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Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe, and discovered 15 locations where there were a lot more fish on coral reefs than expected.

Falling fish catches could mean malnutrition in the developing world

Global fish catches peaked in 1996, while the Earth’s human population is expected to rise through 2050, from the current 7.3 billion to between nine and 10 billion.

Ships flagged for illegal fishing still able to get insurance

Illegal fishing is a major problem that siphons an estimated $10 to 20 billion annually from the global economy, and causes millions of tonnes of fish to disappear from the oceans.

Biological oceanographer Evgeny Pakhomov named IOF director

Pakhomov's research focuses on physical-biological interactions in the oceans, a critical field of study for predicting ecosystem response driven by climate change.

Amanda Vincent named finalist for Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation

Vincent largely put seahorse conservation on the map. Not only did she take her studies under the water and into their world, she identified a conservation concern for these tiny fish and mounted a campaign to secure their future.

30 per cent of global fish catch unreported

Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch.

Climate change could cut First Nations fisheries’ catch in half

The study finds that coastal First Nations communities could suffer economic losses between $6.7 and $12 million annually by 2050.

New data on reported and unreported marine catches now available online

The new web platform provides the first comprehensive coverage of both reported and unreported fish caught by every country in the world.

Global trends show seabird populations dropped 70 per cent since 1950s

The dramatic decline is caused by a variety of factors including overfishing of the fish seabirds rely on for food, birds getting tangled in fishing gear, plastic and oil pollution, introduction of non-native predators to seabird colonies, destruction and changes to seabird habitat, and environmental and ecological changes caused by climate change.

Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked

Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.