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Millions of marine turtles have been killed over the past two decades through entrapment in fishing gear, according to a global survey.

Described as the first global synthesis of existing data, the study found especially high rates of “bycatch” in the Mediterranean and eastern Pacific.

Six of the seven sea turtle types are on the Red List of Threatened Species.

continue reading http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8604723.stm

So this is what we are getting instead of  WILD  FISH!

I say: WELL DONE, GOOD JOB!

Bauer Hockey Inc. is recalling about 67,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts and blades made in China because paint and decals on the products have excessive lead. Another 60,000 products are being recalled in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall April 1, 2010. The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and are pictured here and on the subsequent slide. The CPSC has a full list of the recalled items.

These items were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts.

The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are on all of the sticks, shafts and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42” or “YTH Flex 42.”

Parents can arrange for a replacement or refund by calling Bauer at 888-734-0443 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday through Saturday or by visiting www.bauer.com/recall.

Chinafish is celebrating twenty years of successful expansion at a time when the worldwide fishing tackle industry is confronting the worst crisis of its recent existence.

Instead of reaping the benefits of their emerging domestic market the Chinese fishing tackle manufacturers are now facing a prolonged and deep worldwide recession that is shaking their base and damaging their outlook for the future.

I have always believed that one point of growth in European GDP created 10 points of growth for the fishing tackle market. With a negative 2% growth in Europe in 2009 it is not surprising to hear that sales of fishing tackle fell in the order of 30% or more in some European countries, a fact that has brought dismay to the manufacturing industry and is still not showing any real signs of long term recovery. Continue Reading »

This is the new image of DAIWA as presented to the Japanese public during the Yokohama Jispo Show on February 12th 2010.
The biggest Japanese Fishing Tackle brands and some International exhibitors are present at the showcase which displays the leading novelties in fishing equipement until the 14th of February.

The EU must not let Malta destroy the king of fish!
From The Times, January 19, 2010
By Frank Pope
Two weeks ago a single bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a surreal £111,000. The price of this fish, which ends up in the best sushi restaurants, will carry on rocketing so long as the tuna population keeps plummeting.
The Mediterranean tuna industry, which has taken tens of millions of euros in subsidies, has fished the bluefin to the brink — stocks are within three years of total collapse.
Europe could ban trade in the bluefin — but the nationalistic fervour of one man, Joe Borg, the EU Fisheries Commissioner, is a huge obstacle. So why Mr Borg’s opposition to a ban? Could it be that he is from Malta, where the economy earns €100 million a year from the bluefin? Continue reading at TIMES ONLINE

CHINA is once more suffering from coal shortages because of the lingering cold weather, and electricity rationing continues in five provinces and municipalities, including the country’s major coal producer, Shanxi Province.

Decreasing coal reserves in 598 major power plants could last for nine days. Coal storages in 205 plants could last less than seven days, an alarming level, officials said.

The situation worsened in 11 percent of the power plants where coal reserves could not support three days of power generation.

Any time coal reserves go lower than three days, coal-fired power plants must shut down. Eleven percent of the key coal producing provinces’ power plants are close to getting to that point. Coal reserves at power stations are in dangerously short supply.

Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei and Chongqing  are facing electricity rationing because of power shortages.

Many fishing tackle factories in Weihai are presently operating with only two days of power supply per week.

Production delays will be further affected by the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays and the usual slow start that follows as labourers switch jobs.