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Oceans are the world’s seventh largest economy, says WWF

The Guardian reports, 22nd April 2015: “The monetary value of the world’s oceans has been estimated at US$24tn in a new report [WWF: Reviving The Ocean Economy: The Case For Action — 2015] that warns that overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting an unprecedented strain upon marine ecosystems. The report, commissioned by WWF, states […]

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Greenpeace secures judicial review of how UK fishing quotas are distributed

Greenpeace press report, 24th April 2015, states: “A full judicial review into the government’s decision to continue to give nearly the entire UK fishing quota to domestic industrial and foreign corporations, at the expense of local, low impact fishermen, has been given the green light by the High Court today. “Mrs Justice Andrews granted permission […]

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Award for Isle of Arran MPA and COAST founder

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) reports in its April 2015 newsletter: “Howard Wood, chairman and co-founder of COAST has been awarded the highly prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work with COAST promoting sustainable management of Arran’s seas. It is the first time this international award, the largest prize for grass roots environmentalists […]

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Deep sea fish showing adverse effects of pollution

Societyforscience.org reports, 19th April 2015: “Far below the ocean’s surface is a dark, mysterious world. There, it’s too deep for the sun’s rays to penetrate. Very few people have seen this world. Even fewer have studied the health of its inhabitants — oddly named fish such as the greater forkbeard, black scabbardfish and orange roughy. […]

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Explaining erosion in simple terms

A letter recently appeared in the weekly Great Yarmouth Mercury from reader B. J. Rudd, who demonstrated an acute and perceptive understanding of the mechanism as to why the sand is being lost from our beaches. His ‘theory’ is in fact just what’s happening, but not dressed up in the complex terminology of coastal geomorphology […]

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Norway approves plan to dump mining waste at sea

The Guardian reports, 17th April 2015: “Environmentalists promised civil disobedience after Norway’s government approved a controversial plan for a mining company to dump millions of tonnes of waste into a fjord. Campaigner Anne-Line Thingnes Førsund looks out over Norway’s Førde Fjord, where the mining company Nordic Mining has been approved to dump 6m tonnes of […]

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Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling plans rejected

The Guardian reports, 14th April 2015: “Japan’s hopes of resuming its whale hunts in the Southern Ocean have suffered a setback after International Whaling Committee experts said its latest plan offered no scientific justification for the slaughter. “The IWC panel said Japan’s revised programme, known as Newrep-A, did not contain enough information for experts to […]

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Hundreds of Scottish seals being killed each year

The Dodo.com and The Seal Protection Group report, 11th April 2015: “Hundreds of seals are being killed every year in U.K. waters in secret seal cullings — and hardly anyone knows about it. “If people knew the price that was being paid by seals for salmon they wouldn’t be prepared to buy them,” Andy Ottaway […]

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Ocean acidification : we’ve been here before

The Independent reports, 9th April 2015: “They call it the Great Dying because it was the biggest mass extinction in history, and now scientists have discovered the first hard evidence that ocean acidification was the coup de grace that killed off more than 90 per cent of marine life 252 million years ago. “In a […]

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5 to 12 million tonnes of waste plastic entering the oceans each year

The Ecologist reports, 4th April 2015: “An unimaginably large volume of plastic debris is reaching the world’s oceans every year, write Britta Denise Hardesty & Chris Wilcox — and it’s set for a ten-fold increase over the next decade, adding to the already terrible toll on marine life from turtles to seals, sea birds and […]

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Pew Trust launches report to end over-fishing in NW Europe’s seas

The Pew Trust published, 26th March 2015, a report titled “Turning the Tide” (very large pdf file) which sets out the history of over-fishing of NW Europe’s seas since 1945 along with a proposal for the recovery of fish stocks in the future. Their press release states: “The seas of north-western Europe — the North, […]

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Institute of Fisheries Management issues statement on Sea Bass

The Institute of Fisheries Management issued the following statement on proposals and actions relating to the management of Sea Bass: “The European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, is a vulnerable species in a changing and dynamic climate. A combination of slow growth, late maturity, spawning aggregation, and strong site fidelity increases the vulnerability of bass to […]

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Antarctic ice shelves melting dramatically

The Guardian reports, 26th March 2015: “The ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, researchers have warned. “A team of US scientists looked at 18 years’ worth of satellite data and found the floating ice shelves that skirt the continent are […]

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North East MEP tackles sea pollution at Whitburn

Europe and You reports, 10th March 2015: “The North Sea coast is heavily polluted, a new report has confirmed. “The European Environment Agency has collated data from across Europe looking at a number of different factors. “When it comes to water quality, the poorest quality showed up along the South coast of England, northern France, […]

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The Atlantic Dawn, alias Annelies Ilena, “the ship from hell”

Britishseafishing.co.uk reports that the Atlantic Dawn has been described as the ship from hell. Charles Clover, author of The End of the Line, states “Atlantic Dawn … is the greatest fish killing machine the world has ever seen.” Atlantic Dawn was the world’s largest trawler — and the most controversial fishing vessel ever built. It […]

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Dutch trawler convicted of illegal fishing in Irish seas

The Irish Times reports, 27th March 2015: “The skipper of the world’s largest trawler has been convicted of breaching EU fishing regulations on board a vessel that’s half a metre longer than the Croke Park pitch [144 metres] “Two of the five charges against Gerrit Plug, skipper of the 144.6-metre Annelies Ilena, were rejected on […]

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Stemming the presence of plastic bags in the oceans

Sarah Baulch on Isonomia, 27th March 2015, observes: “True horror lies not in crumbling Gothic graveyards or the trappings of midnight movies but in the disturbing implications of mundane things. Having spent years researching the impacts of marine debris and long hours looking at pictures of creatures with plastic clogging their stomachs, now when I […]

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Arctic sea ice: profound seasonal changes confirmed by new study

ClimateProgress.org reports, 26th March 2015: “The 2015 Arctic sea ice maximum is the lowest on record. “Arctic sea ice has been in a virtual death spiral for over three decades now with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise, and permafrost melt. Not only has the surface area or extent of sea ice declined […]

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Seal mutilation investigation continues

Over four years ago, our website columns reported over 100 seals appearing as corpses strewn on our Scottish and East Anglian beaches. The victims had suffered ‘Corkscrew Deaths’, the term given to the deep evenly spaced lacerations running as a linear spiral down their bodies. Similar findings were reported later from the German sea coast. […]

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Deep Sea Conservation Coalition mounts a new campaign to end deep sea fishing

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition has announced, October 2014, a new campaign and published a leaflet to end deep sea fishing in UK and EU seas. The leaflet states: “Most of the targeted fishing for deep-sea species in UK waters is carried out by French and Spanish fleets. These fleets are primarily fishing in UK […]

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