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Shelling out: Japan crab fetches record $46,000 at auction

Apo - A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out $46,000 at auction for a snow crab -- a price that "probably set a new world record", local officials said Thursday.

'Ghost' fishing gear: the trash haunting ocean wildlife

Far out in the South Atlantic Ocean, invisible to the South African coastline, diver Pascal Van Erp surfaced with an abandoned lobster cage covered in algae and other marine organisms.

Seven S. Koreans missing in helicopter crash near disputed islets

Seoul - Rescuers searching for seven South Koreans whose helicopter crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from islets disputed with Japan located the aircraft on Friday, Seoul officials said.

Lake Maracaibo: polluted by a permanent black tide

Cabimas - Smelling like an oil refinery, the vast expanse of Lake Maracaibo has become polluted by its own reserves of crude as Venezuela's economic collapse has left wells and pipelines in ruin.

Tropical fish swim into Europe's waters as common species head north

Paris - Cod, sole and plaice might be regulars on European dinner tables but as climate change heats the oceans common species are heading to cooler northern waters -- with profound potential consequences for fish stocks and consumers.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

Trump is given the first watch made with recycled fishing nets

The first watch in the world made of recycled fishing nets has been developed and 100 were manufactured at the request of the French government and handed to G7 leaders to promote the idea of a sustainable planet.

Countries push to protect sharks, rays

Geneva - Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

Lobster fishing in Honduras: a poisoned chalice

Puerto Lempira - Diving for lobsters in the Caribbean waters around Honduras provides a vital source of income for the local indigenous population in La Mosquitia, but it's an extremely hazardous occupation.

27 dead as fishing boat sinks off Honduras

Tegucigalpa - At least 27 people died and nine were missing Wednesday when their fishing boat sank off the Caribbean coast of Honduras, the country's military said.

Greenpeace sounds alarm over shark overfishing in North Atlantic

Madrid - Thousands of endangered sharks are killed each year in the North Atlantic due to a lack of protection against overfishing in international waters, Greenpeace said Thursday.

Protests as Bangladesh slaps two-month ban on shallow-water fishing

Dhaka - Bangladesh has banned fishing in the Bay of Bengal for the next two months in an effort to replenish stocks, a minister said Tuesday, triggering protests by hundreds of fishermen.

Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

Pontianak - Indonesia began sinking dozens of impounded foreign boats Saturday to deter illegal fishing in its waters, a week after a naval vessel clashed with a Vietnamese coastguard near the South China Sea.

Sierra Leone tackles overfishing but gets small fry

Freetown - With a single deep-sea patrol boat, Sierra Leone was hard put to stop vessels looting its waters despite a month-long ban on industrial fishing.

Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after rocket launch

Jerusalem - Israel reduced the offshore fishing limit it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza from Tuesday following rocket fire from the territory by Palestinian militants, officials said.

How Brexit threatens Falklands' economy — and Spanish fishermen

Madrid - A no-deal Brexit would deal a severe blow to the economy of Britain's Falkland Islands which is heavily dependent on squid exports -- and to Galicia in Spain where almost all of the molluscs are sent.

British cannot close off fishing waters post Brexit: France

Boulogne-sur-mer - French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume said Thursday it was "not possible" for Britain to close its waters to French and other EU fishermen after Brexit."We do not accept that...

Dutch fishermen fear stormy Brexit seas ahead

Den Helder - It's a beautiful spring morning on an unusually calm North Sea, but from the wheelhouse of his trawler Dutch skipper Cor Vonk can see a man-made storm brewing.

Crab fishing boat seized by Russia: Japan official

Apo - A Japanese crab fishing boat with 10 people on board has been seized by Russian authorities, a Japanese official said Saturday.

French fishing boats targeted as migrants seek way to Britain

Boulogne-sur-mer - Laurent Merlin, a French fisherman who plies the Channel coast from his home port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, is not used to his boat being seen as a catch.But twice within the same week he arrived for work to find his vessel vandalised by would-be thieves.

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Apo - A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Apo - A record $3.1 million was paid for a giant tuna on Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.

Scallops: Peru's 'golden nuggets' of the sea

Sechura - Peruvian fishermen need only dive down a few meters to find the scallops considered the "golden nuggets" of the country's seas -- and cherished in European and North American kitchens.

Storm over Brexit troubles Scottish fishermen

Pittenweem - In the small Scottish fishing village of Pittenweem, residents are worried the political wrangling in London is pushing their dream of Brexit beyond the North Sea horizon."Brexit -- how do you describe it?

Migingo Island: a rocky marriage between Uganda and Kenya

A rounded rocky outcrop covered with metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle.

Albatrosses to spy out illegal fishing

Chiz - Fishermen illegally trawling the Indian Ocean might soon find they have more to worry about than the proverbial albatross around their neck -- real bad luck might now lurk in the form of one of the birds spying on them from the sky.

Tunisia fishermen turn tide to cash in on blue crab menace

Djerba - Tunisian fishermen saw the blue crab wreak such havoc on their catches when it first appeared that they nicknamed it after the terrifying jihadists of the Islamic State group.

Sayonara Tsukiji! Exodus as relocation of Tokyo's famed fish market begins

Apo - Hundreds of fishmongers on forklifts and trucks rose before dawn in Tokyo to join a mammoth exodus of vendors as the world-famous Tsukiji market relocates to a new site.
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