General

Negative impacts of neonicotinoids in aquatic environments are a reality

Initial assessments that considered these insecticides harmless to aquatic organisms may have led to a relaxation of monitoring efforts, resulting in the worldwide contamination of many aquatic ecosystems with neonicotinoids. The decline of many populations of invertebrates, due mostly to the widespread presence of waterborne residues and the extreme chronic toxicity of neonicotinoids, is affecting the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Consequently, vertebrates that depend on insects and other aquatic invertebrates as their sole or main food resource are being affected.

Infectieziektes die amfibieën op de rand van uitsterven brengen

Wereldwijd gaat het niet goed met amfibieën en infectieziektes zijn een zeer belangrijke factor die achteruitgang en uitsterven van soorten versnellen. Twee van de bekendste amfibieziektes zijn Chytridiomycose en Ranavirus. Beide komen ook in Nederland voor en zorgen lokaal voor de achteruitgang van populaties. Er zijn echter meer ziektes waar amfibieën mee te maken hebben, waaronder Amphibiocystidium-infecties. Amfibieën die zijn geïnfecteerd met soorten uit het genus Amphibiocystidium vertonen wittige tot doorzichtige blaasjes op de huid (<1 cm).

Populations of river herring have undergone a significant decline

The annual arrival of the river herring signifies the official arrival of spring. It draws many of us to the run, to witness the upward migration of these beloved fish, who after surviving several years at sea, return to spawn in the same exact lake or pond where they were born. River Herring [Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis)] are referred to as a “keystone species” as they are a vital part of the marine, estuarine, and freshwater food webs.

Once the pride of Kashmir, Wular Lake now struggles for survival

Fishing and other rural communities that have traditionally depended on Wular Lake are now struggling to earn a living from it, as shrinkage, siltation and ecological degradation take a toll on Kashmir’s largest flood basin. Wular, which was designated as a wetland of international importance under Ramsar Convention in 1990, is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia and the largest flood basin of Kashmir.

More than 15 southern waterways in New Zealand are on a list of rivers "lost or in noticeable decline" as public trout fisheries

More than 15 southern waterways appear on a list of rivers "lost or in noticeable decline" as public trout fisheries. The list was coordinated by NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers executive member Steve Gerard. Southern waterways appearing on the list include the Pomahaka, Oreti, Makarewa, Mokoreta, Upukerora, Whitestone and Mararoa rivers, and the Waipahi, Otamita, Waimea, Lora, Otapiri, Dunsdale, Hedgehope, Titipua, Waimatuku, Orauea and Mimihau streams. Gerard said New Zealand's trout fisheries were "going downhill".

Researcher touts potential of frogs, toads in restoring native fisheries

Frogs, toads and salamanders often fall through the cracks of scientific study, but according to recently published research from Montana State University, they play a role so important they should be incorporated into strategies for conserving freshwater fisheries. In his first peer-reviewed paper as sole author, Niall Clancy, 22, said that native fish populations continue to decline around the world despite advances in management practices. Therefore, fisheries managers might want to add new approaches to the old.

Battle to save spotted handfish

The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), endemic to the Derwent River, is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list. It is also listed as endangered on the Tasmanian threatened species list. Handfish are coastal ­anglerfish that walk on the sea floor on their “hands”. There are 14 species distributed across South East Australia, with seven endemic to Tasmania and Bass Strait. Spotted handfish once extended up Tasmania’s East Coast as well as Frederick Henry Bay in the South East.

Hopes fading quickly for Turkey's fishermen as fish stocks decline in new season

The tea houses in a fishing town in northern Istanbul were crowded with Turkish fishermen in the mornings in September, when they usually should have been busy on the sea as the fishing season just began. To the fishermen in Rumeli Kavagi at the northern mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait linking the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea, their disappointment resulted from the sharp decline in fish stocks. Fishing is the sole source of income for most residents in the town, which has been a major supplier of fish to Istanbul and other cities in the region.

Trout numbers are declining in the Tukituki, Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri rivers

Fishermen are concerned with the decline in trout numbers in the Tukituki, Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri rivers, with drought, winter floods, low water flows and agricultural pollution no doubt contributing factors. A survey in the past season showed that 68 per cent of fish caught in the Tukituki were adult fish, and only 32 per cent were juveniles. The results from recent national fly-fishing competitions saw a drop from 700 fish caught to only 36 in the last three years. This is a very disturbing trend.

No Upper Columbia steelhead fishery for the second year in a row

About two dozen residents and sportsmen gathered at Howard’s on the River Central Building in Pateros last Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 to participate in a discussion of local wildlife issues – particularly steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) - with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) representatives. The balance of the two hour-plus meeting was devoted to the local steelhead fishery and its closure in the upper Columbia River system for the past two years.