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Wasted Cash in the US Fishing Industry

Ted Danson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

What if you heard that other fishermen were unintentionally catching large numbers of vulnerable marine animals like dolphins, whales, and sea turtles -- damaging gear and hurting their own bottom lines? Waste on this scale occurs every day in many U.S. fisheries, hurting both fishermen and marine life.

California Fails To List Imperiled White Sharks

Ted Danson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

Great white sharks are magnificent apex predators and a vital component of California's ocean ecosystem. Not only is the population dangerously low, but the remaining sharks are at great risk of being caught and killed as bycatch in gillnet fisheries.

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management -- Part III

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

According to some estimates, as much as 40 percent of fish caught around the globe is discarded at sea, dead or dying. We can't afford to continue this wasteful practice.

Just Say No to Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood

Sea to Table | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Sea to Table

It is a sad state of affairs that 91 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions.

Wasted Catch: It's Time To Stop Wasting Seafood

Ted Danson | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

What if each time you bought a fish filet from a grocery store or restaurant, it included a side order of dead dolphin, drowned sea turtle, or other discarded sea life?

Trash Fish: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.13.2014 | Taste
Rebecca Gerendasy

Fueled by heightened consumer demand, the larger, more popular fish are being overfished.

Why Eating Trash Fish Is Good for Eaters, Fishermen and Ocean Fish (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.06.2014 | Food
Rebecca Gerendasy

How do you change human behavior, a difficult proposition in itself, let alone when a big problem is largely invisible to the public eye? When it c...

Why Basically All The Fish We Eat Violates Federal Law

Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A new study [pdf] by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals a startling truth about the seafood that Americans eat: more than 91 percent...

Will This Fishing Method Mean The End Of Bluefin Tuna?

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green

No fish has inspired as much controversy over the past several years as the bluefin tuna. Sushi lovers, especially in Japan, love the fish's fatty fle...

Small-scale Fisheries Have Big Impacts on Sea Turtles

Bryan Wallace | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Bryan Wallace

While lots of seafood does come from those industrial, large-scale vessels, perhaps 99 percent of the world's more than 50 million fishermen operate in artisanal, traditional and subsistence fisheries, mostly in developing countries.

Better Than Mayan Calendar, and Perhaps Even Less Probable: Overfishing to End in 2012

Carl Safina | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

A federal law, as amended in 2007, required all U.S. fisheries to have management plans, and catch limits that would end overfishing by 2012. And look what year it is!

Thousands of Sea Turtles Die in U.S. Fishing Gear

Angela Kinsey | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Angela Kinsey

Sea turtles have been swimming the oceans since before the dinosaurs. Are we going to let them go extinct now because we can't step back and see the big picture?

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.

Study Finds 4,600 Sea Turtles Killed Annually In U.S. Fisheries

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Christian | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green

Every year, 4,600 sea turtles are killed in U.S. fisheries, according to a new study. Even though this number is a 90 percent reduction of turtles ...

The BP Oil Spill: Spilt Milk

Matt Rigney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Rigney

The destruction that has hit the Gulf of Mexico is minuscule compared to what industrial fishing does to the world's oceans every day.

Meals of Mass Destruction: Shrimp

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

The shrimping industry itself is an environmental scourge much older than the oil spill. Farming is responsible for habitat destruction, while trawling for wild shrimp is harmful to the oceanic environment. So which is the lesser of the two evils?

Turning the Tide for Seafood

Julie Packard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julie Packard

Ocean life is today threatened as never before. Human activities are taking their toll, and nothing exacts a greater price than the industrial scope and scale of fishing to feed our growing appetite for seafood.