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Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

The population of Cuji fish (Haemulon aurolineatum), native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by a half (45 per cent) since 1990 — a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish (Pterois antennata), which originate from the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. The estimate was made in a study published in ... Read More »

Kamal for proper plans to utilise marine resources

Dhaka: Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday stressed the need for taking appropriate plans and their implementation to properly utilise the country’s vast marine resources. “Blue economy has created an important area in our economy. Making suitable plans and their implementation are inevitable to use the country’s huge marine resources,” he said. UNB News Agency Reported. Read More »

Dhaka seeks global support for marine protection plan

Dhaka has sought support from the global community to help develop an integrated plan for protecting marine resources, according to a document of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju made the request at the “Our Ocean 2016″ conference in Washington, D.C. held on September 15 to 16.”For proper management of the Swatch of No ... Read More »

Bangladesh to attain self-sufficiency in fish production within 3 yrs

Bangladesh is expected to attain self-sufficiency in fresh water fish production within next three years with a target to meet the annual demand of 42 lakh tonnes fishes, the major protein source of the people.”In 2008-09, country’s fish production stood at 27.01 lakh tonnes…the production soared to 36.84lakh tonnes in 2014-15 and it is expected that the country would be ... Read More »

Hand over Sundarbans arsonists to police: Minister

Dhaka – Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju on Sunday urged all to hand over to law enforcers those involved in setting fire to the Sundarbans, saying stern action will be taken against them. He made the call while speaking at a meeting at the Sharankhola upazila parishad auditorium after visiting the parts of the Sundarbans that were affected ... Read More »

50 tonnes jatka seized, 15 held in Chittagong

Dhaka – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive arrested 15 people and seized around 50 tonnes of jatka (hilsa fry less than 10 inches in length) from the Karnaphuli River adjacent to Karnaphuli ghat under Sadarghat police station of Chittagong city on Monday, unb news agency reported. Read More »

Survey vessel arriving to assess Bay fish stock

Dhaka – Bangladesh will get its ocean research and survey ship, built in Malaysia, by the end of the current month which is expected to help assess fish stock and other marine resources in the Bay of Bengal, UNB news agency reported. A seven-member Bangladesh delegation, led by Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque, visited the Malaysian seaport where ... Read More »

Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt

A Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday from its annual Antarctic hunt, the government said, a trip that angered environmentalists and nations opposed to the slaughter. The ships had set sail for the Southern Ocean in December, with plans to kill 333 minke whales, despite a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand. Japan insists it is ... Read More »

Invasion of the American lobsters: Sweden asks EU for help

Swedish environment ministry says Maine lobster could wipe out European species with deadly diseases Oversexed, overfed and over here: that, in a nutshell, is what the Swedes think of the American lobster from Maine, New England. It may be much sought after in restaurants but Sweden does not want the American crustacean to darken EU waters in case it spreads ... Read More »

Changing the future of fish

Danielle Nierenberg According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “Fish represents a valuable source of proteins and nutrients in the diet of many countries and its importance in contributing to food security is rising significantly.” This week, March 10–13, Slow Food New Orleans will host “Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas.” This is first ... Read More »

2015 was a huge year for weed, 2016 will be even bigger

By Keegan Hamilton December 29, 2015 | There’s an old adage in American politics: “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.” While it might hold true for presidential campaigns — the last candidate to reach the White House without winning the state was John F. Kennedy in 1960 — stoners in the US can only hope that the saying doesn’t ... Read More »

10,000 fishing boats sail into Bay after 15-day ban to save hilsa

Chittagong – After end of prohibition period over Hilsa fishing, about 700 fishing boats sailed for sea for fishing on first day on Saturday. The prohibition period ended at 12 midnight on Friday. Feringhee Bazar fish market sources said about 700 fishing boats sailed from different points of karnaphuli river for fishing from morning of Saturday but experienced acute shortage ... Read More »

Ending rogue fishing

Maria Damanaki , Yoriko Kawaguchi and Jane Lubchenco London – Seafood is by far the most highly traded commodity globally,feeding billions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, however, theindustry is plagued by illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,which undermines conservation efforts and handicaps honest fishers andbusinesses that follow the rules. It is high time to address theproblem. Rogue fishing accounts for up to ... Read More »

Climate change shrinking Uganda’s lakes and fish

By Wambi Michael KAMPALA, Aug 22 2015 (IPS) – Climate change is reducing the size of several species of fish on lakes in Uganda and its neighbouring East African countries, with a negative impact on the livelihoods of millions people who depend on fishing for food and income. Studies conducted on inland lakes in Uganda, including Lake Victoria which is ... Read More »

Thousands of non-native goldfish invade Colorado lake

A handful of goldfish dumped into a Colorado lake, evidently by a pet owner years ago, have reproduced and thousands of the non-native fish now threaten indigenous aquatic species, state wildlife officials say.Rangers in Boulder County last month detected teeming schools of the goldfish in a semi-rural lake, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said. Read More »

Govt launches ‘Eco Fish’ project for sustainable hilsa

The government has undertaken a project named ‘Eco Fish’ in the rivers of the coastal areas under nine districts for sustainable fisheries, especially hilsa fish, and biodiversity.The project includes a research in the first time over the propagation and breeding times of hilsa in the coastal districts as well as the management of alternative employment for the fishermen during the ... Read More »

Global conference on inland fisheries decry impact of dams

-Parineeta Dandekar, Indian expert writes Tuesday was the first day of the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in collaboration with Michigan State University.  This is said to be the first such conference on Inland Fisheries which has been a neglected field, despite its spectacular contribution to livelihood security, ... Read More »

Rare shark birth captured on camera

A remarkable photograph of the live birth of a thresher shark has cast light on the lives of these elusive, vulnerable fish. The image, taken during a research dive in 2013 and now published in the journal Coral Reefs, is believed to be the first record of a birth in this species. Lead researcher Dr Simon Oliver from the University ... Read More »