Dead fish carry mercury into ocean’s deepest trench

"Mercury that we believe had once been in the stratosphere is now in the deepest trench on Earth." Here's why that important.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

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Fishing industry must do more to tackle human rights abuses – here's where to start

One in six fishers in the Gulf of Thailand have been coerced or deceived into working against their will.

Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Fishing saps the ocean’s power to capture carbon

By taking fish out of the ocean that would otherwise die and sink to the bottom, fishing has a negative impact on the ocean's carbon sequestration.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Some fish are likely to get caught and recaught

New research identifies four species of ocean fish that tend to get caught more than once. Here's what that means for sustainable fisheries.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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UK government expands its 'Blue Belt' of protected ocean – but something's fishy

The Blue Belt is a network of marine protected areas 17 times larger than the UK.

Peter Howson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Squid pops’ reveal how predator fish handle warmer water

New research using squid on sticks underwater to lure predator fish shows how climate change has affected food webs in oceans.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Americans don't eat enough fish and miss out on robust health benefits

The oils in fish are excellent buffers against disease. Why don't we eat more fish?

Michael Tlusty, Associate Professor of Sustainability and Food Solutions, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Expanding marine protected areas by 5% could boost fish yields by 20% – but there's a catch

Most existing MPAs are in distant and largely empty waters. Expanding them where it counts will meet a lot of resistance.

Rick Stafford, Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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