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WSU researchers find wealth of fish at deep Hawaiian reef

Cori Kane, WSU Vancouver marine biologistBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News science writer

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University marine biologists for the first time have documented a wealth of fish in the “vastly underexplored” deep coral reefs off Hawaii Island.

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Research benefitsnew U.S. industry

Along the banks of the Caspian Sea, fishermen hawk tins of caviar and thick cuts of beluga sturgeon. Unfortunately, most of it is black-market fare — illegally harvested and traded.

 

Despite strict regulations, the vulnerable — and valuable — sturgeon has been greatly overfished and is on the endangered list in many parts of the world.

 

Barbara Rasco, professor in WSU’s School of Food Science, is among those working to help save the sturgeon in an international effort that could provide spin-off benefits for aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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