Sea Save will Fight for More Shark Protection – CITES 2019, Climate Change Could Double Beer Prices, World’s Longest Vessel to be a Fish Farm, Hurricane Michael Threatens Sea Turtle Populations And More…
Currently, twenty commonly traded shark and ray species are listed on CITES Appendix II, but the Sea Save Foundation team is headed to Sri Lanka to fight to protect more. Giant guitarfish, blackchin guitarfish, sharpnose guitarfish and all members of that rest of the family Glaugostegidae as “look-alike” species. Also being considered are wedgefish (Rhynchobatus australiae and Rhynchobatus djiddensis) and the rest of the family, Rhinidae, as look-alike species on Appendix II. Mexico will submit a proposal to consider hortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), with the longfin mako (Isurus paucus) protected as a look-alike species
3. Heat and Drought Could Threaten World Beer Supply
If horrific hurricanes and a new, scarier-than-ever United Nations report don’t change attitudes on climate change, perhaps a new report on barley will. A small international team of scientists considered what the effect of climate change would be for this crop in the next 80 years, and they are raising an alarm they hope will pierce the din of political posturing. They are predicting a beer shortage. In a report in Nature Plants, researchers in China, Britain and the United States say that by the end of the century, drought and heat could hurt barley crops enough to cause intense pain to beer drinkers.
Norwegian aquaculture company Nordlaks is building what may well become the world’s largest vessel by length, a gigantic moored fish farm platform dubbed Havfarm1. In February, Nordlaks signed a contract with Chinese yard CIMC Raffles to build the semi-catamaran design at its yard in Shandong Province. Its hull measures 430 meters long, enough to make it the longest vessel in the world (though not the longest self-propelled vessel). According to Nordlaks spokesman Lars Fredrik Martinussen, the firm is on track to begin operations with Havfarm in the second quarter of 2020.
5. Atlantic Salmon Production Reaches Record High in Scotland
The production of Atlantic salmon in Scottish fish farms rose to a record high last year, according to new figures. The Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2017 was published by Marine Scotland Science.It said 189,707 tonnes of Atlantic salmon was produced last year, an increase of 16.5% on the previous year. The report also suggested the value of salmon produced across Scotland had risen above £1bn for the first time. The figure represented a 37% increase on the previous year.
6. Aggressive, Territorial Fish can Help Boost Coral Reef Recovery
Coral reefs around the world have been experiencing mass bleaching events and are dying off at an unprecedented rate. Famously, the Great Barrier Reef experienced catastrophic back to back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017. Scientists are now working to predict how the world’s corals will respond to warming ocean temperatures caused by climate change. While the future doesn’t look promising, research has shown that corals can adapt to environmental changes and recover. ear.
8. With Right Whales at Risk of Extinction, Regulators Consider Drastic Action that Could Affect Lobstermen
Plastic pollution has been found on historical shipwrecks in coastal waters. Divers from the Marine Archaeology Sea Trust found a “surprisingly large quantity” of rubbish on HMS Invincible’s wreck site in Portsmouth Harbour. Kevin Stratford, from the trust, said such wrecks, proud of the seabed, act as “accumulation points” for rubbish. He said it could potentially affect the aquatic wildlife colonizing wrecks. This is especially dangerous because shipwrecks have become new gathering places for fish and the fact that plastic is accumulating there also could increase the concentration of plastics being incorporated into the tissue of these fish.