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Posts tagged with ‘fishing’ (6)

Q & A with Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak on how satellite images calculate fish catches

Posted by Angele Cano in Wildlife on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Traditional fishing gear in the Persian Gulf, since the 1800s, with set nets (fixed stake net trap), called moshta in Iran and hadrah in Kuwait. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Imagine finding a mythical black hole into which a major portion of the ocean’s fish disappeared.

That’s akin to what University of British Columbia PhD student Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak did when she discovered 1,900 previously unidentified fishing weirs in the Persian Gulf using Google Earth — the first time a fisheries catch had been estimated from space.

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An Arctic researcher works to reduce the impact of trace contaminants in country food

Posted by Mark Anderson in The Polar Blog on Friday, March 28, 2014

Frozen cut-up char, one of the foods Inuit near the Arctic Ocean rely on as part of their diet. (Photo: Henry P. Huntington)

For Inuit living near the Arctic Ocean, hunting and fishing provide food for the table, and are vitally important to community life and culture. Though fresh and highly nutritious, country food comes with a price: mercury and other environmental contaminants, carried to the polar region by wind and ocean currents, concentrate in predators at the top of the food chain, including marine mammals and fish that comprise a large part of the Inuit diet.

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Video of the Week: BC wolves fish for salmon

Posted by Marika McKenzie in Nature on Friday, November 8, 2013

Got one!

In this Video of the Week, watch as a wolf makes salmon fishing look dead simple.

The wolf’s fishing behaviour, which is rare and largely undocumented, was caught on a remote camera set up in the Great Bear Rainforest, on British Columbia’s central coast.

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Finding a balance between development and traditional food sharing in the North

Posted by Mark Anderson in The Polar Blog on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Many indigenous people in Canada’s Arctic region rely on shared fish and game harvests, such Arctic char, both within and across communities. (Photo: ArcticPhoto/All Canada Photos)

For Inuit and other indigenous peoples in Canada’s North, hunting and fishing remain vitally important. About 30 per cent of their diet consists of so-called country food, or animals harvested from land or sea. Country food is also traditionally shared, both within and across communities, forming the basis of a social economy that ensures universal access to protein and reinforces cultural bonds between people — even those living thousands of kilometres apart.

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How to survive a waterfall

Posted by Adam Shoalts in Expeditions on Monday, September 17, 2012

In the latest instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise, the titular hero gets swept over a massive waterfall along with his companions. Amazingly, they survive the plunge unscathed. Dr. Jones doesn’t even lose his trademark hat in the river.

This summer while exploring an all but unknown river in the Hudson Bay watershed, I found out first-hand what it is like to be swept over a waterfall. Unlike in the Hollywood versions, it didn’t go quite as smoothly for me: I was a bit banged up, my canoe ...

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