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Bush opens up Alaskan bay for oil exploration
The Bush Administration has lifted the restriction on development at Alaska's Bristol Bay to allow oil and gas exploration and drilling. This overturns decades of bipartisan protection of the Bay which is the backbone of Alaska’s fishing economy as well as home to critical habitat for numerous endangered and threatened species. ... more

Fish may all be gone before reserves are in place
Scientists estimate that rising demand for seafood and other marine produce will lead to a collapse of today’s commercial fish stocks by 2050 - unless better management is introduced. This would include an extended network of marine reserves. But, says the latest GEO Year Book, the pace at which new marine reserves are being listed means the goal will be achieved three decades after the collapse of today’s commercial fisheries. ... more

Gray whale death raises fear of extinction
A critically endangered Western Pacific Gray Whale (Western Gray Whale) has died off the coast of Japan after becoming trapped in fishing gear. It is a problem which now threatens this rare creatures with extinction. ... more

Governments fail to stop tuna plunder
Government members of the world's five tuna regional management organizations, meeting in Japan, have failed to agree an action plan to help reverse the decline in tuna stocks and stop the plundering of these valuable species. ... more

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

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