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Threats: Commercial whaling

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 17:15

The cycle of greed behind the global whaling industry has driven one whale population after another towards oblivion. It is still not known if some species will ever recover, even after decades of protection. The blue whales of the Antarctic are...

Threats: Bottom trawling

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 17:11

As industrial fishing fleets sweep through the ocean, they are catching much more than what lands on our plates. Fishermen can now locate and track schools of specific fish species and scoop up tonnes at a time with kilometres of nets and hooks.

Threats: Bycatch

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 17:02

Industrial size nets measuring up to two kilometres in diameter (such as gillnets, bottom trawls, or purse seines) catch anything that is larger than the size of their mesh, while longlines dangle thousands of baited hooks in the water,...

Threats: Pirate fishing

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 17:01

The term ‘pirate fishing’ can bring to mind images of parrots, gold and adventure, but pirates of today are known for only one attribute: their ability to fish illegally and exhaustively. Pirate fishing fleets – more precisely known as Illegal...

Impacts of warmer water

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 16:58

The Pacific and Atlantic oceans off the coast of Canada have been warming over the past 20 years, in some places by as much as 1 degree C. In the north, Canada’s Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth.

Threats: Climate change

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 16:56

The world’s climate is changing, and our oceans are feeling the heat. Oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, and small changes in the oceans’ temperature mean severe and wide-ranging impacts on the climate and marine ecosystem stability.

Threats: Aquaculture

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 16:38

Aquaculture as it is currently practiced is not the answer to depleted wild fish stocks. On the contrary, the booming global aquaculture industry is seriously threatening marine and freshwater ecosystems and undermining food security across the...

Threats: Marine pollution

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 16:36

For hundreds of years, oceans have been seen as vast expanses, rendering humans and their impact puny in comparison. We have plundered their depths, thinking that the fish could never run out, and allowed millions of tonnes of garbage to flow...

Threats: Trashing our oceans

Publication | April 8, 2008 at 16:35

Millions of tonnes of trash are swirling around our oceans, originating from land and sea. Plastic is believed to constitute 90 per cent of all garbage found in our oceans, with every square kilometre of ocean containing almost 120,000 pieces of...

Wild Salmon in Trouble Video

Publication | April 1, 2008 at 17:23

Watershed Watch produced the animation Wild Salmon in Trouble to clarify why sea lice are a problem for wild salmon and to provide an overview of the salmon life cycle so the public can make informed decisions regarding the seafood they purchase.

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