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Sharks are not 'living fossils'

Modern sharks are not "living fossil" replicas of their prehistoric ancestors but have evolved significantly over millions of years to develop their hallmark design, a consensus-busting study said Wednesday. The newly discovered fossil skull of a shark-like ancestor of all jawed vertebrates adds to evidence that a bony skeleton, not a cartilaginous one, was the prototype.

Japanese, Taiwanese begin fishing under new rules near Senkakus on Sunday

Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen will begin fishing under new rules in waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands from Sunday. Suao Fishermen's Association Director Chen Chun-sheng told Kyodo News that while about 50 to 60 Japanese fishing boats operate in the area, about 100 Taiwanese fishing trawlers pull tens of thousand tons of bluefin tuna from waters around the Senkakus each year.

In Great Lakes region, many Jewish families running short of Passover food staple: whitefish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Many fish markets in the Great Lakes region are running short of whitefish, and it's coming at a bad time: the Passover holiday. Whitefish is a key ingredient in gefilte (geh-FIL'-tuh) fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originated in eastern Europe. Recipes vary, but it often consists of ground fish, vegetables such as onion and carrots, and bread crumbs formed into loaves or balls.

Mudslide menaces fabled Pacific Northwest salmon, trout river

By Eric M. Johnson OSO, Washington (Reuters) - Watching the now murky river from his kitchen window, Bill Best speaks in low tones of neighbors buried by a massive mudslide, where damage to salmon and steelhead trout spawning beds only adds to the grief in a rural Washington state community with deep ties to the land.

Australian shark fear survey shows little support for culling

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia ranks high in global charts of shark attacks and is currently running an aggressive culling drive against the marine predator, but a new survey says many Australians aren't really that worried about them. The survey of 583 visitors to the Sydney aquarium found 77 percent of the respondents were "not at all frightened" or only "moderately frightened" by sharks. Some 87 percent said they shouldn't be killed despite the threat they pose.

Correction: Fast-Growing Salmon story

WASHINGTON - In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company is primarily focused on genetic engineering of dairy cows. A corrected version of the story is below: Engineered salmon may be a tough sell Genetically engineered fish or meat may be a tough sell for already wary consumers By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press

Cap, goggles found from Australian shark attack victim

The swimming cap and goggles of a woman taken by a shark in Australia have been found, police said Friday, as her husband accepted that she had been "consumed completely". Christine Armstrong, 63, was with a group of people on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney on Thursday when she disappeared. Her husband Rob and others in the group said they saw a shark close by.

Cap, goggles found from Australian shark attack victim

The swimming cap and goggles of a woman taken by a shark in Australia have been found along with a small amount of human remains, police said on Friday. Christine Armstrong, 63, was with a group of people on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney on Thursday when she disappeared. Her husband Rob and others in the group said they saw a shark close by.

Woman killed by shark in Australia

A woman was taken by a shark on Thursday while swimming with her husband in Australia, authorities said, in an attack which horrified fellow swimmers. Christine Armstrong was with a group of people on a regular swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney when she disappeared. Reports said the 63-year-old had turned back from the group which included her husband Rob and was on her own when the shark struck.

Search abandoned for missing Antarctic fishing vessel

The search for a fishing boat missing near Antarctica was called off Tuesday, with officials saying there was no chance anyone aboard had survived in the harsh polar environment. The 75-metre (250-foot) vessel issued a distress signal early Sunday which showed it was in the southern Indian Ocean about 650 kilometres (400 miles) north of the Antarctic mainland, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.
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