Grinding Nemo

The tiger prawn industry in Thailand exploits people and the environment. Small fish and juvenile sharks, caught by Thai trawlers operating illegally in foreign waters from Indonesia to Bangladesh, are ground into fishmeal for prawn food. As fishing stocks are …

Genetically Modified Salmon?

If the FDA approves AquaAdvantage salmon, it could be the first genetically modified animal product you eat. Aquabounty Technologies, the Massachusetts based company behind the transgenic salmon says the fish can grow to market size twice as fast as regular …

Vegetarian Fish?

Fish farming already produces half the world’s marketable fish. But is it environmentally friendly? Aaron Watson and Steven Rogers at Baltimore’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology explain why plant based fish feed and recirculated aquaculture may be the future …

Tackling Ocean Challenges

(Earth Focus: Episode 66) Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic. The XPrize Ocean Initiative seeks to solve some of these critical threats by bringing in teams from around the …

Chesapeake: Can Oysters Save the Bay?

(Earth Focus: Episode 65) After centuries of over harvesting and bouts of disease, oyster numbers in the Chesapeake Bay fell along with profits for the oyster industry. Culture and ecology clash as watermen, who depend on harvesting oysters for income, …

Maritime Pollution Exposed

(Earth Focus: Episode 48) Between 70-210 million gallons of waste oil are illegally dumped at sea by commercial ships each year. Marine oil pollution is linked to death, cancers, tumors, reduced growth rates and genetic side effects in fish and …