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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

Illegal fishers ravage bluefin tuna
Bluefin tuna stocks in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean are being stripped bare by illegal and unscrupulous fishing, warns a new report. If these stocks are to be saved, the fishery must be closed immediately, says WWF. ... more

Japan wins whaling vote by majority of one
This year's meeting of the International Whaling Commission opened in the Caribbean today amid fears that last year's slaughter of 2000 whales would be overtaken as Japan pressured smaller members of the Commission to vote for a return to legal whale hunting. This report is from Greenpeace. ... more

Avoiding deep trouble in the deep seas
Swift and wide-ranging actions are needed to conserve the world�s entire marine environment amid fears that humankind�s exploitation of the deep seas and open oceans is rapidly passing the point of no return, according to a new joint report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). ... more

Mediterranean bluefin tuna near collapse
At the start of the commercial fishing season of the bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, traditional tuna-trap fishermen in Southern Spain are facing an unprecedented crisis. Catches are down by a staggering 80 per cent on this time last year, according to the Tuna Trap Producers Association. ... more

Coral reefs could recover from tsunami
Most Indian Ocean coral reefs escaped serious damage and could naturally recover from the December 2004 tsunami within five to ten years if damage from human activities, including ill-planned repair work, can be reduced. ... more

Last leatherback turtle stronghold under threat
A major conservation effort has got underway to help protect endangered leatherback turtles which nest in Gabon, West Africa. The region is thought to be the animals' last global stronghold, as the population of Pacific leatherbacks dwindle precariously. ... more

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