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How to Save a Marine Ecosystem

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By promoting anchovy as a delicacy, rather than just farm food, Peru looks to secure a sustainable fishery

At only about five inches long, the Peruvian anchoveta seems an unlikely contender for the title of the world's most heavily fished species, by weight. And yet, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the diminutive silver forager is “the most heavily exploited fish in world history,” with annual catches in Chile and Peru sometimes totaling more than 9......read more

It's Wild Salmon Season

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On enjoying the sea's seasonal salmon bounty

Environmental issues are rarely black-and-white, and fish farming is a case in point. On the one hand, aquaculture helps ease the impact that fishing has on wild seafood stocks. On the other, fish farms are blamed for spreading disease among wild fish populations. Salmon, the Atlantic species of which is widely farmed, is a touchpoint for the debate. While we're not taking sides, we can say one......read more

Tiny Bits of Plastic Pose Big Threat to Great Lakes

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Are plastic microbeads from consumer products are finding their way into the food chain

Long the dumping grounds for various types of toxic waste, the Great Lakes have faced no shortage of pollution problems over the years. The latest, while tiny in size, is one of the trickiest and most dangerous issues yet. Scientists have discovered that plastic microbeads, a common ingredient in facial scrubs and toothpastes, are finding their way into the Great Lakes--the world's largest......read more

Sustainable Seafood Comes to Brooklyn

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Transparency is the name of the game at an upstart fish market in Greenpoint

Inae Oh for the Huffington Post: Though studies have continuously shed light on the dangers of overfishing and its potentially disastrous consequences for marine ecosystems around the world, the challenge of finding sustainable, responsibly procured seafood remains persistent. The problem is particularly pronounced in New York City, where independent fishmongers have been rapidly pushed out by......read more

Catch Me If You Can

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New rules of the sea mean new recipes on the plate.

Like so many fisheries around the world, the seafood stocks off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. have been decimated by overfishing. The situation is so critical that regional fisheries managers believe that many of the most commonly fished species, including grouper, sea bass and red snapper, are in danger of disappearing for good. Recreational and commercial fishing for those species have......read more

The Bluefin Tuna's Demise

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The story of a species on the brink of extinction.

To those of us with an interest in environmental affairs, the plight of the bluefin tuna is by now a familiar story. Driven by demand in Japan's seafood market, stocks of the predatory fish with the brilliant red flesh have depleted 85% over the last forty-odd years. Earlier this year, a bid to ban commercial fishing of bluefin tuna was denied at the annual United Nations meeting on......read more

Adrian Grenier for Oceana

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SHFT co-founder swims with endangered bluefin tuna.

Entourage star and SHFT co-founder Adrian Grenier is working with Oceana to raise awareness about the endangered bluefin tuna. In this newly released, call-to-action TV spot, nicely directed by Klaus Obermeyer from Aero Film, he goes for a swim alongside the massive, fast-swimming fish. For more, be sure to check out some behind the scenes footage of the PSA shot by GQ and Nautica. ...read more

Edinburgh Zoo's Sustainable New Menu

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Sea lions and penguins at the zoo begin a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved fish.

The fish-eating denizens of Edinburgh Zoo are joining the sustainable food movement. Miranda and Sofus, the zoo's two sea lions, have been switched onto a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved Scottish herring. The Patagonian sea lions are said to be loving the new sustainable feed. Next up are the zoo's 200 penguins, who will be soon guzzling MSC-certified South African hake......read more

Alaska

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Christopher Baker documents life in the Copper River watershed.

Photographer Christopher Baker traveled to Cordova, Alaska to provide this glimpse of the salmon fishery that drives the local economy. The Copper River ecosystem, "one of the last pure watersheds in North America," is threatened by overfishing, so the state of Alaska and various agencies are working to ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations....read more

Why The Ocean?

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Help save our troubled seas with One World One Ocean

Across the world, oceanic ecosystems are in peril. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are have pushed oceans worldwide to the precipice of disaster. One Ocean One World, an effort launched last October by Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films, is urging people to act to save our troubled seas. "The ocean is our planet's life support system, yet in my travels and at......read more

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