A subsidiary of Wesfarmers, Coles Group is one of the country's largest retailers with more than 2,230 supermarkets (Coles and Bi-Lo), liquor (Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice), and combination gas stations and convenience stores (Coles Express).
Its also operates e-commerce site Coles Online. It also operates a portfolio of some 95 hotels across Australia. Coles sold its Myer department stores in mid-2006 and changed its corporate moniker from Coles Myer to better reflect the chain's sale. Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers acquired Coles Group for more than $18 billion in late 2007.
Snow crab fishery closes to protect right whales Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided the closure of snow crab season in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence with the aim of protecting North Atlantic right whales from risks posed by the crustacean fishing gear in the area.
Bottom trawling environmental effects on the seabed quantified United Kingdom
An international collaboration of scientists that conducted a global meta-analysis of 70 comparative and experimental studies on the effects of bottom trawling were able to quantify the relationship between the reduction of seabed animals and penetration of the fishing equipment into the seabed.
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