• Fast Bird, Slow Food

    In New Zealand, sooty shearwater populations are being restored with the collective knowledge of Māori harvesters and seabird researchers.

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    The Fishermen of Lesbos

    Those most familiar with the waters off Lesbos, Greece, are putting aside their fishing nets to help refugees.

  • Welcome to the Arctic, Fish

    As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?

  • Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard

    Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island.

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Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. The magazine is funded by the Tula Foundation, which also funds the Hakai Institute, but remains editorially independent.

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It’s Happening Now: Climate Change Is Killing Off the Yellow Cedar
Article - Short

Actually proving a species is being affected by climate change, and not some other factor, is incredibly difficult. 

How to Give a Seabird an Underwater Hearing Test
Article - Short

Scientists are worried marine noise may affect seabirds, but first they have to figure out how to test it. 

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
Article - Short

Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

Taking a Buyout from the Beach
Article - Short

A market-based initiative could help people escape from deteriorating beaches.

Even Scientists Are Biased Toward Cute Animals
Article - Short

In the conservation science literature, some animals get way more attention than others. 

Fast Bird, Slow Food
Article - Long

In New Zealand, sooty shearwater populations are being restored with the collective knowledge of Māori harvesters and seabird researchers.

Welcome to the Arctic, Fish
Article - Long

As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?

Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard
Article - Long

Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island.

Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises
Article - Long

Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion
Article - Long

Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

The Fishermen of Lesbos
Video

Those most familiar with the waters off Lesbos, Greece, are putting aside their fishing nets to help refugees.

The Defenders of Muscle Beach
Video

Some beaches have mussels. This one has muscles. 

Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster Fishing
Video

In Punta Allen, Mexico, a lobster fishing cooperative supports the community and the environment.

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

The Big (Coastal) Squeeze
Photo Essay

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta shoreline is at risk of getting squeezed out.

Little Boats Made of Driftwood and Sealskin
Article - Short

Building small-scale replicas may have been a way for Aleutian boatbuilders to pass on skills. It also preserved history in miniature.

Amplifying Data Through Art
Article - Short

Five artists who make meaning out of science by translating hard data from the world’s oceans.

Stars, Stripes, and Palm Trees
Article - Short

How the humble postage stamp played a part in the Americanization of Hawai‘i.

Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
Article - Short

Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
Article - Short

Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.