People & Groups Archives: Fish

Orca population in Puget Sound falling

Not only are Puget Sound’s resident killer whales continuing to decline in numbers, but their behavior is changing, too, according to scientists. The orcas seem to be splintering from their basic social groups and spending less time together. FRIDAY HARBOR — With two new deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population … Continue reading Orca population in Puget Sound falling

Blow All the Dams

“Hatcheries not only failed to boost the number of fish but also actually harmed the salmon by mining billions of eggs from wild populations. The fish hatcheries were designed to collect and incubate the maximum number of eggs with the greatest efficiency. In many cases, that meant all the eggs in the entire salmon run … Continue reading Blow All the Dams

Study suggests climate change has stunted fish size up to 29% over four decades

By Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera Climate change may be stunting fish growth, a new study has said. Fish sizes in the North Sea have shrunk dramatically, and scientists believe warmer ocean temperatures and less oxygenated water could be the causes. The body sizes of several North Sea species have decreased by as much as … Continue reading Study suggests climate change has stunted fish size up to 29% over four decades

Moapa Dace Continues Its Baby Boom

Original Post by Vernon Robison, Moapa Valley Progress It has been another good year for the Moapa dace. The population of the endangered fish has more than doubled over the past two years, according to a survey conducted last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). On August 6-7, biologists conducted their bi-annual snorkel … Continue reading Moapa Dace Continues Its Baby Boom

Oceans emptying out as 85% of fish species suffer severe decline

By Gaia Vince / BBC News Global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans. It has been some time since most humans lived as hunter-gatherers – with one important exception. Fish are the last wild animal … Continue reading Oceans emptying out as 85% of fish species suffer severe decline

Extinction rate for North American freshwater fishes 877 times normal; could double by 2050

By US Geological Survey From 1900-2010, freshwater fish species in North America went extinct at a rate 877 times faster than the rate found in the fossil record, while estimates indicate the rate may double between now and 2050.  This new information comes from a U.S. Geological Survey study to be published in the September … Continue reading Extinction rate for North American freshwater fishes 877 times normal; could double by 2050

Fish downstream from tar sands industrial project suffering deformities

By Jason Mark / Earth Island Journal Chief Allan Adam, the head of the Fort Chipewyan community in the far north of Alberta, has been fishing in Lake Athabasca for all of his life. His father, now 76 years old, has been fishing there even longer. And neither of them has seen anything like what … Continue reading Fish downstream from tar sands industrial project suffering deformities

Enbridge pipeline proposal a threat to forests and lifeways of First Nations people

By Kavitha Chekuru / Al Jazeera The sun pierces through thin slices of halibut that lie drying across cylindrical pieces of wood as Christopher Stuart continues to delicately cut more of the freshly harvested fish for the sun to bake. Stuart, a member of Canada’s Gitga’at First Nation, is performing the task for the first … Continue reading Enbridge pipeline proposal a threat to forests and lifeways of First Nations people

Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

By University of California, San Diego A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In 2009 an ambitious group of graduate students led the Scripps Environmental … Continue reading Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.” Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal … Continue reading BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells