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Oceans Without Fish in 40 Years?

Ok, “without fish” is a little bit of an overstatement, but a new report out by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and leading economists warns us that if fishing policies don’t change, all commercial fisheries could collapse in the next 40 years, which is pretty dramatic. UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner […]

June 2nd

UN: Dock 13 Million Fishing Boats to Save Global Stocks

Stark predictions lie ahead for the fishing industry if action is not taken immediately to preserve stock, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).  Warning that “virtually all commercial fisheries will have collapsed by 2050 unless urgent action is taken”, scientists estimated 13 million boats need to stop fishing immediately to save global fish […]

May 24th

Will There Be a 2010 Salmon Fishing Season on the West Coast?

West Coast families, tribes, and communities that rely on salmon fishing for their sustenance, once again are faced with bleak options for the 2010 salmon, although the outlook is improved over the 2009 season, especially for sport fisherman. Beleageured by previous poor runs on the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers, commercial salmon season could be closed […]

April 14th

Endangered Ocean Species Won't Get International Trade Protection

U.N. delegates from around the world gathered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Qatar this week- their mission? To vote on international regulations governing the trade in endangered species. For the urban layman, their decisions affect how much tuna we can have for sushi or […]

March 31st

Human Rights vs. World's Largest Marine Reserve

In the late 1960s, the United States and Great Britain expelled the native people of the Chagos Islands and slave descendants in order to create a nuclear air force base. If the area is turned into a marine reserve today, the Chagossians (Ilois) contest they could never return since fishing would be banned deeply impacting their livelihood.

March 30th

CNN Flip Flop: Benefits of Eating PCB Ladened Farmed Fish Outweigh Risks

Farm-raised salmon practices are often criticized by environmentalists because of pollution risks and stock escaping into the wild, but aquaculture may be needed to meet the demand for fish consumption in times of dwindling wild supplies.  Recently, CNN health expert Dr. Melina Jampolis rekindled the debate on whether farm-raised salmon is safe for human consumption. […]

January 25th

Scientists Expand Fish Memory From 3 Seconds to Several Months

Fish are often considered lesser beings. In fact, pesce vegetarians justify eating fish because they don’t consider them to feel pain and suffering, and they think it is better for their health.  New research challenges prior assumptions about fish, including their memory.  The long standing myth that fish can only recall something for three seconds […]

January 18th

Tilapia Takes a Toll on Fiji's Native Fish

The native fish of the waterways of Fiji are battling an invasive species, one advocated by many sustainable fish farming proponents: tilapia. A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that streams with tilapia contained 11 fewer species of native fishes than those without, leading to speculation that the introduced species may be feeding […]

January 15th

Study Finds Coral Reefs Recover from Climate Change Damage

A study by the University of Exeter has provided the first ever evidence that coral reefs can recover from climate change. The researchers surveyed ten sites located within the Bahamas, both inside and out of marine sanctuaries. These reefs, which were studied over a two and half year period, had been severely damaged by bleaching […]

January 14th

Michigan Sues Illinois Over Asian Carp Invasion

The fight to control the invasion of Asian carp in the Great Lakes is spurring legal battles between Midwestern states.  Michigan, with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota, is suing Illinois to prevent the Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.   Not only invasive species but toxic chemicals, urbanization, and climate change threaten […]

January 4th

Seafood Slavery: Americans Eat Thai Shrimp Caught by Forced Labor

It’s hard to imagine slavery still exists in the twenty-first century, but human trafficking is a modern problem called the “fastest-growing criminal industry in the world”.  For example, the fishing industry in Thailand is supported by slaves, mostly Burmese migrants.  Some of this slave-based catch ends up in US markets.

December 7th