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An article in National Fisherman highlighted top findings from Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The Contributions of Small-Scale Fisheries to Sustainable Development, a collaborative research effort led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Duke University and WorldFish.

Duke University scholars and students were among more than 800 experts who contributed to the global Illuminating Hidden Harvests study detailing the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development. The collaborative research effort was led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Duke, and WorldFish.

A blog post by John Virdin (Nicholas Institute) and Raian Divanbeigi (World Bank) summarizes the findings of a World Bank Learning Engagement Note on maximizing potential job benefits in fisheries projects.

72% of Earth’s largest companies have pledged to reduce their plastic waste. A new study surveys what they’re doing (or not) to fulfill those promises.

Agreements allowing foreign vessels to fish in the waters of West African states look to be bad deals for both host countries and foreign companies. It’s time to look at the alternatives, writes John Virdin, director of the Oceans and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in an op-ed published by China Dialogue.

In a new commentary in 360info, John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, explains how illegal fishing threatens small-scale fishers and the global fishing industry's sustainability efforts. Virdin says lessons from transparency initiatives in the fashion, timber, and oil and gas industries could help end illegal fishing.

Henrik Österblom (Stockholm University) and John Virdin (Nicholas Institute) spoke to Ocean Science Radio about the dominance of the ocean economy by a small group of companies.

John Virdin was among the experts who spoke to New Scientist for a cover story on how the rapid increase in ocean-based industry can be balanced with vital environmental protections.

A new Nicholas Institute analysis suggests efforts to address plastic pollution have slowed worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. That time period has also seen a documented rise in medical waste and single-use and disposable plastics for personal protective equipment and packaging.

John Virdin spoke with the Italian newspaper il Bollettino about the impacts of the blue acceleration and ways to improve ocean sustainability.