Typhoon Haiyan from BBC

Typhoon Haiyan – a symptom of oceans in crisis

The devastating Typhoon Haiyan that’s killed thousands and brought untold destruction to the Philippines is probably the most severe storm in centuries. We should all dig deep and contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee which is co-ordinating the British response. £25 will feed a family for a week. But.......[read more]

Act now to rescue protected areas for marine wildlife

The Government promised a network of Marine Conservation Zones to protect our precious marine wildlife. Consultation ends: Easter Sunday – 31st March 2013 Sea user stakeholder groups came to an agreement and recommended a network of 127 zones in English and Welsh offshore waters. The Government’s consultation is now proposing to designate just.......[read more]

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Sharktastic

At last, there’s some potentially good news for our fellow ocean dwellers, the shark. An international agreement may be signed in the next few days to protect ocean white-tipped, hammerhead and porbeagle sharks. The good guys are the countries of South America and West Africa who’ve seen shark numbers.......[read more]

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Happy Valentine’s Day – love a fish

Tonight, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall renews his TV crusade for saner fishing policy and practice in the UK, Europe and across the world. He’s building on his previous efforts to tackle the EU’s bycatch discard policy whereby good fish are thrown overboard when quotas are already met, and getting behind.......[read more]

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Grrr…mackerel and gurnard are off the menu

After years of standing in fish shop queues watching other customers pay top dollar for overfished cod and monkfish, then smugly paying little for sustainable mackerel and gurnard, I’m gutted that the Marine Conservation Society have taken these species off their Fish to Eat lists. OK, I suppose I’m.......[read more]

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Marine Conservation Zones – what lessons for surfers?

Environmentalists are gutted that the UK Government has only confirmed 31 marine conservation zones where fishing and other development will be limited, rather than the 127 recommended by their experts. This is a tricky one to judge – its great that we’re getting ANY but its a sign of.......[read more]

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More naked shlebs against overfishing

A few months ago, I wrote about the Fishlove campaign that used pictures of naked celebrities cuddling various fish and shellfish to publicise the plight of European fish stocks. The campaign was certainly successful in raising awareness and its now being repeated to coincide with an Ocean2012 petition to.......[read more]

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Naked shlebs against overfishing

A few months ago, I wrote about the Fishlove campaign that used pictures of naked celebrities cuddling various fish and shellfish to publicise the plight of European fish stocks. The campaign was certainly successful in raising awareness and its now being repeated to coincide with an Ocean2012 petition to.......[read more]

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Time to go veggie?

What on earth am I doing writing about this you may wonder? A couple of recent stories in the media caught my eye and made me more determined to spend more time on the allotment. First of all, apparently there are only 100 mature cod left in the North.......[read more]

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Today – June 8th – is a special day in our household. It’s World Oceans Day* when we celebrate the sea that gives us water, food, climate regulation, wonderful unique life forms drugs and – in my case, most of all – surfing. How will I celebrate World Oceans.......[read more]

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