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I am taking the special opportunity of a light aricraft flight to Normandy as part of a grou taking the message of eel conservation to the Frnech government (ours could do with listening too).
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It follows an incident in Jersey at the weekend when a number of vessels were spotted surrounding a pod of dolphins, and a couple of boats even sailed straight through the group to take a photo.
The Marine Conservation Society says such behaviour is both irresponsible and against government rules.
The Wildlife Trusts tell the story of we can help nature to hang together.
"Working as part of the Joint Links (Wildlife & Countryside Link, Wales Environment Link, Scottish Environment Link and Northern Ireland Marine Task Force) we have recently commissioned a piece of work to examine the concept of ecological coherence against the current and proposed marine protected area network within the UK. This alongside other pieces of work, carried out by the Joint Nature Conservation Council (JNCC) and PANACHE will be discussed at this week’s Marine and Coastal Policy Forum to be held at Plymouth University within a workshop examining what we mean by ‘ecological coherence’."
By Ghislaine Maxwell Fish don’t vote; is that perhaps why the ocean and its problems are a low priority for governments and few politicians see a need to have a public opinion on ocean related issues? The ocean and its myriad of problems generally elicit a collective shrug from the general public. You are more…
The world’s rarest marine dolphin faces imminent extinction unless urgent action is taken to protect them
No time to waste NZ government please take action:-
"We are down to the last 55 dolphins, so we are calling on our political leaders to let them know it's time to take action to save these precious animals," said New Zealand Executive Director Chris Howe. "At the rate we are going the only place future generations will be able to see Maui's is in museums."
Originating in Europe, 'nature-like' fishways are now being constructed on some U.S. rivers where removing dams is not an option. Unlike traditional fish ladders, these passages use a natural approach aimed at significantly increasing once-abundant runs of migratory fish.
Barriers to diadromous fish, which live part of their lives in fresh water and part in salty seas, are strewn across water courses all over the world; most abundantly in long industrialised Europe. The impacts can be catastrophic - if fish can not complete their breeding cycles they become locally extinct. Shads are now scarce on the River Wye in Wales and the Alice Shad may be no more.
The survival of some creatures and plants is ensured by their occasional, and inexplicable, surge in number
Interesting title but the population dynamics behind the periodic population vagaries of the Atlantic Eel remain a mystery. 2013 was a good year for elvers in Gloucestershire the first for over 30 years.
"A productive and protected marine environment will be able to provide increased food security as well as employment for local fishermen, increased use of the coastal waters for recreational enjoyment such as angling and diving as well as a thriving marine ecosystem for decades to come."
Prehistoric-looking pink shark caught in Florida has only been seen a handful of times
The first sighting for ten years; the Goblin Shark by catch emphasises that we know so little about the oceans that we are plundering and polluting so carelessly.
This is amazing. Will your next generation ever be able to see one... alive?
Dredging may have harmed rare fish in a protected area, say conservationists.
Steve Hussey of Devon Wildlife Trust said: "The protection must have teeth and these places must be monitored so the protection is meaningful."
Native seahorses at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth are to benefit from confiscated equipment used to manufacture drugs.
A new spin on sea weed http://bit.ly/1hVB0nk #marine #seahorse #conservation #drugs
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.
A huge barrel jellyfish makes an appearance in an estuary near St Mawes in Cornwall
UK waters are extremely rich in jelly fish which in turn attracts the giant Leatherback Turtle. I saw the remains of the last big turtle to be washed ashore at Longney Gloucestershire; at well over two meters long it was an amazing animal tomsee in what many would assume to be an inland county.
Scientist have finalized their findings about the threat of Mediterranean Sea warming and acidification on key species and ecosystems after a 3.5 year study. They have found that this sea is warming and acidifying at unprecedented rates – the main reason is emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. This increases the CO2 in the atmosphere causing warming of the atmosphere and the ocean as well as acidification of its waters due to uptake of CO2 by surface waters.
A double whammy for the sea surrounded by land.
The Celtic Sea has its very own population of ocean giants! In an area of the Celtic Sea midway between Pembrokeshire, Cornwall and Ireland, Welsh marine conservation group Sea Trust came across a...
The second biggest of the world's animals feeding in local waters! Fin whales are a spectacular prospect for any cetacean fan. A trip across to Ireland is an more enticing prospect than ever.
A shark weighing 450lb (204kg) and stretching to eight feet (2.4m) in length was reeled in by a stunned fisherman less than a mile out to sea
The best part of this story is that the shark was merely tagged and released. Too many sharks are caught for 'sport' or soup. This top predator is in big trouble with implications for food chains worldwide. However, for a Pollack fisherman he used mighty heavy tackle if a 450 lb shark was reeled in!
Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'.
A legal challenge and accusations of cronyism; not a great background to this conflict over a World Heritage Site and global biodiversity asset without equal.
As TV pundits would say "There is nothing like the Great Barrier Reef anywhere else on the planet".
Never-before-seen images from a recent expedition to the ocean floor
Our Ocean deeps - less studied than the moon - contain mysterious life forms more amazing than Dr Who's props department (sorry Whovians no slight intended).
Plans to create areas of marine protection in Scottish waters have received almost unanimous public support, in a boost for the future of the country's mar
Only 12 objections out of 14703 responses is a huge vote in support of marine protected areas for Scotland. England has much to learn as it lags further and further behind international marine conservation programmes.
Underwater marine research and recreational scuba diving, located on the Costa Brava close to the Medes marine reserve.
"This summer (2014) we are beginning a Seahorse Project which will include a full population survey to assess the current numbers, and the pressures upon them, in a bay where seasonal anchoring is eroding the seagrass meadows. We need experienced scuba divers, marine biology students or graduates, and underwater photograhers to participate."
In a report released early this morning UNESCO has expressed concern and regret about the Federal Government’s controversial decision to allow dredge spoil dumping on the Great Barrier Reef and the serious decline of the Reef’s health.
The Greet Barrier Reef is a global asset; the only living structure viable from space. This report is a serious indictment of one government's folly in putting short term economic interests above long term global marine biodiversity resilience.
No natural leadership here from the Australian Federal Government.
A dead blue whale is slowly rotting on the beach of the western Newfoundland community of Trout River, Canada, prompting fears that the gases inside the creature will cause it to explode
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.