• Warmer seas mean smaller fish in Micronesia

    Lauren Hodgson     |      July 13, 2022

    As Pacific Islanders struggle to survive in the face of climate change, they will need to adapt their traditional ways of fishing to the new reality.

  • There aren’t plenty more fish in the sea

    Brock Bergseth     |      June 8, 2022

    The destruction of the world’s fish stocks by rapacious industrial fishing fleets is threatening environmental sustainability and food security around the world.

  • There aren’t plenty of big fish left in the sea

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2022

    Humans have selectively bred domestic animals to change their size, shape and behaviour for thousands of years, but pressure on wild populations is also imposing a form of ‘artificial selection’.

  • Are there plenty more fish in the sea?

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2021

    An international team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and Institute of Zoology in London has pioneered a ground-breaking new ‘non-lethal’ way to count fish in the open ocean, which it’s hoped will be used for conservation and ecosystem restoration.

  • China muscles into Pacific marine reserve

    Richard Herr     |      November 18, 2021

    The Kiribati government is removing protection from a vast marine reserve to rake in fishing revenue from China.

  • Big fish thrive in protected oceans

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2021

    Big fish are harder to find in areas sprawling with human activity, unless you’re looking in no-take marine reserves, according to a new study led by marine scientists at The University of Western Australia.

  • Climate change spells trouble for tuna-dependent Pacific Island economies

    Open Forum     |      August 1, 2021

    Tuna fishing is vitally important for the economies of many Pacific Small Island Developing States such as the Cook Islands and Tokelau, including 10 which are “tuna dependent”. However, climate change is driving tuna further to the east, and could cut tuna numbers by a fifth by 2050.

  • Artificial reefs boost estuary fish numbers

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2020

    In a boost for both recreational fishing and the environment, new UNSW research shows that artificial reefs can increase fish abundance in estuaries with few natural reefs.

  • How Australia can help curb illegal fishing

    Xuan Dung Phan     |      December 10, 2019

    Australia’s status as a trusted ‘middle power’ can help it combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Pacific waters.

  • The rafts wiping out Pacific tuna damage the wider environment too

    Lauriane Escalle     |      October 14, 2019

    Fishermen exploit tuna’s natural attraction to floating objects to lure them near GPS-equipped rafts. However, these rafts are also attracting increasing concern around the Pacific for their impact on tuna stocks and the wider environment.

  • Marine reserves help fishermen as well as fish

    Dustin Marshall     |      July 7, 2019

    Properly observed marine sanctuaries for fish around Australia could benefit fishermen as well as the ocean’s dwindling stocks of wild fish by helping to boost fish numbers.

  • The backflip over Sydney’s marine park is a defiance of science

    David Booth     |      September 22, 2018

    The New South Wales government has turned its back on plans to create sanctuary zones covering 2.4% of waters around Sydney, despite evidence that these ‘no-take’ areas are crucial for protecting fish.