Policy & Law

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.

What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling?
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A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research. 

Is This the Year Governments Protect Antarctica’s Seas?
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The odds world governments will finally agree to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean are looking better than ever. 

Elevating the Maine Scallop to Haute Cuisine

Maine scallops are delicious, but lobsters get all the glory. One woman is on a quest to change that.

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.  

Harvesting in the Park
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In Alaska and beyond, new rules are letting indigenous tribes reclaim some use of US national parks for traditional gathering. 

Nuclear Neighbors

How does a coastal nuclear plant affect the sea life and communities that surround it?

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

The Fishermen of Lesbos

Those most familiar with the waters off Lesbos, Greece, are putting aside their fishing nets to help refugees.

Welcome to the Arctic, Fish

As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?

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. 

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

Brexit Vote Will Likely Cause Problems for UK Fishers
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Fishers were part of the “Leave” push, but it may not work out as they’d hoped.

Ballast Water Exemptions Are Leaving Alaska Open to Invasion
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Meanwhile, a new bill could strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate ballast water. 

Northern California’s Farmers Want to Drop the Bass
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Chinook salmon and striped bass are the focus of a proxy war over California water rights.   

Banned From Some Indonesian Waters, Shark Fishers Simply Move Elsewhere
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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
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Protests around Chile’s handling of the red tide crisis reveal many fishers’ deep distrust of authority.

Human-Grizzly Conflict Is Fueled by Desperation
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Research shows that limited marine food supply drives bears into conflict with humans in British Columbia.