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#FarmRaised #Tuna May Not Be the Answer to #Overfishing ~ Respect the Laws of #Nature

When it comes to bluefin tuna, companies are having big trouble reproducing the successes achieved with farm-raised salmon and tilapia (@healthhappensRD refer to following article http://t.co/b7GuVaLI68)...
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You might think that aquaculture is the answer. Farm-raised salmon is common in the U.S. A decade ago, few Americans ate tilapia, but now the white fish is a favorite of the food industry, thanks to farms in China and other countries. Bluefin are much bigger than those other fish; as a result, they are much harder to breed on farms. Most bluefin are either caught in the wild (in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern oceans) or captured as small fish and raised on fish ranches.

 

However, catching bluefin tuna when they’re young and then raising them on giant fish farms just makes the problem worse, according to Seafood Watch, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s program focusing on ocean sustainability. “All populations of bluefin tuna are being caughtfaster than they can reproduce,” the California aquarium says on its website. “Bluefin is being further depleted by ranching operations that collect small bluefin and raise them to full size to sell primarily to the sushi market.”

 

Seafood Watch has “Avoid” recommendations for both wild-caught and ranch-raised bluefin, and the Monterey organization isn’t the only group critical of the bluefin industry. The Environmental Defense Fund has an “Eco-Worst Choice” grade for all types of bluefin tuna. The EDF also warns about the health dangers of elevated levels of mercury and PCBs in the fish. “Adults and kids should not eat at all,” the organization warns.

 

For years, people in the fish industry have been pursuing the elusive goal of breeding bluefin completely on farms, from eggs all the way to mature fish. Clean Seas Tuna, an Australian aquaculture company, has been one of the leaders in efforts to breed tuna; Time included the company’s breeding tank in the magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2009.”

 

However, Clean Seas announced right before Christmas that it was suspending its breeding program for southern bluefin tuna (SBT). “The volume and quantity of fertilised eggs produced to date has been disappointing compared to other seasons,” the company said in a statementto the Australian stock exchange. “Whilst the Company continues to believe in the commercialisation potential of the successful closure of the SBT lifecycle, investment beyond the Company’s current financial resources will be required for this goal to be achieved.” Clean Seas stock traded at 2 Australian dollars in 2008 and now trades at 2 Australian cents.

 

Clean Seas isn’t the only bluefin-focused company facing some hard times. Oli Steindorsson, the chairman and chief executive officer of San Diego-based Umami Sustainable Seafood, resigned from all his positions at the company, “effective immediately,” Umami announced on Dec. 10. The new chairman, James White, serves on the boards of several resource companies, including PC Gold and Auriga Gold. Umami “believes that Mr. White is qualified to serve as chairman of the Board due to his financial background and experience in the debt and equity markets,” the company said.

 

I interviewed Steindorsson in 2011 and he warned then about the need for patience. Given the challenges in trying to breed a fish that can easily weigh over 300 lbs., he said, Unami’s program would need five to seven further years before there would be results. “This is not an Intelchip, these are biological creatures,” he said. “No matter how fast we want to do this, we always have to respect the laws of nature.”

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#EPA to Allow #Consumption of #Toxic #FrackingWastewater by #Wildlife & #Livestock ~ insane! #Health&Safety4Environment

#EPA to Allow #Consumption of #Toxic #FrackingWastewater by #Wildlife  & #Livestock ~ insane! #Health&Safety4Environment | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the (#EPA to allow #fracking #wastewater to be consumed by #wildlife & livestock: http://t.co/vDKJn38GTy...
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#SeaShepherd Conservation Society :: Week Three in The #Hague

#SeaShepherd Conservation Society :: Week Three in The #Hague | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

Week Three in The Hague - Second round of oral arguments: Australia and the intervention of New Zealand.

Commentary by Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Officer


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The #Icelandic #whaleMeat was left behind in #Hamburg ~ Returned,link below...

The #Icelandic #whaleMeat was left behind in #Hamburg ~ Returned,link below... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

The customs in Hamburg demanded information about the cargo and they reviewed waybills, according to the German paper Hamburger Abendblatt. The customs also ordered that the whale meat should be brought to land. The customs finally reached the conclusion that the waybills were alright and that the cargo could be shipped away, even though whale product trade is illegal in German. But then the ship Cosco Pride had sailed away and the containers where still in Hamburg. Another ship has therefore to be found.


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15.7.13  ~  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsuh3U8sais&feature=youtu.be ; Greenpeace 

Whaling Action, Hamburg

 

10.7.13  ~  Whale meat being returned to Iceland : http://www.grapevine.is/Home/ReadArticle/Whale-Meat-Being-Returned-To-Iceland

 

Greenpeace protested in Hamburg last week and emphasized that there were whale products on-board the ship.

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Are #whaling companies looking to use #UK ports? ~ NOT if we have any say! Pls SIGN...

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Is Icelandic whale meat heading to British ports now Rotterdam has banned it? (photo credit: IFAW)
When news came out that Icelandic fin and minke whale meat was transiting through the Port of Rotterdam on route to Japan a lot of people got annoyed.

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MY View:: These slaughtered cetaceans are on the decline, it's time we All pulled together on this ship to Stop this from happening and to rescue whats left in the Oceans...please don't accept their passage::> global !

 

Whale blood on Germany’s hands ~ Petition,pls sign: http://www.avaaz.org/en/germany_whale_meat_shipment/?towBBbb  ~  via @hellerme  thxu

 

When news came out that Icelandic fin and minke whale meat was transiting through the Port of Rotterdam on route to Japan a lot of people got annoyed. Nearly a million people voiced their concerns to the port authorities in a petition. The port responded by banning the transit of whale meat through its docks. Rotterdam is now effectively a whale meat free zone.

 

Is Icelandic whale meat heading to British ports now Rotterdam has banned it?

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#SeaShepherd Conservation Society :: My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice

#SeaShepherd Conservation Society :: My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
#drsidneyholt #seashepherd weighs in on AUSvJapan at the ICJ in The Hague #mustread http://t.co/DSGgAbezAj
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Japan offended by accusations it lied to world over whaling: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-16/japan-says-australia27s-whaling-claims-an-affront-to-dignity/4822100
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#SeaShepherd #Brazil Takes Action to Protect Southern Right #Whales Off the Santa Catarina Coast

#SeaShepherd #Brazil Takes Action to Protect Southern Right #Whales Off the Santa Catarina Coast | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world (Whale watching not whale touching thanks to #seashepherd Brazil http://t.co/9NY304OPXI #pleasedonttouchthewhales)...
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#EU parliament fisheries committee backs fleet subsidies that could fuel #overfishing!

#EU parliament fisheries committee backs fleet subsidies that could fuel #overfishing! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Brussels – As part of a wide-ranging reform of EU laws regulating the fishing sector, the European Parliament's fisheries committee has voted today on a plan to review rules on subsidies for fishing.
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'#Wildlife #tourism' big business for #Manatee County ~ Pls Sign petition below...

'#Wildlife #tourism' big business for #Manatee County ~ Pls Sign petition below... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Bradenton Herald
'Wildlife tourism' big business for Manatee County
Bradenton Herald
Kayakers prepare for a day on the water Tuesday at Emerson Point Preserve during a trip with Shan-T Native Kayak Tours.
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via ego43 in comments,this is what was said: 

 

This report proves that "wildlife tourism" is an important and growing part of Manatee County's economy and it strongly supports preservation of our natural resources such as Long Bar Point.  Instead of destroying mangroves and seagrass, that area should be made into a nature preserve similar to Robinson Preserve.  If you agree please click on the link below and sign the on-line petition that requests that our county commissioners NOT approve changes in the comprehensive plan that would allow expansion of commercial development in that area. Petition on link......from these comments below .....


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/07/09/4601373/wildlife-tourism-big-business.html#storylink=cpy

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#Knowledge of #stingrays' sparked-up sex may help deter sharks - Phys.Org

#Knowledge of #stingrays' sparked-up sex may help deter sharks - Phys.Org | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Phys.Org Knowledge of stingrays' sparked-up sex may help deter sharks Phys.Org PhD candidate and shark biologist Ryan Kempster is the lead author of a paper about stingrays' use of electroreception in identifying mates, published in the journal...

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Female blue spotted stingrays have more electrosensory nerve axons (inputs) entering their brains than their male counterparts, the researchers found.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-knowledge-stingrays-sparked-up-sex-deter.html#jCp

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#Fatal #Asphyxiation in Bottlenose #Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from #IndianRiverLagoon ~ prey #availability or #fishingGear ? ~

#Fatal #Asphyxiation in Bottlenose #Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from  #IndianRiverLagoon ~ prey #availability or #fishingGear  ? ~ | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Cetacean choking is related to selection of prey fish species with strong dorsal spines and may be secondarily associated with fish attached to fishing gear.


Prey abundance and dolphin behavior may influence these selections.


Environmental alterations leading to changes in prey availability or increased interactions with fishing gear may change the significance of fatal choking in dolphin populations.

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#RiverKennet #pesticide spill warning #lifted ~ I would still be cautious! Avoid eating fish !

#RiverKennet #pesticide spill warning #lifted ~ I would still be cautious! Avoid eating fish ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
A pesticide spill in the River Kennet between Hungerford and Marlborough is no longer a risk to health, the Environment Agency says.
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   What is believed to be an agricultural pesticide leaked into the river near sewage treatment works at Marlborough affecting eight miles (13km) of water.                             

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#Europe Creates A #WaterPollution #WatchList For #Pharmaceuticals

#Europe Creates A #WaterPollution #WatchList For #Pharmaceuticals | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Europe Creates A Water Pollution Watch List For Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/gXUXgOcIeu
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                                It All ends up in the Ocean !

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'No one #owns the #fish of the #sea' landmark ruling prevents ocean privatisation ~ #GreenpeaceUK ~ #PublicResource

'No one #owns the #fish of the #sea' landmark ruling prevents ocean privatisation ~ #GreenpeaceUK ~ #PublicResource | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
This morning I was at the High Court where a historic ruling was handed down on who controls the UK's right to fish. An attempt by big fishing firms to protect their stranglehold on Britain’s fish was resoundingly defeated in court.
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#Dolphin Makes Early Break for #Freedom From #Korean Rehab Facility

#Dolphin Makes Early Break for #Freedom From #Korean Rehab Facility | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
After four years behind bars, Sampal escaped her sea pen in Korea and found her family in the open ocean.

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#Dolphins are so #intelligent, say scientists, they deserve their own cetacean Bill of #Rights ~ we agree*

#Dolphins are so #intelligent, say scientists, they deserve their own cetacean Bill of #Rights ~ we agree* | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Dolphins are so intelligent, say scientists, they deserve their own cetacean Bill of Rights.

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Why are tiny #tern chicks #starving on Maine island refuge? #Puffins also...

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At the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the tiny bodies of Arctic tern chicks have piled up. Over the past few years, biologists have counted thousands that starved to death because the herring their parents feed them have vanished.
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At the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the tiny bodies of Arctic tern chicks have piled up. Over the past few years, biologists have counted thousands that starved to death because the herring their parents feed them have vanished.

 

Puffins are also having trouble feeding their chicks, which weigh less than previous broods. When the parents leave the chicks to fend for themselves, the young birds are failing to find food, and hundreds are washing up dead on the Atlantic coast.

 

What’s happening to migratory seabirds? Biologists are worried about a twofold problem: Commercial fishing is reducing their food source, and climate change is causing fish to seek colder waters, according to a bulletin released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

“We’ve seen a 40 percent decline of Arctic terns in the last 10 years,” said Linda Welch, a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist at the refuge. Arctic tern pairs in Maine have fallen from 4,224 pairs in 2008 to 2,467 pairs last year, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

 

Biologists at the Maine refuge are not sure whether herring sought colder waters elsewhere or went deeper, but they are no longer on the surface where Arctic terns pluck them. While other birds can dive deep for food, Arctic terns cannot.

 

“They’re not getting herring, so they bring butterfish that the chicks can’t swallow,” Welch said. “So they starve to death. You have thousands and thousands of chicks dying. It’s very sad.”

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Could pave the way for further reform of #Britain’s ailing #fishing industry. ~ Channel 4 News (blog)

Could pave the way for further reform of #Britain’s ailing #fishing industry. ~ Channel 4 News (blog) | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Channel 4 News (blog)
Victory for the minnows over fishing's whales
Channel 4 News (blog)
Victory for the minnows over fishing's whales. It's been a big day in court for Britain's little fish.
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Southern Right #Whales In #Argentina #Attacked By Kelp #Gulls, Death by a thousand cuts! #juvenils

Southern Right #Whales In #Argentina #Attacked By Kelp #Gulls, Death by a thousand cuts! #juvenils | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Southern Right Whales In Argentina Attacked By Seagulls, Potentially Killed
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But that doesn't stop the gulls from hunting right whales off the coast of Argentina.

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#EndangeredProtectors: #Turtle conservationist's death highlights perils of protecting #CostaRica's environmental wealth ~

#EndangeredProtectors: #Turtle conservationist's death highlights perils of protecting #CostaRica's environmental wealth ~ | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it

The murder of 26-year-old Jairo Mora in late May exposed cracks in the country's international environmental image, and proved that protecting nature sometimes has a terrible cost.


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A-Z of #Invasive #MarineSpecies: #Wireweed ~ Conservation Jobs UK

A-Z of #Invasive #MarineSpecies: #Wireweed ~ Conservation Jobs UK | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
S. muticum was first found attached in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, in 1971 where it most likely had arrived from France. It is thought that the wireweed was most likely first in the English Channel between 1966 and 1970.

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                          Scientific name Sargassum muticum

 

 

Strangle weed and in Wales it is known as Sargaswm Japan. S. muticum is a large brown seaweed that grows attached to rocks by a perennial holdfast up to 5 cm in diameter.


From this holdfast the main axis (equivalent to a stem in terrestrial plants) grows to a maximum of 5 cm high.


The leaf-like laminae and primary lateral branches grow from the main axis. In warm waters it can grow to 12 m long, however in British waters it gives rise to a single main axis with secondary and tertiary branches which are shed annually.


This means the maximum size it has been found in Britain is around 2 meters.


Numerous small 2-6 mm stalked air vesicles provide buoyancy.


The reproductive receptacles are also stalked and develop in the sides of the laminae and are 1-2cm in length. It is self-fertilising meaning that they can breed with themselves, this is rather common in flora. - See more at: http://www.conservation-jobs.co.uk/58893/a-z-of-invasive-marine-species-wireweed/#sthash.f2Ohok2x.dpuf

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Great #Hammerheads: Superb #Photo Gallery ~

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Diving with Great Hammerhead sharks was something photographer Steve Hinczynski dreamed about for years. During his five-day trip in Bimini, he had the diving experience of a lifetime. (Dive of a lifetime: Great hammerheads!

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#Save #PolarBears From #Extinction ~ pls sign petition to help...

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Only 25,000 polar bears exist in the world today, and it is predicted one-third of that number will be left in 2050. Greenhouse gases are the leading element threatening the survival of polar bears.

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Smooth #DogfishAreSharks2 ~ Widespread condemnation of the wasteful practice of #sharkfinning ~

Smooth #DogfishAreSharks2 ~ Widespread condemnation of the wasteful practice of #sharkfinning ~ | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
National Geographic Smooth Dogfish Are Sharks, Too National Geographic Someone begins his best impression of the familiar pulsating cello line as another person jokes, “We gotta get a bigger boat,” and talk turns to the film whose release one...
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Dr. Merry Camhi directs the New York Seascape program for the Wildlife Conservation Society and has been working towards the conservation of sharks, skates and rays for over two decades.

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#Antarctic flood produces 'ice crater'

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Satellites are used to map the "ice crater" that developed in Antarctica when a lake buried almost 3km down suddenly overflowed.

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At present, Antarctica is losing mass at a rate of 50-100 billion tonnes a year, helping to raise global sea level. This study suggests that a not insignificant fraction of this mass loss could be due to flood events like that seen at Cook SGL.

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