Fisheries

Why the Littlest Fish Matter a Whole Lot

A tornado of sardines swirls around diver and photographer Erwin Poliakoff in the Philippines. Credit: Erwin Poliakoff Top predators along the California coast are having a rough year. Recently starving sea lions have showed...

The Blue Halo – Barbuda and Beyond

By Charlotte Runzel A Barbudan fisherman with a fresh lobster catch! Credit: Blue Halo Initiative Papa Joe, the oldest fisherman on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, remembers when he could harvest conch in water...

A Rainbow of Colorful Lobsters

Most lobsters are a mottled brown color, but sometimes you can see a strange orange or blue lobster. And then, when lobsters are cooked, they turn bright red. Why is there such a rainbow...

Building Good Mussels

A new wave of farming has come to the ocean. It’s called aquaculture. And it’s a way to grow and harvest mussels and other healthy, tasty types of seafood. Explore other videos that capture...

Making Aquaculture Sustainable

Watch as Dr. Dallas Alston and a team of researchers study the effects of aquaculture at a fish farm near Puerto Rico. With careful planning and good daily practices, aquaculture can be part of...

How Laws Around the World Help Improve Ocean Health

Solving environmental problems often starts with small groups of people working to make things better. But to sustain and scale up environmental successes often requires government support. The Ocean Portal has joined with Earthjustice...

Bite Size: Bull Shark Predation of Tarpon

Follow a journey with satellite tags placed on bull sharks and tarpon. Both of these large predatory fish are found in coastal in-shore ecosystems and the two species have similar diets. If given the...
King scallop in Lamlash Bay reserve

A lesson learned twice: The Story of Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas

A king scallop in Lamlash Bay protected area. Credit: Howard Wood By Hannah Waters Howard Wood was 15 years old when his family moved to the Isle of Arran and he got his first...

Ocean Optimism Video - Linking Communities to Fisheries Science

Fish populations all over the world are declining due to overfishing and marine ecosystems, as well as communities that rely on those ecosystems, are impacted by the loss. BUT there is hope for fisheries...
Lionfish Jewelry On Display

When Life Gives You Lionfish…

Jeweler Palovi Baezar with her first set of lionfish earrings, which she made in the summer of 2013. Credit: Phil Karp By Kalila Morsink It was the summer of 2013, and Phil Karp was...

Map of Shark Protections Through Time

Sharks face many threats from people, including extreme overfishing driven by high prices for their fins, and being caught by mistake in nets and on longlines. While there is still much work to be...

Penguins: Popularity, Peril and Poop

Penguins are odd birds. For one, they cannot fly (but they are amazing swimmers), and, contrary to popular belief, the majority of penguin populations live in warmer regions. Only four of the 18 penguin...
Wandering albatross soars over the ocean

Saving Albatross Lives with Bird Scaring Lines

A wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird, 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) tip to wing tip. Credit: Elizabeth Crapo, NOAA By Danielle Hall Soaring high above the open Southern Ocean, a snowy,...
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There’s an App for That: Using Phones to Help Make Fishing Sustainable

Video of Linking Communities to Fisheries Science By Emily Frost There’s an app for everything these days. Many of our modern-day problems can be matched with modern-day technology. So, when looking at the issue...
A school of bluefin tuna

The Great Pacific Migration of Bluefin Tuna

The Pacific bluefin tuna are one of three bluefin species, including the Atlantic bluefin ( Thunnus thynnus) and the Southern bluefin ( Thunnus maccoyii) . Credit: NOAA Shortly after their first birthday, Pacific bluefin...
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America’s ever-changing relationship with seafood: A conversation with chef and author Barton Seaver

One of Seaver's dishes, a deep-poached halibut. Credit: Courtesy of Barton Seaver by Danielle Hall In 1879, while fishing off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, cod trawler Captain Kirby made an exciting discovery. Instead...
A bloom of moon jellies.

A Bloom of Moon Jellies

In recent years, blooms of jellyfish, such as these moon jellies ( Aurita aurita ) in the Chesapeake Bay, have become more common around the world for a number of different reasons . One...
Horseshoe Crab in Stage Harbor, Massachusetts

This Flu Season, Thank a Horseshoe Crab

A small horseshoe crab rests on seaweed in Stage Harbor, Massachusetts. Credit: © Luke Robinson (Creative Commons via Flickr) Fever. Aching muscles. Coughing. Sniffling. It’s flu season . Have you had your shot? If...