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Kagondu David Njagi

16 March 2021

Kendu Bay, Kenya

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A renewable energy project in Kenya is empowering women to catch their own fish instead of relying on “sex-for-fish” deals. Previously, men used to control the mechanisms for catching fish and would only sell to women...

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Virginia Gewin

25 February 2021

Ghana

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A growing number of governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations are working together with new technology and data to identify fishing vessels that are breaking laws and engaging in human rights violations. Usi...

The Counter

Katarina Zimmer

18 February 2021

United States

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to cons...

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Ted Alvarez

2 February 2021

Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, United States

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The Grand Coulee, a 500-foot-tall dam on the Columbia River, nearly eradicated the salmon population that the Colville Tribes relied on, but the Indigenous community initiated a restoration effort to save the fish. Th...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Ashley Westerman

22 January 2021

Tahiti, French Polynesia

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A rapidly changing climate is shaking up how French Polynesian pearl farmers are doing business. Kamoka Pearl Farm is incorporating more sustainable practices like using its own oysters to create the nuclei that form ...

The Guardian

Chris Baraniuk

19 January 2021

Namibia

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Tens of thousands of vulnerable bird species have been saved over the last decade thanks to new equipment that has been installed by Namibian fishing boats. By fitting colorful hosepipe to lines towed behind boats, a ...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

Greta Rybus

19 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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After restaurants closed due to COVID-19 and tariffs were implemented on exports to China, fishermen and women in the United States had to shift their business model to sell directly to consumers. For example, Get Hoo...

Hakai Magazine

Kamala Thiagarajan

12 January 2021

Pamban Island, India

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Kadal Osai (Sound of the Sea) is a radio broadcast with programming designed for fishers and their families since 2016. It reaches about 50,000 people from 30 fishing villages within a 15-kilometer radius of the stati...

National Geographic

Rachel Nuwer

12 January 2021

Na Doi, Thailand

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By setting aside an area of the Ngao River to be off limits for fishing, several villages in Thailand have seen a revitalization of large barb and carp in their waters. Compared to non-protected stretches of the river...

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Ciannait Khan

7 January 2021

Ghana

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With more than 200 communities along the Ghana coast relying on small-scale fishing, a new app called DASE seeks to hold industrial trawlers accountable for illegally fishing in their seas. The app allows people to ta...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

28 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Dwindling numbers of wild salmon have been reported in British Columbia’s coastal waters, so many organizations, governments, and fishers have advocated for land-based salmon farming. The transition to more sustainabl...

Wired

Sara Harrison

23 December 2020

Washington, United States

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A unique partnership between scientists, state agencies, and coastal communities in Washington state allows these different entities to monitor and manage toxic algal blooms. Known as the Olympic Region Harmful Algal ...

KUNC

Luke Runyon

21 December 2020

Randlett, Utah, United States

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Scientists and environmentalists are working to keep several fish species native to the Colorado River basin from going extinct. Through interventions like fish hatcheries and wetland management, some fish numbers lik...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

19 December 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a land-based salmon farming operation has optimized the ideal conditions for fish to be raised sustainably on land. “There is no winter here, there are no diseases, there are no sea lice. We optimize every...

BBC

Meenakshi J

15 December 2020

Tamil Nadu, India

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Local villages along the coast of India are seen as a model for large-scale seaweed cultivation, which can be a form of sustainable agriculture and climate mitigation. As the country’s land is being lost to soil degra...

The Washington Post

Jim Morrison

Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

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Claire Marie Porter

21 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A community-based seafood program called Fiishadelphia is the first community supported fishery run by high-school students in the city. They offer locally harvested and affordable seafood to a diverse customer base w...

China Dialogue

Katherine Cheng

16 October 2020

Hong Kong

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The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong shows how the protection of mangrove forests is possible. These ecosystems are seen as a way to combat the effects of climate change since the forests can help prevent flood dama...

Hakai Magazine

Nick Dall

8 October 2020

Kleinmond, South Africa

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A research project in a marine protected area (MPA) off the coast of South Africa brought fishers and scientists together to understand the abundance of fish and rock lobster in the waters. The project paid fishers to...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

3 October 2020

Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

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Coastal Shellfish, an Indigenous aquaculture company in British Columbia, is focusing on sustainable food and food security through its product Great Bear Scallops. This is the first project funded by the Costal Funds...

The Huffington Post

Stephen Miller

14 September 2020

Alaska, United States

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A small, southeast-Alaskan fishing community banded together to protect the source of its livelihood from industrial fishing. Legislation officially protected 70,000 square miles of pristine waters in 1998. The ban on...

Mongabay

Claudia Geib

31 August 2020

São Raimundo, Brazil

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After high demands for arapaima fish led to near extinction, a co-management system in the Amazon rainforest has resulted in the recovery of the fish as well as the economic empowerment of local women. The work includ...

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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...

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...

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...

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