Articles & News Tagged “Environment”
Branson brokers deal to protect Caribbean sharks
Businessman Sir Richard Branson hosted a conservation meeting of nine Caribbean governments last weekend. Held at the eco resort on Necker Island, the group discussed the “Caribbean Challenge”, which calls for special protected zones along at least 20 per cent of the region’s coasts by 2020. In addition, Branson said: “About 1.5m sharks and rays a week are killed for the Chinese fin and medicinal market. It is the biggest mass killing of any genus. The Caribbean leader here want to set an example by banning shark fishing.”
Secrets of the narwhal’s tusk revealed
The function of the curious unicorn-like tusk of the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) has long been a puzzle to researchers. However, a researcher from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is to present a paper about the tooth’s function at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, writes the Harvard Gazette.
Quartz claims that China is under reporting its fish catches
Quartz has claimed that China is dramatically under reporting what it takes from the world’s oceans. It submits an average annual catch total of 368,000 tons per year to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, while the European Parliament has recently put the figure at 4.6 million tons.
The REEL Story: Seafood traceability program in Washington D.C.
Inspired by a sketch from the TV series Portlandia, Black Restaurant Group and Congressional Seafood Co. in Washington D.C. have launched a QR coded seafood traceability program in all of their restaurants and plan to expand to more locations in the near future.
Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter
A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.
Paper investigates white sharks scavenging whale carcasses
A new research paper published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal has studied multiple white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding events on dead baleen whales in False Bay, South Africa, and compared this to feeding events on Cape Fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that occurred in the area at the same time.
Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually
The Marine Policy journal has published a paper that attempts to provide an up-to-date and scientific assessment of the number of sharks that are caught each year. This number has been in dispute for some time, but the new paper seems to suggest that the number of sharks is around 100 million per year. The vast majority of these are caught to satisfy demand for shark fin soup. The CITES conference, due to start in Bangkok tomorrow will discuss adding five shark species to its endangered list.