The Weekly Dive Vol. 20

Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!

Seafood fraud widespread according to LA study. Adding to previous studies documenting the prevalence of seafood fraud nationwide, DNA tests on fish from LA restaurants, grocery stores, and sushi venues found more than half were mislabeled. Seafood fraud has negative implications for human health, sustainability, and the economy.   [The Los Angeles Times; Oceana]

Zoos “Noah’s Ark” for polar bears? American zoo and aquariums seek to shelter polar bears as “insurance,” so they can replenish the wild population in the event that it becomes too depleted. The controversial plan has worked for other species before, such as the Mexican wolf and California condor, but American zoos need laws changed to allow them to import orphaned cubs from Canada. [Care2; The Washington Post]

House passes bill that allows importation of polar bear trophies by hunters. Though the Marine Mammal Protection Act bans the import of any marine mammal, the House of Representatives yesterday passed a pro-hunting bill that, among other things, allows trophy hunters to import polar bears. []

Scottish fishing fleet hauls most valuable catch in decade, amid overfishing. The 2011 catch was valued at £500 million, largely due to rising fish prices, despite a decreasing fishing fleet. The Fisheries Secretary complained that neighboring nations are engaging in “reckless overfishing,” putting Scottish fishermen in jeopardy. [Fife Today]

Ocean wind farms may enhance conditions for fish. One of the first studies to examine wind farms’ effect on wildlife found fish populations increased around a large Danish wind farm, possibly thanks to the stone structure at its base acting as an artificial reef. [Science Daily]

Mediterranean sardine habitats identified, next step: protection. A study identified the environmental conditions and Mediterranean locations best for sardines. The best environments for the ecologically important but declining fish would be the best places to implement management systems. [FIS]

100 years of ocean navigation. For centuries, the sea has been key to human discovery, trade and communication. This visualization of traffic on shipping routes in the 1700s and 1800s is just a small portion of our long history with the ocean.

OWOO news. Today’s Weekly Dive video highlights a few of the most exciting things currently happening here behind the scenes. 


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