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In drought-stricken California, court rules smelt fish get water

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the continuing battle over how California will cope with historic drought, an appeals court on Thursday sided with environmentalists over growers and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions in order to protect Delta smelt.

British woman jailed for microwaving kitten

A woman with mental health problems was on Thursday jailed for 14 weeks by a British judge for killing her kitten by cooking it in the microwave. Laura Cunliffe, 23, admitted putting her black-and-white pet Mowgli in the microwave as punishment for attacking her goldfish, the court in Barnsley in northern England heard. She put the microwave on for five minutes but after a minute took out the cat when she realised what she had done. The kitten died later.

Australia hatches first IVF shark

Australia has successfully hatched its first shark born via artificial insemination with hopes that the development can ultimately be used to help breed threatened species, an aquarium said Wednesday. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium said the brown banded bamboo shark pup was born on March 3, ending a process which began in September when aquarists collected a semen sample from a shark in Mooloolaba in northeastern Australia.

U.S. company applies to Ottawa to sell genetically modified fish for you to eat

HALIFAX - A U.S. company hoping to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada has also applied to the federal government to sell its fish for human consumption. AquaBounty included a line about its application in a statement it released last Thursday, but company spokesman Dave Conley declined comment on the application. "It is our policy not to discuss regulatory applications, just as it is the policy of the relevant government agencies not to discuss applications under review," Conley said in an email.

Officials eye plan to move California salmon to sea by truck if drought hurts river runs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought. Officials fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm, affecting food supply and making salmon easier to catch by predators, the Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/Oh5dS8). State and federal officials said Monday they were watching conditions and would be ready to implement the plan next month, barring heavy rains.

Loblaws first to offer new responsibly-farmed certified Atlantic salmon

TORONTO - Grocery giant Loblaws (TSX:L) will be the first retailer in North America to sell a new type of responsibly-farmed salmon, an offering it hopes will differentiate itself amid intense competition from its grocery rivals. Loblaws, which is also the country's largest biggest buyer and seller of seafood, said the decision to stock Atlantic salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) will give customers more choice when selecting responsibly farmed fish.

Japan to halve Pacific bluefin tuna catch

Japan will halve its catch of juvenile bluefin tuna in the Pacific from 2015, the government said Monday, boosting its efforts to protect the species amid international concern about declining stocks. The decision to implement a 50 percent cut in the catch from the 2002-2004 average of 8,015 tons comes as the stock of adult bluefin tuna over 4 years old fell close to a record low in 2012 due to overfishing, the Fisheries Agency said.

Japan to halve tuna catch in Northern Pacific

Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting in 2015, compared to the 2002-2004 average, reports said Sunday. The Fisheries Agency has decided to increase protection for bluefin tuna amid international concerns about declining stocks, according to major media, including the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun.

Japan to cut bluefin tuna catch in Northern Pacific by half

Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting in 2015, compared to the 2002-2004 average, a Fisheries Agency source said Saturday. The sharp cut may lead to a rise in prices of sashimi at food stores, but the agency placed a high priority on protecting bluefin tuna amid concern about declining stocks. The move is also aimed at encouraging other nations to adopt massive cuts.

Sea Shepherd fails to halt Australia shark kill policy

Activist group Sea Shepherd has failed to secure an injunction to halt a controversial shark cull policy in Western Australia, it said Thursday, vowing to fight on to prevent the killings. The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, applied for a judicial review of the decision, claiming it involves the unlawful killing of a protected species.
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