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Entries in fish in the news (441)


The Amazon’s Biggest Prehistoric Fish Is Delicious and Dying

Photo: Jeff Kubina

The arapaima looks less like a fish than a prehistoric torpedo. It’s the largest freshwater fish in South America, where it can grow to over eight feet long and weigh more than 400 pounds. Because it often inhabits oxygen-depleted rivers, it breathes atmospheric air, gulping oxygen with a primitive lung called a labyrinth organ rather than gills. It feeds on other fish and, if it  feels like it, will even jump out of the water to grab a snack in the form of a bird or small land mammal. Its massive scales, which act like armor as it swims through piranha-infested bodies of water, are used as nail files by people living in the Amazon. Oh, and it’s barely changed for about five million years.

Arapaima also happens to be delicious.

LINK (via: Munchies)


5 Badass Spiders That Kill and Eat Fish

These spiders come from five main families sure to strike fear into many a minnow.

LINK (via: Discover)


Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnerships

Some good news from the Upper Mo.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service reached this conclusion after analyzing the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. These efforts have helped bring the species to the point that it is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future, i.e., does not meet the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the ESA.

LINK (via: USDA)


Drought reduces steelhead in Napa River 

The extreme drought in California is taking a toll on the Napa River's anadromous fish.

A recent survey indicates a sharp drop in the number of young steelhead trout swimming down the Napa River on their way to the ocean, a trend attributed to the ongoing drought.

Between March and June, biologists and volunteers with the Napa County Resource Conservation District tallied 31 steelhead smolts, the lowest number in six years since the annual count of the native fish began. The monitors this year also found no young Chinook salmon migrating to the ocean to mature.

LINK (via: The Napa Valley Register)

California’s three-year drought just went from bad to dreadful.


Two watermen plead guilty in striped bass poaching case  

Hopefully they throw the book at these guys, especially since one of these clowns is also accused of witness intimidation.

A fish poaching case that began in February 2011 with a discovery of mysterious, illegally set nets full of tens of thousands of pounds of striped bass off Kent Island is finally coming to a close.

Two Tilghman Island watermen pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to illegally taking 185,925 pounds of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay.

Michael D. Hayden, 41, and William J. Lednum, 42, admitted to selling the striped bass for $498,293 through a ring they operated between 2007 and 2011, according to court documents.

LINK (via: The Baltimore Sun)

Meanwhile, Maryland is actually slowing down striped bass recovery.


Recovery Plan for California Salmon and Steelhead

NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California's Central Valley.

LINK (via: Rocklin and Roseville Today)