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Ocean Acidification due to elevated atmospheric CO2 levels : an explanation

We provide here an article, based on a Smithsonian Institute background paper, which explains the process leading to the current reduction in the alkalinity of the ocean (acidification) and the related hypotheses and thinking about the consequences. This reduction in the ocean’s alkalinity is directly attributable to elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, 50% […]

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We’re Listening – A new perspective emerging in marine dredging

To borrow the catchphrase of Dr Frasier Crane “I’m listening” I wanted to share the experience Stephen Eades and I had on 20th June in London that brought this to mind. For years Marinet attended the East Channel Dredging Association (ECA) meetings where we constantly raised the issue about discharged dredging waters from the dredging […]

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When is a Marine Protected Area real or an illusion?

Marinet reports: The UK Government has announced, 31st May 2019, that the Marine Conservation Zone Network for England — part of the UK’s “Blue Belt” programme of marine protected areas (MPAs) has been extended by 41 new sites, bringing the overall total to 91 sites. The UK government’s news release states: “With 50 zones already […]

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Who owns the UK fishing industry and its fishing quotas?

Prior to the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community (EEC/EU) in 1974 and the establishment of the fishing quota system under the auspices of the European Common Fisheries Policy in 1983 UK fisheries were an open resource to UK fishermen. That is to say, UK fishermen could fish within and beyond the UK’s territorial […]

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Sicily’s Aeolian archipelago should be a MPA, says Oceana

Oceana news release, 22nd May 2019: Recognition of the high biodiversityBiological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals. value of the sea surrounding the Aeolian Islands goes back decades, with the region first being formally identified by the Italian government in the 1980s as a potential area […]

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Deep ocean mining will destroy vital new medicines, say scientists

The Guardian reports, 20th May 2019: When Prof Mat Upton discovered a microbe from a deep-sea sponge was killing pathogenic bugs in his laboratory, he realised it could be a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistant superbugs, which are responsible for thousands of deaths a year in the UK alone. Further tests last year confirmed that an […]

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How severe is the crisis in Mediterranean fish stocks?

In June 2018 the EU Commission reported that in the Mediterranean Sea, out of 47 stocks only around 13% (6 stocks) are not over-fished.  These stocks were red mullet in the South Tyrrhenian Sea and also the Adriatic Sea, European anchovy in the Aegean Sea, deep-water rose shrimp in the Ligurian Sea and also the North Tyrrhenian Sea, […]

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Baltic Cod stock now in critical condition: will it survive?

DW (Deutsche Welle) reports 15th April 2019:   NGOs are calling on the fisheries ministers of all EU Baltic member states to immediately end fishing in the Eastern Baltic. This follows a report by scientists showing cod stocks at a critically low level. According to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), […]

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EU still over-fishing over 40% of fish stocks, says Pew Trust

Andrew Clayton, Pew Trust, reports 4th April 2019:   The European Union is required by law to end over-fishing in its waters by 2020 but has a long way to go to achieve that, despite EU fisheries ministers’ claims that their agreed 2019 limits for more than 140 stocks show progress toward sustainability. Complicating the […]

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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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Cornwall IFCA faces legal challenge over refusal to halt illegal commercial fishing of juvenile bass

Fish Legal report 12th April 2019: Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has been threatened with judicial review following a decision not to introduce a new emergency byelaw which would have protected juvenile bass from commercial fishing nets. The IFCA has been given formal notice by Fish Legal, acting on behalf of its member the […]

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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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Is the new proposed High Seas Treaty up to the job? Marinet commentary

We provide here a link to a Marinet commentary, April 2019, on the publication 30X30 A Blueprint for Ocean Protection published by Greenpeace (Germany) and Edinburgh, York and Oxford Universities (UK).   The Greenpeace and associated universities publication proposes the creation of marine protected areas covering 30% of the oceans by 2030 as a central […]

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Update on High Seas Treaty proposals and negotiations

Sciencemag.org reports, 3rd April 2019: No flag can claim the high seas, but many nations exploit them. As a result, life in the two-thirds of the oceans beyond any country’s territorial waters faces many threats that are largely unregulated, including over-fishing and the emerging deep-sea mining industry. Now, nations are negotiating the first-ever high-seas conservation treaty, which the […]

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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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“Marine snow” (carbon debris) functions to cool the planet, says study

Phys.org reports, 13th March 2019: University of Sydney scientists have modelled how carbonate accumulation from ‘marine snow’ in oceans has absorbed carbon dioxide over millennia and been a key driver in keeping the planet cool for millions of years. The study, published in Geology, also helps our understanding of the ocean’s future capacity to store […]

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No fishing MPA created around Ascension Island in south Atlantic

Cleanseas.org reports, March 2019: Ascension Island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is getting a new marine protected area twice the size of the United Kingdom (UK). Full protection of 443,000 square kilometres of ocean around the British overseas territory will safeguard green turtles, swordfish, sharks, tuna and marlin as well as frigatebirds and terns. UN Environment […]

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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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