Highlights / overfishing

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

A new study shows pressures of recreational ocean fishing

While several studies in recent years have highlighted dangerous levels of fishing on many ocean species, they do not include the effects of recreational fishing. A new study by an international team of scientists estimates some 900,000 tonnes of fish »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Poll finds strong worldwide support for bans on fishing endangered species

A recent international survey by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum found strong majority support for bans on catch and sale of endangered marine species.  The survey involved almost 20,000 people in 28 countries between August 23 and September 6, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Critical decline in mackerel stocks

The federal agency Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) says stocks of Atlantic mackerel are at an all time low. They say there has been an 86 per cent decline over the past 20 years. The DFO scientists also say the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Marine protected areas: maybe not so protected

A study by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia has found a surprising fact. Commercial fishing inside Europe’s marine protected areas (MPA’s) is actually heavier than outside those areas. Manuel Dureuil is lead author of the study. He »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Lobster protest over alleged abuse of native fishing rights

“At $4-$5 a pound for illegal lobster, it’s easy money for poachers” (J Smith fisherman) Commercial lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia are angry. They’ve been staging protests outside of federal fisheries offices in the region over what they claim »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

The Antarctic too is under stress and threat

We are hearing more and more about stress, and threats to the Arctic, but not so much about Antarctica. Most people would tend to think because the Antarctic is so distant and cold, that it’s a pristine environment and relatively safe »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Marine protected areas for sharks and rays: are they working?

The idea of specific areas of ocean set aside as “protected” zone, officially Marine Protected Areas (MPA) was to protect marine biodiversity in a safe area. A new study shows that’s not really working and especially so for sharks and »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

International conference on fate of tuna, and others

There has been much concern about the fate of the world’s fish stocks in recent years. The 20th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna begins today and continues for a week. It involves 50 »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Fish catch is vastly underreported: study

The number of fish caught in the world’s oceans is 50 per cent larger than official figures suggest, according to a study from the University of British Columbia. Researchers say this hampers management of the stocks and masks a big »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Marine life in crisis, world ocean disaster looming?

A new report by the World Wildlife Fund international paints an extremely worrisome picture for the future of the oceans, and for humanity’s future. The WWF report is called the “Living Blue Planet Report-species, habitat and human well-being”   In »