Issue 17 published January 2021

The theme of this edition is The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. By way of an introduction to this important initiative, we are delighted to present an interview with Vladimir Ryabinin, Head of the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO). Expect to hear more as the Decade unfolds!

Our cover story is about the lives of elusive, open-ocean sharks. As mako sharks in particular are fished to dangerously low levels, a global collaboration of scientists races to understand where sharks go and why. This vital research aims to inform the management decisions needed to avert catastrophe for these charismatic and ecologically vital species.

And of course, the usual updates on cutting-edge research, news, reviews, and invitations to get involved with the work of the Marine Biological Association.

Full access is one of the benefits of membership of the MBA, but we are releasing an article from the current edition to give a flavour of the content that members enjoy (see below).


In brief

Research digests

Algae and global food security Charlotte Walker
Evolutionary rescue in a century? Katharine Clayton and John Spicer


Networks of opportunity? Matt Frost, Stephen de Mora, and Bev MacKenzie
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development An interview with Vladimir Ryabinin
Vast Oceania Michael White

 John Humphreys


Tracking sharks' global hangouts David Sims
Should we continue to kill sharks? Francesca Rolfe
One Ocean Philip C. Reid
Small, semi-endemic cuttlefishes from South Africa Marek Lipinski

Sharing marine science

Taking a special interest in the Mediterranean Sea Arianna Liconti
Dr Eric Corner (1924–2019): an appreciation of his work at the MBA's Citadel Hill Laboratory Colin Kilvington
The pioneer English beluga of 1832 R. B. Williams
Studying Marine Biology at the Scottish Oceans Institute of the University of St Andrews Julie Oswald
New Fellows of the Marine Biological Association
Science Journal for Kids
MBA Training & Event Programme 2021

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.