Marine Conservation

  • Ghost Fishing Threatens Species

    Surveys along the length of the River Ganges, alongside interviews with local fishermen, have revealed that waste fishing gear is posing a serious threat to many species. A system that would provide fishermen to recycle their nets could be effective at preventing entanglement.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th January 2021
  • Murrelets Require Marine and Terrestrial Conservation

    Two decades of surveys of marbled murrelets on the west coast of the United States shows that these elusive seabirds are impacted by changing ocean conditions and the loss of old forest. Conservation actions must, therefore, take into account factors that influence both marine food resources and terrestrial nesting habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th January 2021
  • Seagrass Loss Leaves Caribbean Islands Vulnerable

    New research from the Caribbean shows that pressures on seagrass meadows, such as clearance for tourism development, will leave coastlines more prone to erosion and flooding. The rich marine life that live in these meadows will also be lost, so urgent conservation action is required to save them.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th January 2021
  • Coral Reefs Devastated by Loss of Predators and Climate Change

    Scientists are warning that coral reefs in the Aleutian Islands’ kelp forests are on the verge of collapse. This is due to climate change exacerbating the impact of sea urchins, and the loss of the urchins’ natural predator, the sea otter.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd January 2021
  • Marine Species on the Move

    Rising temperatures caused by climate change have resulted in a shift in population sizes of marine species – in general, populations are growing at the poles and declining at the equator.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th April 2020
  • Tracking Turtles

    Scientists have used innovative ways to track female loggerhead turtles. The data reveals that return to the same nesting beaches to lay eggs year after year, therefore, these key locations should be a focus for conservation efforts.

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd February 2020
  • Invasive Species Interplay

    Researchers in California have discovered an interplay between 3 species – due to invasive mice on the Farallon Islands are causing migrating burrowing owls to remain on the islands to eat them. But when the mice population crashes, they switch to preying upon the endangered ashy storm-petrel.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th January 2020
  • Lights on Fishing Nets Saves Lives

    Placing LED lights along the top of floating gillnets (fishing nets that have notoriously high levels of bycatch) reduces the chances of dolphins and turtles being caught accidentally. And, they do not reduce the catch for fishermen.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th December 2019
  • Grandma Knows Best

    New research shows that the greatest boost to the survival of killer whale calves is their grandmothers who are no longer breeding, because they are free to focus their time and resources on them. As salmon populations decline, the grandmothers will play an increasingly important role in killer whale population.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th December 2019
  • Green Turtles Eat Plastic that Looks Like Food

    It may seem obvious but it has now been scientifically proven that green turtles eat plastic that closely resembles sea grass, their preferred food. This research is important, as it shows what kind of plastic pollution is a particular problem.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th October 2019