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…

The weird, the wonderful and the downright ugly

Wolffish, Goblin shark, Viperfish, Vampire squid. These fierce sounding species hang out in the depths of the ocean, doing whatever they do down there, which we actually don’t know a lot about. Much of the deep sea hasn’t been explored by humans, and if you look at this animation you’ll see why. Check out this link before reading the rest to…

Our ocean giants

Our ocean giants are the species at the top of the food chain, also known as the apex predators, which roam the oceans with little to fear except us. Sharks, whales and dolphins are all crucial to the health of the oceans but they are under threat from intensive fishing and marine pollution. These huge…

Who doesn’t want to tweet a shark?

I’ve recently discovered the great white shark research being done by the scientists at OCEARCH, and keeping up with the great whites of the world has become a bit addictive. Global data on mature great whites is lacking and this project is helping to fill the knowledge gap. Sharks are tagged, measured and assessed on a…

Switch the fish – how you can help

Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world – Desmond Tutu I’m veggie because I don’t want to eat fish. Not eating meat just followed on from that. I consider it my little bit of good for the environment. I…

Global Fishing Watch

90% of global fisheries are thought to be fully exploited or over-fished (UNFAO, 2014). Global Fishing Watch is a collaboration between SkyTruth, Oceana and Google, who have created this interactive tool where all trackable fishing vessels can be located on a map. It is currently in the prototype stage and it will be available to…

Which fish?

Choosing sustainable seafood and making ethical choices can make shopping a daunting task. How are you meant to know which to choose? Several handy guides have been produced to help you quickly identify the more sustainable options. These are just a few: National Geographic The National Geographic has produced an interactive ‘Seafood Decision Guide’ which…