The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation's overarching law on marine fisheries management, affects commercial and recreational fishermen and every player in the seafood supply chain.
Tuna is a staple for many Americans. But unlike most other everyday ingredients, some tuna is on the verge of extinction -- yes, we said extinction -- and tuna fishing is plagued with stories of human trafficking.
Photo Credit: C. Ortiz Rojas As the World Trade Organization 10th Ministerial Conference to be held in Nairobi next week appr...
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The Pope has been especially clear and vocal about his views of climate change as a real, pervasive, and devastating factor in today's world and that our understanding and response to the problem is essential to the future survival of all people worldwide.
Antarctica may be one of the coldest and harshest places on Earth, but it is teeming with life. This unique environment now faces a triple threat: industrial fishing, climate change and an effort to undermine the protections originally agreed to by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
The tech industry has the capacity to innovate and solve many global problems, but can it save the sea from overfishing, habitat destruction and acidification? Considering that the world's oceans are worth $24 trillion, the implications of declining ocean health are enormous.
If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.
Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.
Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.
High-seas transshipping is an enabler of both human rights and environmental abuses. Next time you visit a supermarket or a sushi bar, consider using the power of your wallet to tell the tuna industry that there is no place for ocean devastation and human rights abuse on our plates or in our lunchboxes.
The attacks on this successful system seem fueled by collective amnesia, intended to take us back to a time when fishing boats all too frequently came back empty and ecosystems were ravaged.
There is no doubt: We need significant action to secure ocean health and prosperity for the people that depend on it. Several recent developments make me confident that we can put oceans on a path to recovery.
In Palau, a country that depends critically on underwater tourism, studies showed that a dead shark is worth $108 -- but a single live shark is worth $1.9 million over the course of its lifetime.
While heat stress can cause mass mortality of reefs, well-managed reefs can recover and coral organisms themselves have even demonstrated the ability to adapt. While acidification provides a looming threat, some evidence suggests that healthy reefs may even alter the local chemistry of their surrounding waters to ensure proper pH for calcification.