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Brown Salmon

Brown Salmon

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

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

Robert Bateman

“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

Dikerogammarus haemobaphes

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

Designer Salmon

Designer Salmon

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

Iberia’s Trout

Iberia’s Trout

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

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

Sequence Switching

Sequence Switching

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

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

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

Shrinking Trout

Shrinking Trout

I was just reading this over at BCLocalNews: A group of Norwegian and Finnish scientists have recently observed that during cold temperatures, Salmoniods can reduce their body length up to 10%. The writer, Jeff Weltz, asks himself, “How big, actually… Continue reading

Genomic Signals

Genomic Signals

The Independent reports, if rather late, scientists have mapped genomic signals in search of an explanation for the crash in stocks of Canadian Pacific salmon. Their study focused on sockeye and implicated viral attacks, but doesn’t provide an explanation for… Continue reading

Frankenfish

Frankenfish

When consumer behaviour is lead by price, can local protests really make a difference? Fear of genetic and chemically altered food is probably enough to put a lot of people off consuming Frankenfish, but in markets where food source information… Continue reading

Cyanide & Sewage

Cyanide & Sewage

Another bloody disaster hits an upper section of the River Trent and as the polluted water passes downstream, reports may yet spell out disaster for further sections after the Stoke-on-Trent to Yoxall section currently in the news. While the Environment Agency (EA) try… Continue reading

Submersible

Submersible

It was once so costly that submersible camera equipment used to be used only by researchers, professional photographers and publishers. Manufacturers have produced various workarounds to make underwater photography affordable for amateurs and enthusiasts. Plastic envelopes from companies like Aquapac… Continue reading

The Fly

The Fly

“Another year, another Mayfly hatch.” Easy or no, it’s not an occasion to miss! Action plan: Start by warming up with a few easy fish and then target something more challenging; you know, like the fish rising under the tree… Continue reading

Angling Art

Angling Art

I was browsing the Daily Paintworks website when I came across this gem. What a wonderful study – who’d have thought something so unremarkable as a two cent plastic bobber could be elevated to a thing of beauty. Keep ‘em… Continue reading

Old Dogs

Old Dogs

A good friend and I fished the big ol’ Mayfly hatch this weekend. We trundled over to the river, going nice and slow in ‘The Van Formerly Known As Bobby’, stopping off briefly at a junction where the road switches… Continue reading

“Clever Little Fish!”

Clever Little Fish!

My daily read the Metro is running a piece on training fish. I quote: He can shoot hoops, slip through a slalom and is limber at limbo – the only obstacle to global sports stardom is that Comet lives in… Continue reading

Trout v Bass

Trout v Bass

Anyone got any more fishing-meets-art sendups? I was just reading a post at Steelhead Diaries and the illustration there set me off. Several years ago art parodies were brought to my attention during a lecture given by an Art History… Continue reading

Species Invasion

Species Invasion

Recently, I was reading flyfishmagazine and a linked article. I was moved to post a comment back on the blog, questioning the wisdom of genetic manipulation of fish stocks. Then this morning on my way to the office, I read… Continue reading

Bushwhacking

Bushwhacking

Most anglers know there’s more to fishing than catching fish, right? I mean, it’s not just about how many and how big, is it? Reading the blogs of other fly fishers like Eric tell me this is the case. Solitude… Continue reading

Climate Change

Climate Change

This year has seen lots of news articles here in the UK, covering early blooms of flowers and other out of season events. Climate change it seems is going to affect all kinds of organisms in the natural world and… Continue reading