CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 |
Southern California researchers have found evidence of ingestion of plastic among small fish in the northern Pacific Ocean in a study that they say shows the troubling effect floating litter is having on marine life in the far reaches of the world's oceans. About 35% of the fish collected on a 2008 research expedition off the West Coast had plastic in their stomachs, according to a study to be presented Friday by Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2008 |
A power company has agreed to alter operations at a hydroelectric dam at the mouth of the Klamath River to help endangered fish. Two species of suckerfish have been at the center of a drawn-out water war that pitted environmentalists against farmers in the Klamath Basin, a fertile agricultural region straddling the Oregon-California border. Portland-based PacifiCorp reached a settlement with the environmental group Oregon Wild to shut down power production in the late summer and early fall at the Link River Dam at times when the endangered fish begin congregating nearby in Upper Klamath Lake.
April 6, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on U.S. beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club. That all got trumped recently with the discovery of six live fish, stowed away in a water-filled bait box aboard a 20-foot Japanese boat that washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington. Researchers had already seen live crabs, sea stars and algae clinging to parts of the estimated 1.5 million tons of debris unleashed by the March 2011 tsunami, but they had never encountered live fish that drifted on their own from Asia, said John Chapman, who specializes in aquatic biological invasions at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
February 23, 2013 |
The pipe-wielding man who broke into an exotic pet store, emptied the cash register and smashed some aquariums probably thought he left no witnesses. But he wasn't counting on Big Blue, a -- you guessed it -- big, blue tropical fish which survived six hours without water after the attacker fled. On Saturday, three days after the incident at Animal Instincts Aquarium and Pet Center in Fall River, Mass., Big Blue was back in a suitably large tank, and the reward money raised by locals to find his would-be killer had grown to $800.
November 9, 2012 |
Coral under attack from toxic seaweed can actually call for help, recruiting fishy bodyguards to fend off an attacker within minutes, a pair of scientists has found. When poison-producing algae make contact with coral, the coral can send out a chemical signal that alerts goby fish to come and eat away at the weed, according to a paper released Thursday by the journal Science. The platoon of gobies provides a last line of defense against toxic seaweed. The seaweed emits harmful chemicals that damage the coral, which it competes with for resources.
April 17, 1999 |
Nikita, the Caspian Sea sturgeon that was a symbol of good relations between Norway and the Soviet Union, died at the Bergen Aquarium after a worker mistakenly put salt water in its tank. The long and elegant Nikita was 38 years old, but could have lived happily for more than a century. A gift from former Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev, it arrived in 1964, the only one of four that survived the trip, the Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2008 |
Game wardens on Friday arrested nine people for allegedly poaching sturgeon and chinook salmon from the Sacramento River and the delta. Wardens made the arrests after raiding seven homes in Sacramento. They said the suspects illegally netted young, fall-run chinook salmon to use as bait for sturgeons. The sturgeons' eggs were sold illegally as caviar on the black market. The populations of salmon and sturgeon have dropped in the last few years.
November 16, 2011 |
Saying "a fish rots at the head," the chairman of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday urged President Obama's defeat next year for failing to deliver on promises to fix the economy. Reince Priebus, the RNC leader, made the comments after a speech at the University of Chicago, where Obama was a law school lecturer. Appearing at the university's Harris School of Public Policy, Priebus contended that after running an inspirational 2008 campaign based on "hope and change," Obama has been forced to seek reelection "on fear and division" because White House policies aimed at improving the economy and creating jobs have failed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2011 |
Southern California researchers found plastic in nearly 1 in 10 small fish collected in the Pacific Ocean in the latest study to call attention to floating marine debris entering the food chain. The study published this week by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego estimated that fish in the middle depths of the northern Pacific Ocean are ingesting as much as 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Although the research found a lower percentage of plastic-fouled fish than previous studies, it is the latest to quantify how many fish are eating marine garbage — most of it confetti-sized flecks of discarded plastic — that has accumulated in vast, slow-moving ocean currents known as gyres.
March 4, 1989 |
The average bass or trout has a brain the size of a pea, so how smart can it be? Seasoned anglers say it takes persistence, moxie and just plain know-how to outsmart the wily fish. Weekends, thousands of men and women in Southern California go bassin' and troutin' armed with the latest fishing tackle, colorful lures, "power bait" and electronic fish finders to catch their finny foes. But many come back empty-handed and disappointed.