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Man feared dead from shark attack in Australia

A man was feared dead from a shark attack Saturday after going missing while spear-fishing off the South Australia coast. Police said the 28-year-old from Adelaide disappeared in the water off Goldsmith Beach, near Yorke Peninsula, with a helicopter and boats at the scene looking for him. "At about midday, the man was part of a group spear-fishing at a popular area at Goldsmith Beach when witnesses report seeing a shark attack the man," police said.

Federal government announces funds to help B.C. fish farms increase exports

CAMPBELL RIVER, - The federal government is giving $21,000 to British Columbia salmon farmers to research best practices around the world, more than a year after a $26-million public inquiry made a litany of recommendations. Conservative MP John Duncan says the funds will allow the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association to review international standards and practices in fish farming in order to identify potential improvements in the province. The association will then develop a plan for the B.C.'s farmed salmon industry to maintain world-leading standards.

Thousands rally against shark cull in Australia

Thousands of people rallied across Australia Saturday against a controversial shark culling policy designed to prevent attacks, saying killing the marine animals was the not the answer. The controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches was given the green light last month after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

New big-headed fish species discovered in Idaho and Montana rivers

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A tiny fish characterized by a disproportionately large head and previously unknown to scientists has been found in mountain rivers of Idaho and Montana in what biologists said on Thursday marked a rare discovery. The new aquatic species is a type of freshwater sculpin, a class of fish that dwell at the bottom of cold, swiftly flowing streams throughout North America and are known for their oversized head and shoulder structure.

N. Zealand diver fights off shark with knife, stitches wounds

A New Zealand doctor fought off an attacking shark with a knife before heading ashore to stitch his own wounds and on to the nearest pub for a beer, reports said Tuesday. James Grant was spearfishing near Colac Bay on the southern coast of New Zealand on Saturday when he felt the shark wrap its jaws around his leg. "(I thought) bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg," he told Radio New Zealand.

Hawaii longline boats expect to lose millions with reduced bigeye tuna catch quota

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaii's longline fishing boat owners expect their sales of ahi will drop by millions of dollars under an agreement in which the United States will reduce its longline tuna catch for three years starting in 2015. U.S. longline fishing boats in the western and central Pacific must cut their catch of bigeye tuna by 10 per cent, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. That will amount to at least a $10 million drop in bigeye tuna sales by 2017.

'The world's biggest slaughterhouse' for whale sharks found in China

A factory which processes around 600 whale sharks annually has been found in southern China, a conservation group said Monday, calling it the world's biggest slaughterhouse for the endangered species. Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk said it discovered the factory in the town of Pu Qi in Zhejiang province after a four-year investigation. It said the sharks are slaughtered and processed mostly to produce shark oil for health supplements.

Shark repelling devices jump in popularity on Maui after series of shark attacks

KIHEI, Hawaii - A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse. "They just cannot make these things fast enough," said Hawaiian Island Surf Users strap the devices to their ankles, wetsuits or surfboards. Some are about the size of an oversized watch, others the size of a wallet. They range in price from $399 to $649.

WTO sets up panel to rule on Mexico-US tuna label feud

The WTO on Thursday set up a panel in a renewed attempt to settle a dispute over US "dolphin friendly" labels which allegedly hit imports of Mexican-caught tuna, trade sources said. The United States rejects Mexican charges that it has failed to fall into line with a 2012 ruling on the issue by the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement body. As a result, Mexico asked the Geneva-based WTO to set up what is known as a compliance panel to assess Washington's respect for the May 2012 decision.

Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones

A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a "complete disgrace". The federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve Western Australia's shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the past two years. It means baited drum lines with hooks designed to capture large sharks can be set one kilometre (0.62 miles) offshore at busy Western Australian beaches from now until April 30.
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