UN treaty could turn high seas ‘hotspots’ into parks

Researchers have identified biodiversity hotspots in the high seas, "the planet's last global commons." Will a UN treaty establish international ocean parks?

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity united-nations fishing oceans international-relations earth-and-environment

Warming seas threaten mid-Atlantic sea snails

Climate change could threaten the survival of the common whelk, a sea snail with the misfortune of living in one of Earth's fastest warming marine areas.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change fisheries fishing oceans snails earth-and-environment

Fishing targets the ‘super-urinators’ that ecosystems need

Certain fish are super-urinators, meaning that they contribute more nitrogen to the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they're also prize catches.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation fish fishing nitrogen ecosystems earth-and-environment urine fertilizer

Fishing for ‘herbivores of the sea’ could risk coral reefs

Fishing practices that selectively remove large parrotfish could put corals at risk, researchers warn.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: fish fishing coral-reefs oceans earth-and-environment corals

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity money fishing oceans earth-and-environment islands

Climate change is coming for fishing, too

In the future, far fewer people could be fishing for fun at the shore. Why? Climate change.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change fishing weather earth-and-environment

We’re really doing a number on the world’s oceans

In the last ten years, the impacts of overfishing, pollution, shipping, and other human activities on the oceans have doubled—and may double again.

Jenny Seifert-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Aug. 19, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change conservation pollution fishing oceans earth-and-environment

Team cracks mystery of missing jumbo squid

The collapse of a major jumbo squid fishery in Mexico was a mystery, but new research may have cracked the case—and serves as a warning for the future.

Michelle Horton-Stanford • futurity
July 19, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: fishing oceans weather earth-and-environment squid

Watch: Chimpanzees fish for tiny crabs to eat

Although chimpanzees mostly stick to a vegetarian diet, those in the rainforest also catch and eat crabs.

Beat Müller-U. Zurich • futurity
May 29, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: evolution food chimpanzees fishing science-and-technology crabs predators

Giant devil rays might have a secret ‘maternity ward’

A bunch of pregnant giant devil rays in fishing nets indicate a previously unknown birthing zone in the Gulf of California.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
May 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: reproduction conservation pregnancy fish fishing oceans endangered-species featured earth-and-environment

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