Meet the Winners of the Fifth Annual Ocean in Focus Photo Contest
Congratulations to Andy Murch for his grand prize winning photo essay titled "Gillnets: An Indiscriminate Fishery," chosen from a group of six finalists. For his essay, Murch focused on the wasteful practice of gillnet fishing, specifically in the halibut fishery of Baja California.
Noaa predicts wildly active hurricane season out of Atlantic and Caribbean
Americans were warned on Thursday to brace for an extremely active hurricane season - less than a year after the devastation of Sandy, which hit the east coast in October 2012 – with 13 to 20 named storms, including seven to 11 hurricanes.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, releasing its annual forecast, said 2013 would be prolific in raising storms out of the Atlantic and Caribbean.
ISSF bycatch project in the Pacific
As part of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation's #BycatchProject a group of scientists and fishers will embark on a weeks-long journey through the Pacific in search of techniques to reduce bycatch.
Development plans for Ukrainian fisheries
The Ukrainian fishing industry is on the verge of big changes, due to the government's recent adoption of a state programme, 'Of the development of fishing industry in Ukraine until 2016', reports Eugene Gerden.
Prawn catch report highlights dynamic nature of seas
The publication of a scientific article by Marine Scotland on the environmental factors affecting a key fishery in the North Sea for prawns (langoustines) highlights the dynamic nature of the marine environment and the need for greater understanding of such natural fluxes, says the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF).
New DNA test can detect Bluff oyster-killing infection
A new DNA test has been developed to detect low levels of the Bluff oyster-killer bonamia. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) and molecular diagnostic company dnature have developed a DNA test that is more sensitive, and can detect lower levels of infection, than using a microscope.
Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral species predicted by model
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Researchers from the University of Hawaii, Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered.