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.

How to catch a fishing boat - every time

Fishing trawler

Andrew Darby When the Japanese longliner Wakashio Maru No.118 went fishing in the South Pacific, little did its crew know the voyage could be part of a game change.

Abbott government blasted for stalling on marine parks

Peter Hannam Environment Minister Greg Hunt has been taken to task for claiming 36 per cent of Australia's marine areas are protected by law.

Calls for Sydney marine park to protect remaining habitat

Pressure is mounting to declare Sydney Harbour a marine park incorporating

Peter Hannam Pressure is mounting on the Baird government to declare Sydney Harbour and surrounding coastal regions a marine park.

Jeff Thomason draws controversy for record-breaking mako shark catch

Jeff Thomason with his world record mako shark catch.

Veronica Rocha Jeff Thomason's record-breaking catch of a 367-kilogram mako shark with a bow and arrow has netted a school of criticism on social media.

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...

In deep water

Boy watching sharks in aquarium

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

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.

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.

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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Shrinking fish at risk of being wiped out

fish

AS FISH get smaller under man's environmental impact they will become more prone to predators and a crucial food source will become more endangered than thought obvious, warn scientists.

Banned super-trawler in new troubled waters

Andrew Darby The outcast super-trawler Margiris has found a new place to go - one of the world's most troubled jack mackerel fisheries in the South Pacific.

Rapid acidification threatens Arctic: study

Arctic permafrost video

The Arctic ecosystem, already under pressure from record ice melts, faces another potential threat in the form of rapid acidification of the ocean, according to an international study.

Pollution battle to save the rare pink dolphins from extinction

In a picture taken on August 19, 2011, a Chinese white dolphin or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, nicknamed the pink dolphin, swims in waters off the coast of Hong Kong. A Hong Kong conservation group said on January 14, 2012 it has set up a DNA bank for the rare Chinese white dolphin, also known as the pink dolphin, in a bid to save the mammals facing a sharp population decline.  AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SORABJI

Conservationists warned the rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, face extinction unless urgent action against pollution and other threats is taken.