Death by fishing gear entanglement is the most commonly diagnosed cause of death among eight large whale species on the eastern North American Continental shelf.
The most threatened species in the shark and ray Class are the sawfishes; all the world’s species are classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Critically Endangered. The US population of smalltooth sawfish has declined by an estimated 99% while European sawfish are assumed extinct.
Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals are injured or killed every year by fishermen around the world. And because most seafood in the U.S. is imported, that means our fish isn’t as dolphin-friendly as you might expect. Under pressure from… Read More ›
William Cheung, Daniel Pauly and their colleagues at the University of British Columbia looked at 52 distinct marine ecosystems that cover most of the world’s coastal and shelf areas. Even after accounting for the impact of fishing and wide variations in the oceans that cover 71 percent of the planet, water temperatures rose steadily each decade between 1970 and 2006.
From the News Observer RALEIGH — Fish in one of North Carolina’s largest watersheds are more polluted by an industrial contaminant than previously reported, and state health officials have failed to expand warnings against eating PCB-contaminated fish, according to… Read More ›
From Inquirer News, April 5, 2013 MANILA, Philippines—Local populations of dugong and Irrawaddy dolphin are on the verge of extinction, according to a new book released this month detailing the conservation status of marine mammals found in the Philippines. The… Read More ›
From the Des Moines Register Click this link for a video where environmental reporter Perry Beeman explores Iowa’s fertilizer runoff and Louisiana’s fisheries: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121029/NEWS/310290013/Dead-zone-s-size-tied-tightly-to-water-levels?archive&nclick_check=1 The Gulf of Mexico dead zone changes by the year, even by the hour. Its… Read More ›