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….

Are MPAs becoming fashionable?

Pitcairns…Kermadecs…Nazca-Desventuradas…Easter Island and now Palau. All these Marine Protected Area designations or proposals have sprung up in the last year or so. It seems that the MPA movement is gaining momentum and with more and more countries proposing or designating large proportions of their national waters to be protected from damaging human activities, it seems…

Marine Conservation Zones

On the 30th of January 2015 only 23 of the 37 Marine Conservation Zones proposed by DEFRA for UK waters were put forward by the government for public consultation. This is frustrating as it is not the first time this has happened in the UK and proposed areas have fallen through. In 2013, 127 MCZs…