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 #7

President Obama bans oil and gas drilling in Arctic, indefinitely President Obama has permanently banned drilling for oil and gas in the majority of US Arctic waters, and is preventing future leasing.  Importantly, he has taken steps to prevent the undoing of this new ocean protection legacy that he will leave behind him in the…

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 #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…

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…