Reasons To Be Cheerful #15

September was a great month for ocean conservation, check out some of the positive news below. Huge pub chain cuts out straws Wetherspoons, a huge UK pub chain, has announced that it’s going to phase out plastic straws from its pubs, switching to paper straws instead from January 2018. This is great news as this…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #13

Big commitments at the United Nations Ocean Conference The Ocean Conference took place in New York at the beginning of June, a solid week of negotiations and partnerships for ocean conservation. It was a groundbreaking week of commitments, which led to the release of a strong call to action for the health of the oceans….

Reasons To Be Cheerful #12

May 2017 marks a whole year of Reasons To Be Cheerful. Here’s some positive ocean news from last month. Basking shark hangout could get MPA status A new proposed marine protected area could be designated to protect endangered basking sharks off the coast of Scotland. It’s normally really difficult to protect species that migrate a long…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #10

From vaquita rescues to dugong drones and plastic bag bans to hydrophones, a lot of good stuff happened for the sea in March 2017. New study reveals success of Palau MPAs  A new study has just been published showing that Marine Protected Areas in Palau are working really well and are effectively increasing fish stocks….

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…

Reasons to be cheerful #4

New MPAs in UK Overseas Territories The UK has designated a huge area of our Overseas Territories as marine protected areas. The areas are located around islands in the Pacific and Atlantic, where some areas will fully ban commercial fishing, but will continue to allow smaller-scale, more sustainable fishing. Some will allow some commercial fishing,…

Reasons to be cheerful #3

There are a lot of positive people out there who are stepping up for the sea and making changes to protect it. Here are a few reasons to be cheerful about the state of the ocean from the last month. Ikea goes circular Our society is pretty wasteful, but Ikea are taking a step towards tackling this by creating…