Fisheries Law Enforcement Team formed in Daanbantayan

savephilippineseas:

(Daanbantayan, Cebu—July 25, 2014) In line with the Municipality of Daanbantayan’s pursuit to eliminate illegal fishing activities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region-7 and NGO Save Philippine Seas conducted a rigorous three-day training on Coastal Law Enforcement in the…

So proud of my friends Anna and Dennis for refusing to give up on the two years (ish) it took to organise this ground-breaking multi-stakeholder workshop! By all accounts it was extremely successful, and goes to prove that local communities do care about their natural resources, and sometimes all they need is a little push in the right direction. 

I’m looking forward to seeing that changes that come after this workshop, in an island that has stolen all our hearts, Malapascua.

rhamphotheca:

First Live Observations of a Rarely Seen Deep Sea Anglerfish

by Dana Lacono (August, 2012)

With a bulbous body and spiky scales, a shaggy lure dangling from its head, and foot-like fins that it uses to “walk” along the seafloor, the deep-sea anglerfish Chaunacops coloratus looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

In a recent paper, MBARI researcher Lonny Lundsten and his coauthors describe the first observations of these rare fish in their natural, deep-sea habitat. In addition to documenting these fish walking on the seafloor and fishing with their built-in lures, the researchers discovered that the fish change color from blue to red as they get older.

C. coloratus was first described from a single specimen collected off the coast of Panama during an expedition in 1891 aboard the U.S. Fish Commission steamer Albatross. However, for over 100 years, marine researchers collected deep-sea fish using trawl nets and dredges, so this anglerfish was never seen alive. That changed in 2002, when researchers from MBARI, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary used the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon to explore Davidson Seamount—an extinct volcano off the coast of Central California…

(read more: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

(via eduardo-)

griseus:

A redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters depth. Seen during the Lophelia II 2008 expedition at the Green Canyon site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gapers are Lophiiformes, in the anglerfish group, with big heads, a network of open sensory canals,and a lateral canal extending posteriorly along a compressed trunk and tail. They are sit-and-wait, ambush predators

(via thatfishkid)