The Yangtze River is unable to support the basic life of some 140,000 fishermen with the amount of wild fish caught in the river dropping under 50,000 tons, Time Weekly magazine reported last week.
Flowing some 6,300 km eastwards, the Yangtze River is the largest river in China and the third longest in the world. Its total drainage area exceeds 1.8 million square km, accounting for 18.8 percent of China’s total [...]
The environmental (and social) costs of unregulated development are now increasingly visible. Hurricane Sandy has brought climate change back into public debate. At a more everyday level, hundreds of millions of people struggle with the consequences of rampant air and water pollution, the depletion of groundwater aquifers, the decimation of forests and the decline of biodiversity. In India and China, in Nigeria and Mexico, villagers battle townsfolk who dump [...]
NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — The number of people missing after a typhoon devastated parts of the southern Philippines jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea, officials said Sunday.
The fishermen from southern General Santos city and nearby Sarangani province left a few days before Typhoon Bopha hit the main southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, triggering flash floods [...]
Something round in the middle: An MRI scan revealed what is likely to be a large pearl within the oyster
A MRI scan on a giant fossilised oyster to see if it might contain a giant pearl has revealed compelling evidence of an ‘exciting round object’ within the ancient shell.
The prehistoric oyster, which is around ten times the size of its modern counterparts and thought to be up to 145million years [...]
(Reuters) – Chinese netizens on Wednesday bit back at a government decision to ban serving shark fin soup at state banquets within three years, mocking it as a timid step by leaders who spend lavishly on other delicacies and are aloof from common concerns.
“You have to wait three years to do this?” demanded Wu Yaxue, a psychologist in Beijing, on his microblog account.
“Given the way Chinese civil servants eat, in [...]
Increasing numbers of fishermen are taking to the waters of Maryland to kill off a notorious ‘fish from hell’ that can travel on land for a quarter mile and devours other fish species.
Officials in Maryland are asking fishermen to decapitate and gut the water terrors nicknamed ‘fish from hell.’
Atate leaders are trying to encourage anglers to go after the snakeheads by making note of the fish’s ‘dense, meaty’ taste.
Fishermen are even [...]
Wildlife officials have arrested two men for killing more than 500 sharks.
Agents who boarded their boat in Louisiana found 2,073 shark fins and 11 whole sharks.
The men, Hung Anh Tiet and Rick Nguyen, were arrested for the illegal activity of shark fining whereby the fins are removed and the bodies thrown back into the sea.
Ill-gotten: Hung Anh Tiet and Rick Nguyen were caught by Louisiana wildlife officials with these 2,073 [...]
This is a real event. The Dogon people of Mali are allowed to fish this sacred lake just one day out of the year.
But it is also an uncomfortably too-close-to-reak parable of what we are doing to the world’s oceans – why world fish stocks are now at only 10% of what they were 60 years ago.
Thousands Of Fishermen Empty Lake In Minutes
Link to above Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tc6ywqoL6o
Antogo - The Sacred Dogon Fishing [...]
There have been several recent incidents between claimants, particularly involving China, in the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas and is a crucial route for global shipping trade.
It includes Chinese forces allegedly opening fire on Filipino fishermen, shadowing an oil exploration vessel employed by a Philippine firm and putting up structures in areas claimed by the Philippines.
The tensions [...]
Tadashi Onodera in Kesennuma on Monday, June 6, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Jim Seida / msnbc.com
I saw Tadashi Onodera from a distance. He was sitting in a field of debris as far as the eye could see in Kesennuma. Hulks of homes, cars, remnants of everyday life jammed the landscape.
Onodera, a 63-year-old fisherman, returned from one year’s work at sea on May 26 to a [...]
SEABROOK, N.H. — Fishermen on New Hampshire’s Seacoast are warning that new fishing regulations could destroy their industry and have already caused them severe emotional stress.The U.S. Department of Commerce has sent a team to Seabrook to look at the effects of the new regulations.”If they don’t do something to modify the fishing regulations, we won’t have a fishing industry on the Seacoast, is what [...]
It gets worse: “The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before Tepco announced Monday it would start releasing radioactive water into the sea, and experts fear the contamination may spread well beyond Japan’s shores to affect seafood overseas.” In other words, as TEPCO was dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water in the sea, it already knew, but kept away from the [...]
By George Talbot
May 02, 2010, 8:49PM
Attorney General Troy King has asked BP to cease circulating settlement agreements among south Alabamians.Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.
The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up [...]