marine conservation

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...

Big problems for the world’s biggest fish

It may surprise you that 100 million sharks are killed by people each year. What might surprise you further is that this is a...

Highly endangered sharks and sport fishing competitions

Rules are rules, no matter how endangered the species is, according to some American sport fishing competitions. The scalloped hammerhead shark (pictured) which recently won the biggest shark...

Plankton as indicators of ecosystem change

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

WWF and krill: conservation gone wrong

The Wikipedia entry for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states that 'WWF is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment'. No surprises there...

RSPB risks all on climate-change policy

The RSPB have gone on record as saying they will not oppose windfarms, despite the fact that their primary concern should be the welfare...

Sustainable commercial fishing is a myth

To claim that fishing on a commercial scale for any wild species of marine animal is sustainable is at best optimistic and at worse...

The extinction of sharks

We got over the demise of the dodo, the passenger pigeon and even the Chinese river dolphin, but will we ever get over the upcoming...

Kittiwake numbers plummet in the UK

Blue Planet Society are championing the black-legged kittiwake in Arkive's 2017 #LoveSpecies campaign. The black-legged kittiwake is a dainty gull with black-tipped silver wings, yellow...

Secret slaughter of Europe’s harbour porpoises

The harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) has the misfortune to live in some of the most heavily fished waters on earth. Thousands of these little...

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