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Subject: Announcing a new fish blog
From: Mark Powell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 11 May 2006 23:06:27 -0700

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Announcing a new fish blog:

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Magnets reduce longline bycatch 

Can magnets help save depleted and vulnerable shark populations?  The
World Wildlife Fund is betting yes, and supporting the innovative work
of Michael Hermann. He has found that putting magnets on longlines
targeting swordfish or tuna can reduce wasteful bycatch of sharks. This
idea won the $25,000 grand prize in WWF's annual Smart Gear competition.
Shark bycatch is a global problem, and a full 20% of the sharks that
have been assessed are threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN
red list of threatened and endangered fish worldwide.  Selective fishing
is good and will improve the long-term sustainability of our use of

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Seafood masquerade-part 2 

Florida officials have stopped the sale of 8,000 pounds of fake
"grouper" in a sting targeting mislabelling of fish.  This is just a
small part of the scam, with total fake fish sales exceeding 1 million
pounds.  "When residents of and visitors to this state pay a premium
price to purchase a highly desirable fish such as grouper, they are
entitled to receive it," Commissioner Charles Bronson of the Florida
Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a press release.
Fine and noble words from a consumer crusader. Now perhaps we'll see
some progress on the currently legal practice of using phony market
names to get higher prices for seafood? 

Mark Powell, Ph.D.
Director, Fish Conservation Program
The Ocean Conservancy

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