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Brown Salmon

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Science has shown that given the opportunity transgenic Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) can in principal, cross breed with wild brown trout (Salmo trutta). This scientific paper explains how technically, GM and wild fish, in this case brown trout, can hybridize. … Continue reading

Movember

Movember

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Over time our average age has increased. In many ways public health has improved. However, by law of averages amongst the contributors to this website at least 6 will at some point in their lifetime suffer with cancer. Amongst men … Continue reading

Robert Bateman on wildlife painting, salmon, and naturalism

Robert Bateman

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“We’re catching fish down in South America like anchovies and all kinds of things like that and processing it to feed to other fish. It’s a mug’s game. You actually lose in the food chain. We shouldn’t be doing that. … Continue reading

Dikerogammarus haemobaphes image from APEM Ltd

Dikerogammarus haemobaphes

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Our resident river restoration expert Theo Pike recently posted another installment of his Wandle Restoration series. Subtitled Aliens 2, it mentions amongst other invasive species, Killer Shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus). Today, UK news channels reported the arrival of a new species … Continue reading

Scottish scientists on verge of creating designer salmon to beat disease

Designer Salmon

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FFR writer Bruce Sandison has written for years on the issues surrounding salmon farming, but mostly at a time when genetic research was in its infancy. Now, Scottish scientists are on the verge of creating a “disease-free” super salmon that could … Continue reading

Iberian trout under threat from climate change

Iberia’s Trout

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Scientists anticipate that before the end of this century trout may have disappeared entirely from the Iberian Peninsula. As climate change slowly warms the rivers in the south west of Europe, trout will cease to tolerate their environment dying out … Continue reading

RoboFish

RoboFish

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This looks and sounds very interesting. On schedule Luke Speller, research scientist and project manager with BMT Group who developed the fish, said the ‘robofish’ could be seen in ports and harbours of Wales in the near future. OK, so … Continue reading

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Sequence Switching

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OK, this has nothing to do with Genetics. Or does it? All my life I tied without realising for the most part I did so left-handed while being ambidextrous in some tasks. It was my friend Pete, that finally pointed … Continue reading

Marine Astro Turf

Marine Astro Turf

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Not exactly Astro Turf, but artificial sea grass, is being used to replace lost plant cover in Coromandel estuary reserve by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand. It’s thought that increased sedimentation through wash-off … Continue reading

Dead Zones

Dead Zones

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I was just reading an article over at www.delmarvanow.com about the effects of oxygen depleted regions in the world’s oceans. A scientific study has established that while hypoxic zones, as they are known, are naturally occurring phenomena they are expanding … Continue reading