An invasive lionfish at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.
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One of the most damaging invasive species in the oceans has breached a major barrier – the Amazon-Orinoco river plume – and is spreading along Brazil’s coast. Scientists are trying to catch up.
French marine commandos operate on a speed boat off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden.
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The current focus by extra-regional actors is an elite project that undermines a maritime security strategy that would benefit the African people.
Shark and stingray populations have declined by 71 per cent in the last half-century.
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Over 100 shark and ray species were recently added to an international treaty, known as the CITES list, to protect them from the threat of unsustainable and illegal trade.
Lobster fishing uses a lot of rope, and whales can die after becoming entangled in it.
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To fish the oceans sustainably, nations must reduce bycatch, or accidental catches. But fishermen often resist changing gear or techniques that kill nontargeted species.
Overfishing leads to the deaths of millions of sharks each year.
Countries have voted to limit the international shark trade, but this fails to account for the diversity in fishing contexts around the world.
A solution for managing the growing populations of long-spined sea urchins may not be clear at the moment, but there is a path forward.
Small-scale fishers in Durban are drawn to southern Africa’s sardine run.
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South Africa’s policies need to do more to protect vulnerable and marginalised small-scale fishers and fishing communities.
The West African coastline is a source of livelihood for millions.
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There is only a single mooring managed by French researchers that monitors the impacts of climate change on West African Canary Current.
An endangered female orca leaps from the water in Puget Sound, west of Seattle.
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The declining salmon and whale numbers raise a critical question: Is the southern resident killer whale population solely reliant on the abundance of salmon? And, if so, since when?
Aerial view of salmon fish farms, Grand Manan Island, N.B.
Ocean equity will be the key for achieving blue economies in Canada and the world
This event was the world’s worst incidence of mangrove tree deaths in recorded history. These photos show the devastating scale of this disaster.
The World Trade Organization reached an agreement on fisheries subsidies, prohibiting member countries from funding illegal fishing and fishing of overexploited stocks at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva on June 17.
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There is a need for nuanced discussions around the role of fisheries subsidies — even those that may be nominally harmful — to avoid further inequity and marginalization of small-scale fishers.
There is enormous potential to increase the productivity of African fisheries. There is also potential to improve coastal and marine health.
Coastal communities in West and Central Africa were severely affected by COVID which brought many aspects of food and seafood supply chains to a halt.
There is a need for better innovations and policies to help improve the fisheries sector in this region.
Corals and fish in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Belize.
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As nations pledge to preserve swaths of ocean within their territorial waters, a marine scientist explains why some marine protected areas shelter ocean life more effectively than others.
In some global fishing communities, women influence decisions, resulting in stronger claims to area-based fishing rights, improved economic returns and greater women’s empowerment.
Creating opportunities to meaningfully engage women in governance and decision-making is necessary to achieve gender equality in small-scale fisheries.
You may not have heard of ‘temperate mesophotic ecosystems’, but science is beginning to understand the vital role these ocean zones play – and the need to protect them.
Warmer-water preferring fish species like sardines and squid may soon dominate seafood menus on the west coast of Canada.
As the ocean temperature rises, many marine species are moving toward the north and south poles in search of cooler waters, thus rewriting the menus of seafood restaurants on the West Coast of Canada.
Spring herring and Atlantic mackerel fisheries are among the most lucrative in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and brought in more than $1.3 billion to Québec and Atlantic fishers in 2020.
Suspending mackerel and spring herring fishing in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence will impact the fishing industry on many levels.
A researcher at the advocacy group Oceana uses GPS data to trace the activity of fishing boats.
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One of the oldest industries, fishing, is entering the world of advanced analytics and data-driven planning. With oceans under stress and key fish stocks dwindling, can precision fishing help?