Reasons To Be Cheerful #14

Here’s some of the good stuff that happened for the sea in July 2017. Got to keep that balance.   Zimbabwe bans polystyrene Zimbabwe is banning polystyrene for health and environmental reasons, and it’s going to help solve a whole lot of pollution problems. Kaylite, as polystyrene is known in Zimbabwe, is very common but…

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 #6

November has been a bit of a turbulent one for the conservation world, but it’s important to remember that there is a lot of good stuff going on and a lot of positive, passionate conservationists out there who will continue to do their thing. So here are some of the reasons to be cheerful about…

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…

5p plastic bag charge – for the oceans

As of today, you’ll have to pay 5p for a bag in most shops, and people, including me, will probably grumble about it at some point when they get to the checkout and realise they have no bags. The papers have pushed the importance of reducing the 8.5 billion plastic bags that were given out…