News & Views

A Hard Shore Is a Dead Shore
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How anti-erosion measures hurt fish—and living shorelines may help.

First Nations Test the Political Water with Fish Farm Protests
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First Nations’ occupations of fish farms are rooted in a deeper conversation about Indigenous land rights.

Alaska’s Oyster Farmers Are Filling an Acidification-Driven Void
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The state’s oyster farming industry is gaining ground as growers elsewhere struggle.

A Trail of Rocks Traces Historical Steamship Routes
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The afterlife of gunk scraped out of ships’ boilers and chucked overboard.

What Went Wrong With the Right Whales?
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Necropsies reveal how six of the 12 North Atlantic right whales that died in Canadian waters this summer met their end.

Even Sea Monsters Got the Bends
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Forensic analysis of modern turtles unveils an unexpected cause of death for ancient marine reptiles.

Mutant Sea Stars Can Take the Heat
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A mutation conferring higher heat tolerance is common among survivors of sea star wasting disease.

The American Museum of the Alive and Well
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Northwest coast First Nations are helping the American Museum of Natural History breathe life into an antiquated exhibit.

A Gin Tonic for Scots on the Rocks
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In Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides, a distillery is making kelp-infused gin—and slowing the tide of migration from one swiftly depopulating...

In a Changing Climate, Conservative Elephant Seals Suffer
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Elephant seals that shirk traditional foraging grounds fare better during times of change.

Shellfish Diplomacy
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By trading shellfish for water rights, two ancient Peruvian cultures seem to have avoided war.

Can the United States Afford Another Hurricane?
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Repeated storms are stretching the public and private sectors thin.

These Cages Save Baby Fish
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On developed shorelines, oyster shell “safe houses” offer sanctuary.

Starving Killer Whales Are Losing Most of Their Babies
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A nearly 70 percent miscarriage rate is threatening the future of the southern resident killer whale.

The Plan to Clone an Extinct Horse
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One woman hopes technology can resurrect the Abaco Island breed.

The Old Fish and the Sea
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Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean.

A Panic Room for Corals
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After Hurricane Irma, and with Jose and Katia bearing down, the need for a coral vault seems even more urgent.

Twisted Fishter
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Mud eels do an evolutionary about face.

Saving Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy
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Canada already has a forward-thinking salmon management plan on the books. Now it just needs to implement it.

Bloom and Bust
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Algal blooms hit the housing market.

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