Climate Crisis and Antibiotic Use Could ‘Sink’ Fish Farming Industry – Report

The climate crisis, drug use and feeding farmed fish with wild stocks risks “sinking” the $230bn (£180bn) aquaculture industry, according to an ethical investment network. Fish farms now surpass wild fisheries as the main provider of seafood on our plates, but combined risks from global heating, excessive use of antibiotics, …

Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans ‘Costs up to $2.5bn a Year’

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs up to $2.5 billion (£1.9bn) a year in damaged and lost resources. That’s according to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, which suggests industries such as fishing, aquaculture and recreation, as well as global wellbeing in general, are all negatively affected …

Mutilated Dolphins Wash Up on French Coast in Record Numbers

A record number of dolphins have washed up on France’s Atlantic coast in the last three months, many with devastating injures. Environmental campaigners say 1,100 mutilated dolphins have been found since January, but the real figure could be 10 times higher as many bodies sink without trace. Activists warn the …

Industrial Fishing Ushers the Albatross Closer to Extinction, Say Researchers

Industrial fishing vessels that accidentally kill tens of thousands of albatrosses each year routinely ignore regulations designed to save the birds from extinction, according to research. Using satellite data, investigators found that vessels employing longline fishing techniques showed a “low level of compliance” with measures to reduce albatross deaths. Longliners …

With Only 74 Left, New Protections Announced for Iconic Killer Whales

With only 74 remaining in the wild, time is running out to save southern resident killer whales, especially after two died this summer. This week, the Canadian government announced a slew of measures to save the critically endangered species. The $61.5 million (US$50 million) initiative will address three key threats …

We Have 12 years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns UN

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors …

Cod Leds Have Their Plaice in Energy Efficient Fishing?

Green or blue LEDS could replace energy-intensive incandescent lighting used to lure fish towards bait. Forget just cutting your domestic electricity bill with LEDs – now you can use energy efficient lighting to catch your fish supper. Many fishermen use high-intensity incandescent lights to lure fish to the surface of the water so …