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Aboard the Don Luciano, the day’s catch of Southern hake (Merluccius australis) is disappointing. Today’s labor will earn each worker the equivalent of about $10.
Southern hake tangled in gill nets on the deck of the Don Luciano. Chile’s hake stock is considered overexploited and in risk of collapse—as are at least 12 more of the country’s 20 largest fishery stocks.
Two hours off the Pacific coast of Chile, the crew of the Don Luciano pull in nets of Southern hake (Merluccius australis). Despite a governmental monitoring system, illegal and unreported fishing decimate stocks and undercut the price of fish caught legally.
Their early morning’s work complete, Mario Rojas (center) and crew get a lift from a crane onto the pier at Valparaiso, Chile. Rojas, 58, is a fourth-generation fisherman.
Lucy Espindola, a single mother of two, has worked at Valparaiso’s main fish market for 25 years. Healthy fish stocks don’t just benefit the environment; they also help support some 200 million jobs worldwide.
Artisanal fishing boats set sail well before dawn from the port at Concepción, Chile. The country’s 9,300-boat artisanal fleet brings in over half its total annual catch.
Stewards of America's Last Grasslands
Ranchers in the Northern Great Plains talk about the unique landscape they work with every day and why it must be preserved. Learn more about WWF's work in the Northern Great Plains.
A Ranching Tradition
The Perman family shares the story of ranching through generations. WWF works with ranchers like the Permans in the Northern Great Plains to conserve America's last intact grasslands for generations to come. Learn more about WWF's work in the Northern Great Plains.
Ranchers of the Northern Great Plains
The grasslands of the Northern Great Plains are important not just for families like the Permans that ranch there but for all Americans. WWF works with ranchers to preserve America's last intact grasslands. Learn more about WWF's work in the Northern Great Plains.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef
An Otter Swims in Lake Niassa
Since 2006, WWF has been working with lakeside communities and Mozambican government agencies to designate a community-based reserve along the shores of Lake Niassa and build the capacity of the communities to protect the natural resources of the region. The team is using...
Judy Takats, Senior Program Officer, WWF, helps release a sturgeon into the wild.
Collaring a Zebra to Track Its Record Migration
Stop the Don Sahong Dam and Save Mekong Dolphins: Voices from Impacted Communities- Heng Somborey
The newly proposed Don Sahong Dam could herald the extinction of the rare and revered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. Today, just 85 survive in a small stretch of the Mekong River. The sound waves from the initial explosions to clear tons of rock could potentially kill dolphin...
Aerial shot of a winding river, Amazon rainforest, Loreto region, Peru
ARPA: Permanent Protection for the Amazon
The Amazon is home to 30 million people and hundreds of thousands of species. But its value goes beyond South America. By recycling the world's carbon dioxide into oxygen the Amazon revitalizes our entire planet. Hear why people from all over the world cherish this region...
WWF's Tom Dillon on protecting the people and their livelihoods
The Brazilian Amazon is home to 20 million people. Hear from WWF-US Senior Vice President Forests, Grasslands and Freshwater Tom Dillion how their livelihoods depend on the region's protected forests.
WWF's Meg Symington on conserving the Amazon's biodiversity
Meg Symington, managing director of the WWF-US Forests Program, explains how protecting the Amazon's forests is integral to protecting the region's biodiversity and regulating climate.
WWF's Carter Roberts on permanently protecting the Amazon
The Brazilian government's Amazon Region Protected Areas program is the single largest tropical forest conservation program in history. WWF-US President and CEO Carter Roberts explains why this program is one of the greatest achievements in conservation.
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