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Toxic chemicals in sunscreen creams cause major damage to coral reefs and ocean life

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website reports: Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against harmful effects of ultraviolet light threaten corals and other marine life. Healthy coral reefs are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They provide billions of dollars in economic and environmental services, such as food, coastal […]

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New fish farms in Iceland risk decimating wild salmon populations

The Guardian reports, 19th April 2019: A five-fold expansion in open-net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland’s wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country (Iceland). Next month, a parliamentary bill is expected to extend farm licenses from 10 to 16 years, while omitting critics from oversight panels and […]

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National marine park proposed at Plymouth, UK

Abigail McQuatters-Gollop of the PlanktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms of more than 20cm as the larval forms of jellyfish, squid, starfish, sea urchins, etc. and can be algae, bacterial or even viral […]

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New study shows how to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030

Oxford University news release, 4th April 2019, reports: As governments meet at the UN to negotiate towards an historic Global Ocean Treaty, a groundbreaking study by leading marine biologists has mapped out how to protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030, a target that scientists say is crucial in order to safeguard […]

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Climate Change related heatwaves are affecting not just the land but the oceans too

The Guardian reports, 4th March 2019: The number of heatwaves affecting the planet’s oceans has increased sharply scientists have revealed, killing swathes of sea-life like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest”. The damage caused in these hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and […]

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Seahorse Trust seeking a judicial review of decision to drill for oil in Poole Bay

The Seahorse Trust reports, March 2019: The Seahorse Trust (through its Director Neil Garrick-Maidment FBNA) is challenging the Secretary of State’s decision to allow drilling for oil in Poole Bay, Dorset without proper environmental impact assessment of the proposal. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy authorised Corallian Energy Limited to drill […]

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Hundreds of Dolphins dying on French beaches, fishermen the alleged culprits

Plantbasednews.com reports, 20th March 2019: Since December, nearly a thousand dolphins have been discovered dead on France’s Atlantic coast. Hundreds of dolphin corpses have been found washed up on France’s Atlantic coast, as a result of the industrial trawlers used by the fishing industry. The dolphins, who were accidentally caught in fishing nets, were reported to have […]

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Marinet Briefing Paper considers the “sixth mass extinction” facing the ocean

In the Marinet film WTF? – Where’s the Fish?, produced by Sarah Mallabar and narrated by Chris Packham, Marinet makes the forecast that the ocean could be facing a new mass extinction by 2050 where 94% of marine species have become extinct unless there is a fundamental change in mankind’s actions which impact on the […]

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Endangered sharks being eaten in UK fish and chips shops

ScienceDaily reports, 31st January 2019: Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed. University of Exeter scientists sampled shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as shark fins from an Asian food wholesaler in the UK. The majority of chip shop […]

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Plastic particles found in every dolphin, seal and whale in British waters

ScienceDaily reports, 31st January 2019: Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales — and found microplastics (less […]

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Marinet publishes YouTube recording of its UK Universities Seminar

Marinet is currently embarking on a series of seminars at UK universities in which it presents the scientific evidence and arguments for a paradigm change in the governance of human activity in the ocean, as explained by Marinet Member, Deborah Wright, in her publication Conserving The Great Blue. This two hour long seminar has been […]

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World’s wild fish stocks continue to decline, whilst aquaculture expands

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) has published its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2018, presenting FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics. Global fish production peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total. In 2016, 88 percent of the total fish production […]

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Anti-depressant pharmaceuticals are damaging marine life

Phsy.org reports, 8th October 2018: A huge rise in the number of people taking antidepressant drugs is potentially posing a threat to the environment, according to new research. An expert in the effects of human waste on marine life and an expert in ethical pharmacology, both at the University of Portsmouth, are calling for prescribers […]

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Seahorse Trust launches a “Stop The Curio Trade” campaign in seahorses worldwide

The Seahorse Trust has announced in its latest newsletter that it is launching a campaign to protect seahorses from being exploited worldwide by the curio trade. This campaign is necessary the Trust believes because, unless successful, pressure on seahorse species globally from this trade and other practices e.g. fishing and medicinal use, will lead to […]

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“Ghost” fishing gear is having a profound marine impact, says new report

The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) has published a report which studies the profound impact that “ghost fishing gear”  is having on marine animals.  The report, titled Ghosts beneath the waves states: As fishing intensifies, more fishing gear is being lost or abandoned and this is contributing to our ocean’s plastic problem. It’s […]

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Exterminating rats on the islands of Chagos could conserve its coral reefs

BBC News reports 12th July 2018: A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a “big problem” for coral reefs. Rats decimate seabird populations, in turn decimating the volume of bird droppings — a natural reef fertiliser. Scientists now advocate eradicating rats from all […]

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Commonwealth Nations agree to a Blue Charter to tackle global ocean issues

The Commonwealth Secretariat News Release, 20th April 2018, reports: Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing. Their landmark decision to adopt a Commonwealth Blue Charter will affect one third of the world’s national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and […]

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UK Seas in Crisis : Will Brexit change things?

Note: This article was commissioned by The Marine Quarterly which has agreed to the publishing of an abridged version in its Summer edition. The decline in both the health and diversity of life of British seas is a subject much reported upon. Yet in addressing the meaning of Brexit in this context it is first […]

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Coral reefs – can the Honduran reefs survive over-fishing, climate change and pollution?

The Guardian reports, 27th December 2017: “I’m like one of those old-school gangsters,” says Ralston Brooks, a park ranger on the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras. “If you’re going to do it, do it. Pop a cap.” The 37-year-old boat captain says he faces regular death threats from local fishermen because of […]

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Coral reefs – can they be protected by insurance?

The Guardian reports, 20th July 2017: A stretch of coral reef off Mexico is the testing ground for a new idea that could protect fragile environments around the world: insurance. The reef, off the coast of Cancún, is the first to be protected under an insurance scheme by which the premiums will be paid by […]

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