Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.

Gavin McDonald, Senior Project Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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The Atlantic: The driving force behind ocean circulation and our taste for cod

The Atlantic Ocean is still growing physically, but humans are over-harvesting its rich fisheries. The most famous one – North Atlantic cod – has become a textbook example of harmful overfishing.

Pascal Le Floc’h, Maître de conférences, économiste, Université de Bretagne occidentale • conversation
Dec. 6, 2020 ~17 min

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Fishing industry must do more to tackle human rights abuses – here's where to start

One in six fishers in the Gulf of Thailand have been coerced or deceived into working against their will.

Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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UK government expands its 'Blue Belt' of protected ocean – but something's fishy

The Blue Belt is a network of marine protected areas 17 times larger than the UK.

Peter Howson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Expanding marine protected areas by 5% could boost fish yields by 20% – but there's a catch

Most existing MPAs are in distant and largely empty waters. Expanding them where it counts will meet a lot of resistance.

Rick Stafford, Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

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When hurricanes temporarily halt fishing, marine food webs recover quickly

Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.

Joseph W. Reustle, SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Galapagos: how to protect the islands' amazing marine life from huge Chinese fishing fleets

The latest incident highlights a mismatch between ocean law and marine ecosystems.

Sarah Ryan Enright, PhD Researcher, Marine Environmental Law, University College Cork • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

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