Business & Economics

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
Article - Short

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

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.

The Plan to Ship Oil Through the “Graveyard of the Pacific”
Article - Short

The largest oil-by-rail terminal in the US would double oil shipments through the Columbia River.

Closing the Port to Illegal Fishers
Article - Short

A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
Article - Short

The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. 

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.

Pulling at the Heartstrings Loosens the Purse Strings
Article - Short

New research shows ecotourists are more likely to contribute to conservation efforts if they feel connected to the cause and talk about it. 

Fishing With Cyanide
Article - Short

A small study finds US retailers are selling fish caught using the illegal technique.

Brexit Vote Will Likely Cause Problems for UK Fishers
Article - Short

Fishers were part of the “Leave” push, but it may not work out as they’d hoped.

United We Fish!
Article - Long

Caught between depleted stocks, collapsing prices, and commercial trawlers, small-scale fishermen join forces to create new niche markets for...

Ballast Water Exemptions Are Leaving Alaska Open to Invasion
Article - Short

Meanwhile, a new bill could strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate ballast water. 

Like Shazam, but for Fish
Article - Short

A new device uses infrared waves to rapidly identify species and fight fish fraud.

Banned From Some Indonesian Waters, Shark Fishers Simply Move Elsewhere
Article - Short

Without a clear path to alternate sources of income, shark fishers are displaced, not dissuaded.

Fire, Protests, and Distrust in the Wake of Chile’s Fishery Shutdown
Article - Short

Protests around Chile’s handling of the red tide crisis reveal many fishers’ deep distrust of authority.

The (Flawed?) Promise of “Certified Sustainable Seafood”
Article - Short

By controlling the definition of “sustainability,” eco-labeling schemes could do harm as well as good.

Breeding Dory
Article - Long

When Finding Nemo was released, clownfish became the latest trendy pet. Now, as Finding Dory is about to hit the big screen,...

Havana: Some Assembly Required
Article - Long

A communist city struggles to lure foreign money and rebuild its failing infrastructure without sacrificing its revolutionary roots.

Will Clashing Visions End the Harmony in Haifa, Israel?
Article - Long

How redeveloping neighborhoods in Haifa threatens its unique reputation for tolerance in a divisive country.

The Real Estate Apartheid
Article - Long

In a South African fishing village, market forces maintain segregation long after the old race-based laws have gone.

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