Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Written by Eleanor Gilbert In July 2018, a team of divers – biologists from the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology – watched as corals spawned.  Using nets, they captured tiny eggs and sperm that were released into the water and brought them back to the lab. The goal: to crossbreed … More Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

Written by Janey Sellars The media presents a huge platform of which to relay information in a way that influences the way people perceive things. Since the 21st century, technology and online databases have developed significantly and the global media is expanding as a result, reaching more people than ever before. Human perceptions, values and … More Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

A group of over 100 charities and organisations from across Europe have signed a new document laying out a clear plan of action for the EU to take in protecting our oceans by 2030. In December last year the European Union’s new ‘green deal’ was unveiled to the world to some very mixed reviews. Whilst … More ‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Written by Rhodri Irranca-Davies Around the world there is now a growing demand for more comprehensive monitoring of Earth’s vulnerable deep-sea habitats and species. Not only will this help us to better understand the myriad of anthropogenic effects that we as humans are subjecting on the planet, but also protect the diverse spectrum of animals … More Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

Researchers from Caltech and Stanford have fitted moon jellyfish with specialised microelectronics to help them swim 3x faster than normal. It is hoped these bionic jellies could help us better monitor ocean health in the future. It might sound like something straight out of a bad science fiction movie, but bionic jellyfish are now 100% … More Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Wandering albatross are one of the most majestic seabirds in the world, but new research shows these ocean sentinels can also be used to help locate the illegal fishing vessels causing them harm. With the wingspan of a small car and a life spent almost entirely at sea wandering albatross are perhaps the most qualified … More Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Parrotfish: the gender fluid narcoleptics that poop out beaches

Parrotfish may look like your typical reef fish, but look past the bright colours and they are actually extremely interesting and ecologically important.   It is hard to choose which of the parrotfish’s many incredible characteristics and unique abilities is most remarkable. Is it their beautiful colours and patterns that gave them their name? Their … More Parrotfish: the gender fluid narcoleptics that poop out beaches

What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?

After months of extreme burning and a resulting ecological crisis that has caught the attention of the entire world, the Australian bushfires are starting to die down. However there may still be some serious problems to follow in the marine environment surrounding the continent. There has been no escaping it in recent weeks. Extreme conditions … More What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?