After receiving a more than USD 147,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State research and extension associate Ken Thompson will get the chance to share his knowledge and love of agriculture with students across Kentucky — and hopefully get some of them to attend KSU.
The grant will enable Thompson and KSU’s agriculture program to partner with five high schools across the state each year. Thompson will educate STEM classes about aquaculture, a form of underwater agriculture.
“The goal is to educate,” Thompson said. “But also, we need to increase our student enrollment. My hope is to establish relationships with teachers, school administrators, parents and kids that are involved. Obviously we’re not going to get all those students, but hopefully some of those students would consider KSU that hadn’t thought about it before.”
An online conference examining the social and environmental impact of mega-tonnes of plastic waste infiltrating land, oceans and our bodies is setting a clean example with its "nearly carbon neutral" format.
The Lives and After-Lives of Plastic conference hosted by Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) brings together diverse speakers from universities, think tanks and environmental and political organisations around the world. By hosting it entirely online, organisers are ‘walking the talk’ by showcasing an innovative, sustainable approach to fostering global conversations and knowledge sharing.
That’s because none of the participants need fossil fuel-guzzling long haul flights, taxis, or other prohibitive travel expenses to take part. The conference, which starts today and runs until July 14, has reduced its carbon footprint for travel-related costs by a whopping 99 per cent compared with a conventional conference, say organisers Dr Sy Taffel and Dr Trisia Farrelly from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
A consortium of companies from South Korea plans to build a major fish processing house and logistic complex in the Primorsky region, Russia.
As Construction.RU was told by the press office of the regional administration, this Association includes such large firms, as Korea Trading & Industries, Korean Seafoods, Incheon Port Authority, Unico Logistics. They seek to develop business in Russia on the basis of the port of Busan and invest there more than USD 130 million.
In particular, first of all, the consortium will build a fishing port and container terminal, plant processing fish fillets and crab meat, as well as a logistics center for fish and meat products. This will allow to create about 4400 jobs.
Climate change has started taking its toll in Bangladesh as sizes of fish are becoming smaller as sea and river waters are getting warmer day by day, according to experts.
They said in Dhaka, in addition, discharge of untreated industrial effluents, rising sea and river beds due to siltation, over catching, indiscriminate killing and destruction of fish sanctuaries are contributing to the extinction of different species.
Around eight species of freshwater fishes have already become extinct in Bangladesh.
“Warm water is affecting the habitat and breeding places of fish. Besides, rampant discharge of untreated wastes is also destroying wetlands including living places of fishes,” said Prof Gulshan Ara Latifa of Stamford University in Bangladesh.
Warm water denudes oxygen content of water, which deprives the fish of its vital need for the gas for surviving under water, she said, adding, “The reduction in the depth of water in rivers, coastal sea beds and wetlands due to heavy sedimentation are also causing a reduction in the size of the fish.”
The use of pesticides also needs to be properly managed to protect aquatic lives, she observed.
Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska in 2017, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews.
Known as pyrosomes, they are tubular colonies of hundreds or thousands of tiny individual creatures called zooids, enmeshed together in a gelatinous tunic roughly the consistency of gummy bear candy.
No relation to jellyfish, they resemble bumpy, opaque pickles in the water, typically a few centimeters or inches long, though some grow 1 or 2 feet (30cm or 60cm) in length.
They feed by filtering microscopic algae, or phytoplankton, as they float with the current, and are known to glow in the dark - a bioluminescent characteristic that gives the organism its scientific name -- Pyrosoma, Greek for "fire body."
Bernie Berry of the Coldwater Lobster Association said the plan would require all fishermen to notify the government every time they plan to leave port — a process known as hailing out. Some would be randomly selected to have an observer from an existing monitoring company meet them at the dock prior to sailing.
The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.
The EU is currently drawing up an ambitious “circular economy” strategy which aims to make manufacturers take greater responsibility for the way the billions of plastic bottles produced each year are disposed of, collected and recycled.
But leading EU figures and environmental groups warn that the UK will not be bound by the new deal once outside the EU and so risks becoming a dumping ground for plastic and other waste.
Javor Benedek, vice-chair of the EU environment committee, said: “The UK risks falling behind the rest of the EU in the way it deals with the issue of plastic waste and plastic bottles, with little effort for waste prevention and better recycling, less onus on big producers to take responsibility and ultimately more plastic ending up in illegal dump sites or the ocean.”
Kampala - The next time you buy fish from the market it might contain harmful traces of mercury, the environmental watchdog, National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has warned in a new report.
Artisanal gold mining and burning of coal to power cement factories are some of the activities that Nema says are responsible for almost 20,000Kgs of mercury that are released in the air, more than 3700Kgs dumped in the country's wetlands and lakes including Lake Victoria, and 4770Kgs in fields.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees meeting in Hamburg, June 21 – 23 2017 has agreed new measures to strengthen multi-stakeholder engagement and consultation in the MSC program.
The MSC Board includes representatives from across the seafood industry, NGO, market sector and science community. It agreed to recruit an NGO Development Director to strengthen the MSC’s capacity to engage effectively with the environment and conservation community. The Board also agreed to establish new two working groups to advise the Board; they will comprise members of the Board, Stakeholder Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Board. One will focus on the MSC’s systems, processes and certification performance, and the other on scope of the MSC program.
The Board has directed the Technical Advisory Board and these two working groups, with immediate effect, to consider the issues raised recently by NGO and commercial stakeholders. This includes the issues raised in the roundtable consultation on Units of Assessment (6-7 June, 2017), as well as those resulting from internal reviews of the program. These groups will report to the Board by the end of the year.
Study reveals strong juvenile trout drop in the ocean Canada
A new study tracking 35-year trends for more than 40 steelhead populations determined that declining numbers of steelhead trout in the rivers flowing through British Columbia, Washington state, and Oregon are linked to poor survival of young fish in ocean environments.