Reeling In the Trawlers: EU Takes On Overfishing

Reeling In the Trawlers: EU Takes On Overfishing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

Fish stocks have made surprising comebacks in the North and Baltic seas. But much remains to be done. Beginning in January, new EU laws will impose more sustainable practices with stricter quotas and by-catch rules. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Illegal Fishing Crackdown: Trans-Atlantic Pact Targets 'Other Piracy'

Illegal Fishing Crackdown: Trans-Atlantic Pact Targets 'Other Piracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

Europe and the United States agreed this week to fight illegal fishing together, but the terms were vague. Still, environmentalists have welcomed their intentions, saying they hope tougher regulations will eventually be created to curb large-scale poaching on the high seas. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]


'At the Edge of Collapse': EU Fisheries Reforms Aim for Sustainability

'At the Edge of Collapse': EU Fisheries Reforms Aim for Sustainability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2011

On Wednesday, the European Commission is set to propose reforms to its Common Fisheries Policy, which critics say has led to the systematic devastation of fish stocks in the region. In an interview, expert Rainer Froese says the situation, among the world's worst, will now finally begin to improve. more...

Overfished, Underprotected: Dozens of Fish Species Threatened in the Mediterranean

Overfished, Underprotected: Dozens of Fish Species Threatened in the Mediterranean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2011

Many species of fish could disappear from the waters of the Mediterranean in the near future, says a new study. Several types of sharks and rays are threatened, as are many commercial fish. Protection has long been too lax. more...


The Hook That Hurts: Scientists Tip the Scales Against Anglers

The Hook That Hurts: Scientists Tip the Scales Against Anglers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2011

Bad news for angling enthusiasts: Fish might be much more than the mere reflex machines previously thought. New research shows that they are apparently conscious of and can suffer from pain, and scientists are calling for them to be treated the same as mammals and birds. By Günther Stockinger more... Comment ]

Dangerous Waters: Oceans Threatened by Rising Acidity and Overfishing

Dangerous Waters: Oceans Threatened by Rising Acidity and Overfishing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2010

Emissions of CO2 don't just have a negative effect on our climate. Oceans, which absorb a quarter of all carbon dioxide released, have become drastically more acidic in recent years. Should the trend continue, it could have dramatic effects on marine life. more...


Going, Going, Gone? Berlin Wants Help for Waning Bluefin Tuna Stocks

Going, Going, Gone? Berlin Wants Help for Waning Bluefin Tuna Stocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2010

The plight of the Atlantic bluefin tuna is at the forefront of a European spat. Germany has spoken out in favor of the European Commission's plans to protect flagging fish stocks. Fishing nations France, Spain and Italy, however, want to maintain current catch levels for the favorite sushi dish. more...

Bodybuilders of the Sea: The Brave New World of Farmed Cod

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2009

The world's first major cod farms have been established in Norway. They're meant to ease the burden on overfished wild populations -- and gourmet chefs claim farmed cod tastes better. By Gerald Traufetter more...


Empty Seas: Europe Takes Africa's Fish, and Migrants Follow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2008

Industrial fishing from Europe is crippling coastal African economies and creating a surge of illegal migrants. By Sharon LaFraniere in Kayar, Senegal more...

Jellied Salmon: Scientists Mystified by Jellyfish Attacks on Fish Farm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2007

A mass of poisonous jellyfish devastated stocks of organic farmed salmon off the coast of Northern Ireland -- not once, but twice. Is it a sign of global warming, overfishing or just the natural motion of tides? more...