Latest News on Fishing and the Marine World
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You will find the latest news on fishing and the marine world on this page. You will discover a variety of topics including a new science-based indicator to assess the health of the oceans, the role of the EU in promoting better governance, and the use of drones to measure salmon spawning habitats.
73-Year-Old Woman Stabbed by a 45kg Sailfish
Sailfish, also known as swordfish, are among the fastest fish in the ocean. They can swim at speeds of up to 110 km/h and reach lengths of up to eleven feet. When fully grown, they can weigh as much as 220 pounds.
A sailfish was caught on a fishing line three kilometers off the coast of Stuart, Florida. It was no doubt a sight to behold. The 73-year-old victim was hospitalized in a serious, but a not fatal condition.
The ship on which the woman sailed was docked in a nearby marina and fire rescue officials attended to her needs. She was flown to HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital. Luckily, no other passengers on the ship were hurt.
There is no word yet on the specifics of the incident. However, the local NT Police said the most important thing to know is that the incident was a serious incident that required immediate attention. NT police officer Michael Kost said the incident was "a bit of a mystery".
It is also a bit of a mystery how the sailfish was actually able to get its mouth around the woman's groin. According to reports, the sailfish was able to shove its beak into the victim's scrotum.
Aquatic Invasive Species Are a Growing Risk to Parks and Values
The spread of aquatic invasive species has become a growing threat to parks and their resources. These plants are non-native to the region and can have large impacts on the environment, including reducing water temperatures, dissolved oxygen concentrations, and sunlight penetration.
Invasive aquatic plants can also disrupt habitats for birds and fish. They are commonly associated with reduced populations of fish and other animals in lakes and rivers. They can alter nutrient concentrations and reduce the diversity of plant and animal communities.
Aquatic invasive species may affect the genetic makeup of native species. This change in genetic structure can have cascading effects on biodiversity. It can also have direct and indirect effects on organisms, human health, and economic conditions.
A number of species have been intentionally introduced into North America. This includes birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Each species has an impact on the ecosystem, and the net impacts are negative.
Non-native species have been introduced through aquarium trade, ballast water, land-use change, and other means. There are more than 250 species of non-native aquatic plants and animals in the United States.
Some invasive species have the ability to impede the movement of water for flood control and to block navigation. Other species can reduce the quality of the water, decrease the dissolved oxygen content, and even cause the death of fish.
EU Role in Promoting Better Governance
The European Union has an important role in promoting better governance in fishing. It has pushed for more sustainable practices, including the use of catch allowances. However, it has also been accused of neglecting small-scale commercial fisheries, an area of the industry that is under severe pressure.
Small-scale commercial fishing is vital to developing countries. Especially in Africa, it is crucial for food security, poverty alleviation and local economies. But it has been neglected by national policies that focus on industrial development and technical efficiency.
EU participation in several international fisheries agreements is a good example of its efforts to promote better governance in fishing. For instance, it has helped negotiate the adoption of the Harvest Control Rules for the Atlantic Bluefin tuna stock, a science-based approach that purports to offer more benefits than the traditional methods.
Aside from participating in SFPAs, the EU is actively involved in the management of RFMOs, which are regionally-focused fisheries management organizations. These organizations work to maximize the sustainable yield of a region's fishery resources, while at the same time aiming to reduce overfishing. This could help the EU engage with the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement.
Although RFMOs are closely linked to SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), there are few studies to evaluate their impact on global sustainability. Moreover, their effectiveness is highly debated.
New Science-Based Indicator to Assess the State of the Oceans
The UN World Ocean Assessment is part of the regular global assessments of the climate system and biodiversity. Its goal is to assess the state of the oceans, which helps to set targets for the optimum ocean health. These efforts are a part of the Sustainable Development Goals to protect marine ecosystems. Indicators and monitoring programs are needed to measure progress toward the goals.
As oceans become increasingly complex, the need for a robust system for measuring ocean health increases. This assessment can help to inform policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders about the status of the oceans. However, there are several challenges associated with the development of indicators.
One challenge is the lack of sufficient data to monitor ocean health at finer scales. Most components of ocean ecosystems are not well-observed, which can confound attempts to define targets and set appropriate reference points.
To address these issues, a case study of indicator development was conducted using a framework developed at the Centre for Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA). Researchers used a series of iterative processes to review indicator development case studies from seven different social-ecological systems. They then selected indicators that were relevant to these case studies and provided them with an evaluation and ranking procedure.
Seafish and The Seafarers' Charity Will Produce Guidance to Help Businesses Navigate the Skilled Workers Visa Application Process
Seafish and The Seafarers' Charity have collaborated to create a new guide for UK businesses interested in employing non-UK crew. This will assist businesses in navigating the skilled workers visa application process.
A number of maritime charities have lobbied for reform of immigration policy in the past, and the issue is now ripe for reform. But a key challenge is encouraging recruitment from the UK labour force, without splitting the industry.
With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union next year, it's time to re-examine migration policy. It's important to recognize that some jobs are not "skilled" enough to be sponsored under the Points Based System.
For example, foresters must have specific qualifications and a high level of technical ability to perform their duties. However, there are many roles that are not "skilled" enough for the Points Based System, including low-skilled jobs that require considerable training.
The Department of Homeland Security screens applicants using fingerprints, photographs and databases. Applicants are then interviewed and screened to determine if they are a risk to the country. If they are not deemed a security risk, they can be issued a visa.
There are a number of benefits available for those seeking work. They include the Adoptive Benefit, which is a benefit for employed or self-employed individuals who adopt a child from abroad. Survivors of a divorce or death of a spouse are also eligible for the Death Benefit.
Drone Photography of the Wenatchee River During Spawning Season Can be Effective in Estimating the Number of Rocky Hollows Salmon Create
The Wenatchee River is a popular location for spawning salmon. It's famous for its densely packed salmon redds. However, traditional methods of surveying this iconic formation are limited by time, distance and substrate.
Drone footage may help researchers better estimate the number of rocky hollows that salmon create. Researchers at Washington State University have used drones to survey the redds in three different areas of the river. While the images are impressive, there are still a few kinks to work out.
Traditionally, field biologists would walk up and down the river in search of a redd. This method can cause false starts and can be difficult to determine the true size of the redd. But, drones have a much larger field of view.
Researchers at Washington State University and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have taken the first step in exploring how drones can help. They flew a drone 150 feet above the river in 2020, during the chinook spawning season. Aerial imagery may be a useful way to study habitat changes over time, as well as what people are doing to help.
In the future, researchers hope to see high resolution photos being used for more complex studies. These pictures will allow researchers to look at how the habitat is changing and how salmon are adapting to changing conditions.
First Ecosystem Model That Covers the Complete Food Web in the Western Baltic Sea
An ecosystem model that covers the entire food web of the western Baltic Sea was developed. It was tested on empirical values for the period 1983 to 2012 and the results show that changes in species distribution were associated with declines in the area's salinity.
This study also showed that climate change induced shifts in trophic levels. It is estimated that the total amount of phytoplankton biomass decreased because of reduced nutrient flux to the surface layer.
However, the reconstructed state of the Baltic Sea indicated that pelagic recycling of organic matter intensified under warmer sea temperatures. In the southern Baltic Sea, warming accelerated the spring bloom of phytoplankton. Moreover, the northern Baltic Sea's coastal benthic communities show an increase in Ponto-Caspian cladocerans.
Climate change has a significant impact on the Baltic Sea's ecological function. It affects abiotic and biotic factors, as well as the structure and function of the entire ecosystem. Several studies have been conducted to investigate how climate-driven environmental variables affect the functioning of the ecosystem.
The effects of climate change on the food web are difficult to predict because the system is complex. To estimate the potential impact of climate change, it is important to study the effect of changes in oceanographic parameters, biogeochemical dynamics and interactions between species. Among the most important environmental drivers are sea temperature, salinity and phosphorus levels.
You will find the latest news on fishing and the marine world on this page. You will discover a variety of topics including a new science-based indicator to assess the health of the oceans, the role of the EU in promoting better governance, and the use of drones to measure salmon spawning habitats. 73-Year-Old Woman…