Plundering the Pacific

Essential Coral Gardens: North Pacific council rejects plan to protect coral and sponge, though it meant little reduction in commercial fishing

Essential Coral Gardens: North Pacific council rejects plan to protect coral and sponge, though it meant little reduction in commercial fishing Every year, from Baja California to the Bering Sea, 1 million pounds of coral are scraped up in the pursuit of the groundfish that populate the cold, deep waters of the Continental Shelf. Commercial […]

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POACHERS R US: Overfishing of lobster pushes Hawaiian monk seals toward extinction. Who’s accountable

POACHERS R US: Overfishing of lobster pushes Hawaiian monk seals toward extinction. Who’s accountable Just a few years ago, the seal likely would have been feasting on lobsters once abundant around the reefs. Not a single lobster can be seen in the video, although a seal is shown checking an abandoned lobster trap.  Evidence shows

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The ROCKFISH Files: Documents show the Pacific Fishery Management Council ignored scientific advice as it let the bottom dwellers crash

The ROCKFISH Files: Documents show the Pacific Fishery Management Council ignored scientific advice as it let the bottom dwellers crash In 2000, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared a disaster in the groundfish fisheries off the West Coast. For many communities, the collapse of those fish stocks was a tragedy, but documents show that it

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Western Pacific Fishery Council Tries to Quash Coral Reserve

Western Pacific Fishery Council Tries to Quash Coral Reserve “I am writing to ask for your help in reversing an 11th-hour decision’ by former President Clinton that will have a devastating economic impact on the fishing industry of Hawaii,” Linda Lingle, then a Republican candidate for governor of Hawaii, wrote in a letter two years

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