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Seahorses – Ambassadors for Marine Conservation

Seahorses are so instantly recognisable that they almost need no introduction. Creatures of myth and storybook, it comes as a surprise to many people...

Seafood: A choice that matters

I write this blog from a little lane in a suburb in Bombay from a house that has recently been built adjoining an old...

Studying the phytoplankton with citizen science

The phytoplankton in the sea, and the plankton food web they support, underpin the rest of the marine food chain (see: The importance of plankton)....

Conserving the Falkland Islands’ natural environment

Falklands Conservation is a non-governmental organisation working to protect the wildlife in the Falkland Islands for future generations. It undertakes practical conservation projects, surveys...

What’s happening to the oceans’ phytoplankton?

Research suggests that the oceans’ phytoplankton are declining in abundance in many places. Global Biosphere September 1997 - August 1998 composite image showing the magnitude...

Bluefin tuna: a new perspective in the NE Atlantic

In 2013, Angus Campbell caught a 515lb Atlantic bluefin tuna with a rod and reel off the Isle of Harris, the Outer Hebrides. Although...

Seagrass meadows – carbon sinks and fishery powerhouses

The most underappreciated of marine ecosystems, the humble seagrass meadow. I might be biased, but seagrass meadows are just a little...

Plankton as indicators of ecosystem change

From the crabs on the seabed to the seagulls in the sky. Angular crab larvae I explained in my previous article why there wouldn't be any polar bears...

The evolution of whales

Whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans (for their classification in the mammalian order Cetacea) have long captured the attention of humans. From...

Are we winning the battle to save sea turtles?

We have come a long way since early conservationists started with many beleaguered nesting sea turtle populations in the middle to the late part of the...

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