Writer Erik Vance discusses the Seri people and their struggle to maintain control over their fishing grounds.
In Qaqortoq, a small town in Greenland, the common view is that global warming is the best thing to have ever happened to the region.
The Upper Gulf of the Sea of Cortez, like the ancient mariner, suffers from an albatross around its neck. But this albatross swims unseen in its murky depths.
Grimmstadr, in the northeast of Iceland, has only nine residents, but the region has become the center of controversy due to a Chinese billionaire's interest in the area.
Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down by bad news from the oceans. Erik Vance shows that there's still hope: In Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, the ocean is rebounding.
When the fishermen-hunters from Qaqortoq bring back a whale, the shoppers are happy — whale meat is their favorite dish. Due to international quotas, the village is only allowed two whales per year.
For the Inuit, hunting is both an economic necessity and a pleasure. US and Canadian environment protection associations, which might have been natural allies, are now their enemies.
Erik Vance and Dominic Bracco II discuss—and illustrate!—some of the important, and exotic, species in the Sea of Cortez.
After an unusually stormy winter and a cold spring the people of Northern Iceland like to make fun of the global warming theory—but they don’t really question the scientific arguments.
Fifty years of intense fishing on Mexico's Sea of Cortez has left behind a highly depleted resource. As environmentalists struggle to find solutions, photographs capture the fishermen's daily quest.
For decades, environmentalists painted fishermen as the enemy of the seas. Today, conservation hinges on scientists and locals working together — and seeing fisherman as an intrinsic part of the sea.
Science writer Erik Vance discusses the dismal future of the global fishery on WNYC Radio.