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Shetland leads the way, says chef

Shetland leads the way, says chef | Blue Planet | Scoop.it

CONTROVERSIAL celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall has endorsed Shetland’s eco-label scallop dredging model as an example for others to follow.

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It is good to see that that leadership is being shown by Shetlands fishers 

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See stars during National Marine Week - Gordon McGlone

See stars during National Marine Week - Gordon McGlone | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
See stars During The Wildlife Trusts’ National Marine Week (26 Jul – 10 Aug) A shoal of events is on offer to day-trippers and holidaymakers
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The magic of the sea shore - the place where you can come closer to spectacular invertebrates than any where else in the UK.

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Huge 20kg jellyfish spotted off Cornwall coast - Telegraph

Huge 20kg jellyfish spotted off Cornwall coast - Telegraph | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
A huge barrel jellyfish makes an appearance in an estuary near St Mawes in Cornwall
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Double trouble for the Mediterranean Sea: Acidification and warming threaten iconic species

Double trouble for the Mediterranean Sea: Acidification and warming threaten iconic species | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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.

Via Gaye Rosier
Gordon McGlone's insight:

A double whammy for the sea surrounded by land.

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Beautiful 80 foot Fin Whales spotted feeding off Pembrokeshire coast

Beautiful 80 foot Fin Whales spotted feeding off Pembrokeshire coast | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Eight-foot shark caught off north Devon coast

Eight-foot shark caught off north Devon coast | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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!

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Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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'.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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".

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10 GIFs Of Deep-Sea Creatures Encountering A Sub

10 GIFs Of Deep-Sea Creatures Encountering A Sub | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Never-before-seen images from a recent expedition to the ocean floor

Via Kathy Dowsett
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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).

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Report details 99% public support for Scottish marine protected areas - Blue and Green Tomorrow

Report details 99% public support for Scottish marine protected areas - Blue and Green Tomorrow | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Home - Marine Research and Conservation

Home - Marine Research and Conservation | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Underwater marine research and recreational scuba diving, located on the Costa Brava close to the Medes marine reserve.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

"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."

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UNESCO dumps on Great Barrier Reef dredging decision

UNESCO dumps on Great Barrier Reef dredging decision | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
 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.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 1, 6:17 AM

No natural leadership here from the  Australian Federal Government.

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Bloated whale carcass 'could explode' - Telegraph

Bloated whale carcass 'could explode' - Telegraph | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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
Gordon McGlone's insight:
I hope that the local inhabitants do not suffer the same long term fate as the story told by Para Handy in his tall tail of the stinking whale and unwisely used explosives.
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More Than 20% of Imported Wild Caught Seafood Entering the US is Illegal, New Article Estimates

More Than 20% of Imported Wild Caught Seafood Entering the US is Illegal, New Article Estimates | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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. 

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MINISTER TO VISIT ISLAND TO HEAR MCZ VIEWS

MINISTER TO VISIT ISLAND TO HEAR MCZ VIEWS | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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).
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Dolphin watchers warned - Jersey News from ITV Channel Television

Dolphin watchers warned - Jersey News from ITV Channel Television | Blue Planet | Scoop.it

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.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

The Marine Conservation Society says such behaviour is both irresponsible and against government rules. 

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Ecological coherence made simple!

Ecological coherence made simple! | Blue Planet | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Trusts tell the story of we can help nature to hang together.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

"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’."

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Ocean Conservation: Is the Tide Finally Turning?

Ocean Conservation: Is the Tide Finally Turning? | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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…
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Maui’s dolphin faces extinction unless action is taken now

Maui’s dolphin faces extinction unless action is taken now | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
The world’s rarest marine dolphin faces imminent extinction unless urgent action is taken to protect them
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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."

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Mimicking Nature, New Designs Ease Fish Passage Around Dams by Rebecca Kessler: Yale Environment 360

Mimicking Nature, New Designs Ease Fish Passage Around Dams by Rebecca Kessler: Yale Environment 360 | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.


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How eels give enemies the slip

How eels give enemies the slip | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
The survival of some creatures and plants is ensured by their occasional, and inexplicable, surge in number
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Changing Tides in Coastal Waters Protection

Changing Tides in Coastal Waters Protection | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
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Since the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 brought the ten new Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) into being, there have been some huge changes in the management of the coastal waters around England. In this guest blog Tim Robbins of the Devon & Severn IFCA explains their role and how they are working with Wildlife Trusts on protection of the marine habitats and species.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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"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."

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Rare goblin shark caught in US

Rare goblin shark caught in US | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Prehistoric-looking pink shark caught in Florida has only been seen a handful of times
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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Jim Ries's curator insight, May 4, 9:32 PM

This is amazing.  Will your next generation ever be able to see one... alive?

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Dredging fear for rare dockyard fish

Dredging fear for rare dockyard fish | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Dredging may have harmed rare fish in a protected area, say conservationists.
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Steve Hussey of Devon Wildlife Trust said: "The protection must have teeth and these places must be monitored so the protection is meaningful."

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Drug farm equipment helps to conserve seahorses

Drug farm equipment helps to conserve seahorses | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Native seahorses at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth are to benefit from confiscated equipment used to manufacture drugs.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

A new spin on sea weed http://bit.ly/1hVB0nk #marine #seahorse #conservation #drugs

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EUROPEAN UNION: Fishing capacity

EUROPEAN UNION: Fishing capacity | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
The European Commission's annual report on the European fishing fleet shows some progress towards achieving a balance between capacity and available fishing opportunities. However more remains to be done to ensure that stocks are managed in accordance with the objective of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and the Commission considers that there is still a need for active fleet capacity adjustment measures by Member States in order to achieve this. The main messages of the report are: 1. Current entries in the EU Fleet Register indicate that all Member States have complied with the levels of fishing capacity in tonnage and power. Overall the fishing capacity of the EU fleet was 16.4% below the capacity ceilings for tonnage and 10.4 % below the power ceilings. 2. On 31 December 2012 the EU fleet consisted of 76 023 vessels. The number of vessels has been reduced by 1.6 % while the tonnage and engine power decreased by 2% and 1% respectively in comparison with 2011. 3. In 2012 decommissioning with public aid was the most used management tool to reduce fishing capacity. From 1st January 2007 until 31 of July of 2012, €464 million of European Fisheries Fund payments were allocated, equating to almost 3700 vessels ceasing fishing. Excessive fishing power is a major driver for overfishing. The recent reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) obliges Member States to adjust the fishing capacity of their fleets to their fishing opportunities over time. From now on, Member States will have to include in their reports an action plan for the fleet segments with identified structural imbalance. The action plans will result in more transparency and monitoring on the Member States' targets, actions, and timelines to remedy these imbalances. Under the new CFP a proven lack of commitment from Member States to achieving a balance between fleet capacity and fishing opportunities may lead to the suspension or interruption of funding under the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Background The annual fleet report is based on Member States’ reports on their efforts to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities. Member States are responsible for achieving a stable and enduring balance between the fishing capacity of their fleet and their fishing opportunities, and to take appropriate measures to ensure this balance. This has been a requirement under the Common Fisheries Policy since 2002 and is continued in the new CFP as adopted in December 2013. Such balance contributes to the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), in particular to achieve Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) in order to ensure that fishing activities are environmentally sustainable in the long term and consistent with achieving economic, social and employment benefits. Member States are expected to apply the Commission guidelines when preparing their reports. Data collected under the Data Collection Framework (DCF) are also used. The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) has assessed the Member States' reports. The indicators used for this report are related to the sustainable and viable operation of fishing fleets, such as whether fleets: 1. rely on stocks fished above MSY levels, 2. affect stocks at high biological risk, 3. are breaking even, 4. are economically sustainable, 5. are underutilised, 6. are inactive. For further information Annual Fleet Report: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/fishing_effort/index_en.htm
Via Αλιεία alieia.info
Gordon McGlone's insight:
Maximum Sustainable Yield is a key parameter for sustainable fisheries that are not diminished in the downward spiral of a Tragedy of the Commons. Progress is slow but at least the need for persistence in the face of international politics.
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First wave of marine protection welcome say Trust

First wave of marine protection welcome say Trust | Blue Planet | Scoop.it
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust welcomes the Government’s decision to designate immediately 27 of the 127 recommended Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.

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