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New Jersey Alien Sea Monster Goes Viral 

Submitted by TomRose on February 17th, 2013 – Flag this news as inappropriate
Category: News

A real-life "alien" sea monster was speared "somewhere in New Jersey" and a photo of it has gone viral through Reddit. What is it?

The photo, which doesn't explain who, what, where or why, simply shows an eel-like fish, with gaping, terrifying teeth, and a spear through its middle with someone's hand holding it up to the camera. The only details included were that it was caught "somewhere in New Jersey."

Why all the secrecy?

Maybe because it's possibly enhanced with Photoshop and shows a rather common animal trolling the deeps of lakes, rivers and oceans: a Sea Lamprey.

Sea Lampreys are scary to be sure, but they're not alien by any means. They live in deeper water, latching on to their prey with a row of razor sharp teeth and literally suck the life out of their victims.

Several clues in the photo reveal some trickery. The area surrounding the boat is lush with foliage (in Winter?) and the Sea Lamprey itself is twisted at such an angle that it's difficult to count or measure the gills, which would indicate it's actual size.

Sea Lampreys can grow up to 3 feet long, but this one looks to be as large as a man, so it's probably some skills in the darkroom which add to the scary effect.

Still, it's the kind of stuff nightmares are made of.

And, apparently, there are lots of Reddit users losing sleep.

What do you think? Is this a trick?

Please leave comments below.

Learn more about Sea Lampreys on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lamprey

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Not a minute too soon. Eels are essential to the survival of many fisheries. 

Elvers: will the party soon end?

Written by  Stephen Rappaport

Elvers, juvenile American eels, fetched as much as $2,600 per pound last spring.
Elvers, juvenile American eels, fetched as much as $2,600 per pound last spring.

ELLSWORTH — With harvesters pocketing as much as $2,600 for a pound of elvers last spring, fishing for the tiny, transparent juvenile eels was almost like panning for gold in a stream full of nuggets. But the gold rush may soon be over.

On Friday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) announced that it would soon release a draft management plan that is likely to have a profound effect on the fishery for American eels, including elvers. In the worst case, the plan could even bring the commercial fishery to a halt.

Within the next two or three weeks, ASMFC plans to publish a “Draft Addendum III” to its Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American eels. Among other measures up for consideration, the draft will include an option to establish an overall, annual landings quota for elvers — also know as glass eels — or to impose a moratorium on their harvest.

If all goes according to schedule, the commission could act on Addendum III by sometime in May, Kate Taylor, an ASMFC senior fishery management coordinator, said Monday.

Last year, scientists completed a comprehensive “benchmark” stock assessment for American eels. Their conclusion: the population of eels in U.S. waters has declined in recent decades and is currently depleted.

According to the ASMFC, the decline in the number of eels is probably the result of “a combination of historical overfishing, habitat loss, food web alterations, turbine mortality, environmental changes,” as well as toxins and contaminants in the water and disease. The question now facing fisheries regulators is how to address the decline.

For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American

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Greenpeace renews call to end illegal fishing at Interpol forum

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [seafoodnews.com]  Feb 26, 2013

 
Lyon, France - Greenpeace said at the first Interpol meeting to address the illegal fishing crisis they renewed their demand to end illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and called for stricter enforcement and the elimination of loopholes in regulations.
 
As back up to its call, Greenpeace released the detailed documentation of illegal fishing activities encountered during two ship expeditions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans in 2012 highlighting the need for urgent action.
 
Greenpeace is demanding that governments prohibit the transfer of fish at sea, end fishing vessels’ ability to hide in ports or under flags of convenience, require identification devices such as AIS and improve at-sea control and enforcement.
 
“Illegal fishing continues to expand and much of what happens at sea stays at sea and escapes all control,” said Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace International oceans campaigner.
 
“It is estimated that between $10 and $24 billion worth of fish is illegally taken from our oceans every year – often from developing nations and supported by sophisticated transnational networks of criminals. Tuna fisheries and the global trade in shark fins are prime examples of this organised crime.”
 
As overfishing decimates fish stocks, fleets are moving further and further from homeports to catch valuable fish species such as tuna.
 
During the ship expeditions in late 2012, Greenpeace International encountered fishing vessels from Japan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka engaged in illegal or suspicious fishing activities in the Indian Ocean. In the Pacific, Greenpeace International witnessed Asian vessels fishing illegally in international waters, taking advantage of poor at-sea enforcement and loopholes in the law.
 
The results of each expedition will be made available to law enforcement officials at the Interpol meeting and will also be delivered to the relevant fisheries management authorities.
 
“Illegal fishing cannot be stopped through stricter law enforcement alone: fishing quotas must be set at sustainable levels. Given the lucrative global tuna market and the decline in tuna populations, illegal fishing is increasingly profitable,” added Tolvanen.
 
Greenpeace is advocating that more financial and human resources be allocated to control activities at sea and along the chain of custody, and that loopholes such as transfer of fish at sea be banned accompanied by steep cuts in industrial fishing capacity that lead to illegal and overfishing. Interpol can take a lead by enabling the sharing of data and best practices, and push for strict enforcement and proper prosecution of individuals and companies in involved in illegal fishing.
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You might want to register for this important political national fisheries event. Download the software and you will be there. 

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The third Managing Our Nation's Fisheries conference will be held May 7-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C., with a welcome reception on the evening of May 6. The conference is convened by the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

This conference follows up on the highly successful Managing Our Nation's Fisheries conferences held in 2003 and 2005. Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3 will focus on how concepts, policies, and practice of fishery sustainability can be advanced to a higher level. Sessions will be of interest to members of the public, fishery participants, environmental advocates, fishery scientists and managers, policymakers, legislators, and journalists. 

The discussion will address Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization issues, as well as adjustments to current management that do not require legislation to implement. The conference will provide a forum for information exchange and an opportunity to hear a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability of fish stocks and ecosystem functions, and the fishing communities that depend on them.


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  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - Thursday, May 9, 2013

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    1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20036
    USA
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