Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Wales have become abnormally murderous, according to concerned volunteers at a wildlife centre who last week watched three of the playful mammals spend 20 minutes ganging up on a porpoise.
“Although we were close by, they took no notice of us, intent on the attack,” researcher Milly Metcalfe told the BBC, recounting how the dolphins repeatedly pushed the porpoise underwater before throwing it into the air.
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Every time Gaza fisherman Rami goes to sea, the same thing happens: five nautical miles offshore, shots ring out and a voice over an Israeli loudspeaker demands he turn back.
TABUSINTAC, NEW BRUNSWICK — A recovery effort has resumed for two fishermen missing off New Brunswick’s northeast coast.
RCMP Const. Scott Messier says five search and rescue teams began combing shores for the men, aged 35 and 32, at 7 a.m. today.
Messier says an RCMP underwater recovery team is also searching the area where their fishing boat capsized.
Tokyo (AFP) - About half of live dolphins caught in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji were exported to China and other countries despite global criticism of the hunting technique used, a news report has said.
KLEMTU, B.C. — A Japanese fisherman is to be reunited with his boat more than four years after a powerful tsunami hit his country and carried the craft to the shores of British Columbia.
Kou Sasaki arrived in Vancouver on Monday and later this week will be heading to the coastal village of Klemtu, where his vessel washed up in the spring of 2013.
Spirit Bear Lodge manager Tim McGrady said a hereditary chief’s son found the boat, which was in remarkable condition after its journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Veteran commercial fisherman Derek Morton describes it as an oceanic “flash mob,” a sudden swarm of California sea lions that descends upon commercial seine boats as they haul in their herring catch in the Strait of Georgia.
“That’s what it’s like. They show up fast, they’re there and when it’s done, they’re gone.”
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium is taking the city’s park board to court over the board’s attempt to prohibit the breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises at the popular tourist attraction.
The aquarium’s request for a judicial review, filed Wednesday, is the latest development in an ongoing and highly contentious debate over the ethics of keeping cetaceans in captivity, both in Vancouver and elsewhere.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that economic development
assessment teams will deploy next month to conduct a two-day analysis of six
Northeast fishing communities. The teams will visit Portland, Maine, Seabrook,
N.H., New Bedford, Mass., Gloucester, Mass., Point Judith, R.I., and Montauk,
N.Y. The assessment teams will conduct meetings with local leaders to help
identify economic development challenges and opportunities facing local
industries and communities.
“The Department of Commerce is committed to supporting a
vibrant and profitable fishing industry in the United States. The
teams will help communities identify and begin to address the economic
difficulties they are facing,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “We
know that by rebuilding stocks, we will improve economic conditions
for fishermen and coastal communities, but we recognize that transition
is difficult. We are committed to help identify proactive solutions
challenging economic times.”
“Supporting fishermen and fishing communities with
economic assessment and planning assistance is a top priority for the Department
of Commerce and the administration,” said Brian McGowan, Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “The Northeast economic
development assessment teams will play an important role in providing technical
expertise to local leaders as they develop strategies to increase economic and
The goal of the visits is to provide customized technical
assistance for fishing communities that experienced reductions in groundfish
fishing revenues in recent years. The Economic Development Administration
(EDA), in partnership with other federal agencies, will meet with local leaders
to assess current and emerging economic issues. EDA, with the assistance of the
U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), evaluated economic and fisheries industry data, including groundfish
landing revenues and the percentage of groundfish landed at a port relative to
the state totals, in order to select ports for the interagency assessments.