Anthropocene brings some of the best minds to bear on tough questions about the future of the Earth’s largest ecosystems: Should nations farm their EEZs—and how can they do it ecologically? Are there economically viable ways to harvest plastic waste? Can we cultivate acid- and heat-resilient coral reefs?
Researchers calculate that protecting just 5% more of the ocean could boost fisheries by as much as 20%.
Now that whaling has been outlawed for decades, populations are beginning to heal—but they face new threats.
The concept of settling the high seas is back—this time as a sustainable answer to sea-level rise, with an impressive team and UN support.
On the southwest coast of the England, near the town of Lyme Regis, scientists found that fish populations boomed when reefs were protected, even though some kinds of fishing continued.
The lowest-impact label went to farmed bivalves and seaweeds; but there were also some surprises—e.g., wild and farmed salmon have the same footprint
Replacing wild-caught fish with lab-grown seafood is more complex than it may at first appear
That more diverse an aquatic area, the more nutrients make it to our plates
Illegal fishing is getting harder, thanks to public surveillance from space
Big fish sinking to the bottom of the sea could sequester millions of tons of carbon
Researchers calculated that mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows store roughly the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of France—with an estimated value of $190 billion per year.