Reasons To Be Cheerful #8

In a month where we all need a bit of optimism, here’s a quick round up of some good stuff that’s happening for the sea. Air China refuses to carry shark fin cargo Air China has taken a bold step and banned cargoes of shark fins on its services which is a huge step forward…

Reasons to be cheerful #5

Antarctica’s Southern Ocean getting MPA attention  Marine Protected Area designations are gaining momentum this year, and now Antarctica is getting its turn. The importance of Antarctic waters as the ‘engine room of the ocean’ is being recognised, and discussions are underway for three potential new Marine Protected Areas to be designated to protect fragile polar…

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…