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Hanna Brooks Olsen

25 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The population of Orca's is declining and a large portion of pregnancies are ending in miscarriage due to a decline in their food source- Chinook salmon. Taking down Hells Canyon dams, which disrupt the migration patt...

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Matthew O. Berger

12 September 2017

Coquimbo, Chile

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Scientists and conservationists have been pushing for more marine protected areas, regions that restrict human activity to protect marine life. But, they're quickly realizing it’s not about the quantity of mpa’s, but ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Nathan Eagle

11 September 2017

Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States

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Climate change is destroying coral reefs at a startling rate - threatening the livelihoods of millions of people, increasing the damage caused by storm surges, and affecting the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Scient...

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Kate Schimel

4 September 2017

Washington, United States

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Removing dams pays back dividends by restoring ecological diversity. In Washington State, the decommissioning of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams began a decades-long process of restoring the Elwha River’s floodplain....

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Ian Evans

25 August 2017

Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States

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Traditionally, whales have been studied through research vessels, which are hard to maneuver, and costly to make. However, drones with the ability to capture a whale’s snot, are providing a much easier, and cheaper al...

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Erica Cirino

26 July 2017

Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, United States

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"Ghost gear" describes the nets, lines, and other debris lost off the back of commercial fishing boats in staggering amounts each year, and it spells death for hundreds of thousands of marine animals and birds who get...

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Paul Tullis

17 July 2017

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Illegal fishing is a grave concern that not only threatens to destroy the ocean's ecosystem but the livelihoods of billions of people around the world who depend on stable fish populations for food. Now, software deve...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Jacopo Pasotti

25 June 2017

Tampolove, Madagascar

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Adapting to climate change in coastal areas means adjusting local fishing and cultivation practices. Residents of Velondriake, a locally managed marine area in southern Madagascar, have introduced seaweed and algae fa...

Hakai Magazine

Cheryl Katz

25 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Harbor School is a public school that provides students with a comprehensive education in oceanic issues. Classes happen in a traditional classroom on Governor’s Island as well as on the harbor. Throug...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Julia Laurie

23 May 2017

Ben Tre Province, Vietnam

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Increasing salinization of water sources and droughts as a result of climate change have threatened traditional agricultural practices in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. But The International Union for the Conservation o...

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Hannah Hoag

17 March 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland

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As arctic sea ice continues to melt at alarming rates due to climate change, new concerns about increased exposure of these virgin waters to the ravages of commercial fishing arise. Taking lessons from the population ...

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Maddie Oatman

1 February 2017

Webster City, Iowa, United States

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A family in Iowa, living 1,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 1,500 miles from the Pacific Ocean, are paving the way for the future of fish farms. By filling their unused barn with fish tanks, this third-generation...

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Matt Weiser

20 December 2016

Dover, Delaware, United States

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Dams make for complex and often controversial infrastructure. While hydropower generated from large dam projects is currently providing the bulk of the planet's renewable energy, dams can also cause major environmenta...

Hakai Magazine

Lina Zeldovich

28 June 2016

New Hampshire, United States

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Local fisheries have been struggling to keep up with major manufacturers. Sustainable fishing practices have been countering that by creating Niche markets.

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Liza Gross

23 May 2016

London, England, United Kingdom

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Despite humanity's shared need for healthy oceans and marine biodiversity to support life as we know it, there is no central regulatory body able to protect the massive, critical swaths of ocean beyond any one country...

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Claire Leschin-Hoar

16 February 2016

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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Catch share programs—where fishermen are allotted a set quota of the catch—reduce the notoriously risky behavior fishermen are known for, like sailing in stormy weather, a new study finds.

Bloomberg CityLab

Dawn Reiss

22 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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By releasing fish into the Chicago River, the city of Chicago aims to help clean up its ecosystem, as the fish hopefully will eat the river's excess algae.

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Gelareh Darabi

18 May 2015

Ajdovščina, Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia

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"Ghost gear" are nylon nets and other waste left behind in our oceans by fishing boats - they cause massive environmental damage, releasing toxins in the water, ensnaring wildlife, and clogging up beaches. Now one org...

Hakai Magazine

Elin Kelsey

22 April 2015

Pacific Grove, California, United States

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Marine biologists around the world are adopting personalization technologies into their work to help them better understand the movements and lives of the undersea creatures they’re monitoring. For example, the Shark ...

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Alan Jeffries

23 February 2015

California, United States

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To avoid depleting the oceans, fish farms should consider feed that is ethically sourced—or even vegetarian. Feeding fish a completely vegetarian diet makes fish farms more sustainable and avoids relying on feeder-fis...

The Seattle Times

Lynda V. Mapes

2 August 2014

Brewster, Washington, United States

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that re...

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Wanjohi Kabukuru

29 March 2014

Roche Caiman, Victoria, Seychelles

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from Nature Seyc...

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John Nielsen

24 June 2008

New York, United States

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Invasive weeds are ruining the habitat of New York's wild bog turtles. In Hudson River Valley, domestic goats and cows are being used to save bog turtles by grazing on this foreign weed. So far, the plan seems to be w...

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