overfishing

  • kiribati_tuna
    July 27, 2014  

    The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati announced a ban on commercial fishing in the waters surrounding his country in order to protect the marine life that lives along the coral reefs that ring his country’s islands, most importantly tuna. Continue reading

  • tonlesap1
    June 26, 2014  

    Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the animals that make their home in the body of water known as the beating heart of Cambodia. Hari Sreenivasan narrates a report in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts to track and maintain lake health. Continue reading

  • Because of high demand for tune, worldwide stocks of the popular fish are dwindling.  Photo by Flickr user Danny Hope
    June 16, 2014   BY William Brangham 

    President Anote Tong of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, announced Monday the closure of a vast fishing ground known as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. The area, which spans over 150,000 square miles of ocean — roughly the size of California — will become one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries for tuna and other endangered species. Continue reading