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Arctic-crossing algae, whale show threat to Atlantic

OSLO (Reuters) – Tiny algae and a whale native to the Pacific have crossed a thawing Arctic Ocean in what may portend a marine invasion threatening Atlantic fish stocks, scientists said on Sunday. The Pacific algae, absent from the North Atlantic for 800,000 years according to fossil records, apparently returned…

La Niña causes mass penguin deaths in New Zealand

by Neil Sands CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – “You’re a bit grumpy aren’t you mate,” says conservationist Shirleen Helps as she expertly handles a squawking penguin doing its best to peck her unprotected fingers. The tiny bird, angry at the indignity of being transported in a cat box, was found…

Greenpeace urges west Africa to protect fish stocks

DAKAR — Conservation organisation Greenpeace on Friday urged west African countries to combat illegal fishing and over-fishing in their waters, in a statement released at the World Social Forum in Senegal. “We must tirelessly engage with authorities to ensure that the problems of illegal fishing and over-fishing in west Africa…

US debate continues on salmon ‘Frankenfood’

US experts held a second day of hearings into whether to allow genetically modified salmon to become the first so-called “Frankenfood” animal to be served up on American dinner tables. The meeting, which tackled the thorny issue of labelling, came after a 14-member committee of independent experts consulted by the…

FDA may permit sales of genetically modified salmon in US

US authorities have begun to consider approval for the first time the sale of genetically engineered salmon, a move that some say could open the door to more transgenic animals on American dinner tables. A US Food and Drug Administration panel has set a hearing for September 19-20 to consider…

Climate change sparks ‘quickest evolution ever’

Research shows species can adapt quickly to changing climate, but at a high cost VANCOUVER, Canada — At least one fish species can adapt in just three generations to survive a sharp change in temperature, researchers said in a study on the fastest rate of evolution ever recorded in wild…

BP warns of long effort to cap spill

GALLIANO, Louisiana (AFP) – BP officials warned they may not be able to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil leak until August, as Louisiana residents warned the spill could wipe out dozens of fish species. Drilling relief wells is still seen as the best solution, but they will not be…

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird…

Male pregnancy and abortion: The sex life of pipefish

PARIS — A skinny little fish called the pipefish is high on the list of wildlife oddities, for the male of the species is the one which gets pregnant.…

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