Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Moving sushi

Following the dramatic appearance of a large bluefin tuna shoal off the coast of Cornwall,UK, this article summarises the history of bluefin fisheries and discusses possible reasons for this unusual occurrence.  

Author:
Tom Horton
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Megafauna
Paul Rose, Sharks

Going for it: Paul Rose talks about opportunities, communication and pristine seas

Paul Rose is an explorer and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts. He is Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions and has just finished his second term as Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Marine Biologist caught up with him between expeditions.
Author:
Paul Rose
Category:
Interview
Pollution
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
Fishing & aquaculture
Careers in marine biology

The US gets serious on global ocean health

Phil Williamson and Carol Turley report from the “Our Ocean” conference hosted by John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in June.
Author:
Phil Williamson and Carol Turley
Category:
Marine policy
Fishing & aquaculture
Pollution
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine Protected Area

A traditional fishery enters ‘a new era'

Native oysters Ostrea edulis are fished in the Fal estuary in Cornwall, south west England using only traditional sailing and rowing vessels. In December I accompanied Richard Clapham on board the Falmouth working boat HollyAnne to see this fishery first-hand.

Author:
Guy Baker
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Invasive non-native species
Marine policy

His world is oysters

Clive Askew reflects on a career in commercial bivalve aquaculture
Author:
Clive Askew
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture

Has marine conservation in Wales lost its way?

Blaise Bullimore has been involved in monitoring the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve since 1977. He charts the progress of marine nature conservation in Wales.
Author:
Blaise Bullimore
Category:
Citizen science
Habitat protection and loss
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine Protected Area

From equator to ice; environmental science in the south Atlantic

Drs Deborah Davidson and Paul Brickle describe a new research institute that oversees marine biodiversity and environmental management
Author:
Dr Deborah Davidson and Dr Paul Brickle
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Biodiversity
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
Amberjack farm

Two views on a revolution in aquaculture

Two conflicting accounts discuss the impacts of ocean farming versus wild fisheries. As a growing human population increases the demand for protein what costs are there to the marine environment?

Author:
Douglas McCauley, Erin Dillon, Francis Joyce, and Ashley Stroud.
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture

Growing white shark populations in US waters – a sign of ecosystem recovery?

Evidence provided by an army of scientist about the environment health of California’s surrounding oceans from 1920 to 1990 lead to major federal and state legislation. Chris Lowe details the history of this process which resulted in improvements in water quality and fisheries management allowing the growth in white shark and other top predator populations.

Author:
Chris Lowe
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Megafauna
Habitat protection and loss
Picture of angelshark

Oceans of change

Callum Roberts provides a detailed account of the history of local fisheries and its general decline since the 1930’s. From historic devastating effects of overfishing and trawling to modern plastics and synthetic chemicals this article outlines problems and possible solutions to protecting the balance of conservation and the fishing industry.

Author:
Callum Roberts
Category:
history
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine policy
Megafauna