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…

“Not for the faint-hearted” – Living Blue Planet Report 2015

Here’s a snapshot from the opening pages of the WWF-ZSL ‘Living Blue Planet Report, 2015’. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, warned readers of the 2014 Report that it was “not for the faint-hearted”. This one isn’t either, but it’s important that we fully appreciate the state of the ocean so we can understand…

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…

Art Meets Oceans: Luke Jerram

A redundant fleet in the forest I came across this article recently which features a slightly different art installation, ‘Withdrawn’, made up of redundant fishing vessels placed in the forest near Bristol in South-West England. The artist, Luke Jerram, has created a way for the public to appreciate the current state of the oceans and fast-dwindling…