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Hooked on the Today Show

Wall Street Journal reporter Bruce Knecht, who has been guest- blogging for Oceana these past few weeks, appeared on the Today Show last week. He and Tom Brokaw discussed Bruce's new book, Hooked, which describes the worldwide problem of pirate fishing of the already-depleted Chilean seabass.

For those of you who weren't able to watch live, here is the link to the show:

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Don't Miss Bruce Knecht on Wednesday's Today Show

Here's your chance to listen to Oceana's guest blogger, Bruce Knecht, author of the book Hooked.

The Today Show's report on Hooked is going to air on May 24 between 8 and 9 a.m. Eastern. It's an unusually long taped segment that will be presented by Tom Brokaw. It will include some great dramatic footage from the boat chase described in Bruce's book. It will also feature Brokaw's interview with Bruce at the Fulton Fish Market, where they handled some very small (Tom called them babies) toothfish.

So , if you want to know more about the severely overfished Chilean seabass, aka toothfish, tune in to the Today Show on Wednesday morning.

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Introducing Bruce Knecht

G. Bruce Knecht is an award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter. His new book, Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish comes out in bookstores today and takes a close look at pirate fishing and how our taste for certain seafood, especially Chilean sea bass, have enormous consequences for the world around us. In the book, Bruce describes one of the longest pursuits in nautical history - Australian patrols chasing after an illegal fishing vessel named Viarsa. Viarsa's owner, Antonio Vidal, has long been associated with pirate fishing issues all over the world and Oceana has been working to bring a halt to his illegal fishing activities. He was recently arrested by US authorities in Miami.

Bruce has kindly agreed to write some blog entries about his book. Be on the lookout for them this week.

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Hundreds of Dead Dolphins Wash up on the African Coast

On Friday, about 400 dolphins washed up on the coast of Zanzibar. Some speculate that it could be a result of U.S. Navy sonar activity in the area. Read the full story.

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Octopi: The Einstein of Invertebrates?

The notion that the octopus is intelligent is a bit controversial in the scientific community. No matter what your take on it, I think we can all agree that this video shows that at minimum, they're brazen.

To learn more about octopus brain power, visit the following sites:


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Global Warming and Deep-Sea Corals

Studies have shown that global warming is causing our oceans to become more acidic. This could make it much more diffcult for deep-sea coral reefs. Check out this blog entry by Jon Warrenchuk, Oceana's marine conservation coordinator based in Juneau:

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Jumbo Jellies Invade Japanese Waters

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Victory for Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges

Thousand-year-old corals and sponges on the seafloor routinely get wiped out in minutes by destructive bottom trawlers. Hopefully, we're one step closer to making this a problem of the past, as the year 2005 ended on a positive note for deep-sea corals and sponges. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, led by Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, voted unanimously to include research and protection language in the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act, the law governing U.S. commercial fisheries.

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Study to help reduce sea snake bycatch

One of our news stories today focuses on the problem of sea snake bycatch in Australian  prawn fisheries.

Learn more about this fascinating collaborative  study--it's a wonderful example of fisheries trying to use science to  better manage their resources.

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Black Smokers

Scientists have recently discovered "black smokers," or mineral-rich geysers in the Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans. Check out today's  story.

The American Museum of Natural History has a cool site about  black smokers if you want to learn more.

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