The oceans are teeming with life and potential – but the high seas are still largely ungoverned.
The open oceans are the world's "wild west", falling outside any nation's jurisdiction. UN negotiations are aiming to draft new laws for the high seas.
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These days, EU policy is more helpful than harmful for Britain's fish.
Catching black marlin is big business on Australia’s east coast.
Climate change is driving the iconic black marlin further south, with a possible impact on ecosystems and the fishing industry.
Fishermen rescued from a boat on which they were trafficked to work.
There are no proper laws to combat fisheries crime. As a result, a number of organisations need to join forces to stop the problem.
While not all subsidies are bad, some are drive a ‘race to fish’.
Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline.
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A study suggests that stopping deep-sea trawling at a depth of around 600m makes sense.
South Africa could grow by developing its oceans economy. The starting point is to build the skills that are required by the industry.
South Africa’s oceans economy can contribute R177 billion to the GDP and create up to one million new jobs by 2033. But this requires more skilled people to drive the growth.
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The EU wants to ban fishing below 600m, but the scientific case doesn't stand up.
Too many fish in our seas, like this Pacific bluefin tuna, are being lost to over-fishing – but better management can help.
Over-fishing is a massive environmental and economic challenge. Fortunately, there are new solutions being trialled – including in a tuna hotspot in the Pacific.
The Great Southern Reef is unique, beautiful and contributes significantly to Australia’s culture and economy. However, few of us realise the magnitude and value of this gem right at our doorstep.
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The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km and contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia's economy each year.
Time to get cracking: a Canadian research vessel in the Arctic.
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A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks.
South Africa’s tropical fish may be hardest hit with climate change.
Climate change will hit South Africa's fish population.
Balanced harvesting adds new fish to the menu.
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Spreading fishing pressure evenly across whole marine ecosystems sounds like a great idea. But there's a hitch – we can't technologically do it, and even if we could, it would be expensive.
After curbing fishing, the African penguins of the Western Cape are on the rebound.
The curbing of fishing has helped African penguins rebound from close to extinction – but it is not enough.
Namibia’s hake fisherman.
Despite having an internationally recognised fishing system, Namibia needs to shift gears to maintain its excellent fishing status.
Forward in defence of the Patagonian toothfish!
The Prince has views on defence procurement, badger culling and the Patagonian toothfish. Should we care?
Uncertainty over seafood safety caused anxiety in coastal communities in the wake of the spill.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Gulf Coast communities are still grappling with the social and economic ills caused by the oil spill.
There are more and bigger coral trout in parts of the Great Barrier Reef closed to fishing.
Fishing is a major threat to the Great Barrier Reef, but new research shows that areas closed to fishing just over a decade ago are home to bigger and more fish.
Monitoring fishing vessels could be a growth industry in the tiny Pacific island nations that govern the world’s largest tuna fishery.
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A tiny handful of Pacific island nations control more than 50% of the world's tuna fishery, and their efforts to monitor international fishing vessels are set to become a major source of jobs.
Go on, dive in.
“That’s obscene,” I thought when I saw the photo of Helena Bonham Carter, nude, clasping a tuna between her legs and gazing lovingly into its face. She declared the fish was her “Valentine”. My Western…