Articles on Commercial Fishing, Conservation & Related Issues

Below are a number of different articles on various aspects of commercial fishing, conservation and a number of other related topics.

Atlantic DawnAtlantic Dawn: The Ship from Hell | The biggest pelagic trawler in the world is also one of the worlds most controversial fishing vessels. Find out more about it here.

LafayetteLafayette: Floating Fish Factory | As large as Atlantic Dawn is, it is dwarfed in size by the Lafayette, a fish factory ship which is bigger than most aircraft carriers! Read more about how it operates here.

Grand Banks CollapseThe Collapse of the Grand Banks Cod Fishery | The Grand Banks of Canada was the most productive cod fishery in the world, but was fished into complete collapse. How did this happen?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Dutch Trawler Which Catches 23% of England’s Fish | How is one trawler – the Cornelis Vrolijk – allowed to catch almost a fifth of England’s fish?

Fishing Down the Food Chain | Why do fisheries switch from targeting large fish to small fish? Find out about the concept of fishing down the food chain here.

Europe’s Bass – A Species on the Edge of Collapse? | Recent years have seen bass increase in popularity, and collapse in number. What can be done to halt the decline?

Plastic Pollution of the World’s Oceans | Tiny pieces of plastic – known as microplastics and microbeads – are causing serious pollution problems across the world. Read more here.

Georges BankDecline of the Georges Bank Fishery | Just like the Grand Banks the nearby Georges Bank also declined massively due to excessive commercial fishing. Find out what happened here.

TN Sardines C Peter van der SluijsRe-branding Fish | Many fish species have their names changed or altered. Why is this done and what is gained by ‘re-branding’ fish species?

Black Fish ScandalScottish Black Fish Scandal | A number of unscrupulous Scottish skippers made themselves millions by illegally decimating mackerel stocks. Find out how the scam operated and how they were caught.

The Decline of the Firth of Clyde | The Firth of Clyde was once an abundant fishery but is now a fraction of its former size. How was this state of affairs developed?

Abel Tasman ThumbnailAustralian Super-Trawler | In 2013 plans for a super-trawler to operate in Australian waters were stopped by the public outcry and protest. Read the full story here.

Commercial Fishing MethodsCommercial Fishing Methods | Read more about the various methods and techniques that commercial fishermen use to catch fish from the sea.

Pulse TrawlPulse Trawling | The Dutch fishing industry is pioneering a method of commercial fishing which uses electrified nets to shock and stun fish to make them easier to catch. Find out more about it here.

Peruvian Anchoveta – The Most Exploited Fish in the World | More Peruvian Anchoveta are caught than any other species, but what does the future hold for this species?

TN PescanovaThe Troubled Times of the World’s Biggest Commercial Fishing Company | Exactly how did Spain’s Pescanova go from a world-leading commercial fishing company to financial crisis?

AquacultureFish Farming and Aquaculture | Why can’t the problems of overfishing be solved by farming fish in the same way as livestock? The issues around this are explored here.

Ghost Nets | When fishing gear – particularly gill and drift nets – become lost or abandoned at sea they go on catching fish and causing untold damage to the marine environment.

100 CodOnly 100 Cod Left in the North Sea! | Could this really be true? No. It was total and utter nonsense, but the British press reported it anyway

The Big FiveThe Big Five | Cod, haddock, prawns, tuna and salmon are the five species which dominate the UK market. What impact does this have on fish stocks and the marine environment?

Tuna, Conservation and ICCAT | The various species of tuna are some of the most valuable fish in the world, but is this species in decline?

Mislablled Fish ThumbnailWhat Species of Fish Are You Really Eating? | In early 2013 news emerged that a proportion of fish sold in the UK was mislabelled, with cheaper species passed off as cod.

Commercial Fishing For Squid and Cuttlefish | Fisheries for these species are expanding across the world, but lack regulation and control, meaning there could be significant impacts.

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