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Lawsuit: Red Lobster Made 'Deceptive' Claims About Its Lobsters

Some of its seafood isn't sustainable or responsible, suit argues

(Newser) - Red Lobster has been making some fishy claims about its product, according to a class- action lawsuit filed in California. According to court documents, the plaintiffs say the chain markets its lobster and shrimp as "sustainable" and "responsible" when the truth is very different, IntraFish reports. The lawsuit,...

Wildlife Official Reels In 7-Foot Fish in Detroit

240-pound sturgeon, which was released, could be 100 years old

(Newser) - It's quite a fish tale. A 240-pound sturgeon that could be more than 100 years old was caught last week in the Detroit River by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The "real life river monster" was nearly 7 feet long, the agency said Friday on Facebook , where...

Their 'Fish Story' Ended With Felony Convictions

2 pleaded guilty to tampering to influence a fishing contest

(Newser) - There's a reason a "fish story" has become synonymous with the unbelievable. Two fisherman have pleaded guilty to felony charges for lying about some impressive fish entered in a Utah fishing tournament. Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, are the first people in the state's history...

'Dark Fishing Fleets' Blamed for Rise in Ghost Ships

Chinese vessels are forcing North Koreans to fish elsewhere, researchers say

(Newser) - "Ghost ships" carrying the bodies—or skeletons—of North Korean fishermen have been washing up in Japan for years, but there was a massive increase after 2017. A new study links the rise to "dark fishing fleets" of Chinese vessels in North Korean waters in violation of United...

Sheriff: 3 Men Going Fishing Killed in 'Horrific Scene'

Friends were going night fishing in remote Florida area when they were beaten and shot to death

(Newser) - Three friends on their way to go fishing were beaten and shot to death in a grisly scene in the backwoods of Florida that the Polk County sheriff is calling a "massacre." “This is a horrific scene," Grady Judd tells the Lakeland Ledger . "I’ve...

Swimmer Seen Prying Open Shark's Mouth

'It was so crazy, like a movie. Like Jaws.'

(Newser) - A swimmer in Delaware was caught on camera prying a shark's mouth open with his hands this weekend in an effort to free it from a fishing hook, the AP reports. The video shows the man grabbing onto the shark at a beach in Cape Henlopen State Park. He...

5 Missing After Crab Boat Sinks in Gulf of Alaska

There was a 'careful consideration of survival probability'

(Newser) - After an effort that spanned 1,400 square miles over 20 hours, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for survivors from a crabbing boat that sank in gale-force winds in the Gulf of Alaska on New Year's Eve. The Coast Guard says two "extremely hypothermic" members of...

A Major Scourge in Our Oceans: 'Ghost Gear'
There's a 'Zombie'
in Our Oceans
new report

There's a 'Zombie' in Our Oceans

Greenpeace report finds dumped fishing gear is a leading plastic polluter

(Newser) - Try to comprehend just how much 55,000 double-decker buses weigh. It's a whole heck of a lot—more than a billion pounds. That's how much commercial fishing gear is abandoned in our oceans each year, according to a new report from Greenpeace on "ghost gear."...

The Snow and Rain Came, Then Lots of Salmon

After 5 years of drought, California is seeing one of its best salmon fishing seasons in years

(Newser) - California fishermen are reporting one of the best salmon fishing seasons in years, thanks to heavy rain and snow that ended the state's historic drought. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic species that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities,...

'Codfather' Permanently Banned From US Fisheries

He was found guilty of fish fraud

(Newser) - A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to US fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Talk About a Fish Tale: This One's a Doozy

Divorced man attaches wedding ring to fish, and it's re-caught at a tournment

(Newser) - "I didn't know steelhead get married," a fisherman quipped Friday after a fish was pulled from Lake Michigan with a wedding band fixed to its tail with a zip-tie. The Chicago Sun-Times unravels the mystery: Four years after his divorce, fishing guide Jason Rose felt his wedding...

Son Dies Trying to Save Dad Who Sleepily Stepped in Lake

Jermiah Israel and his father were fishing on West Point Lake

(Newser) - In a sad story from Georgia, a son dived into a lake to save his father—but only the father came out alive, the LaGrange Daily News reports. Seems Jermiah Israel, 34, was sleeping alongside his dad Sunday night on boat tied to a bridge after a day of fishing....

Man Dies on Birthday After Being Hit by Wave

'Sneaker' wave pulled Andrew Machi into the water on California beach

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a relaxing day fishing on his 39th birthday turned to tragedy for a California man, who died after a rogue wave pulled him into the water. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office tells KRCR that Andrew Machi was casting lines on March 22 at Luffenholtz...

Appetite for Destruction? Man Heads to Taco Bell With Risky Find

No one hurt in Ocala, Fla., after man shows up with hand grenade he found while magnet fishing

(Newser) - The smart thing to do upon finding a hand grenade is to make a run for it—not make a run for the border. But a man in Florida decided he'd cap off his magnet fishing trip in Ocklawaha with some Meximelts in Ocala, and he opted to bring...

Shot, Stabbed Sea Lions Wash Up on West Coast

Authorities suspect fishermen were involved

(Newser) - The bodies of sea lions that met violent deaths have been washing up in Washington state—and since some of the bodies have gunshot wounds, sharks are not suspected. The Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding group says of the 13 sea lions that have washed up since September, six were...

Skeletons Found in 'Ghost Boats' Washed Up in Japan

Vessels are believed to be from N. Korea

(Newser) - Scores of dilapidated wooden boats believed to be from North Korea have washed ashore in northern Japan in a seasonal influx. The coast guard said Monday that 95 rickety boats, some carrying skeletonized bodies, have arrived so far this year, a pace that is likely to exceed last year's...

Common Fishing Practice Not as Humane as Thought
'Catch and
Release'
Might Have
a Problem
study says

'Catch and Release' Might Have a Problem

Study suggests it's not as humane as thought because a fish's ability to feed is damaged

(Newser) - Those who like to fish purely for the sport of it often abide by a "catch and release" policy: Reel in the fish, unhook it, and let it go free again to make sure stocks don't get depleted. But a first-of-its kind study suggests that what seems like...

Girl, 11, Catches Piranha Relative in Oklahoma

Invasive species bit her grandmother

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake. But Kennedy Smith isn't exaggerating when she describes her catch, the...

Report: Big Distributor's Claims About 'Local' Seafood Are False

AP investigation exposes Sea to Table

(Newser) - In a global industry plagued by fraud and deceit, conscientious consumers are increasingly paying top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky supply chains that make it difficult to determine where any given fish comes...

Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident
Fisherman Nearly Dies
After Freak Fish Accident
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Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

The sole left his body

(Newser) - A bizarre fishing incident in England left a sole survivor—a 28-year-old fisherman who almost died when a Dover sole he had caught jumped down his throat when he kissed it. With the 6-inch fish stuck in his throat, the man stopped breathing and had a cardiac arrest on the...

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