The high seas - marine waters beyond any country’s jurisdiction - cover 64 percent of the ocean’s surface, and are dominated by a handful of fishing countries that reap the biggest benefits of fishing in these global commons. The main types of fishing in the high seas target tuna (like the yellowfin in the photo), sharks, squid, krill, and deep bottom-dwelling fish. But do these countries really benefit from that distant fishing? And who does? Our new study reveals that, without large government subsidies, fishing in more than half of the current high seas fishing grounds would be unprofitable. In fact, on aggregate, subsidies to high seas fishing (more than $4 billion per year) are more than twice larger than the profits. These results support the idea of eliminating subsidies that perpetuate overfishing and destruction of the marine environment. For a bolder proposal for conservation of the high seas, watch my TED talk (link at @enricsala profile) @natgeopristineseas@natgeo@globalfishingwatch#highseas
Photograph by @simonagerphotography
My dear friend José Andrés, today celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jaleo, the first restaurant he opened in DC. The City Council named today, May 29, Jaleo Day - and José Andrés Day! Congratulations @chefjoseandres humanitarian, conservationist, chef, entrepreneur, and above all, a wonderful person
A female mountain gorilla grooms a large male. Gorillas are peaceful animals with an intense social life.
There are about 900 mountain gorillas left on earth, living in a mountain forest surrounded by a stone wall. At the other side of the wall there are a thousand people per square kilometer. A sea of wild nature surrounded by a sea of humanity. The good news is that Rwanda has developed a phenomenal ecotourism program that keeps the gorillas safe, employs many local people, and brings in huge revenue to the country. It's the most successful example of conservation business. We need more of that around the world - and many more gorillas.
From the cactus plains of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert to the underwater mountains of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, our national monuments and public lands are at the core of who we are as a nation, and their conservation means development as much as it does protection. But 24 of them are under review by the Department of the Interior. The time to speak up is now: tell the DOI why protecting our national monument matters. Please use the link in my bio to submit your comment NOW @natgeo@natgeopristineseas#protecttheselands