Coasts and Oceans : Features

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  • The 'turtle lady of Karachi'

    1 November 2004

    Turtles have existed since the days of the dinasaurs, or some 100 million years. Now this endangered species is under threat from pollution, trawler nets and beach development. Here, Zofeen T Ebrahim tells the remarkable story of one woman's effort in Karachi, Pakistan, to protect this age-old creature.

  • Philippine coasts in deep trouble

    6 July 2004

    The Philippines, touted to be the Pearl of the Orient Seas, has more than 7,000 islands with a total coastline of 18,417 kilometres. But now, under pressure from a fast-growing coastal population and inappropriate development, its marine ecology is threatened as never before.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Loans for the future

    26 March 2004

    Interest-free loans and savings societies are helping the fishers of Mafia Island Marine Park off the coast of Tanzania to become sustainable entrepreneurs, while reducing pressure on the park's natural resources and tackling poverty. Peter Denton reports.

  • Cleaning up the coasts

    12 January 2004

    In late September, thousands of people from more than a hundred countries throughout the world spent a Saturday at the beach. Instead of building sandcastles and playing in the ocean, however, these people were cleaning up trash and working to protect the coasts. Linda Bolido reports.

  • Norway - the rising tide of fish farming

    19 November 2003

    Long gone are the days when the salmon on your plate was wild caught. The demand for fish and shellfish as a healthy alternative to meat has encouraged intensive fish farming, now set to overtake cattle ranching by the end of this decade. But the environmental threats caused by the world's fastest growing food sector worth US$56 billion, are a cause for concern. Joanna Benn reports from Norway.

  • 2. Reclaiming the island reefs

    10 November 2003

    Faced with growing destruction of their coral reefs, more and more communities in the far-flung Philippine islands are joining the battle to manage and conserve their coasts. Linda Bolido and Alan White report.

  • Other fish in the sea, but for how long?

    18 July 2003

    A recent review of marine fisheries concluded that a startling 90 per cent of the world's large predatory fish, including tuna, swordfish, cod, halibut, and flounder, have disappeared in the past 50 years. This 10-year study by Ransom Myers and Boris Worm at Canada's Dalhousie University attributes the decline to a growing demand for seafood, coupled with an expanding global fleet of technologically efficient boats.

  • Reef-friendly fishing takes off

    24 June 2003

    In the waters off the Cook Islands, Christopher Boeta spends his days diving around coral reefs looking for live fish, catching them to sell to dealers and pet stores around the world. But Boeta is among a new breed of fisherman. He is one of the first divers here to have been trained to collect live fish in a sustainable manner. Linda B. Bolido reports.

  • Ancient coral reefs under attack

    19 June 2003

    Imagine a giant bulldozer crashing through the Amazon rainforest, demolishing trees, crushing animals, destroying living systems that are thousands of years old, all in a matter of hours. The equivalent of this is happening on the deep ocean floor, to ancient coral reefs whose mysteries are only just beginning to be revealed. Joanna Benn reports.

  • Senegalese fishers weep over loss of noble fish

    29 May 2003

    Over the past few decades, the formerly abundant fishing resources of Senegal have plummeted. The presence of foreign, and in particular EU, fishing fleets in Senegalese waters is exacerbating a problem caused in part by the unregulated development of local, traditional fisheries. Olivier van Bogaert reports.