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Other fish in the sea, but for how long?
by Janet Larsen

A recent review of marine fisheries concluded that a startling 90 per cent of the world's large predatory fish, including tuna, swordfish, cod, halibut, and flounder, have disappeared in the past 50 years. This 10-year study by Ransom Myers and Boris Worm at Canada's Dalhousie University attributes the decline to a growing demand for seafood, coupled with an expanding global fleet of technologically efficient boats. ... more

Reef-friendly fishing takes off
by Linda B. Bolido

In the waters off the Cook Islands, Christopher Boeta spends his days diving around coral reefs looking for live fish, catching them to sell to dealers and pet stores around the world. But Boeta is among a new breed of fisherman. He is one of the first divers here to have been trained to collect live fish in a sustainable manner. Linda B. Bolido reports. ... more

Ancient coral reefs under attack
by Joanna Benn

Imagine a giant bulldozer crashing through the Amazon rainforest, demolishing trees, crushing animals, destroying living systems that are thousands of years old, all in a matter of hours. The equivalent of this is happening on the deep ocean floor, to ancient coral reefs whose mysteries are only just beginning to be revealed. Joanna Benn reports. ... more

Senegalese fishers weep over loss of noble fish
by Olivier van Bogaert

Over the past few decades, the formerly abundant fishing resources of Senegal have plummeted. The presence of foreign, and in particular EU, fishing fleets in Senegalese waters is exacerbating a problem caused in part by the unregulated development of local, traditional fisheries. Olivier van Bogaert reports. ... more

Highland fishermen catch 'green' prawns

by Jamie Grant

The fishermen of Scotland's Loch Torridon have found the right balance between conservation and the need to make a decent living, ensuring that restaurants throughout Europe will have a continued supply of their very tasty prawns. Jamie Grant reports. ... more

Farmed fish gobbling up wild stocks
by Emma Duncan

Although fish farming is widely believed to take pressure off wild fish, farmed fish like salmon and trout eat feed made from wild-caught fish. And without a change in industry practises, the growing number of farmed fish could eat their way through wild stocks of small pelagic fish � fish in the upper part of the ocean which are a major food source for a number of animals, including orcas, puffins, and other wild fish. ... more

Dirty driftnet fishing continues in European waters
by Anouk Ride

Despite being banned this year, driftnet fishing is still being used in European waters - and still killing large numbers of dolphins, sea birds, turtles, and other marine wildlife. ... more

Hunger in the midst of riches
by Joanna Benn

While millions go hungry in Angola, the European Commission recently renewed its access agreement to fish in Angolan waters. This agreement delivers much-needed money to Angola, but will it help the country to develop sustainable fisheries, or will it simply lead to the same overfishing that has occurred in European waters? Joanna Benn reports. ... more

Where has all the coral gone?
by Henrylito D. Tacio

Underwater, coral reefs provide a fascinating sanctuary for a multitude of marine species, but destructive human activities are threatening this valuable resource. Nowhere is this more true than in the Philippines, as Henrylito Tacio reports. ... more

IUCN calls for better ocean governance
Half the world's population is living on the coasts, and human impacts on coastal and marine environments are growing. It will take improvements in international ocean governance to deal with fisheries depletion and deteriorating marine conditions, especially due to pollution, concludes a new report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN). ... more

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