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Bitterroot

Virginia Gewin

28 August 2020

Garibaldi, Oregon, United States

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The international seafood supply chain was disrupted in the wake of the pandemic but small fisheries in the northwest have tapped into new local markets. The fisheries, which generally depend on exporting seafood inte...

Hakai Magazine

Paul Tullis

Htoo Tay Zar

24 August 2020

Yangon, Myanmar

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In Myanmar, aquaculture production from medium-sized freshwater farms is growing and could be an important and sustainable supplier of food for the world’s growing population. Aquaculture businesses are thriving in So...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

24 August 2020

Torre Guaceto, Italy

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Fishers, researchers, and managers came together to create Torre Guaceto, a marine reserve off the coast of Italy. The area was previously exploited, but because of this cooperative management project, biodiversity ha...

Mongabay

Keith Anthony S. Fabro

30 April 2020

Coron, Palawan, Philippines

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A COVID-19-spurred shutdown has halted ecotourism to Siete Pecados, a marine protected area in the Philippines. As a result, many residents have turned to fishing as a way to supplement their income. To make sure thi...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

21 February 2020

Indonesia

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A space-based initiative called Global Fishing Watch is using satellite imagery and data to hold companies accountable to their promise of providing sustainable sourced seafood. While the volume of data and cost of ob...

Mongabay

Mahima Jain

11 February 2020

Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, India

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After climate change led to a declining fish catch, fishermen in Tamil Nadu experimented with artificial reefs to boost biodiversity that would provide fishermen with a better catch. Artificial reefs can serve many pu...

Planet Forward

Dylan Simard

31 January 2020

Rio Verde, Arizona, United States

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Volunteers in Arizona are building plastic cube structures to create a fish habitat in some of the state’s lakes. Since many of the lakes are in the desert, the shoreline is often not very hospitable for fish. These “...

Equal Times

Laura Villadiego

27 January 2020

Bula, Philippines

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By replacing fishing with seaweed cultivation, coastal communities in the Philippines are adapting to climate change and new market opportunities. In Bula, families are increasingly looking to seaweed as a source of i...

The Guardian

Sarah Marsh

8 January 2020

Jessore, Bangladesh

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Adapting to climate change requires innovation in farming techniques. In Bangladesh, farmers are switching from cultivating crops to fishing. They are employing adaptive practices such as raising fish in cages, shrimp...

Bitterroot

Levi Pulkkinen

13 December 2019

Oregon, United States

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The world's oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is a positive thing in the face of climate change for those living on land, but can harm the animals that rely on certain acidification levels of oce...

Earth Journalism Network

Wagema Mwangi

5 December 2019

Kuruwito, Kenya

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The Kuruwito Conservation and Welfare Association, a community group created after a decrease in fish population threatened the local economy in Kuruwito village, has become a leader in marine conservation. The group ...

Mongabay

Laura Villadiego

12 November 2019

General Santos City, Philippines

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Efforts to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing also make fishermen safer at sea. Vessel Monitoring Mechanisms (VMM) and electronic catch documentation (eCDT) track the origin of fish headed to ma...

The Guardian

Christina Larson

4 November 2019

Jamaica

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Coral reefs play a vital role in the ecosystem, but are facing a dire future in many parts of the world. In Jamaica, however, "grassroots-run coral nurseries and fish sanctuaries" have been established over the last d...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

16 October 2019

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Several colleges in the U.S. use a third-party corporation to manage their dining services, but Auburn University's contract is unique in that it specifies 20 percent of all food must be locally sourced. This partners...

Associated Press

Christina Larson

17 September 2019

Ochos Rios, Jamaica

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In Jamaica, locally-led coral nurseries are working to restore the coral reef that have been lost to natural and manmade disasters. These organizations have small coral gardens where they can grow free of danger and w...

The Guardian

Jo Griffin

14 August 2019

Belize

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To protect the health of Belize's coral reefs and fish populations, the tiny country has implemented restrictions around where and who can fish commercially. This managed access program divides the region's territoria...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

2 August 2019

Hickam Field, Hawaii, United States

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Fishermen are attaching LED lights to the gillnets they use to trap fish to ward off unintended captures like turtles, dolphins, and sea lions. The lights warn the wildlife that something is there so they don’t get ca...

Mongabay

Leilani Chavez

31 July 2019

Samal, Philippines

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Ecotourism provides an economic alternative to fishing for coastal communities. On the Island Garden City of Samal, in the Philippines, residents have embraced a giant clam nursery and sanctuary, which attracts maricu...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

24 July 2019

Florida, United States

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Visiting Florida, one will find lionfish served as food, captured in derbies, and hunted as part of ecotourism efforts. The invasive species has become widespread and is having a disastrous effect on the coastal ecosy...

The New York Times

JoAnna Klein

4 June 2019

Falcon Heights, Minnesota, United States

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The common carp was brought to America in the 1880s and has been considered an invasive species for over 100 years, disrupting water ecosystems wherever it goes. Researchers are trying multiple solutions to see what s...

National Geographic

Alec Jacobson

3 May 2019

Kasensero, Uganda

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To reduce illegal fishing on Lake Victoria, Uganda overhauled management systems and sent in soldiers, who seized and burned illicit gear. Fish stocks appear to be rebounding, and outside investors are bringing in new...

Mongabay

Aseanty Pahlevi

3 May 2019

Sungai Nibung, Indonesia

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Offering ecosystems a short break from extractive practices can stave off environmental degradation and overfishing. In Indonesia, regions of the Nibung River are closed for several months to allow populations of fish...

The Taos News

Cody Hooks

4 April 2019

Cerro, New Mexico, United States

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On New Mexico's public lands, volunteer effort can go a long way for wildlife restoration. Each year, nearly 200 volunteers hike around 10,000 cutthroat trout to the edge of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument ...

InfoNILE

Annika McGinnis

22 March 2019

Kisumu, Kisumu County, Kenya

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Families living in the wetlands of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, Kenya are working together with a nonprofit called Ecofinder Kenya to protect and conserve the wetlands they live on. The crux of the incentive centers aroun...

Mongabay

Marianne Messina

22 February 2019

United Kingdom

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Albatrosses are known to follow fishing ships, which often puts them in harm's way and leads to death, but scientists are working to decrease this tragic outcome by combining machine learning and public data. This pro...

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