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A Clash of Needs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Stakeholders Compete Over California’s Most Important Water Resource

With California enduring the driest year on record, water is now more precious than ever before. There is an ongoing battle for control of one of California’s most vital water resources: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers converge in the Central Valley before heading out to sea, forming an intricate network…

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Saying “Bye” to Bycatch: Ingenious Solution to Reducing Sea Turtle Deaths Promotes Conservation and Aids Fishermen

The term “bycatch” has become a popular one for people interested in sustainable fishing, and became so due to people searching for “dolphin-safe” tuna. Dolphins are known to swim with schools of tuna and have even been used by fishermen as a surface indicator of the presence of tuna, and, as such, have been scooped…

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Why MPAs Matter: Marine Protected Areas Ensure Healthy Fisheries and Tourism for Future Generations

Along any coastline in the world, you will find local economies that depend on a healthy ocean habitat. Many of these coastlines are suffering.  Overfishing, pollution, and climate change threaten habitats in every country, every coastline, and every island. Coastal communities draw life from the sea, and when fisheries collapse, people are hurt from nutritional…

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A School for Fish: What Abalone Aquaculture Can Teach Us About Sustainable Farming Practices

The abalone is a model citizen of the aquaculture world.  Its wild success on commercial fish farms is a hopefully-repeatable example of sustainable fishing practices. The now-collapsed commercial fishery for abalone in California is the crowning example of terrible management and overfishing.  A hundred and fifty years ago our local waters were teeming with seven…

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