Understanding when, where and why fishing vessels sometimes turn off their transponders is a key step toward curbing illegal fishing and other crimes on the high seas.
Fining and jailing Indonesian fishers taking shark fin is a knee-jerk solution. As long as sharks keep vanishing and demand for shark fin soup remains high, illegal fishing will continue.
Every year, it’s estimated as many as 24,000 fishers die in fishing vessel accidents. That’s more than 10 times more lives claimed than on merchant ships, carrying cargo or passengers. Why?
The oceans bordering West African countries are in grave danger from pollution; checking further degradation is crucial for human survival.
Traditional food provenance methods are typically designed to identify one species at a time. So we worked out a new approach, as part of a broader effort to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing.
Humans have failed to take good care of the ocean — and the environment at large — because we undervalue its goods and services.
Efforts to combat illegal fishing and fisheries crime must recognise the relationship between the sector and maritime security.
Nigeria must address illegal fishing, which depletes the country’s fish stocks, undermines livelihoods and pushes people into poverty.
Sea piracy often grabs the headlines, but it is just one of many symptoms of insecurity at sea.
When illegal fishing is misrepresented, it leads to poor investments and misguided policies that don’t help the actual problem.
Chinese fishermen are illegally trawling South American waters, inflaming tensions with the US. But for centuries Washington used aggressive fishing to expand its overseas presence, too.
My research explores how fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti was left out of Jokowi’s new cabinet. Her harsh managerial style alienated many parties and a coalition rose to oust her from office.
International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
The patronage system – common in South-East Asia’s small-scale fisheries – indirectly perpetuates destructive fishing practices. However, opportunities exist to tap them as agents of change.
Regulations have lowered mercury emissions globally, but the risks to ocean ecosystems and human health may be getting worse.
Scientists are uncovering the secrets of a giant undersea rock shelf, parts of which lie four kilometres below the ocean’s surface.
Our study found that some individuals who previously participated in destructive fishing practices can transform into inspiring leaders and influence others to protect coral reefs.
Earth-orbiting satellites and AI tools can track fishing vessels around the world.
Climate change, pollution and illegal fishing by foreign boats is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people.
Aquaculture is endangering the marine environment, threatening the livelihood of small-scale fishers and food security.