• Introducing Hakai Audio Edition
  • The Last Trial of the Codfather

    Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law. But is there any other way to survive the gauntlet of restrictions on the New England fishing industry?

  • The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis

    The unsettling disappearance of a fisheries observer sparks questions about safety on the high seas and the fate of the fish stocks they attempt to monitor.

Hakai Magazine

Radioactive Refuges
Article - Short

A heavily-exploited Japanese fish found sanctuary after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. 

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
Article - Short

New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
Article - Short

Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Tapping the Freshwater Ocean Under the Sea
Article - Short

Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?

Diving into El Niño’s Past
Article - Short

A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

The Last Trial of the Codfather
Article - Long

Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law....

The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis
Article - Long

The unsettling disappearance of a fisheries observer sparks questions about safety on the high seas and the fate of the fish stocks observers...

The Big Sort
Article - Long

Clearing tonnes of plastic debris off beaches is only the first step—then comes the conundrum of what to do with it all.

Return of the Mummers
Article - Long

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador revive an eccentric tradition that’s part Christmas, part Halloween, to celebrate the holidays.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
Article - Long

These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
Video

An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

The 6,000-Year-Old Village
Video

Traditional knowledge meets Western science on the central coast of British Columbia. 

The Collateral Damage of Yankee Whaling
Infographic

New research shows that 100,000 dead whales were just the tip of the iceberg. 

The Killer Kiss of Kohn’s Snails
Video

Venomous cone snails may be slow, but they’re deadly.

The Secret World of Bog
Photo Essay

Photos of a lesser-known ecosystem, from British Columbia’s outer coast.

Book Review: The Tide and Tides
Article - Short

Two sweeping studies mingle science and cultural history to illuminate the enduring power of the sea.

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
Article - Short

Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

The Hunter’s Designer Shades
Article - Short

Yup’ik hunters wore visors decorated with beautiful charms and designs.

Book Review: An Intimate Wilderness
Article - Short

In his memoir, Norman Hallendy recounts his journeys—spanning almost 50 years—with the people and landscape of Canada’s Arctic.

The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats
Article - Short

From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.