Fish poo and the climate challenge

Angela Martin looks at the science behind the headlines
Author:
Angela Martin
Category:
Megafauna
Biogeochemical cycling
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine policy
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

Evidence: the key to local marine conservation

The Intertidal Discovery project has completed the first ever baseline survey of intertidal habitats for conservation and public benefit along the coast of north Cornwall, England. Martin Goodall explains the background to this work.
Author:
Martin Goodall
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
technology

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

A look at current policy developments

The UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) ran a consultation from the 13th December 2012 to 31st March 2013 on proposals for the designation of Marine Conservation Zones. To quote Defra, the response was ‘exceptional’ with over 40,000 responses received (to get an idea of how exceptional this was, a consultation from March to June 2012 on proposals for Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive received a total of 77 responses).

Author:
Matt Frost
Category:
Marine policy
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
Red sea fingers

England’s MPAs – towards a well-managed network

Representatives from Natural England and IFCA attempt to untangle the complexities of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the UK. Commitment, collaboration and clear regulations are needed to make a successful MPA, read on to discover who is involved and how MPA’s are managed.

Author:
Jen Ashworth and Leanne Stockdale
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
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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
Newlyn

A blueprint for sustainable fisheries

Tom Pickerell describes Project Inshore, a collaborative venture between Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to develop roadmaps for sustainable management of all English inshore fisheries.
Author:
Tom Pickerell
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine policy