A landmark study by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has found bottom trawling to occur in 98% of the UK’s offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Their newly released ‘Marine unProtected Areas report’ outlines the issue of this destructive fishing practice in areas of protected sea life and calls for its ban. With our oceans already … More Trawling practices hit rock-bottom
Written by Rebecca Greatorex The Antarctic, as one of the most pristine environments on earth, is under the protection of a treaty agreed to by many countries to protect and preserve it. The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) protects everything south of 60oS which includes the entirety of the Antarctic Continent. It was implemented to highlight … More The Antarctic: Ecosystem Services and Future Threats
We are often encouraged to eat seafood because it’s good for us, but do we think about whether we eat the right kind? The oceans are teeming with variety and choice, yet when it comes to seafood consumption, we opt for a few favourites. This selectivity, at first glance nothing more than a food preference, in reality, … More Why we ought to eat ‘like a fish’
‘Eye-opening’ – Sunday Times Despite being the largest and most diverse group of all the vertebrates, fish are also one of the most misunderstood and exploited groups of animals on the planet. A majority of people imagine that fish are unfeeling, unintelligent and unremarkable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In his 2016 … More Book club: ‘What a fish knows’ by Jonathan Balcombe
Written by Oscar Speed Anthropogenic climate change is causing global rises in both air temperatures and sea surface temperatures (SSTs) through the pumping of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. This is no longer debated. Extreme Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions show potential SST increases of over 3°C by 2100. Though … More The kids are alright – or are they? How warming oceans affect life stages differently
When we think superheroes, we think big, powerful and majestic, right? So, in the ocean, the superheroes have to be the all-powerful orcas, stealthy sharks or sentient whales? Wrong! These apex predators constitute an integral part of the marine food web and represent the top tier within the hierarchy, but the magic begins right at … More Seagrasses: The ocean’s real superheroes
‘A broad view of the narwhal’s history and legend, remaining awestruck and deeply concerned for a species that remains a miraculous creation’ – Booklist. Narwhals are one of the most unique and mysterious of all the cetaceans. They spend their lives hidden in one of the few environments still unconquered by man. This makes them … More Book club: ‘Narwhals’ by Todd McLeish
Written by Eve Dean The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been portrayed as a ferocious ‘mindless eating machine’ for generations. Fears, fuelled by the media and movies, lurk in the back of people’s minds every time they step into the ocean. However, there is a creature who has, in recent years, gone head to … More Great white sharks: top predators or unlikely prey?
I recently (virtually) met with children’s author and marine conservation enthusiast Richard Shore to talk about his popular series – Hurrahtum Adventures! I wanted to know more about why he writes educational children’s books and the role they can play in inspiring future conservationists and ocean lovers. As well as more about his brand new … More An interview with Richard Shore – author of Hurrahtum Adventures!
Written by Alicia Shephard In 2020 it was announced that the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half of its corals since 1995, due mainly to warmer seas driven by climate change. But it was also the year that plans for a huge coral biobank were announced in Australia. The purpose? To provide a … More More than just a pretty reef: why corals are so important and how they might be saved