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.

The links below give access to information that supports the printed article. 

Contents

02 Editorial

04 In brief

Science letters

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

Policy

18 The US gets serious on global ocean health Phil Williamson and Carol Turley
21 England’s MPAs – towards a well-managed network Jen Ashworth and Leanne stockdale

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

30 One hundred and thirty five years of marine biology at the University of Liverpool Bryony Caswell

32 Reviews 

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.

Just a couple of days after the post about bacon etc.

A renowned oceanographer told me how a plankton sampling cruise in the Western Approaches in the 1970s owed a lot to the conflicting needs of those on board.

Editor’s blog #1

A warm welcome to my blog as editor of The Marine Biologist – the magazine of the marine biological community.