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Fish

There is a catch

The carcass of a grey reef shark caught in a driftnet is pulled to the surface near Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Raja Ampat is an island chain in West Papua, in the Coral Triangle, a biodiversity hot spot that has been set aside as a shark and ray sanctuary. Even though the Misool Eco Resort, in Raja Ampat, operates a ranger patrol to enforce the boundaries of the sanctuary, illegal fishing continues.

Who doesn't love seafood? Demand for our favourite dishes has made the fishing industry one of the most aggressive, with too many boats chasing too few fish and a variety of other marine casualties caught up in the fray. Words and pictures by Paul Hilton.

Saturday, 6 October, 2012, 11:55pm

Tsunami boat washed up in US found to have live fish on board

A striped beakfish swims in the bait box on the boat. Photo: AP

Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on US beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:45am

Fish farms finding chefs' support

Lloyd Moskalik of OceanEthix at a fish farm in Fo Tan. Photo: Dickson Lee

As fish stocks in the oceans continue to decline, aquaculture is supplying an increasing proportion of the seafood we consume.

Chefs and gourmets, of course, prefer fish caught in the wild and resist settling for a perceived inferior alternative.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:49am 1 comment

China Digest, January 28, 2013

A woman was hit and killed by a train while crossing railroad tracks near the Lishui Bridge subway station in Beijing on Saturday, The Beijing News reports.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

New fish bacteria named after Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned another accolade, with a new bacteria named after the city.

Streptococcus hongkongensis was discovered when a worker at one of the city's fish stalls cut his thumb on a fish fin.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Wants & needs

Wants & needs

 

5 Oct 2012 - 12:22am

Global warming likely to make fish smaller, say scientists

A hearty fillet of fish, already a rare treat because of over-trawled oceans, will become even more infrequent in the future when global warming starts to reduce fish size, scientists say.

2 Oct 2012 - 3:52am

Healthy Gourmet: Mauro's sardines on toast

Captain Mauro uses sardines marinated in vinegar and onions to make his nautical dish. Photo: Andrea Oschetti

French poet Charles Baudelaire liked to walk by Honfleur harbour in France. What he saw there inspired him. He noted in his diary: "Those large and beautiful ships, invisibly balanced on tranquil waters, those hardy ships that look dreamy and idle, don't they seem to whisper to us in silent tongues: 'When shall we set sail for happiness?' ''

2 Oct 2012 - 7:53pm

Healthy aquarium vital when going for goldfish

Fish can be pleasing pets, but they need constant care. Photo: AFP

 

Goldfish, once the top freshwater pet fish of choice, are still as popular as ever, according to veterinarian Dr James Blanshard. "They are attractive, potentially easy to keep, and do not occupy lots of space," he says. Other favoured options include cichlids of all varieties, including the flowerhorn cichlid, arowana and koi carp.

29 Sep 2012 - 11:50pm

Merchants step up protest over Cathay Pacific's shark fin cargo ban

A shark fin shop. Shark fin merchants plan to stage a protest today. Photo: AFP

Shark fin merchants will stage their second protest in as many weeks today against Cathay Pacific's decision to stop carrying shark fins on its cargo flights.

The plan was announced as Cathay revealed shipment figures yesterday showing that the volume of shark fin it transported comprised only a small part of the global trade.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:00pm 2 comments

Angry merchants protest against Cathay Pacific's shark fin ban

Workers drying shark fins in Sai Ying Pun. Photo: Felix Wong

More than 100 angry merchants yesterday protested outside Cathay Pacific's headquarters against the airline's decision to stop carrying shark fins on its cargo flights.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:54am

Cathay Pacific bans shark fin from its cargo flights

Hong Kong is estimated to handle about half the world's shark fin trade each year. Photo: Felix Wong

Cathay Pacific has bowed to pressure from environmental groups and banned shark fin from its cargo flights.

The move by the airline - believed by environmentalists to fly up to 50 per cent of all shark fin imported by air to Hong Kong - was hailed as a major victory for opponents of the trade.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:25pm

Briefs

Anti-nuclear protesters meet in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: AFP

Aquarium apologises over death of shark

23 Aug 2012 - 4:12am

No more shark fin is good news

I've just read that the mainland is planning to ban shark's fin soup from being served at official banquets. While many people believe the dish is a symbol of wealth, it requires the killing of millions of sharks each year.

The creatures are often butchered in cruel ways. Their fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Alarm at 'destructive' piranha hunt

Scientists derided a major campaign in Guangxi province to catch piranhas after two residents were reportedly bitten by fish in the Liu River last week.

Officials in the city of Liuzhou on Monday mobilised more than a dozen fishing boats and offered residents 1,000 yuan (HK$1,230) for each piranha caught.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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