Articles on Overfishing

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Villagers enjoying the evening fishing in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. (Colette Wabnitz)

Less money, more problems – trying to get fisheries right

Sustainable fisheries tick all the boxes. They can fill your belly and your wallet, and generate less CO2 than conventional agriculture. So why is some integral funding for marine fisheries falling?
Ern McQuillan, Tuna Fishing at Eden, New South Wales, 1960. National Library of Australia

Plenty of fish in the sea? Not necessarily, as history shows

The history of fisheries exploitation in Australia reveals a staggering natural bounty, which has been alarmingly fragile without proper management.
Whitespotted surgeonfish (Acanthurus guttatus), found in the Indo-Pacific, crop the upper portion of algae while feeding, preventing macroalgae from becoming established on reefs. Kevin Lino/NOAA

Understanding the conditions that foster coral reefs’ caretaker fishes

Plant-eating fish control the spread of seaweed and algae on coral reefs. New research explaining why populations of these fish vary from site to site could lead to better reef protection strategies.
Billions of dollars are lost yearly to illegal fishing, with West Africa being one of the worst-affected regions. Commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th/Flickr

Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

Crime on the ocean is not only about illegal fishing – it ranges from drug smuggling to human trafficking and modern-day slavery as well.

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