Australia’s carp herpes plan dubbed ‘serious risk to global food security’

And what could possibly go wrong?

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Australia’s carp herpes plan dubbed ‘serious risk to global food security’:

UK academics say introduction of herpes virus could also cause ‘catastrophic ecosystem crashes’ in Australia

Scientists in Britain have raised concerns about Australia’s $15m plan to release a herpes virus in the nation’s largest river system to eradicate carp, saying it poses a serious risk to global food security, could cause “catastrophic ecosystem crashes” in Australia, and is unlikely to control carp numbers long term.

In a letter published in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal this week, University of East Anglia researchers Dr Jackie Lighten and Prof Cock van Oosterhout say the “irreversible high-risk proposal” could have “serious ecological, environmental, and economic ramifications.”

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Alabama: 24,000 pounds of dead mullet fish (due to cold) make for ‘truly unbelievable’ sight

24,000 pounds of dead mullet fish make for ‘truly unbelievable’ sight:

Rarely do waters get so cold in this region of the country that a massive amount of fish dies all at one time, but that’s just what happened last week in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Water was barely visible when Jeffrey Trout, a salesman at Harbor View Marine in Pensacola, snapped photos of a canal near his home on Jan. 11. Trout estimated he saw at least 4,000 to 5,000 mullet belly up, but that there were “probably more out there.” He believes those fish died from a lack of oxygen and said they ranged from 6 to 12 inches in length.

“It was truly unbelievable,” said Trout, who said he fishes frequently. “I’ve seen (the canal) freeze over twice in 12 years, and this occurred both times. Mullet need air, that’s why they jump out of water.”

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Surprise! California Man Finds Huge Tapeworm in His Gut

Surprise! California Man Finds Huge Tapeworm in His Gut:

A California man pulled a shockingly large tapeworm from his body, which he may have contracted from eating sushi, according to his doctors.

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“Scientists shocked” as fisheries collapse along West Coast — “It’s the worst we’ve seen… they’re starving” — Death rates skyrocket, no babies being born — Fish stocks at all-time record lows

“Scientists shocked” as fisheries collapse along West Coast — “It’s the worst we’ve seen… they’re starving” — Death rates skyrocket, no babies being born — Fish stocks at all-time record lows

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‘The marine equivalent of fracking’: Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing

‘The marine equivalent of fracking’: Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing:

A BRANCH OF the European Union has voted to allow an untested type of fishing that sends electric shocks through the seabed.

The European Parliament fisheries committee decided to allow “electric pulse” fishing to be considered conventional, a move which would allow EU states to licence it like any other type of fishing.

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Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen

Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen:

Scientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish’s remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.

Humans and most other vertebrate animals die within a few minutes without oxygen. Yet goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, can survive for days, even months, in oxygen-free water at the bottom of ice-covered ponds.

During this time, the fish are able to convert anaerobically produced into ethanol, which then diffuses across their gills into the surrounding water and avoids a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in the body.

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