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.
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.
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.
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.
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.