Apr 16, 2015

U.S. govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp net

Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government. The Southeast shrimp trawl industry, the largest in the United ...

Sea Shepherd touts dramatic rescue of 'poachers'

Apr 7, 2015

Sea Shepherd touts dramatic rescue of 'poachers'

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said it rescued 40 crew members from a sinking ship of “poachers” it was pursuing for months for alleged illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean, but described the ship’s capsize as suspicious. Sea Shepherd said its ships Bob Barker ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. likely to shut down sardine fishing on West Coast

Fisheries managers on the U.S. West Coast will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market. Fishermen are resigned to ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Mar 8, 2015

China defends island-building in South China Sea

China’s foreign minister on Sunday defended his government’s controversial policy of reclamation on disputed isles in the South China Sea, which has sparked regional concern, and said Beijing is not seeking to overturn the international order. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to ...