The global safety net of sustainable ‘small-scale’ fisheries

Alasdair Harris -


At a time when 90% of global fish stocks are either overfished or fully fished, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t just a crisis affecting our planet’s marine biodiversity. More than 1 billion people worldwide rely on seafood as a source of protein, and more than half this number depend on fishing and related sectors for their livelihoods.

Mekong Basin: Hydropower or fish? Or both?

Eric Baran -

Nam Gnouang Dam (60MW), on a tributary of the Nam Theun River in Laos.

Eric Baran guest blogs about the increasing competition between hydropower and fisheries in the Mekong Basin, a WorldFish focus country.

The Mekong River is a goldmine. It features the world’s largest inland fishery, producing around 2.1 million tonnes of fish each year, which represents about 18% of the world’s annual freshwater fish catch.

Coral reefs may not be doomed, but we should act as if they are

Stephen Hall -

Rainbow Reef, Fiji. Photo by David Burdick, 2006

This commentary was written and posted at in response to an Opinion piece by Roger Bradbury that appeared in the New York Times on July 13th 2012. You can find the original opinion article at

Roger Bradbury’s apocalyptic vision for certain death of the worlds coral reefs clearly runs contrary to the views of the most ecologists. Headline grabbing it may be, but it requires a peculiarly singular view of the evidence to sustain his assertion.