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Frontiers | Conservation concerns of small-scale fisheries: By-catch impacts of a shrimp and finfish fishery in a Sri Lankan lagoon | Marine Science

By-catch is considered a significant problem in large-scale fisheries yet in small-scale fisheries (SSF), employing >99% of the world's fishers, there is limited quantitative understanding of by-catch, and catches in general. We provide an assessment of by-catch from fishing gears (fyke, trawl, set trammel & drift trammel nets) commonly used in small-scale fisheries across the globe, using a representative Sri Lankan case study and placing this in the context of local resource use patterns. We reveal evidence of how SSF generate significant finfish by-catch with potentially significant ecological impacts. Fishers targeting shrimp (fyke, trawl and drift trammel nets) caught more non-target species than global averages (44%, 44% and 67% by weight respectively). Fishers targeting finfish (set trammel nets) caught fewer non-target species. We found that by-catch depends more on target species and gear type, supporting suggestions that SSF are not “inherently more sustainable” than their large-scale counterparts and a collective effort is required for an improved understanding of the impacts of SSF. This study highlights an additional issue of valuable food fish discards, raising questions about fisheries exploitation in the context of food security in areas where poverty and food insecurity are prevalent.
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Carlsbad woman’s hunger strike aims to free orcas – The Coast News Group

Carlsbad woman’s hunger strike aims to free orcas – The Coast News Group | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Your community. Your newspaper. In depth and independent. The Coast News Group covers Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, San Marcos & Vista.
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Record cocaine levels in Thames probably not making fish high, experts say

Record cocaine levels in Thames probably not making fish high, experts say | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Londoners’ cocaine habit may show no signs of lessening, but the high levels of the drug detected in the Thames is not harming its wildlife, an expert has said. New research by a team from King’s College London (KCL) examined the water overflowing into the river from sewers during storms. They found the class A drug, which was present in users’ urine and then flushed into the
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Underwater treadmill provides beneficial treatment for animals, veterinarian says | CBC News

Underwater treadmill provides beneficial treatment for animals, veterinarian says | CBC News | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
At the end of 2017, Scott Morrison’s dog Mandi hurt her leg.
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'Like finding a sneeze': fossil identified as 100m-year-old hagfish | Science | The Guardian

'Like finding a sneeze': fossil identified as 100m-year-old hagfish | Science | The Guardian | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Discovery of slimy sea creature could help settle row over early evolution of vertebrates
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'You just felt like it was looking at you': Volunteer recounts killer whale rescue effort

'You just felt like it was looking at you': Volunteer recounts killer whale rescue effort | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The animal was discovered by a member of the public at Badger Beach in Tasmania's North.
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Sea Change - Danni Washington

Sea Change - Danni Washington | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
On this episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente is joined by Danni Washington, the co-founder of Big Blue and You, Co-creator of Sea Youth Rise Up
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Shark fin is banned in 12 U.S. states—but it's still on the menu

Shark fin is banned in 12 U.S. states—but it's still on the menu | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Shark fin bans, intended to reduce instances of shark finning, are difficult to enforce, leading some to question if they’re worth it.
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New Prehistoric Shark Species Discovered Alongside Sue the T. Rex | Science

New Prehistoric Shark Species Discovered Alongside Sue the T. Rex | Science | Soggy Science | Scoop.it

The teeth of Galagadon nordquistae were discovered in the rock that once surrounded the famous T. rex skeleton.
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Why I don’t bite everyone that stresses me out: The cost-benefit analysis of predators

Why I don’t bite everyone that stresses me out: The cost-benefit analysis of predators | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
There is controversy whenever a human creates a close interaction with a wild animal.  Those arguing in favour of the human’s behavior inevitably settle on the argument that if the animal didn…
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Manatees explained: Inside the slow-paced lives of "sea cows"

Manatees explained: Inside the slow-paced lives of "sea cows" | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Manatees are aquatic mammals with voracious appetites—spending up to 8 hours a day grazing.
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Remains of two finless porpoise discovered in Hong Kong taking total number found since start of year to eight

Remains of two finless porpoise discovered in Hong Kong taking total number found since start of year to eight | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Badly decomposed carcasses of mammals found in Shek O and Shek Pai Wan
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Astronauts could use fish and human waste to grow food on long trips

Astronauts could use fish and human waste to grow food on long trips | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
On long space missions, fish could help create a closed loop system where space travellers grow all the food they need and recycle all their waste
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Campaigners sound alarm after hundreds of plastic ties traced to Irish fish plant wash up on Scottish west coast

Campaigners sound alarm after hundreds of plastic ties traced to Irish fish plant wash up on Scottish west coast | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
HUNDREDS of plastic ties traced to an Irish fish processing plant are polluting Scotland’s seas and beaches, according to islanders. The box straps branded with “Arctic Fish Processing Co” have washed up on popular beaches on the west coast from Skye and Eigg to Harris, Lewis and Mull. Crews on fishing boats, who use the … Continued
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Leading scientists to examine causes of Darling River mass fish kill | Australia news | The Guardian

Leading scientists to examine causes of Darling River mass fish kill | Australia news | The Guardian | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Ecologists, climate scientists and other experts to look at events that led to death of 1 million fish
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Niagara Falls has frozen over and it is beautiful

Niagara Falls has frozen over and it is beautiful | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Extreme cold weather—the kind that can literally freeze off parts of your face—sucks. There's no getting around it.
There are, however, some ver
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Killed by a Filing Cabinet –

Killed by a Filing Cabinet – | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
100sharesBy Michael Carr – He braced himself against the ship’s starboard side and stared inward through the chartroom’s one porthole. He inhaled and exhaled, listening to his exhaust bubbles heading toward the surface 50 feet away. This was the only sound, his rhythmic inhaling and exhaling. He was transfixed. Inside the chartroom was the body …
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Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion | Wendy Harmer | Australia news | The Guardian

Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion | Wendy Harmer | Australia news | The Guardian | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
As Australian beaches succumb to destructive coastal surges due to climate change, Wendy Harmer considers the price of inaction at storm-battered Collaroy-Narrabeen
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Europe’s Most Important River Is Running Dry as Glaciers Shrink –

Europe’s Most Important River Is Running Dry as Glaciers Shrink – | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
4sharesBy William Wilkes, Vanessa Dezem and Brian Parkin (Bloomberg) — Kevin Kilps’s car ferry churns the waters of Germany’s Rhine river as he steers toward the bank opposite Kaub, a scenic village just south of the rocky outcropping named after the legendary siren Lorelei. It’s typically a busy stretch of waterway. On a normal day, …
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Chris Brown Reportedly Passes Away

Chris Brown Reportedly Passes Away | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Details are still scarce surrounding the death of the Santa Barbara area standout.
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Ghana gets only 5% of profit Chinese fishers make on its waters

Ghana gets only 5% of profit Chinese fishers make on its waters | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Out of about 76 trawlers operating on Ghana’s waters, only one is wholly owned by a Ghanaian. The rest are owned by Chinese.
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Great Barrier Reef Foundation awards first funding – to a government agency | Environment | The Guardian

Great Barrier Reef Foundation awards first funding – to a government agency | Environment | The Guardian | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The foundation’s first project after controversial $443m grant is for a survey of remote parts of reef by the Australian Institute of Marine Science
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