Thursday, December 20th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Whales believed to have evolved from a deer-like animal

A group of researchers says that the closest known evolutionary cousin of whales, dolphins and porpoises is not the hippopotamus, as conventional wisdom has it, but an extinct deer-like animal roughly the size of a raccoon.

Thursday, December 20th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Chile among the world's main mussel producers

With exports valued at 70 million US dollars a year, Chile is now the world's fourth largest producer of mussels. The country currently has 63 seed beds, 1,132 growing centres and 40 processing plants, 90 percent of which are in the south of the country.

Wednesday, December 19th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Australia to monitor by air and sea Japanese whalers

Australia urged Japanese whalers and environmental activists heading for a showdown in the Southern Ocean to act with restraint, warning deaths could occur if anything went wrong.

Wednesday, December 19th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

EU debates fisheries 2008 TAC, quotas (cuts and bans)

The European Union (EU) Council of Fisheries Ministers began negotiations this week that would determine fisheries TAC and quotas for next year.

Wednesday, December 19th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

North Sea cod quota 11% hike leaves most EU satisfied

European Union fisheries ministers decided Wednesday in Brussels to allow fishermen to catch more threatened fish like cod in 2008 against the recommendations of scientists and environmentalists.

Wednesday, December 19th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Argentine fisheries experience bad year: 16% drop in catches

Argentine fisheries catches during the first ten months of this year have confirmed their falling tendency which has reached 16%, according to the latest reports from the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Secretariat.

Friday, December 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

UN backed pact to protect sharks and control finning

The migratory whale, great white and basking sharks — have been singled out

Dozens of governments agreed in principle to a new United Nations global agreement to protect sharks, which have long been neglected by conservationists and overexploited by the modern fishing industry.

Friday, December 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Fish farm parasites threaten Canada's wild salmon

Wild salmon on Canada's west coast are being driven to extinction by parasites from nearby fish farms, a study claims. Wild pink salmon around the Broughton Archipelago are declining rapidly and will die out within 10 years if no action is taken, say researchers.

Saturday, December 8th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Argentine Navy to control 200 miles plus high seas fisheries

Argentina authorized sea and air tracking of illegal fishing outside the country's Economic Exclusive Zone, in the 200 miles plus area of international waters and will eventually give notice to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of transgressors, according to the Buenos Aires press.

Friday, December 7th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Australia plans radical changes to fisheries management

Fishermen would make even more money than previously thought if they let depleted stocks rebuild, according to research from Australia and the United States. When fish are more plentiful it becomes easier and cheaper to catch them.


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