senior fishery official said Tuesday. The clash happened Monday when Cambodian authorities tried...
 
Report: Malaysia's 14-year Campaign to Clean-up Rivers a Failure; 10 Percent Unsafe to Touch
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Apr 25, 2007 04:52 EST

A 14-year campaign to clean up Malaysia's rivers has been branded a failure by the country's environment minister after nearly one in ten have become so polluted they are unsafe for humans to touch, reports said Wednesday. Natural Resources and Environment...
 
Indonesia Environmentalists to Lodge Bias Complaints Against Judges Who Cleared U.S. Miner of Pollution Charges
Jakarta, Indonesia - Apr 25, 2007 04:47 EST

Indonesian environmentalists said Wednesday they will lodge complaints of bias against judges who cleared US mining giant Newmont this week of dumping tonnes of toxic waste. Chalid Muhammad, of the Friends of the Earth (Walhi), accused the five judges of siding...
 
Indonesian Court Clears U.S. Mining Giant On Charges of Dumping Toxic Wastes in Bay; 'Reputation Restored'
Manado, Indonesia - Apr 24, 2007 05:44 EST

A court in Indonesia on Tuesday cleared US mining giant Newmont of dumping tonnes of toxic waste, closing for now a case that risked the nation's efforts to increase foreign investment. Prosecutors had sought a three-year jail term for company executive...
 
Chinese Environmental Activist Arrested as Attempts to Save Polluted Lake Ires Officials, Industry
Shanghai, China - Apr 23, 2007 11:33 EST

Prominent Chinese environmental activist Wu Lihong is in police custody after he was arrested for alleged blackmail, his wife said Monday. Dozens of police stormed Wu's house in eastern China on April 13, ransacked it and took his computer and personal...
 
In an Indonesian Bay, Fish, Tumors and Controversy; Verdict Nears Over US Mining Giant's Toxic Waste Claims
Buyat Bay, Indonesia - Apr 23, 2007 11:24 EST

Junaidi, a 20-year-old fisherman, proudly shows off his catch as children play nearby in the turquoise waters of Indonesia's Buyat Bay. "I would not move anywhere else, where else would you easily get this much fish?" asked Junaidi, pointing to a...
 
Officials: Health of India's Only White Crocodile, 'Gori', Said to be Failing
Orissa, India - Apr 18, 2007 18:10 EST

The health profile of a rare estuarine female croc-Gori, country's only captive white crocodile caged in a pen in Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary, has deteriorated considerably since past one week, according to official sources. While there is no palpable threat to...
 
Malaysian Prime Minister: Sipadan Cannot be Developed; Island 'Must be Kept In Its Pristine State'
Petaling Jaya, Malaysai - Apr 13, 2007 17:40 EST

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said development projects cannot be implemented in Pulau Sipadan, Sabah, as the beautiful environment surrounding the island especially the coral reefs need to be protected. "The island is a very valuable asset to the...
 
Rare Shark Ray Snagged by Bangladesh Fisherman
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Apr 11, 2007 17:18 EST

A rare species of fish, which looks like a shark, was caught from deep sea around 20-25 kilometers south of St. Martin's Island yesterday. It has been kept at the under-construction Panowa Bay Park museum of at Cox's Bazar. Marine biologist...
 
Warning Graphic: Sick Crocodile Bites Arm Off Taiwan Zoo Vet
Taiwan - Apr 11, 2007 17:00 EST

Police in Taiwan were forced to shoot a crocodile after it bit off the arm of the zoo veterinarian treating it, an official said on Wednesday. Dramatic television footage showed a police officer firing on the animal to wrest the severed...
 
Hope Turns to Hatchery as Anglers Await Return of Kashmir's Legendary 'Tiger Fish'
Kashmir, Indian - Apr 11, 2007 16:54 EST

A giant freshwater carp nicknamed the “tiger fish” for its great fighting abilities is set to return to the fast-flowing rivers of Indian Kashmir, officials say. Scientists have built a hatchery for breeding the mahseer and hope to restock the...
 
Philippines' Tuna Company Warns Against Stolen Scuba Tanks Containing Carbon Monoxide; 'Silent Killers'
Manila, The Philippines - Apr 8, 2007 15:55 EST

A tuna processing company has allegedly lost recently to thieves 25 scuba diving tanks containing carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas, an owner of a diving equipment shop said last week. British national Christopher Dearne, proprietor of the Tuna City...
 
Protected Marine Species Seized as Philippines' Police Raid Warehouse
Zamboanga, The Philippines - Apr 7, 2007 15:21 EST

Combined government operatives have seized large quantities of banned shell products and dried sea horse that could worth millions of pesos in a raid in this city. The confiscation was made last Thursday at Lian Huat Trading Warehouse located in...
 
Conservation Group: Starfish Invasion Threatening Philippines' Coral Reefs; 'Far From Normal'
Manila, The Philippines - Apr 4, 2007 14:17 EST

Coral-eating starfish have infested several coastal areas in the Philippines, threatening to devastate entire sections of reefs in weeks, a conservation group warned yesterday. The World Wide Fund for Nature reported outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish in at least seven coastal...
 
Chinese Restaurant Shells Out $75,000 for Lucky 'Golden Cash Tiger Fish'
Guangdog, China - Apr 3, 2007 12:31 EST

A Chinese restaurant has paid $75,000 for a giant golden-coloured tiger fish, a symbol of wealth and good fortune, state media said on Tuesday. China News Service said this tiger fish was caught on Sunday off the coast of Zhanjiang,...
 
Pollution, Global Warming Leading to More Seafood Poisonings; 'I Really Thought I was Going to Die'
Ilolilo, The Philippines - Apr 1, 2007 12:50 EST

Bowls of piping hot barracuda soup were the much-anticipated treat when the Roa family gathered for a casual and relaxing Sunday meal. Within hours, all six fell deathly ill. So did two dozen others from the same neighborhood. Some complained of...
 
Philippines Authorities: Ten Vietnamese Fishermen 'Caught in the Act' of Shark Finning off Palawan
Calamba City, The Philippines - Apr 1, 2007 12:42 EST

Personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) arrested 10 Vietnamese fishermen who were caught poaching within the Philippine waters off an island in Balabac, Palawan, aboard a large fishing vessel over the weekend. Malcolm Sarmiento, BFAR director, said...
 
Programming Note: UnderwaterTimes.com’s Editor Jeff Dudas to be Interviewed on Kiwi FM
Miami, Florida - Mar 30, 2007 17:38 EST

Jeff Dudas, editor of UnderwaterTimes.com, will be interviewed on Kiwi FM's “The Wallace Chapman Breakfast” show around 7:15 am New Zealand standard time, or 3:15 pm Sunday, EST, in the United States. Jeff’s interview on the show will be part of...
 
Last Seen in 1859, Rare Borneo Shark Spotted Again in Malaysia; New Species of Ray, Crab ID'd
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Mar 24, 2007 17:00 EST

A rare and endangered shark, not scientifically reported for more than a century, is among marine creatures that have been discovered by University Malaysia Sabah researchers. UMS vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said that apart from the Borneo...
 
Malaysian Minister: Fish Bombers More Troublesome Shark Finners off Sabah Coast; 'Endless Problems'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Mar 24, 2007 16:24 EST

The Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry with the assistance of the police, navy and maritime authority will be deploying enforcement units in a concerted effort to curtail fish-bombing in Sabah waters. Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail identified "endless problems of...
 
Chinese Fisherman Serve Up World's Largest Shark Steak
China - Mar 22, 2007 11:45 EST

It's no longer a secret how five loaves and two fish managed to feed the five thousand - especially if the sea-dwelling delicacies in question were as big as this mammoth fish. More likely to eat than be eaten, this giant...
 
Indian Scientists: Fast-growing, Bacterial-resistant Fish Developed; '17% More Growth Per Generation'
Bhubaneswar, India - Mar 18, 2007 15:27 EST

Scientists in Orissa have developed a variety of fish that they claim grows faster than others and is bacteria resistant. A team of scientists from India and Norway had taken up the project three years ago to develop a variety...
 
Freak! Malaysian Fisherman Reels in Shark with 'Webbed Feet'
Penang, Malaysia - Mar 14, 2007 14:28 EST

Has anyone ever seen a baby shark with webbed feet? A worker of the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) in Batu Maung, Penang, made this unusual find when she was given the 1.7kg fish by a fisherman at the jetty...
 
Raw Video: Argh! Fisherman Killed as Angry Sperm Whale Attacks Boat
Uwajima Bay, Japan - Mar 13, 2007 17:25 EST

An angry whale knocked a Japanese fisherman out of his small boat on Tuesday, and the whole thing was caught on tape. The man had been trying to rescue the whale, which had strayed out of open waters. The body of the...
 
Malaysian Police Seize Fisherman, 500kg of Suspected 'Bombed' Fish off Borneo
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Mar 7, 2007 03:31 EST

Marine police seized about 500kg of suspected bombed fish from a Bajau Filipino fisherman near the Safma market, here, on Tuesday. The 29-year old fisherman had attempted to escape after the marine team spotted his boat while patrolling near Pulau...
 
20 New Shark Species Discovered in Indonesia; 'The Largest Shark Fishery in the World'
Bangkok, Thailand - Feb 28, 2007 16:15 EST

At least 20 new species have been discovered in the first comprehensive survey of Indonesia's sharks and rays since the 1850s. The five-year survey of catches at local fish markets provided the first detailed description of Indonesia's shark and ray fauna...
 
Theft of 'More than a Hectare of Coral Reefs' Uncovered in the Philippines
Cebu City, The Philippines - Feb 8, 2007 20:38 EST

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Tuesday discovered a 20-foot container van containing rare semi-precious corals at a domestic shipping yard, reports said yesterday. "It is very difficult to set a dollar value on the shipment because it is not...
 
Japanese Aquarium Snags Rare 'Living Fossil' Goblin Shark; Creature Dies After Being Put on Display
Tokyo, Japan - Feb 7, 2007 15:21 EST

A goblin shark -- a rarely seen species often called a "living fossil" -- was caught alive in Tokyo Bay but died after being put on display, an aquarium said. The grey, long-nosed shark was caught in fishermen's nets around 150...
 
Japanese Marine Park Captures Rare 'Living Fossil' Frilled Shark; Pictures of a Live Specimen 'Extremely Rare'
Shizuoka, Japan - Jan 24, 2007 16:27 EST

A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is 600 metres or more under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week. The Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, south of...
 
Chinese Vets Stumped, Ask for Help as Captive Beluga Whale 'Tina' Suffers from Pus-filled Lumps, Lacerated Tail
Qingdao, China - Jan 17, 2007 18:47 EST

Veterinarians who sometimes have trouble diagnosing diseases because their patients can't talk have never had a problem this big. Doctors are racking their brains to treat Tina a 5-year-old, 500-kilogram female white whale at Qingdao Polar Ocean World in this...
 

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