A sea of PPE… What is the future of plastic pollution?

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53 millions masks are sent to waste each day in the UK. The question is, how many end up elsewhere? A clean up appeal undertaken by MCS found 1/3 of beaches littered by face masks and gloves… So what happens when masks don’t make it to the bin? Face-masks are made up of a cotton…

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Illegal fishing in Southampton waters

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Illegal net fishers face fines for several charges within nursery area of Southampton waters. Rules and regulations exist within the industry of fishing to protect fish stocks, manage environmental degradation and ensure a stable food supply remains for future generations. Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) encourage and enforce compliance with local policies around…

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FSO Nabarima: the oil tanker in distress

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International concern of a stranded oil tanker has grown after months of talk about the risk of spilling. The Venezuelan oil tanker FSO Nabarima has caused an uprise of environmentalists, activists and those concerned for the marine environment. A social media campaign set out by the non-profit organisation Fishermen and Friends of the sea urged…

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Good news for English seas

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One step ahead in protecting the ocean and marine life. Thursday 1 October 2020 saw the ban of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds. This new enforcement aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste reaching, and thus harming the marine environment. Why is this a big step? Approximately 5,000 items of marine plastic…

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Arctic sea ice shrinks to record levels

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Space scientists have warned that 2020 Artic ice has shrunk 958,000 square miles below 1981-2010 average. The Arctic The Artic region reaches the most northern part of our planet. Home to huge stretches of cold tundra, temperatures oscillate between a numbing -43°C – +13°C. The boundary stretches south to encompass parts of Alaska, Canada, Finland,…

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How to help the ocean (at home)

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Have you ever wondered how you can positively impact the ocean? Beaches swamped with plastic and news of serious oil spills can leave us all questioning what we can do. It is time to be empowered and know that there are ways to help, even from the comfort of our homes! Reflecting on the way…

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Dolphins in the Solent – ‘a spectacular sight’

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The Isle of Wight and surrounding areas heard multiple reports of dolphins last week. Locals enjoyed watching the friendly pod, swimming playfully near the Needles, a stunning and iconic landmark.  Dolphin sightings Britain’s waters have seen around 30 different species of whales and dolphins. From the heartwarming harbour porpoise to outstanding orcas. Some species of cetacean…

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The Basking Shark: Gentle Giant of the British Coastline

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When you think of British wildlife your mind most probably wanders to the urban foxes of our cities, or perhaps the elusive badger – seldom seen. Maybe, you think of crisp, white, snowy landscapes, broken by the vibrant flash of the redbreast of a robin. But, it’s one of our largest species that draws my attention…

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The three biggest threats to ocean reefs

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The ocean is a major resource. It provides sustenance to 3 billion people through seafood, ensures economic stability and exists as a climate buffer against global warming. The ICUN  states that coastal regions sequester more carbon per unit than terrestrial forests. However, global warming, pollution and over-fishing are moving the ocean away from its natural…

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What in the marine world is changing? Highlighting golden ocean news

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During the past few months, COVID-19 has flooded all major news channels globally as society has seized and ordered nations to stay at home. Perhaps you agree that the volume of reports and guidelines can seem a little overwhelming. So, let’s take a different approach and round-up some better news to celebrate the future that…

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Marine Protected Areas: a safe sanctuary or false sense of hope?

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Ocean conservation emphasises the importance and fragility of our ocean, a resource inseparable from the survival of our species. Providing 90% of all living space for 80% of life on planet, the ocean is rich with biodiversity and provides invaluable benefits whilst securing economic, social and environmental stability. Ocean health is essential to allow both…

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Marine conservation projects taking place in the UK

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As a new charity we want to maximise communication and awareness between all marine conservation projects taking place in the UK. Here are some campaigns from other great non-profits you should check out. Make sure to register here to see ours launch too! Save our Sharks – Marine Conservation Society Sharks keep marine life in…

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