Bycatch

Phoenix the right whale diving in North Atlantic.

A Tale of a Right Whale

Suspended at the center of the Sant Ocean Hall is a life-size model of a North Atlantic right whale named Phoenix. The result of four years of work, and collaboration between exhibit fabricators, whale...

Rethink the Shark

Sharks have a long and impressive lineage. Ancient sharks were cruising the ocean 400 million year ago- long before dinosaurs roamed on land. Relatives of the great white like the giant megatooth evolved more...

Protecting Sharks: How Nets Hurt

Tom Peschak, a photojournalist with the Save Our Seas Foundation, describes the devastating effects shark nets have on ocean life along the South African coastline. The nets were installed to protect swimmers, but the...
Great White Sharks breach to hunt -- with split-second timing they grab their prey in one swift snatch. Follow the whole breaching action in this slideshow.

Great White Shark

Sharks are much older than dinosaurs. Their ancestry dates back more than 400 million years, and they are one of evolution’s greatest success stories. These animals are uniquely adapted to their ocean environment with...
Pike Place Fish Market

World Fisheries from Sea to Table

Worldwide, fisheries touch our lives in countless ways. If well maintained, they can feed millions of people, generate jobs and income, help maintain long-standing community and cultural traditions, and provide a range of products...
Neighborhood Seafood Market in Rome, Italy

Seafood for Thought

A neighborhood seafood market in the Testaccio area of Rome, Italy. Credit: Oceansart.us /Marine Photobank Sunday, November 21 marks World Fisheries Day , an annual occasion observed in many fishing communities around the world...

Whale Rescue

When a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale becomes entangled in fishing gear, members of a response team from the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network spring into action. In the past 25 years, dozens...

Reducing Bycatch

Bycatch, the name given to fish and other ocean animals that are caught unintentionally, is a huge problem. Scientists and fishermen are joining forces to design new nets that catch only the targeted species,...
David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Sustainable Seafood Glossary of Terms

David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Credit: © Rich Frishman Aquaculture - a form of food production involving the cultivation of commercial fish and shellfish species under controlled...
Guests at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's 2010 sustainable seafood event

Event: Demystifying Seafood

Demystifying Seafood: The Ocean and Its Bounty Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History 6:45--8:15 pm Sustainable Seafood Seminar: The Gulf and Its Seafood One Year Later 8:15--10 pm...
The dwarf lantern shark sits in a human hand.

5 Reasons to Revere, Not Fear, the Shark

Over the years, sharks have gotten a bad rap as bloodthirsty man-eaters. We challenge you to take a second look at these magnificent creatures and to fight fear with facts. Here are five reasons...

Field Notes from the East African Coast

Traditional fishing techniques now involve monofilament nets, with snorkelers diving down to ensure the bigger fish don't get away. Credit: Caine Delacy We began this journey three months ago, a team of scientists and...
Sunset over a fishing net.

Technology and Sea Turtles

Sea turtles may have survived the planetary changes that killed the dinosaurs, but now they are threatened by fisheries. It's estimated that some 4,600 sea turtles are killed by fishing nets and hooks every...
A juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle emerges from the nest

Taking the Temperature of the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Kemp's ridley sea turtles ( Lepidochelys kempii ) often emerge from their nests during the day, which is a rare (and dangerous) thing for sea turtle hatchlings! Credit: Terry Ross ( Flickr ) The...
Sunset over a fishing net.

Success Stories in Ocean Conservation

It is easy to feel hopeless when reading the news coverage of ocean conservation. Between climate change , acidification , pollution and overfishing, it often feels like the ocean and its biodiversity, which we...
A pile of bycatch species.

Bycatch: The Cost of Catching What You Don’t Want

When people go out fishing, they often have something specific in mind, but it's very difficult to catch only what you're looking for. Pulling a net through the water or across the sea floor...