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Warmer-water preferring fish species like sardines and squid may soon dominate seafood menus on the west coast of Canada. (Shutterstock)

Climate change is now on the menu at seafood restaurants

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. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada shuttered some mackerel and spring herring fisheries in Québec and Atlantic Canada

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. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

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?
Fishermen weigh a basket full of fish off the Indian ocean’s archipelago of Lamu on Kenya’s coast. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID affected markets and livelihoods in Kenya’s fisheries sector

COVID-19 greatly disrupted local market dynamics at landing sites, within the communities, and connections to more distant markets.
Blue sharks, which are prized for their fins, swimming off Cape Point in South Africa. Morne Hardenberg

South Africa’s plan to protect sharks needs an urgent update

Sharks grow slowly and produce few young compared to bony fishes. In many cases, this means that their populations are fished out faster than can be replenished if not well managed.
Jeremiah Kiarie rounds up tilapia at Green Algae Highland fish farm in central Kenya on April 29, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Farming fish in fresh water is more affordable and sustainable than in the ocean

Aquaculture is a growing source of healthy protein for millions of people around the world, but there are big differences between farming fish on land and at sea.

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