In issue 3 we ask: are there grounds for ocean optimism? Perhaps not if your preferred habitat is a kelp forest at the limit of its range. One of the impacts of increasing climate warming and ocean acidification - predicted by a group of phycologists in the headline article - is that kelp forests in southern parts of the north-east Atlantic will die off. On the other hand, increased protection has been declared this year for an area of ocean roughly the size of India (including the world’s largest marine protected area, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument).
We are delighted to present an article on the Our Ocean conference which took place on 16–17 June 2014 in Washington, DC. At the conference, some of the world’s most powerful people asked scientists to share their knowledge about ocean issues, and help develop an Action Plan to address them.
Articles from this edition are available to read by following the links below.
04 In brief
06 Losers and winners in a high CO2 world Juliet Brodie, Chris Williamson & Jason Hall-Spencer
08 Not all algae who wander are lost Eric E. Sotka & Stacy Krueger-Hadfield
10 White shark populations recover Chris Lowe
11 Seeing in the dark: eye reduction and loss in deep-sea snails Lauren Sumner-Rooney
Environment and conservation
12 Protected but still vulnerable? Lagoonal wetlands in the Azores Brian Morton
16 Evidence: the key to local marine conservation Martin Goodall
Sharing marine science
22 Marinexus – cross channel cooperation Mark Cock
24 Blue Mind Michael Depledge, Ben Wheeler and Mat White
27 Marine life recording Becky Seeley
28 The first international conference on communicating marine science Guy Baker
28 Inside the squid giant axon David Sims
29 A career in marine biology Paul Greer
34 Oyster harvesting was not always as traditional as now R.B. Williams
34 Obituary – Professor Laurence David Mee
Issue 3 of The Marine Biologist magazine is now available to download.