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. More on this story Talk about impact: This story helped push China Tuna to pull their IPO. See what other nations are doing to save tuna… » 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. More on this story      Read more of our reporting on oceans & freshwater. Read a summary of this story. “When the inspector came to check the freezers,” Calderon says with… » 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. More on this story Check out our infographic: “Eight Island-Nations’ Rogue Plan to Protect The World’s… » 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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