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  • ICIJ: Plunder in the Pacific

    "Plunder in the Pacific," an eight-country investigation, revealed how Asian, European and Latin American fleets have devastated what was once one of the world’s great fish stocks. Jack mackerel in the South Pacific has decreased from around 30 million tons to less than three tons in just two decades. We found that national interests and geopolitical rivalry for six years blocked efforts to ratify a regional fisheries management organization that could impose binding regulations to rescue jack mackerel from further collapse. Bound only by voluntary restrictions, fleets competed in what amounted to a free-for-all in no man’s water.
  • Plunder in the Pacific

    "Plunder in the Pacific," an eight-country investigation, revealed how Asian, European and Latin American fleets have devastated what was once one of the world’s great fish stocks. Jack mackerel in the South Pacific has decreased from around 30 million tons to less than three tons in just two decades. We found that national interests and geopolitical rivalry for six years blocked efforts to ratify a regional fisheries management organization that could impose binding regulations to rescue jack mackerel from further collapse. Bound only by voluntary restrictions, fleets competed in what amounted to a free-for-all in no man’s water.
  • Looting the Seas: How Overfishing, Fraud and Negligence Plundered the Majestic Bluefin Tuna

    "A groundbreaking, multimedia expose on the $4 billion black market in bluefin tuna, the world's most coveted source of sushi." From professional fisheries to tuna farms in the Mediterranean and N. Africa, the business was "riddled with fraud, negligence, and criminal misconduct."
  • A Life at Sea, A Life at Risk

    In one of the most dangerous occupations in America, the fishing industry is facing government regulations which obstruct the industry and make it more dangerous. This series also focuses on the economic impact, which extends far beyond the sea to the seafood that is reaching consumers. Furthermore, the challenges facing the US fishing industry are foreign competition and changes in trends and technology.
  • Last Chance

    "The series explains that there's a 10-year opportunity to restore Louisiana's eroding coastal wetlands and shoreline, including barrier islands. If major restoration projects costing billions of dollars are not begun by then, it may be too late to save much of the ecosystem. The series explains the myriad of proposals for restoring the coast, and the bureaucratic, social, economic and scientific obstacles in their way."
  • Ben Stevens' Secret Fish Deal

    Reporter Richard Mauer investigated the previously unreported conflict of interest that Ben Stevens, president of the Alaska Senate, had in a fish-processing company on Adak Island. Mauer shows how the owners of the fisheries plant attempted to reward Stevens by granting him an option in their company, which was more valuable because of a piece of special interest legislation being presented to Congress by Ben Stevens' father Senator Ted Stevens.
  • Investigation of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    The Virginian-Pilot found wasteful spending at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Top officials spent thousands of dollars on travel and unnecessary outdoor equipment purchases. Nineteen agency employees exceeded state-imposed spending limits. Three top officials resigned or were fired after the story ran, and criminal investigations ensued.
  • Marine Attractions: Below the Surface

    This investigation examined more than 3,850 deaths of marine animals since 1972. The authors found that animals are often mistreated during captivity, and that thousands have died under human care from clorine posioning, heat exposure, capture shock and stress. This in-depth look at the $1 billion - a - year marine mammal industry reveals that not only is it riddled with problems, but also that the government is doing very little to correct them.
  • Public land, Private Profit

    This story looks at government councils in Australia that are leasing land and buildings that were worth much more at very low rates. As the reporter found out, some of the buildings could be leased for 12 times the current rate.
  • Lawmakers' pet projects hitch ride with NASA

    This story investigates congressional earmarks in the NASA budget and finds some of the members of Congress who are responsible. It found that $1.7 billion had been diverted from legitimate NASA programs during the past five years to fund pet projects that included fisheries, business jets, museum exhibits and gardening studies.