Archive for the ‘fish’ Category

Gigantic Salmon In California River (85 Pounds!)

November 6, 2008

Wildlife officials in northern California last week came across one of the biggest Chinook salmon ever found in the state — a monster more than 4 feet long and weighing 85 pounds.

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“We see lots of big ones,” Doug Killam, a biologist in the California Department of Fish and Game’s Red Bluff office, told the Redding Record Searchlight, “but this one was just bigger than most big ones — it was just spectacular.”

The big fish had recently spawned and died, Killam said, and probably weighed about 90 pounds when it began its 100-mile swim upstream from the Pacific to the spot where it died on Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River near the town of Anderson.

The California sport-fishing record for a Chinook salmon is 88 pounds. In Alaska, where they’re called king salmon, they get even bigger — the record sport catch is 97 pounds, while the largest commercial catch was a truly phenomenal 126 pounds.

 California Department of Fish and Game

“If someone would have caught this one, it probably would have been a state record,” Killam told the Record Searchlight.

A black bear comes up with a Kokanee salmon while hunting for ... 
A black bear comes up with a Kokanee salmon while hunting for fish along Taylor Creek near South Lake Tahoe, Calif, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. The bear and two cubs wandered the creek in search of Kokanee salmon. The salmon swim upstream every October by the thousands to spawn in the creek. The big one was nailed by the California Department of Fish and Game.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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China: Farming Fish in Toxic Waters

December 16, 2007

By David Barboza
The New York Times
December 16, 2007

FUQING, China — Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West.

Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed this country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States.But that growth is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging wastewater that further pollutes the water supply.

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Vietnam: China’a Seafood Exports Slide as Vietnam’s Boom

China draws up export blacklist amid health scares

August 4, 2007

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has blacklisted more than 400 exporters for violating trade rules following a series of food, drug and other health scares across the world, the Commerce Ministry said on Saturday.

The list included two pet food manufacturers that had exported to the United States. Washington stepped up inspections of imports from China after a chemical additive in pet food caused the death of some pets there earlier this year.

Since then, poisonous ingredients have been found in Chinese exports of toys, toothpaste and fish, while the deaths of patients in Panama….

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