Overfishing

Marine parks: overfishing concern if O'Farrell government overturns line-fishing ban

Anna Patty Marine conservationist Attila Kaszo fears for the survival of some fish species if the state government pushes ahead this week with a decision to lift a ban on recreational fishing in protected...

Scientists discover reef overfishing point

Fishermen and scientists questioning how many fish can be sustainably taken from a reef believe they've quantified the tipping point.

Overfishing and dams driving freshwater fish towards extinction

Rare sight ... the Mekong giant catfish is under threat.

Richard Gray, London Freshwater fish are the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with more than a third facing extinction, according to a report British scientists are preparing.

Overfishing a trigger for attacks: scientists

Jack Shenker CAIRO: A deadly combination of overfishing, illegal waste dumping and irresponsible tourist behaviour helped trigger Egypt's recent shark attacks, preliminary scientific findings show.

US to seek global action to protect oceans, John Kerry says

The world's oceans under threat.

Juliet Eilperin US Secretary of State John Kerry says he will "try to coalesce global action around the oceans" next week by hosting an international summit aimed at curbing overfishing, pollution and chemical...

Obama unveils huge Pacific sanctuary as Leonardo DiCaprio gives Australia a blast

Leonardo DiCaprio

Coral Davenport US President Barack Obama reveals plans for a two million square-kilometre sanctuary in the Pacific as Australia comes under criticism for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef from a Hollywood...

Taken to the cleaners: how washing and scrubbing are killing the world's oceans

Marine life in Sydney Harbour.

Peter Hannam Next time you shampoo or clean your teeth, you may inadvertently be contributing to a spreading scourge of the world’s oceans.

In deep water

Boy watching sharks in aquarium

Australians' attitude towards sharks is contributing to the decline of this magnificent species, writes Tim Winton.

Fish stocks improve, but some species struggle

Andrew Darby Australian fishers are edging closer to sustainability, but a handful of wild stocks are still being damaged, according to a federal government report.

World's oceans being hit by 'silent storm' of acidification, study finds

Coral reefs surrounding Heron Island.

Global warming is causing a silent storm in the oceans by acidifying waters at a record rate, threatening marine life from coral reefs to fish stocks, an international study showed.

Jellyfish winning the fight for food - against humans

Jellyfish

Peter Hannam When it comes to jellyfish on Australian beaches, getting stung may be the least of our worries.

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

The Great Barrier Reef

Michael Green Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.

Decimated kelp 'jungles' listed as endangered

Giant kelp in the sea off Tasmania.

David Wroe Like many forests on land, the giant kelp jungles in the waters off south-east Australia are gravely threatened by climate change, scientists say.

Bigger fish to fry in trawler ban

A school of fish

The two-year ban imposed this week on the freshly renamed super trawler Abel Tasman had been brewing for months.

Baillieu bans super trawler from Victorian waters

Victoria has moved to impose a state-based prohibition on super trawlers.

Farrah Tomazin, Stephanie Peatling Super trawlers will be prevented from operating in Victorian waters under a Baillieu government ban designed to protect the state's recreational and commercial fishing interests.

Australia to push for Antarctic reserve

Antarctic landscape in the summer.

Andrew Darby Australia is joining France and the European Union in supporting a network of marine reserves fanning out from east Antarctica, as global ocean protection gains pace.

Demand for tonic endangers giant rays

TRA 5 JUN 10. North Stradbroke island, Qld. Manta Ray. Supplied by iStock Photos. OK to archive

Tom Arup THEY are the gentle giants of the ocean, weighing as much as 1400 kilograms, but an emerging Chinese medicine market for gill rakers is threatening global populations of giant manta rays.

John West bows to pressure and changes tuna fishing practices

Ben Cubby IT'S the sharks, manta rays and critically endangered sea turtles that John West rejects that should eventually make it sustainable.

Australia's wild fisheries mostly in good shape

Snapper fishing in Port Phillip Bay.

Andrew Darby The first nationwide snapshot of Australian wild fisheries has found most are in good shape, but critics say it fails to mention fish whose stocks have already crashed.

Out of the blue, our friendliest fish

Eastern Blue Groper.

Marika Dobbin Giant friendly fish that can live for 70 years but were almost wiped out of Victorian waters have established a school in East Gippsland.

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