Business & Economics

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

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....

Reinforce and Build
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The vicious cycle driving development on Florida’s most fragile beaches.

Oft-Overlooked Jellyfisheries Are Too Big to Ignore
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Jellyfish fisheries are booming, but we still don’t know if they’re a good idea.

Battling the Dike Mafia

A renegade biologist is challenging a millennium of German dike-building tradition.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
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Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

During Sandy, Wetlands Averted US $625-Million in Damages
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A new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

Commercial Ships Could Be Quieter, but They Aren’t
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Shipbuilding economics and lack of regulations are getting in the way of a quieter ocean.

New Research Assuages Some Worries About Mosquito Net Fishing
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Fishing with mosquito nets is widespread, but potentially less destructive than thought. 

Swimming with Tuna

A controversial plan for a tourist attraction sparks questions about South Australia’s celebrated tuna ranching industry.

A Burning Problem For Mangroves

In Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins, villagers balance mangrove use and conservation. How much longer can they do it?

The Collateral Damage of Yankee Whaling

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

Keeping Track of Deep-Sea Mining
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A new website uses ship location data to track deep-sea mining exploration. 

The Shark Fin Ban That Should Be Banned
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Why eliminating the shark fin trade in the United States is bad for sharks and legitimate fishers.  

Making Money Out of Mud
Photo Essay

In the degraded environment of Pakistan’s Indus Delta region, where locals who depend on fishing struggle to sustain themselves, crab fattening...

Taking a Buyout from the Beach
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A market-based initiative could help people escape from deteriorating beaches.

Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
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Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.

The Plan to Ship Oil Through the “Graveyard of the Pacific”
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The largest oil-by-rail terminal in the US would double oil shipments through the Columbia River.

Closing the Port to Illegal Fishers
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A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
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The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital.