The future ocean can look like a scary place: hotter, more acidic and breathless. In the wake of stories about longer and more frequent marine heatwaves our cover story (page 10) looks into the effects of a warmer future in Antarctica. A topic that will be surfacing more frequently is that of low oxygen zones and we are delighted to have internationally recognized expert Nancy Rabalais to update us on the increasing problem of hypoxia in coastal waters. Secreting a shell is getting more difficult in acidifying seas and MBA researchers present a timely opportunity for you to bone up on your knowledge of mineralization.
But, as readers of The Marine Biologist know, there are always reasons for ocean optimism. We journey to the Red Sea where thousands of square kilometres of soft sediment seabed biodiversity await discovery, and a case study from Papua New Guinea illustrates how effective communities can be when it comes to managing their own marine resources.
Thanks to our Royal Charter the Association has ‘go-to’ status in marine life matters, and we are often contacted by media organizations looking for expert comment. The expertise of MBA members is a vital resource for getting accurate information into the public sphere, and this is an area we want to build on. Interacting with the media can be challenging but also extremely rewarding. One way you can be more involved is to put yourself forward for inclusion on our expert list. We’ll be sharing our aspirations in this area and looking for input in the next edition. We will also be saying more about our ambition to enhance the benefits received by members, increase our role in the policy arena and grow our membership nationally and internationally. The Young Marine Biologist membership category is very popular and it is wonderful to receive and publish book reviews from our younger members (page 33).
This editorial would be incomplete without mentioning that we have reached edition number 10. With over 130 articles covering almost every conceivable aspect of marine biology, we are building an accessible repository of the knowledge in the discipline. Have a look at our website for the Editor’s pick of the top 10 articles to have appeared in the magazine.
Last, but by no means least, the MBA’s capacity for its Citadel Hill-based science and knowledge exchange activitites has increased dramatically due to the incorporation of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey (see the article by the MBA’s new Director, Professor Willie Wilson on page 6), a move that also provides a bigger reach for the Association on the global stage thanks to the CPR’s overseas operations.