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Scientists debate whether Antarctic krill need greater protection

Elizabeth Grossman and Ensia.com report, 7th July 2015: Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as […]

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China wants to increase its Antarctic krill catch by 7 fold

MercoPress reports, 30th April 2015: “Conservation groups and scientists worry that China’s push to boost its harvest of krill — a shrimp-like creature used for aquaculture feed and human supplements — may leave Antarctica’s whales, seals and penguins struggling to survive. China’s leaders say they want a seven-fold increase in krill production, according to a […]

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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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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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More progress on Seal Mutilation

MARINET reported on this website four years ago about hundreds of dead seal carcases being washed up on Norfolk beaches suffering from corkscrew like injuries, some beheaded, most with deep diagonal linear lacerations of even spacing along their torsos, this appearing to have been brought about by mechanical means. At that time various possible causes […]

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Seal of Approval for Windfarms

Since their construction, the eighty-eight wind turbines of Sheringham ShoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow windfarm off the North Norfolk Coast have come under fire from critics, some of them claiming that their views from Blakeney Point have been spoilt and others that they would inhibit the fishing and wildlife of the […]

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Global Oceans Commission launches petition in support of its Report

A Global Ocean Commission press release, 3rd July 2014, states: “A week ago the Global Ocean Commission released its report and proposals for restoring ocean health. If you have not seen the report you can see it here. “As part of the Global Ocean Commission’s commitment to breathe life into its proposals it has started […]

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New Antarctic marine reserve thwarted by Russian and Chinese fishing interests

The New York Times reports, 1st November 2013: “Paris, France — International negotiations aimed at creating one of the world’s largest marine reserves in the waters off Antarctica ended in failure this week in the face of resistance from Russia, China and Ukraine. In the talks, held in Hobart, Tasmania, under the auspices of the […]

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Over 700 seals counted in the Thames estuary

The Guardian, 19th August 2013, reports: “More than 700 seals have been spotted in the Thames Estuary in the first ever count carried out by air, land and water. Conservationists and volunteers recorded 708 grey and harbour seals along the Thames in a survey stretching up the estuary to Tilbury, the Zoological Society of London […]

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Scottish company has visionary proposals for the sustainable farming of salmon on land

Scottish salmon is facing a challenge to its reputation as one of Britain’s best loved everyday luxuries, with scares over diseases and sea lice, heavy use of pesticides and seal killing raising fears about its environmental impact. A new fish-farming company called Fishfrom believes it can help solve the industry’s problem, and even partly solve […]

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Will the culling of seals revive Canada’s lost cod stocks?

Canada’s multimillion dollar proposal to cull grey seals will not bring back the ravaged stocks of Atlantic cod it is intended to help, scientists have said. In October, the Canadian Senate approved a controversial plan to kill 70,000 grey seals in the Gulf of St Lawrence under a bounty system next year, ostensibly to revive […]

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