Monthly Archives: January 2017

First Glimpse of Ruby Seadragons in the Wild

Surprise anatomical features found in the newly discovered species

Ruby Seadragon

 

In hopes of getting a rare glimpse of the newly discovered third species of seadragon, researchers Josefin Stiller and Greg Rouse at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and at the University of California San Diego and Nerida Wilson of the Western Australian Museum led a scientific expedition off the coast of Western Australia to find Ruby Seadragons in the wild.  Read More

Fishing Rule Aims to Do for All Marine Mammals what it did for the Dolphin

Credit: Boyd Amanda/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

(From NPR / By Alan Yu)– A new rule that takes effect this week seeks to protect marine mammals from becoming bycatch. The rule requires foreign fisheries exporting seafood to the U.S. to ensure that they don’t hurt or kill marine mammals.

If U.S. authorities determine that a certain foreign fishery is harming these mammals, the fishery will be required to take stock of the marine mammal populations in places where they fish, and find ways to reduce their bycatch. That could involve not fishing in areas with high numbers of marine mammals. Fisheries will also have to report cases when they do end up hurting mammals. This is what American fisheries are already required to do under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

Up to 90 percent of seafood eaten in the U.S. is imported, most of it shrimp, freshwater fish, tuna, and salmon. The goal of the new rule is to ensure that seafood coming into the country didn’t harm or kill marine mammals.

But can this new rule protect the vaquita?
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