I am excited about the really excellent content for issue 3.
The most serious problems that threaten the global ocean are over-fishing, pollution and ‘the other CO2 problem’, namely ocean acidification. These were tackled at the “Our Ocean” conference, held in June 2014 in Washington DC. I am delighted to reveal that we have the inside track on this globally significant meeting from speakers Phil Williamson and Carol Turley, the Science and Knowledge Exchange Coordinators of the UK Ocean Acidification (UKOA) research programme.
A key article in this edition examines how the other CO2 problem is likely to play out for kelp forests, maerl beds and other key coastal ecosystems in the north east Atlantic. The report on which the article is based is available to view at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.1105/full.
Returning to the US, there are unexpected findings in white shark conservation in California. We also hear about one of the most geographically widespread and successful invasions in the ocean that has ever been recorded.
More than just sea air … recent evidence from the UK suggests that those living near the coast tend to be healthier than those living inland.
For many of us in the northern hemisphere, preparations for holidays are underway and I’d bet that the majority of trips will involve time on the beach. In a fascinating article that shows it’s more than just ‘the sea air’ we seek near the sea, Professor Mike Depledge explores why as a society we are failing to capitalize on the health and wellbeing benefits that the marine environment undoubtedly offers.
There is much more besides. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the MBA and becoming part of a marine biological community. Members contributions support the aims of the Association, and give you access to a wide range of exclusive benefits.
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The third edition of the magazine will be circulated in October