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Marine Conservation Zones are not without controversy. That this issue is a headline in commercial aggregate industry publication might give a clue why Defra is being so slow and timid in its designation of this critically important network
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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust welcomes the Government’s decision to designate immediately 27 of the 127 recommended Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
Well it's a start. A bit slow but at least DEFRA has finally got round to doing something about protecting our astonishingly rich inshore marine biodiversity. We may be well behind other countries but the work is at last underway.
Organisations like Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have done a lot of work and spent a lot of money and staff time contributing to the DEFRA's long-winded and somewhat unfocussed consultation processes. As a Hampshire lad I am profoundly grateful to them for their foresight and investment in out marine riches.
SOLENT Coastguard has issued a warning to people not to touch a powerful jellyfish which has been spotted along our shores.
Portuguese man-of-war is to be treated with great respect I have not seen one in the UK; ironically my only encounter with the Indian ocean was guarded by a wreck of the thousands of the beasts. There were so many of the colonial creatures washed ashore close to Wilderness, South Africa, that we could not even risk a paddle. So near and yet so far.
Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species – from oysters to dolphins (Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report http://t.co/Bv30QUypWt)...
No quick fixes for toxic oilspills into complex marine ecosystems.
I hope that this goes ahead as it will produce a lot of green energy and bring much needed employment to the area.
This report shows that in the Gulf of California, fisheries landings are positively related to the local abundance of mangroves and, in particular, to the productive area in the mangrove-water fringe that is used as nursery and/or feeding grounds by many commercial species
Commercial fisheries and a high natural capital can exisit side by side; that is the long term goal for sustainability champions.
This report shows that mangroves are a good case study of the mitigation of coastal erosion whilst supporting healthy fisheries and rich wildlife.
Marine Conservation Zones designated
The process has been long and slow but the level of public support for the designation of a network of protected marine spaces has been huge. A two and half year public consultation process involving one million stakeholders recommended the establishment of 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas across England.
Today the Government confirms immediate designation of 27 Marine Conservation Zones, The Wildlife Trusts welcome this first step towards the creation of a network so absolutely vital to ensure the healthy future of our seas.
The United States and its allies on Wednesday called for the establishment of Antarctic marine reserves that Russia has previously blocked by questioning the legality of such sanctuaries in an area where it has fishing interests.
||In July, however, Russia and Ukraine blocked a proposal by the United States and New Zealand that envisioned a 640,000 square mile (1.65 million square kilometer) reserve in the Ross Sea, a deep Antarctic bay south of the Pacific Ocean.
The Russian delegation said that further clarification was needed to determine whether the body was legally able to establish marine protected areas in the Ross Sea, though a World Wildlife Fund representative told RIA Novosti that Russia opposed the plan because it would affect the nation’s fishing industry.|Z|
Overlooking feeding grounds of the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle in Monterey, representatives from Indonesia and California signed a declaration on Tuesday to establish an international partnership to conserve the sea turtle...
I was once lucky enough to see a leatherback turtle, the fourth largest living reptile, that had been washed ashore on the River Severn. It was an astonishing sight and a reminder to me that we have reduced out marine diversity to such an extent that a creature that is still native to British waters in the summer months is endangered world wide.
A new study finds that more than 20% of imported wild caught seafood by weight comes from illegal sources, valued at between $1.3 billion and $2.1 billion.
Catch quotas and sustainability brand marks rely on honesty and accuracy. This study provides worrying evidence that the level of illegal fishing in a mature and well regulated market such as the US is at least one fifth of the total.
The Island’s MP has said he is very pleased that a Minister from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) George Eustice MP is set to visit the Island following a wide-ranging discussion about Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
At last the prospect of some protection for the inshore biodiversity of the solent coastline. Marine Conservation Zones have been a long time in the waiting and there are still obstacles in the way of this basic level of marine coastal conservation.
This Hampshire lad is looking forward to greater protection for coastal wildlife. The Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's hard work in providing thousands of pounds worth of staff time and expertise may at last pay off.
Most of the concern about carbon dioxide is focused on the quantity in the atmosphere and its effect on climate. But rising CO2 levels in the oceans can have equally significant effects on the ecosystems of the seas. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss...
Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are leading to acidification of the planet's oceans (and we are a watery planet that should perhaps have been called Ocean rather than Earth) with commensurate changes to marine ecosystems.
We humans live life fast, so it makes sense that our perception matches that pace. Though, not all creatures on the planet are so rushed. Corals and sponges go about their lives so [...]
"This is probably one of the most rapturously beautiful pieces of video on the web because it wasn’t taken with a regular videocamera. Slow Life was assembled from a series of 150,000 macro shots taken mostly with a Canon 5D Mk III and MP-E 65 mm lens. This allowed Stoupin to produce a video with 4K resolution and very sharp focus. Each frame of the video is actually a stack of 3-12 shots that merges the in-focus areas. Processing time was about 10 minutes for each of these frames, and there are a lot of them. You should definitely full-screen this"
The Wildlife Trusts welcome Defra’s release of the list of 37 sites for a second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), which are due for consultation in 2015.
They stressed that scientists have recommended that 127 MCZ's be created.
27 Marine Conservation Zones around the English coast covering an area the size of Wiltshire.
We have a decade to save the oceans – is the solution public-private partnerships?
Want to buy shares in a Blue Whale? That may be the only solution to the tragedy of the commons that afflicts our marine resources, owned by no-one but abused by many, suggests a 'blue ribbon panel'.
Applying financial values to biodiversity is anathema to both die hard conservationsists and deeply held spiritual values. It may be a hard truth but the beauty and wonder of wildife is no guarantee that it will not be exploited to the point of extinction.
||"We've got 10 years to set the oceans on a course that is sustainable, or they will be in a terminal state of decline," says the chair of the panel, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a coral reef biologist from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
The panel says conservation will only work if it delivers acceptable economic benefits. The solution, it says, lies in public-private partnerships that bring together fishing communities, corporations and governments.
"We want to link custodians of marine resources to the customers for those resources," says Hoegh-Guldberg. "Often the seafood trade is not producing benefits for coastal people. That has to change if those resources are going to be protected."||
Independent panel's report on much-used technology proves controversial The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response – a few of the 2.5- to three-metre...
Environmental stress is affecting cetaceans world wide. These highly evolved sophisticated marine mammals are the canaries of the seas. We ignore the message that they are in trouble at our own peril.
Sonar strikes again?