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50,000 Non-Toxic Puffer Fish Raised in Japan

Considered a delicacy by many, puffer fish are the second most deadly vertebrate in the world.  In fact, in order to prepare fugu, Japanese chefs must obtain a special license after three years of apprenticeship.  Only 30% of chefs actually pass the test and become fugu licensed.  The dangers of preparing and eating blowfish may […]

November 30th

Scientists Support Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban

Scientists with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) say that the Atlantic bluefin tuna meets criteria for an international trade ban, due to an extreme decline in the stock of the popular sushi fish. Groups working for sustainable fisheries, such as Greenpeace and WWF, support the commission’s statement. “What’s needed to […]

November 2nd

40,000 Atlantic Salmon Escape Canadian Fish Farm Into the Pacific

From disease to pollution, farm raised fish have drawn a multitude of criticisms from environmentalists who predict an “eco disaster” from such practices. Most often, fish farming is criticized for its overuse of antibiotics and how the drugs eventually end up in native marine environments.  In addition, farm raised fish often escape into native populations, […]

October 27th

Sockeye Salmon Return to the Snake River

During the sockeye salmon spawning season of 1992, one salmon was named “Lonesome Larry” because he was the only fish to complete the migration that year. This year, Larry’s descendants are not so lonesome. Each summer the sockeye salmon of the Snake River swim 900 miles upstream to the mating waters of Redfish Lake in […]

August 29th

California Judge Orders Suction Dredge Mining Moratorium

In advance of Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision on California’s SB 670, which would place a moratorium on new permits for suction dredge mining to protect salmon, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued an injunction establishing such a moratorium.   The injunction ordered the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to stop spending general funds to […]

July 31st

Annoying Sharks Used to Make Biodiesel in Greenland

Parts of Greenland have a shark problem. When I think of sharks, I inevitably jump to images of Jaws, but the trouble with the Greenland shark is not the makings of Hollywood. Slim Allagui writes from Sisimuit, Greenland: The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its […]

July 30th

Save the Krill, Save the Whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) fishery services has issued a ban on krill fishing along the coast of Oregon, Washington, and California. Many marine species depend upon krill as a food source. William Douros, NOAA’s West Coast regional director of marine sanctuaries, explains, “Krill is a critical prey for a huge number of […]

July 23rd

Pacific Salmon Treaty Threatened by Poor King Salmon Runs

In 1985, Canada and the United States signed the Pacific Salmon Treaty.  This treaty was established “for the conservation, rational management, and optimum production of Pacific Salmon”.  It provided for both countries to set limits, share information, and improve habitat.  One key disagreement the treaty sought to resolve was the “overharvest by one country of […]

July 12th

Traitor Joe's: Greenpeace Rates Trader Joe's Unsustainable Seafood Policies

The environmental watchdog Greenpeace has gone after Trader Joe’s with a snarky campaign called Traitor Joe’s, complete with a website, a Traitor Joe’s Twitter account, and a singing fish telegram for consumers to let the company know how they feel about the store’s unsustainable seafood policies. According to the latest Sustainable Seafood Scorecard from Greenpeace, […]

July 10th

Whales Caught as Incidental Bycatch Threaten Coastal Populations

The number of whales killed and sold as ‘incidental bycatch’ along the coasts of Japan and South Korea may equal the amount of whales caught through legal whaling, threatening populations of minke, western gray, humpbacks, fin whales, and Bryde’s whales. “The sale of bycatch alone supports a lucrative trade in whale meat at markets in […]

July 8th