‘ We used to be leaders ‘: the collapse of New Zealand’s landmark ocean park

Two decades since its creation the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is overfished and overrun with sea urchins Tiritiri Matangi is one of the pearls of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. For the past 35 years the island, which is within sight of Auckland’s skyscrapers, has been a protected nature reserve. Step ashore and you’re enveloped in […]

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Octopus farming is’ unethical and a threat to the food chain’

Mass-breeding of the highly intelligent creatures is ecologically unjustified, a new study says Plans to create octopus farms in coastal waters round the world have been denounced by an international group of researchers. They say the move is ethically inexcusable and environmentally dangerous, and have called on private companies, academic institutions and governments to block […]

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How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our epoch

The long read: This is what happens when you turn the natural world into a profit-making machine The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Chicken is already the most popular meat in the US, and is projected to be the planet’s favourite flesh by […]

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Trawlers return to Pacific fishing area in rare environmental success tale

With stocks rebounding, regulators have reopened a groundfish habitat off the west coast with environmentalists support A rare environmental success story is unfolding in water off the US west coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen- those who use nets to catch rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish- […]

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Half of world’s oceans now fished industrially, maps reveal

Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals. The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 vessels show commercial fishing covers a greater surface area than agriculture, and will […]

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To eat or not to eat: 10 of the world’s most controversial foods

From beef to cod to avocados to soya, many of our best-loved foods create big ethical and environmental questions. What do the experts say? Deforestation. Child labour. Pollution. Water famines. The more we learn about the side-effects of food production, the more the act of feeding ourselves becomes fraught with anxiety. How can we be […]

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal prosecutors claim Hoon […]

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How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our epoch

The long read: This is what happens when you turn the natural world into a profit-making machine The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Chicken is already the most popular meat in the US, and is projected to be the planet’s favourite flesh by […]

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Global utilize of mosquito nets for fishing ‘endangering humans and wildlife’

Study warns that use of anti-malarial nets may reduce people protection and affect fish stocks, and calls for urgent research into potential impacts Fishing Global use of mosquito nets for fishing ‘endangering humans and wildlife’ Study warns that use of anti-malarial nets may reduce people’s protection and affect fish stocks, and calls for urgent research […]

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000 lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for ocean cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5 m poaching strategy that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal attorneys […]

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