In the West Coast fisheries, a single licence may be exchanged for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
West Coast fisheries policy leaves the door open to speculative investors who see opportunity and can snap up fishing licences and quotas.
Eastern rock lobster on sale at Sydney’s fish market. Our preference for a limited variety of seafood drives up prices and threatens the industry’s sustainability.
Australian fishing boats throw away up to half the fish they catch. To make the seafood industry sustainable, we need to eat all the fish that get caught.
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The ongoing Brexit negotiations have provided no certainty or clarity to the industry.
Portside tuna unloading from a refrigerated cargo and trading vessel (reefer) in Thailand, 2013.
The seafood industry is a major contributor to modern slavery.
The captain of a Finnish icebreaker looks out from the bridge as it sails into floating sea ice on the Victoria Strait while traversing the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. The waterways of the Arctic are of particular interest to non-Arctic jurisdictions like China and the European Union.
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The recent Arctic Council meeting in Finland shows there's still avid interest in developing the Arctic. Some are arguing the entire region should be considered a 'global commons.'
The tale of the snow crab bears witness to the how the complexities of climate change and fights over fishing rights play out.
Ern McQuillan, Tuna Fishing at Eden, New South Wales, 1960.
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The history of fisheries exploitation in Australia reveals a staggering natural bounty, which has been alarmingly fragile without proper management.
Orca family group at the Bremer Canyon off WA’s south coast.
The government aims to dramatically reduce the areas offered full protection and expand zones where fishing is allowed, while also claiming that this will still deliver good conservation.
Closing parts of the ocean to fishing displaces fishers to other areas.
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The public and political debate about marine reserves often comes down to one thing: fishing.
An illegal fishing vessel caught off the coast of Sierra Leone, a region where illegal fishing is a serious problem.
The fisheries sector in West Africa is beset with serious challenges including over-fishing and, in particular, illegal fishing.
Australia’s oceans are feeding grounds for many wildlife species, including seabirds.
More of Australia's oceans should be placed under high protection, according to the latest marine reserves review.
Good old Aussie barramundi, straight from a farm in Vietnam.
How do you choose local produce when buying fish, which is caught in vast oceans by a globalised industry? Answer: with great difficulty.
Exiting the EU does not mean closing off British 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.
Cannonball Jellyfish in the Gulf of California.
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In a changing climate, ocean populations sometimes rise and fall in unpredictable waves. Scientists, managers and fishers must make economically and ecologically sound decisions based on long-term outlooks.
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.
Looks healthy, but still lacks the big predatory fish… how would it rate on the index?
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Catch my disease.
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Trawling for fish? You might be setting yourself up for a paltry haul next time.
Trawling – dragging heavy gear over ocean bottoms in search of fish near the sea floor – is arguably one of the most destructive human practices. Removing fish from the sea for an ever-hungry, growing…