Wednesday, October 31, 2007

African fishermen find way of conservation in the Koran | --- Pemba, Zanzibar - For years, Salim Haji was told by government officials and international groups that his methods of fishing were destroying the coral and weren't sustainable. But few fishermen on this small island off Tanzania's coast paid much heed. Then, the local imam told him that using dragnets to fish and spears to catch octopuses was wrong. As a devout Muslim, he listened.

Arctic Foxes Put Eggs in "Cold Storage" for Lean Times --- Arctic foxes create "nest eggs" each year to prepare for leaner times, according to a new study. Like squirrels gathering nuts for the winter, the small foxes hoard bird eggs in case there's not enough of their favorite prey—the collard lemming—to go around in the spring.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New catfish lives near hot spring | Practical Fishkeeping magazine ---
A new species of trichomycterid catfish able to live in very warm waters has been described from Bolivia. The description of Trichomycterus therma new species, is published by Luis Fernández and Guillermina Miranda in the latest issue of the Journal of Fish Biology.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ScienceDaily: Deep Sea Discoveries Off Canada's East Coast --- Deep Sea Discoveries Off Canada's East Coast Science Daily — Researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Memorial University of Newfoundland took part in an exciting survey of unexplored depths of the Atlantic Ocean during a three-week mission in July 2007. Deep water corals were a primary focus of the research.

Cane toad invaders suffer arthritis on the frontline - earth - 15 October 2007 - New Scientist Environment --- Being a successful invader is a double-edged sword if you are a cane toad, say researchers. They have found that the front-line infantry of the invading waves of amphibian pests are showing signs of stress associated with their success: roughly one in ten suffer severe arthritis. Cane toads originate from South and Central America and were introduced to Australia in 1935. They owe their name to having been exported to over 40 countries to control crop pests, particularly - as was the case in Australia - pests to sugar cane. But their rapid dispersal across Australia meant they soon became pests in their own right.