Marine Conservation

  • Hurricane Destroys Sea Turtle Nests

    Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to storm surges caused by Hurricane Irma. Within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, 56% of green turtle nests and 24% of loggerhead turtle nests were lost.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th October 2017
  • New Model Shows Decline of Endangered Whales

    A new statistical model has been developed to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of North Atlantic right whales. It reveals that, since 2010, their numbers have declined.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th September 2017
  • Sharks Threatened by Global Food Markets

    Cutting-edge DNA barcoding technology has shown that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the world come from endangered species, and are therefore illegal to trade.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th August 2017
  • Logging Threatens Leatherbacks

    Debris from logging activities in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of their mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th May 2017
  • Antarctica’s Declining Biodiversity

    Despite its remote location that appears to be far from the impacts of humans, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in as good environmental shape as has been previously thought.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th April 2017
  • Manatees Facing a Safe Future

    A new report has concluded that Florida’s manatees are likely to persist for the next 100 years despite facing continued threats, providing that wildlife managers continue to protect these iconic mammals and their habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th April 2017
  • Fish Evolve to Avoid Fishing

    New research supports the creation of more marine reserves that are protected from fishing activities, as it has been discovered that fish can evolve to be more cautious and avoid fishing nets.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd April 2017
  • Only 30 Vaquita Left In The Wild

    Just 30 vaquitas, the world’s smallest porpoise, are left in the wild due to illegal gill net fishing causing their numbers to plummet by 90% in recent years.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th February 2017
  • Canaries in the Ocean Coalmine

    Researchers from Newcastle University have found that 59 species of fish have disappeared from fishermen’s catches in the Philippines between 1950 and 2014.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd June 2016