marine conservation

Plankton as indicators of ecosystem change

From the crabs on the seabed to the seagulls in the sky. Angular crab larvae ...

Is the RSPB failing seabirds?

In recent reports the RSPB claim that climate change is altering the availability of sandeels and causing seabirds such as kittiwakes, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas to fail...

The demise of sharks

Whilst watching 'Warship' on Channel Five (UK) recently the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean was forced to stop in Malaysian waters to recover a dead...

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...

Seal cull shames Scotland

1,340 grey and common seals may have been shot in Scotland to protect farmed salmon and wild salmon fisheries in 2011. The quota for 2012 is 1,100....

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...

Certified sustainable: A recipe for disaster?

Sustainable is the latest buzzword in fisheries management and seafood retailing. But with experts predicting that fish stocks will be gone by 2048, can...

Keeping what’s left of the world’s ocean

The oceans are a shadow of what they once were, and it is unlikely we can keep what little we have left unless we...

Tuna destroyer

The Spanish owned and EU flagged tuna purse seiner "Albatun Tres" a 115 m, 3,200 GRT 'super, super seiner' that can net 3,000 tonnes...

Sea angling competition highlights overfishing

Old Man of Hoy, Orkney, Scotland Nothing in recent times has come close to illustrating the problem of overfishing in UK waters quite so eloquently...

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