Climate change’s toll on freshwater fish: A new database for science (ScienceDaily)

ScienceDaily: Climate change’s toll on freshwater fish: A new database for science. “The Fish and Climate Change Database — or FiCli (pronounced ”fick-lee”) — is a searchable directory of peer-reviewed journal publications that describe projected or documented effects of climate change on inland fishes. Researchers, fisheries managers, conservationists, journalists and others can use FiCli to find scientific articles.”

EurekAlert: A new use for museum fish specimens

EurekAlert: A new use for museum fish specimens. “The discoloured fish that rest in glass jars in museums across the world are normally used by specialists as references to study the traits that identify certain species. But a new study proposes an additional use for such ‘samples.’ Published in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology, the paper suggests using such specimens to estimate the length-weight relationships of fish that are hard to find alive in their natural environment.”

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data. “This new atlas updates an earlier version covering 1962 to 1993 and adds information on 22 species. Detailed profiles are provided for 14 shark species, including bull and tiger sharks and smooth dogfish. The updated data significantly extended their known ranges and movements.”

Panay News: Fisheries library goes digital, thousands of materials freely downloadable

Panay News: Fisheries library goes digital, thousands of materials freely downloadable. “THOUSANDS of fish farmer-friendly materials, journal articles, and books written by scientists and researchers of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) are freely searchable and downloadable over the Internet through its digital library.”

The Standard: 22 new species on Hong Kong reefs

The Standard: 22 new species on Hong Kong reefs . “A local marine conservation group discovered at least 22 species of fish that are new to Hong Kong and launched the city’s very own comprehensive reef fish web portal yesterday. Bloom Association Hong Kong, along with a volunteer group of recreational scuba divers, spent more than 2,900 hours underwater and recorded nearly 400 species of fish, including several that are threatened, since the project’s inception in 2014.”

Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout (The Irish Times)

The Irish Times: Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout. “The Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Canney, is seeking assistance from anglers to become citizen scientists for the National Salmon Scale Project. The initiative aims to collect information through scales from salmon and sea trout which will contribute to the conservation of wild salmon stocks.”

TechCrunch: Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks

TechCrunch: Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks. “Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, while testing the ‘station keeping’ functions of the glass knifefish, have created an augmented reality system that tricks the animal’s electric sensing organs in real time. The fish keeps itself hidden by moving inside of its various holes/homes and the researchers wanted to understand what kind of autonomous sensing functions it used to keep itself safe.”

A “Facebook for Fish”: Public, Scientists to Benefit from Freshwater Information Network’s Interactive Database of Native Species (Tennessee Aquarium)

Tennessee Aquarium: A “Facebook for Fish”: Public, Scientists to Benefit from Freshwater Information Network’s Interactive Database of Native Species. “With the launch of the Freshwater Information Network (FIN), the Aquarium aims to help Southeasterners get to know the aquatic animals in their own neighborhood a little better. FIN is a searchable database of scientific records, based on museum specimens as well as fish photos taken by citizens and scientists for more than 400 native fish species. Partners at the iCube at Tennessee Technological University helped create a website where users can search by specific address, watershed or species. With a few clicks, anyone can discover which fish have been found in more than 75 watersheds spanning eight states.”

Malay Mail: Penang to create database on fish farms to grow the industry

Malay Mail: Penang to create database on fish farms to grow the industry. “The Penang state government is collecting data on the billion-ringgit aquaculture industry in the state, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said. He said the state is now in the midst of streamlining statistics on the fish farms.”

The Harvard Gazette: Fish teeth mark periods of evolution

The Harvard Gazette: Fish teeth mark periods of evolution. “Elizabeth Sibert is rewriting the story of how the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs affected fish, and she’s doing it one tooth at a time. Based on close examination of thousands of fossilized fish teeth, Sibert, a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, found that while the impact did cause some fish species to die off, it also set the stage for two periods of rapid evolution among marine life….Going forward, Sibert said she hopes to continue to build a database of fossil teeth and is working with collections at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) to connect the ancient teeth with modern fish.”

University of New South Wales: Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries

University of New South Wales: Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries. “A new larval fish database collated over the last 30 years will be used to measure marine ecosystem state and change as well as seasonal patterns of various fish species.”

Motherboard: Indonesian Fishers Are Building a DIY Fish Database to Protect Their Industry

Motherboard: Indonesian Fishers Are Building a DIY Fish Database to Protect Their Industry. “Muhammad Amin Sidik was out recently on a fishing trip in Saleh Bay on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. His boat rocked with a new haul of high-value reef fish: groupers and snappers. He took out his smartphone, a Huawei model, and prepared to measure their length, an effort intended to protect these two locally threatened species. Sidik is in a pilot group of small-scale fishers involved in the Sustainable Grouper and Snapper Fisheries Program in Saleh Bay—a collaborative effort spearheaded by Indonesia’s Directorate of Ocean and Fisheries, district and provincial authorities, and the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia Program. The program aims to document stock conditions of grouper and snapper fisheries through a combination of community-based monitoring and scientific analysis.”

Enid News: Interactive Oklahoma map showcases 13-year fish collection data

Enid News: Interactive Oklahoma map showcases 13-year fish collection data. “Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) launched an interactive map depicting details of the organization’s fish monitoring data of about 400 stream monitoring sites statewide from 2003 to 2016. ‘The OWRB’s water monitoring activities provide a very detailed and comprehensive statewide analysis of fish species populations among several other parameters that we are monitoring. This particular map viewer contains layers that display all fish species collected for more research-minded users. It also provides layers that display sports fish numbers and types for use by anglers,’ said Bill Cauthron, chief of OWRB’s Water Quality Division.”

Science Daily: Fish database could help eliminate the ultimate bait and switch

Science Daily: Fish database could help eliminate the ultimate bait and switch. “Fish fraud, the misrepresentation of cheaper fish as more expensive ones, is a rampant problem worldwide. Now scientists report that they are making strides toward the development of a protein database capable of definitively identifying fish species. This information could help nab imposters of salmon, tuna and other popular fish before they reach people’s plates.”