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Protect Coral Reefs and They Will Protect Us

Protecting the fish that graze among coral reefs could be one way to save ourselves from rising seas.

Opting Out

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Writing From the Woods: Surveying the Literature of Opting Out

As part of our week-long series on people who opt out of society, Eva Holland traces the American tradition of examining the outdoors with loving precision, from Henry David Thoreau to Annie Dillard.

You Don't Know America

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When Commercial Fishermen Get Together to Recite Poetry

Ever year, hundreds of commercial fishermen gather in Astoria, Oregon, to present their poems and talk about an industry in flux.

 

LOST at Sea

LOST at Sea

While sharks, elephant seals, and Pacific bluefin tuna on the great predator highway don’t carry passports, or care about sovereignty, the humans in Washington should care about the languishing Law of the Sea treaty.

 

Breeding Tropical Fish to Save Their Schools

For every tropical fish that becomes a pet, four are killed. Joan Holt wants to take the violence out of their world.

 

Can Farmed Fish Flourish on a Veggie Diet?

It’s a fish-eat-fish world out there, which is bad news for ailing fisheries providing feedstock for aquaculture. If only some key dinner-table species were vegetarians, smaller fish would be spared.

 

Quake Rescues Reserve, Shakes Baja Fishing Town

An earthquake has helped seal off a traditional fishing spot in Mexico, pleasing conservationists but hurting locals who depend on an annual fishing frenzy to sustain their economy.

 

Lowering Flags of Convenience for Fish Poachers

New international measures to end fish poaching on the high seas would enforce laws where the poacher calls, not where their ships are registered.

 

Something’s Fishy About That Red Snapper

Preventing seafood fraud won’t be easy, but a new law has potential to stop fish poaching and laundering, which involves mislabeling fish in restaurants.

 

Dam Busting: A Concrete Victory for Fish, Jobs

Dam busting has local economic benefits other than clearing the way for an endangered species or restoring a watershed.

 

Snakeheads: the Asian Fish That Terrified Arkansas

How a government team called Operation Mongoose tried to get rid of the invasive northern snakehead by poisoning 400 miles of Arkansas waterways.

 

Fishing for Answers in Alaska

Can the unusual politics, economics and culture of the Alaskan salmon trade serve as a model for sustainable world fisheries?

 

A Fishing War Off Somalia?

Despite some successes in thwarting Somali pirates, itchy trigger fingers may serve no one’s interests except for private security agencies.

 

Fishery Conservation & Smaller Fish Size

A researcher’s analysis of five decades of vacationing anglers’ snapshots shows that in Key West, the game fish species are getting smaller — a finding pointing to the decline of global fisheries.

 

Teach a Man to Share a Fish, and He’ll Fish Forever

A new paper suggests fishery collapse isn’t inevitable if those harvesting seafood share what’s there.

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The Big One

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