Report: Northern Atlantic Deep Sea Fish on the Brink of Extinction
St. Johns, Newfoundland - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST
New research suggests deep sea fish species in the northern Atlantic are on the brink of extinction.
Canadian scientists say some species have plummeted by as much as 98 percent in a generation, meeting the World Conservation Union's definition of "critically...
Anglers Land 755-pound Mako Shark off Florida Coast
Deerfield Beach, Florida - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST
Capt. Cory Burlew and his friends had already had a good night of swordfishing when things got a lot more exciting and exhausting.
Fishing 15 miles off Pompano Beach on Reaper, Burlew and his crew hooked a 10-foot, 755-pound mako shark...
Biggest Whale Hunt in 20 Years Under Way
London, England - Jan 3, 2006 00:00 EST
Despite a 20-year-old international moratorium on whale hunting, three countries have increased their quotas to more than 2,000 whales this year.
Japan, Norway and Iceland have already begun harpooning minke, fin whales and humpbacks.
Greenpeace has sent two of its large campaigning...
Tsunami Uncovers Archaeological Mystery Temple off Indian Coast
Mahabalipuram, India - Dec 26, 2005 00:00 EST
The destructive capacity of last year's tsunami wiped life from Earth in numbers that defy comprehension. Each one gone dramatically altering other lives - friends and families in a chain wrapped countless times around the world. Towns and villages and...
Scientists Stymied by Decline of Inch-Long Cave Fish
Las Vegas, Nevada - Dec 22, 2005 00:00 EST
Scientists say they are unable to explain the steady declined in the number of pupfish -- an endangered species that lives only in a Nevada limestone cave.
For the last decade the number of pupfish in Devils Hole, a deep, water-filled...
Double-Mouthed Fish Pulled from Nebraska Lake
Lincoln, Nebraska - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST
This fish didn't have a chance. A rainbow trout pulled out of Holmes Lake last weekend had double the chance to get hooked: It had two mouths.
Clarence Olberding, 57, wasn't just telling a fisherman's fib when he called over another...
U.S. Fisherman Could Get 20 Years for Lobster Offences
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST
A North Dartmouth man who was the captain of two New Bedford-based fishing vessels has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act - the federal wildlife trafficking statute, making false statements to Coast Guard officials...
Canadian Seafood Boycott Ends Year With Growing Momentum
Washington, D.C. - Dec 20, 2005 00:00 EST
Since the killing of the first seal in the 2005 hunt last March, The Humane Society of the United States has advocated for a boycott of Canadian seafood to stop that country's annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals...
Study: Overfishing May Drive Endangered Seabird to Eat Less Nutritious Food
Berkeley, California - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST
The effects of overfishing may have driven marbled murrelets, an endangered seabird found along the Pacific coast, to increasingly rely upon less nutritious food sources, according to a new study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley.
A juvenile marbled...
Researcher Makes First-ever Observation Of Squid Caring For Eggs
Rhode Island - Dec 15, 2005 00:00 EST
Squid have always been considered poor parents: they lay their eggs on the seafloor and leave them to develop on their own. But a University of Rhode Island scientist has made the first observation of parental care by squid when...
Mystery as non-diving mallard ducks start searching for food underwater
Chitose, Hokkaido - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST
A small group of mallard ducks near an aquarium here have started behaving unusually, diving underwater and looking for food, it has been learned.
The behavior was observed in the ducks in the Chitose River next to the Chitose Salmon Aquarium...
Rare Albino Catfish Making Stir at Hotel
Salem, Oregon - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST
A rare fish is making some big waves at a hotel in Salem, Oregon. The one-in-a-million albino channel catfish is now housed in a 300-gallon aquarium at the Salem Inn.
The owner, Bill Hammond, bought the fish for nine dollars...
San Francisco Bay-Area Man Ready to Fish in His 'Boatercycle'
Hayward, California - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST
In about two weeks, Don Johnson will literally drive his homemade "boatercycle" into Lake Del Valle in Livermore, drop his fishing line into the water and wait for the trout to bite.
Johnson, a 72-year-old retired millwright and machinist, has for...
'Splash' R.I.P.; Former World Record Blue Catfish Turns Fins Up
Athens, Texas - Dec 9, 2005 00:00 EST
Splash, former world record blue catfish, died Tuesday at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens at an unknown age.
Splash came to live at TFFC on Jan. 14, 2004, after being caught from Lake Texoma by Cody Mullennix of Howe,...
Report: Great Lakes Near Ecological Breakdown
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 8, 2005 00:00 EST
Stresses from polluted rivers to invasive species threaten to trigger an ecological breakdown in the Great Lakes, a group of scientists hoping to sway U.S. environmental policy said Thursday.
Seventy-five scientists who study the world's largest collective body of fresh water...
Male Water Fleas Debut at University Lab; Aquatic 'Coal-Mine Canaries'
Buffalo, New York - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST
Male water fleas that scientists have never seen have made their debut in a University at Buffalo laboratory, providing biologists with their first glimpse of these elusive organisms.
The UB research, published last month in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological...
Struggle for life as divers run out of air
Auckland, New Zealand - Dec 4, 2005 00:00 EST
Two students are today in Auckland's Devonport Naval Hospital undergoing decompression treatment after a near-fatal diving accident off the Bay of Plenty coast.
The two marine studies students suffered the bends after both running out of air at a depth of...
Canadian Political Leader Calls for End of Seal Hunt
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada - Dec 1, 2005 00:00 EST
It's time to end federal support for the seal hunt and instead use federal programs to develop sustainable jobs that will bring Newfoundland and Labrador international praise, said Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris today at a news conference...
Diver-held sonar developed to help locate objects in zero visibility
Washington State, US - Nov 30, 2005 00:00 EST
A new device has been developed to help divers conduct searches underwater. The engineers at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory have invented a diver-held sonar with better resolution than any other hand-held sonar used today by the...
Feeding Tigers: What Happens to a Whale Carcass at Sea
Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii - Jun 24, 2004 16:06 EST
Stories about whales being towed out to sea aren't really front page material. In fact, when I ran across a story in mid-May about a whale being towed out to sea from Hawaii's Kane'ohe Bay, I didn't think it merited...