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Malaysia�s turtle island faces uncertain future
The future of Malaysia�s critically endangered Hawksbill turtles lies in the uncertain future of a tiny seven-acre island, just two miles off the historic spice port of Malacca � now a rapidly growing city of some 200,000 people on the west coast of the peninsula. But, reports John Rowley from Malacca, the island is now up for sale and its future uncertain. ... more

Collapse of all wild fisheries predicted by 2050
All species of wild seafood currently fished are projected to collapse by the year 2050, according to a new four-year study by an international team of ecologists and economists. Collapse is defined as 90 per cent depletion. ... more

Iceland urged to stop whaling
Diplomats today delivered a strongly-worded protest condemning Iceland over its decision to resume commercial whaling. ... more

Aquaculture key to meeting demand for fish
Aquaculture is critical to feeding the world's growing appetite for fish, but it is unclear if the industry will be able to overcome its economic and environmental challenges and meet that demand, cautions a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). ... more

Almost no more blue fin tuna to be fished
New data reveals that there is almost no more bluefin tuna to be fished in some of the oldest fishing grounds, especially in West Mediterranean. Around Spain's Balearic islands, catches of bluefin tuna are down to only 15 per cent of what they were just a decade ago. ... more

Lebanon oil spill threatens bird and marine life
Scientists visiting Lebanon to assess the environmental impact of the oil spill caused by the bombing of a power plant south of Beirut in July, during the recent conflict, have found alarming damage to endangered species and fragile coastal ecosystems ... more

Putting eco-friendly fish on the menu
An on-line guide to buying eco-friendly fish has been launched by the Marine Conservation Society (MSC}. The one-stop shop for consumers concerned about the sustainabiity of the fish they eat is available at www.fishonline.org. ... more

Japan 'hunting almost every sighted whale'
Japan�s �scientific� whaling fleet returned to port yesterday laden with over 2,000 tonnes of whale meat following a three-month hunt that killed almost every whale in sight, the Environment Investigation Agency reports. ... more

Shrimp fishing project is cutting by-catch
Shrimp lovers can tuck into their favourite food with a less guilty conscience courtesy of a pioneering project that is reducing the environmental damage from shrimp trawling. ... more

Climate change threatens Pacific island mangroves
By the end of the century Pacific islands could see over half of their mangroves destroyed by rising seas caused by global warming, warns a UN study. ... more

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