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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?
Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19, 2016. AP Photo/John Locher

Fewer Americans are hunting, and that raises hard questions about funding conservation through gun sales

Every gun and bullet sold in the U.S. generates excise taxes to support conservation. But Americans are buying guns now for different reasons than in the past – and increasingly, not for hunting.
The old village of Aceredo, submerged 30 years ago when a hydropower dam flooded the valley, emerged during a drought in northwestern Spain, in February 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

IPCC report: Half the world is facing water scarcity, floods and dirty water — large investments are needed for effective solutions

Water is central to adapting to climate change, but very few of the strategies put in place to respond to water hazards or ensure its availability have been evaluated.
South Africa has an impressive record of marine biological research in protected areas, but the country needs to pay greater attention to the human aspects. Doug Lang

Protected marine areas should serve nature and people: a review of South Africa’s efforts

The social, ecological and governance objectives of marine protected areas need to be understood to enhance benefits to both people and the environment.
Sharks and rays have ruled the ocean for 420 million years, but that reign may be slipping. (Mark Erdmann)

Sharks and rays are in free fall: More than one-third are threatened with extinction from overfishing

Nearly all species of sharks and rays are captured in fishing operations. But research shows that fishing quotas and closing some areas to fishing can help rebuild threatened populations.
A man removes water from a fishing boat in Idenau, Cameroon. Illegal activity by foreign fishing companies has depleted fishing stocks. Ann Johansson/Corbis via Getty Images)

How illegal fishing off Cameroon’s coast worsens maritime security

Efforts to combat illegal fishing and fisheries crime must recognise the relationship between the sector and maritime security.

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