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Sharks deserve the conservation status we give to the giant panda
Marine predators are on the verge of extinction, but the fishing industry still rips the environment to shreds with impunity, says George Monbiot of The Guardian ... more

Big fish are mostly gone
by Robert Ovetz

It�s common knowledge that we are running out of oil. What�s not so well known is that we are also running out of big fish. ... more

Seagrasses in deep trouble
by Henrylito D. Tacio

Seagrasses are the least studied and least protected among the marine habitats. These underwater plants, which provide an array of environmental services from filtering sewage and trapping sediments to providing refuge to marine species, are threatened with extinction in many parts of the world. Henrylito Tacio reports. ... more

Tsunami: is earth striking back?
For an Indian perspective on the tsunami which overwhelmed the coasts of the Indian Ocean, we turned to Darryl D'Monte, in Delhi, for this report. ... more

Deadly red tides on the rise
by Henrylito Tacio

Red tides which poison coastal communities and marine life are increasing in frequency and toxicity thanks, at least in part, to pollution from human activities on land. They are now becoming a problem in the Philippines, as Henylito Tacio reports from Mindanao. ... more

The 'turtle lady of Karachi'
by Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Turtles have existed since the days of the dinasaurs, or some 100 million years. Now this endangered species is under threat from pollution, trawler nets and beach development. Here, Zofeen T Ebrahim tells the remarkable story of one woman's effort in Karachi, Pakistan, to protect this age-old creature. ... more

Philippine coasts in deep trouble
by Henrylito D. Tacio

The Philippines, touted to be the Pearl of the Orient Seas, has more than 7,000 islands with a total coastline of 18,417 kilometres. But now, under pressure from a fast-growing coastal population and inappropriate development, its marine ecology is threatened as never before. ... more

Loans for the future

by Peter Denton

Interest-free loans and savings societies are helping the fishers of Mafia Island Marine Park off the coast of Tanzania to become sustainable entrepreneurs, while reducing pressure on the park's natural resources and tackling poverty. Peter Denton reports. ... more

Cleaning up the coasts
by Linda B. Bolido

In late September, thousands of people from more than a hundred countries throughout the world spent a Saturday at the beach. Instead of building sandcastles and playing in the ocean, however, these people were cleaning up trash and working to protect the coasts. Linda Bolido reports. ... more

Norway - the rising tide of fish farming
by Joanna Benn

Long gone are the days when the salmon on your plate was wild caught. The demand for fish and shellfish as a healthy alternative to meat has encouraged intensive fish farming, now set to overtake cattle ranching by the end of this decade. But the environmental threats caused by the world�s fastest growing food sector worth US$56 billion, are a cause for concern. Joanna Benn reports from Norway. ... more

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