Planet Earth Podcast

Planet Earth episode

Tue, 17th Jan 2012

The Hoff Crab, North Sea fisheries, flood prediction

Yeti crab (c) Ifremer, A.Fifis, 2006

It's not often that science news goes viral, but when researchers dubbed a new species the 'Hoff Crab' more people than usual seemed to take notice!  Sue Nelson braves a freezing research aquarium to find out about a host of new species discovered around hydrothermal vents on the Southern Ocean's East Scotia Ridge.  Also, far away in the North Sea, the fishing fleets that ply the waters for cod are subject to some 750 separate regulations.  But how well do they work?  To find out what effect they have on decision-making at sea, fisheries economist Alison Little plans to spend time out with the fleet. Finally, Sue visits the University of Reading to learn about a new database of thunderstorms that will help improve storm predictions.

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