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Overfishing 101: Counting Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

How heavy is 35,000 metric tons? For starters, it's the weight of 193 jumbo jets or 2,917 African elephants. It's also the amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna that have exceeded the official catch quota in the Mediterranean Sea in the past two years alone.

Photo Exhibit: Countries at U.N. Respond to Global Shark Conservation Challenge

Matt Rand | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

Leaders from the Bahamas, Colombia, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, and Micronesia pledged to develop shark sanctuaries totaling up to six million square kilometers.

Overfishing 101: Getting Serious About Illegal Tuna Fishing in the Mediterranean

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Held on the sea's surface or just below with floating devices, driftnets can be miles long. Depending on the size of the mesh, they can entangle anything that happens to swim nearby, including sea turtles, whales, swordfish, and tuna.

Science Must Guide Offshore Arctic Conservation, Development

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

How would the noise, disruption, air, and water pollution that drilling would bring affect one of the world's last relatively untouched ecosystems? What would happen if an oil spill were to occur? The short answer to both questions is: No one knows.

Overfishing 101: Protecting Tuna With Technology

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.02.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Given the worth of each tuna, it's only logical to invest in an electronic documentation system today that could help keep these awe-inspiring fish around for fishermen, conservationists, seafood lovers and scientists for generations to come.

From Barracks to Battlefield: Pew Report Looks at Clean Energy Innovation and America's Armed Forces

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Nations that fail to innovate lose their economic edge. Militaries that stagnate risk their strategic advantage. That's why pushing clean energy development is essential for making the U.S. safer, stronger and successful.

Giving Back to the Land

Mike Matz | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Mike Matz

Some in Congress are currently pushing legislation that would open more than 60 million acres, an area the size of Wyoming, of now-protected areas to extractive industries.

Overfishing 101: Creative Ways to Protect Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.16.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Many people have heard of bluefin tuna, even if they haven't eaten it. Traditional bluefin fisheries used to be sustainable, but loosely regulated industrial-scale fishing changed everything for this amazing fish.

Overfishing 101: It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

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Overfishing 101: New England's First Year of Fishing Under Sectors

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.07.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

The fishing industry is at the heart of many New England communities, and the continued health of the fish populations off their shores remains the key to their future success.

Overfishing 101: Why Rebuilding Fish Populations Benefits Everyone

Lee Crockett | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Healthy fish populations create jobs, support coastal economies, help repair damaged marine ecosystems and provide increased recreational opportunities for anglers like myself to bring home fish for my dinner table more often.

Overfishing 101: A Big Fish Story We Should Take Seriously

Lee Crockett | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

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Obama In Sync With America On Standards

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Against a backdrop of sharp differences on a variety of current public policy issues, new polling by the Pew Clean Energy Program demonstrates strong support from American voters for immediate action on vehicle fuel economy.

Shark Week Conservation Roundup (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW)

Matt Rand | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

"Shark Week" has become such a phenomenon that it has drawn more than 20 million viewers each year since 1995. Unfortunately, sharks are increasingly scarce across the world's oceans due in large part to the appetite for shark fin soup.

President Obama, Are We Really Ready To Drill Here?

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

In the next 30 days, the Obama administration will decide on an oil industry request to drill new wells in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.

Overfishing 101: How Science Helps Managers End Overfishing and Rebuild Depleted Fish Populations

Lee Crockett | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Industry representatives frequently charge that federal fishery managers use bad science to make decisions. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Protecting the Sharks of the Bahamas

Matt Rand | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

By establishing comprehensive protections for these animals, not only will sharks be permanently safeguarded against other threats, but the health of the marine environment and the economy of the Bahamas will be conserved for generations to come.

Overfishing 101: Why Ending Overfishing Is Good for Both Fish and Fishermen Alike

Lee Crockett | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

If we rebuild all of our fish populations to healthy levels, we have indeed achieved success, for they are the foundation upon which fishing businesses and fishermen can thrive.

Success Story: The Shark Conservation Act

Matt Rand | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

2011-06-07-Screenshot20110607at4.20.11PM.jpgEarly this year President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act into law.

Overfishing 101: Why Ending Overfishing Pays Off in the Long Run

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

America's ocean fish are an incredibly valuable resource. According to the most recent economic data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...

Photo Exhibit: Saving Sharks in Chile

Matt Rand | Posted 07.25.2011 | Green
Matt Rand

Shark finning is legal in Chile, and a serious threat to the estimated 53 species of sharks found in the country's waters. As recently as 2008, Chile exported 36 tons of shark fins to Hong Kong.

Overfishing 101: The Importance of Rebuilding Our Fish Populations Without Delay

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Time and again, we have heard short-sighted calls for flexibility in the timelines for rebuilding overfished populations.

How the "Wild West" of the Seas Was Won

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

Now is not the time for Congress to reverse course on a policy that has helped return our nation's fish populations, the lifeblood of America's commercial and recreational fishing industries, to healthy levels.

Arctic Drilling: Lessons Learned From the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

Government must ensure strong prevention, containment and response measures that are on site and ready to go given the Arctic's remote and extreme conditions.

Overfishing 101: How Ocean Fish Populations Are Managed in the U.S.

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.13.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the economic value of ending overfishing and rebuilding all of our depleted U.S. fish populations could add up to $31 billion in sales and support 500,000 new jobs.