All posts by Shannon Service

Shannon Service
Shannon Service has reported from Iraq, Palestine, and Israel; hosted multiple national television programs; and launched a mobile-based reporting project for YouTube. She has written articles and produced video for the Bay Citizen, New York Times, Utne Reader, PBS's Need To Know, and NPR's Morning Edition. In 2011, Shannon won the Knight Award for Best Environmental and Science Reporting.

Tuna firm’s bungled IPO exposes China’s flouting of global fishing rules

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Reporting on international fishing can often feel like investigating organized crime. Everyone knows how things are run, but the truth is obscured by shell companies, back-door dealings, and plausible deniability. This is why it’s remarkable that a recent, bungled initial public stock offering from a major Chinese tuna firm accidentally revealed something close to the… » Read More

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Palau’s Plans to Ban Commercial Fishing Could Set Precedent for Industry

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The Pacific island-nation of Palau is close to kicking all commercial fishing vessels out of its tropical waters. The move will single-handedly section off more than 230,000 sq miles of ocean, an area slightly smaller than France, to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves. The sanctuary, which Palauan President Thomas Remengesau Jr announced at… » Read More

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Shark finning proves tough to eradicate, even in ‘green’ Costa Rica

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http://fernnews.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/1217201381.mp3 If you want to learn how to smuggle shark fins into Costa Rica, ask Captain Jose Calderon in the Pacific port of Puntarenas. “When the inspector came to check the freezers,” Calderon says with a chuckle, “they’d never check the engine room. So we’d hide all the fins in the engine room.” Shark finning… » Read More

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The Saudi Arabia of Sashimi

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In the ice-cold cargo hold of a pirate tuna vessel in the Pacific, I have somehow lost my shoe. Frozen tuna fins slice my unshod foot as I fumble around on all fours, reaching into the gigantic, frigid pile. I had boarded the pirate ship Heng Xing 1 with the crew of a Greenpeace vessel, the Esperanza, which… » Read More

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Tuna’s Last Stand

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In early January, scientists released jaw-dropping data showing that bluefin tuna in the North Pacific will soon be “functionally extinct.” A favorite of Japanese sushi lovers, Pacific bluefin is now so overfished, they said, that only 4 percent of its population remains. Earlier this month, a single bluefin sold for $1.7 million at Tokyo’s Tsukiji… » Read More

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