Oregon begins killing sea lions after relocation fails

U.S. 01/10/19, 14:01

Oregon wildlife officials have started killing sea lions that threaten a fragile run of winter steelhead in the Willamette River.The state Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions annually below Willamette Falls south of Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting ...

Thailand to honor beautiful, violent Siamese fighting fish

World 12/21/18, 07:36

The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand's national aquatic animal.The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan Tanyuvardhana noted the species is clearly identifiable as Thai by ...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

U.S. 12/18/18, 15:39

The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit.The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and the Washington state-based Wild Fish Conservancy notified President Donald ...

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

Europe 12/16/18, 08:33

A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats.Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically endangered Sumatran ...

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

U.S. 12/14/18, 14:11

U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and ...

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

Sports 12/11/18, 16:28

Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.Limits for yelloweye rockfish will more than double, while substantial increases will be allowed for ...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

U.S. 12/07/18, 18:28

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to ...

Proposed cut for herring harvest could affect lobster catch

U.S. 12/07/18, 13:15

Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction in the amount they are allowed to harvest next year.Commercial fisheries for herring are a major industry in the Atlantic states, where the little fish is important as lobster ...

EPA: Fish damage from mine spill wasn’t severe, long-lasting

U.S. 12/05/18, 18:52

Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.An EPA report released last week analyzed the 2015 spill at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, ...

Gambians embrace new freedoms with environment activism

World 12/04/18, 04:40

Hundreds of Gambians were grateful for the jobs created by a Chinese-run fish processing plant that arrived in 2014. Then they were shocked when dead fish began washing up on a nearby shore.Residents of the coastal town of Gunjur reported chemical residue on their skin after swimming that made them ...

Tumor-free flounder: Study underscores Boston Harbor rebirth

Science 11/29/18, 13:58

A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor?In a study published last week in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts declared that flounder in Boston's once notoriously polluted harbor are now tumor-free.It's turnaround from the late ...

Cost of keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

Enviroment 11/28/18, 17:40

Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released a final strategy plan for upgrading the Brandon ...

Blockages gone, fish back in post-Sandy projects in 6 states

Enviroment 11/25/18, 09:46

Billions of dollars have been spent on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy to help people get their lives back together, but a little-noticed portion of that effort is quietly helping another population along the shoreline: fish that need to migrate from coastal rivers out to the sea and back.After the ...

Rainbow-colored candy darter fish listed as endangered

U.S. 11/20/18, 18:09

A rainbow-colored fish that's considered among the world's most beautiful in freshwater and found only in picturesque Appalachian streams has been listed as "endangered," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday.The federal agency said the candy darter has lost nearly half its population since the 1930s, which is when ...

WHO says Iraq river pollution toxic to fish

Enviroment 11/20/18, 08:53

The World Health Organizations said Tuesday that laboratory tests completed after a shocking fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia.Fishermen were stunned to find that hundreds of tons of carp had died suddenly in their river cages ...

Man-made Czech waterways help save carp, a Christmas treat

World 11/17/18, 06:15

Czechs will have to pay more for their traditional Christmas delicacy this year after a serious drought devastated the carp population this year.The drought overheated and dried out ponds, sucking oxygen from them and drastically reducing numbers of the fish in most parts of the Czech Republic.In this picture taken ...

Oregon gets OK to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls

California 11/15/18, 18:25

Oregon wildlife managers on Thursday received federal approval to trap and kill California sea lions that eat protected fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service approved the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's request to trap and euthanize up to 93 animals a year on the lower Willamette River. With their numbers growing, ...

Ocean Shock: Fish Flee for Cooler Waters, Upending Lives in US South

Enviroment 11/08/18, 03:45

WANCHESE, NORTH CAROLINA —  This is part of "Ocean Shock," a Reuters series exploring climate change's impact on sea creatures and the people who depend on them. Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" drifts from Karroll Tillett's workshop, a wooden shed about half a mile from where he was born. Tillett, known as "Frog" ...

Alaska fishermen sentenced for killing endangered sea lions

U.S. 11/07/18, 21:07

An Alaska salmon boat skipper who killed endangered Steller sea lions with a shotgun and hindered an investigation has been fined $20,000 in federal court.Jon Nichols, 31, of Cordova, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, three months of home confinement and 400 hours of community service.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah ...

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