People & Society

The Lingering Legacy of the Nathan E. Stewart
Article - Short

It’s been six months since the tug ran aground on the British Columbia coast, but local First Nations are still living with the repercussions.

Dam Busters
Features

A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
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The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

An Ocean in the Parlor
Features

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Features

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

Cannabis Chronnoisseurs Are Tapping the Budding Fish-Friendly Pot Business
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No longer forced to operate in the shadows, marijuana growers are learning to make their farming friendlier for fish. 

Book Review: Iep Jāltok
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A poetry collection explores the stories of the Marshallese people and the fallout of the US military’s nuclear testing on the islands.

The Fisheries Scientist Who Saw the Future
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Why are we still struggling to implement recommendations for fisheries management made nearly 150 years ago?

The Little Shop of Wildlife Horrors
Features

The grim curios and taxidermic creations housed in the US wildlife repository provide clues about trends in wildlife smuggling. And in recent...

The Goddess Who Moves Like the Waves
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Afro-Cuban deity Yemayá dances like the tide in Santeria ceremonies, but replicating her movements for commercial purposes has invited critique....

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
Features

How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

Book Review: Ice Bear
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A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

In the Bahamas, Sharks Are Worth More Alive than Dead
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Shark tourism is big business—but the money doesn’t always go where you’d think.

A Renaissance Field Guide to Fantastical Fish
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Dutch fisherman Adriaen Coenen’s visual masterpiece chronicled the ocean’s denizens, real and imagined.

A Synagogue with a Floor of Sand
Features

Sand covering the sanctuary floor in a Curaçao synagogue muffles sound, but speaks volumes to the history of Judaism in the Caribbean.

The Unforgettable Pia Arke
Features

Ever heard of Arctic hysteria? Neither did this Danish-Greenlandic artist until 1995, and then she forever changed the way we view Arctic...

Ship Spotters
Video

In Felixstowe, a seaside town in England, watching container ships is a tradition, and a time for taking stock of life.

The Mystery of the 19th-Century Maine Marine Monster
Article - Short

Before cameras and submersibles were commonplace, scientists had to rely on fishermen for intel on ocean creatures.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland
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For centuries, Icelandic women have been some of the world’s hardiest, and hardest-working, fishing captains. Anthropologist Margaret Willson...

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