A very warm welcome to the first July edition of The Marine Biologist magazine! Since its creation in 2013 the magazine has been very well received and we have been privileged to publish many wonderful and fascinating articles. We are delighted therefore that we will now be providing four issues a year. This means more ground-breaking research, more news and opinion, big-name writers, interviews, and—most importantly—more opportunities for you to get involved!
Furthermore, you can now access all editions of the magazine online. Not only will this enable us to cut down on resources used and emissions, but it means content is searchable and we can include richer content, especially videos and links. Being able to access content online is particularly useful at a time when we are all in different stages of lockdown or lockdown easing, depending on where you are. Visit the Members Portal to read the magazine and access back issues in full.
World Ocean Day (June 8th) also had to adapt to the COVID-19 lockdown with a myriad of online events enabling more people to engage with marine environmental issues. There were also some exciting announcements on the day: for example, in England the Benyon review of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), recommended that that HPMAs should be an essential part of the UK network for protection and recovery of the marine environment. The MBA was very supportive of HPMAs as a tool for scientific investigation, and a number of our members contributed to the HPMA consultation, including some of our younger members. It is great to see the young generation engaging with these important issues.
Engaging young scientists is also a key element of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. This is the time for organizations and individuals to think and act more creatively and collaboratively in their approach to marine research and conservation. Learned societies like the MBA need to ask the right questions and be creative in engaging with their membership (see Matt Frost's article on page 12).
In this issue, readers are asked to help develop a system that automatically detects jellyfish—see our cover story for details. Dive in for sustainable citizen science, for a closer look at why a beluga whale took up residence in the Thames, and learn what the COVID-19 lockdown might mean for the biology of our coasts.
Finally, In this ‘super year’ for nature, humans have shown the adaptability that makes us such a successful species. In 2020 transformation looks like the key to our survival: let's embrace it.