Book club: ‘What has nature ever done for us?” by Tony Juniper

‘A life-belt for the planet. Read this book and change the world.’ To kick-off the New Year, we are starting off with a book club review with a twist. For the first time ever, this month’s featured book is not primarily ocean themed at all. Instead Tony Juniper’s ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ … More Book club: ‘What has nature ever done for us?” by Tony Juniper

Zebrafish genes may hold the key to fixing human scars

A new study based in the UK is now underway to determine if the genes of the rapidly-healing zebrafish can help people afflicted by scarring. If successful it could be life changing for millions of people. Last month saw the start of a new five-year study, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, into … More Zebrafish genes may hold the key to fixing human scars

Over 1.5 billion Covid-19 face masks estimated to enter oceans in 2020

A new report released this week has revealed that the global Covid-19 pandemic has seriously increased the amount of plastic pollution entering the marine environment due to a surge in disposable face masks and other PPE. It highlights yet again how our short sightedness is negatively effecting the world around us. As if 2020 hasn’t … More Over 1.5 billion Covid-19 face masks estimated to enter oceans in 2020

Circadian rhythms within aquaculture: on the path for a sustainable future

Written by Charlie Gregory Sustainable and efficient aquaculture practices will be essential to meet the demands of a growing human population. However, to achieve this the natural biological clocks of the organisms being cultivated must start to be properly taken into account. All organisms share a common theme, whether it’s a plant closing its leaves … More Circadian rhythms within aquaculture: on the path for a sustainable future

Book club: ‘Turning the Tide on Plastic’ by Lucy Siegle

‘A powerful call to arms coupled with practical tools to make decisive change’ Long before the issue of plastic pollution captured the attention of the masses, there were a handful of individuals who bravely stepped forward to ring the alarm bell and warn us of what was really happening. One of those was journalist, broadcaster … More Book club: ‘Turning the Tide on Plastic’ by Lucy Siegle

Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest parts of the ocean

A new study into deep-sea fish and crustaceans has revealed the presence of anthropogenic mercury pollution at the deepest points in the ocean, including the Marianna Trench. Researchers suggest that the most likely source of the toxic chemical is the sinking bodies of dead fish from the surface. Mercury pollution in the ocean is an … More Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest parts of the ocean

Oceans becoming more stratified due to global warming

A worrying new study, by a group of international researchers from China and the US, has found that our oceans are becoming more layered and resistant to vertical mixing, due to increased warming at the surface from climate change. In the ocean, stratification occurs between water with different physical properties, such as temperature, salinity and … More Oceans becoming more stratified due to global warming

The secret surfing skills of hitchhiking remoras

A new study into the fluid dynamics of blue whales has given researchers the first ocean recordings of their famous hitchhiking partner, the remora, revealing the suckerfish’s secret whale-surfing skills as they ride aboard the world’s largest animal. Sticking to the bodies of sharks, whales and other large marine creatures is a well-known specialty of … More The secret surfing skills of hitchhiking remoras

Massive iceberg on alarming collision course with marine life haven

The world’s largest iceberg, A68a, is currently on course to ground itself off the coast of sub-Antarctic island South Georgia, which could have some serious negative implications for local marine life including penguins and seals. In 2017, A68a became the largest iceberg in the world’s oceans when it broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula. Ever … More Massive iceberg on alarming collision course with marine life haven