This page is a quick reference library of some of our best coverage on specific topics in fisheries.
We have hundreds of articles addressing several topics—if you are looking for more resources beyond what is listed below, get in touch and we can put you on to more.
Environmental impact of fishing
How does the environmental impact of seafood compare to terrestrial food production? In this post, we explain the impacts associated with both.
Scientists are getting closer to figuring out how much of the world’s ocean is fished, but discrepancies in the scale and interpretation of data are producing wildly different answers with contrasting conservation implications.
Conscious eating can and should include several different kinds of food. A plant-based diet has lower impact relative to a standard diet that includes lots of animal protein, but a diet that includes fish can have as low, or even lower impact.
A new paper compares and quantifies the environmental impacts of different foods, an important step for improving agricultural policy and empowering consumer choice.
According to the U.N., 78.7% of fish come from a sustainable fishery. Of all monitored fisheries, 66% are sustainable, while 34% are overfished.
How does a fishery become unsustainable? How do we rebuild an overexploited fishery? In this post we explain overfished, overfishing, and rebuilding stocks.
No scientist would support the assertion that all fish stocks will be collapsed by 2048. There are threats, however.
Fishery management works
A cornerstone paper assembling data from around the world shows that fish populations, representing half of seafood, are improving. Fishery management works.
New research says we have the policy blueprints to rebuild marine life by 2050. Decarbonization needs to happen quickly, though.
Having our fish and eating it too: Maximizing food production and biodiversity using good management
A new paper describes how regulating specific kinds of fishing in particular areas is extremely effective at preserving biodiversity while also producing food.
New research suggests a swiss-cheese model for sustainable fishery management, along with rebuilding plans.
Oceana’s seafood fraud campaign is based on poor science that misleads the public, stokes consumer fear, and hurts fishermen, mongers, and chefs.
The latest science estimates 8% of seafood is mislabeled around the world. Read about the study that led to the updated figure here.
New research connects sustainability implications to seafood fraud. This the first empirical study of its kind.
In 2050, Earth will need a lot more food to feed 2 billion more people. A landmark study calculates how much the ocean can supply sustainably.
A new paper reports the most accurate statistics on seafood consumption in the U.S. The pandemic has changed things, however.
New research shows strong evidence that eating seafood boosts IQ by an average of 7.7 points in children whose mothers ate seafood during pregnancy.
Misleading seafood deficit statistics have played a central role in Trump’s trade war. 35-38% of seafood consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically.
Responses to hyperbole
George Monbiot’s latest opinion piece in The Guardian is full of inaccuracies. We decided to fact check the piece to clear up any misinformation.
How does fishery science go from hard data to misconstrued, clickbait headlines? The spread of misinformation is troubling.
Plant-based meat is all the rage, but it needs a critical review if it is going to realize the benefits touted by its brands.
Are you mad about Seaspiracy?
Seaspiracy has shaken consumer confidence in seafood like nothing before it. Jack Cheney reflects on what it means going forward.
The new Netflix Original film, Seaspiracy, makes some bold claims. We dive into the science and correct several bits of misinformation.
Ray Hilborn comments on the Netflix Original film, Seaspiracy. Dr. Hilborn is a world-renowned fishery scientist and sustainability expert.