June 4, 2014: Antarctic Toothfish

June 4, 2014: Antarctic Toothfish

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There’s a lot going on this week here at SCFoW. First of all, the Sea Creature Fact of the Week is now on Twitter! Follow me for bonus pictures, updates on awesome marine conservation projects people are working on around the world, links to each week’s newsletter and more (once I fully learn how to use the Twitter account) @SeaCreatureFoW !

Also, I’d like to inform you that June 8th is World Oceans Day. Check out the World Oceans Day website to see if any events are happening near you. If none are, I encourage you to take a minute to visit the sea, an aquarium, or of course to browse the SCFoW site here and send the ocean some love.

Finally, your newsletter this week features a mysterious predator from far, far away: the Antarctic Toothfish. There’s a great deal of controversy surrounding this species because of the potentially unsustainable fisheries that target its population in the Ross Sea. Where on Earth is that? Check it out on this map:

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Not only is the Ross Sea considered to be the most pristine marine environment remaining on Earth, there are countless problematic aspects to an Antarctic Toothfish fishery. I’ve outlined the most important ones (alongside some cool facts, of course) in this week’s newsletter:

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If you’d like to learn more about Antarctic Toothfish and/or the Ross Sea, I can highly recommend watching The Last Ocean.

Hope to see you on Twitter and happy early World Oceans Day!

photo credits: In newsletter: Left: http://lastocean.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/an-abundance-of-toothfish-in-the-ross-sea/; Right: http://scitechdaily.com/plans-to-protect-antarctic-seas-face-difficult-challenges/; Bottom: http://www.lastocean.org/Commercial-Fishing/About-Toothfish-/All-about-Antarctic-toothfish-__I.2445; In this post: Map: http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/an.htm; Featured Image: https://lastocean.wordpress.com/2011/07/page/2/

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