Reasons to be cheerful #2

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of negative news about the ocean, and so here are some cheerier things to think about that have been in the news recently. It’s not all bad. Microbeads are going to be banned in the UK There was talk a while ago about the government working with…

Reasons to be cheerful

My newsfeed has been full of pretty depressing ocean stories lately, and just scrolling through for a couple of minutes has been leaving me feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.  Photos of marine life tangled up in nets, piles of dead sharks and thousands of bright pink plastic bottles washed ashore from containers that went overboard…

So you want to create a Marine Protected Area?…

Why are we so keen to establish more Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)?  MPAs help the ocean to withstand the impacts of climate change, which is raising its temperature and acidity, as well as helping it to recover from overfishing and marine pollution. A healthy ocean is ecologically really complex, with a huge range of species and lots of individuals. This makes…

The lungs of our planet

Today is Oceans Day at the climate change negotiations conference, COP21, in Paris. It’s really important not to forget how much we rely on the ocean. It’s a major source of food, a massive oxygen producer, soaks up huge amounts of excess carbon and houses 80% of all life on earth. We’d be pretty stuck without it….

Art Meets Oceans: Washed Ashore Project

‘Taking beach trash and turning it into educational ocean art’ The Washed Ashore Project is a not-for-profit community-based organisation which coordinates beach cleans and then creates incredible, striking sculptures out of what is found on the shoreline. Their aim is to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution by using ‘art to save the sea’. These sculptures…

Aquaculture – the fancy word for fish farming

We’re running out of wild fish stocks, so it seems a good idea to investigate our other options, and one of those is farming fish. Farmed fish provided us with 58% of the fish we ate in 2014, and it can help try to take pressure off the wild stocks, giving them a chance to…