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  • Net Loss: Can Smarter Fishing Equipment Reduce Global Bycatch?

    February 17, 2016

    A large number of marine animals end up as bycatch. Could smarter nets make a difference? Daniel Stepputtis’ face fell as his crew lifted their trawl net out of the grey waters of the Baltic and over the side of the boat. Like a yeti emerging from the sea, thick red algae clogged every hole in […]

  • What Will it Take to Get Plastics Out of the Ocean?

    February 17, 2016

    A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards from shore, humpback whales rise up from the depths, colorful fish fill the […]

  • Community Driven Conservation Works to Save Madagascar’s Sharks

    February 17, 2016

    Before Noavy started monitoring shark catches, she would only get up before dawn to harvest the seaweed that lies drying in various stages of rubbery or crispy tangles outside her home. Nowadays, her data-collection on sharks being brought into her village means she’s up and on call at all hours, despite the fact that the […]

  • Is Salmon Raised on Land the Future of Seafood?

    February 17, 2016

    On Vancouver Island, the Namgis First Nation raises salmon on land, setting a high standard for eco-friendly aquaculture. For centuries, perhaps millennia, the Namgis First Nation fished a wide and glassy river that barrels into the straits separating Vancouver Island from mainland Canada. According to legend, sockeye salmon were so plentiful that the Namgis could simply […]

  • Seafood CSI: Advances in Genetic Technology Will Make Us All DNA Detectives

    February 09, 2016

    In a Chinese restaurant in a Las Vegas strip mall, Austin Ayer tries to act nonchalant as he orders the most controversial item on the menu. “Do you want crab in your shark fin soup?” asks the waiter. “It tastes much better.” “No, just shark fin,” says Ayer. “And I’d like it to go.” The […]

  • Monitoring Changes Under the Sea from the Sky

    February 08, 2016

    When Hawaii experienced an unexpected coral bleaching event in the fall of 2014, reef managers went out to see the hardest hit reefs. A response team was sent to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu to survey the effects of thermal stress. Since Hawaiian reefs had only bleached once years before, little was known about how the relatively […]

  • Op-Ed: An Enforceable Ocean

    February 08, 2016

    Will there be a day when the seafood on your plate has been certified as sustainable, toxin-free and exploitation-free and has been tracked from the time it was hooked to the time it is purchased? Will this information be verified by satellites from the sky that have cross-referenced errant transmissions and have correlated them with reports […]

  • Satellite Technologies at the Forefront of the Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    February 08, 2016

    Easter Island is best known for its mysterious Moai statues, which dominate part of the hilly coastline and stare at the horizon like ancient watchmen of the once bountiful ocean. Just beyond the reach of their gaze lies a large stretch of open water, known as the high seas, that provides a vital spawning ground […]

  • China Aims High on Antarctic Krill

    January 20, 2016

    A Chinese state-owned distant-water fishery company said China should multiply its krill harvest in the Antarctic, yet regulations at home and abroad are moving towards stringent management. How will the dragon dance on the ice?