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Along the tide-swept crest of a low limestone ledge larger filter-feeding organisms flourish. Lyme Bay Reefs, Southwest England. Colin Munro Photography.

Taking the 'conservation' out of Marine Conservation Zones

Horatio Morpurgo

10th December 2013

The UK Government has recently expanded its network of marine protected areas. But as Horatio Morpurgo discovers, the focus on protecting only specific 'features' from intensive fishing is leaving entire ecosystems at risk. more...
Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Turtle in 'ghost net'. Photo: NOAA News.

Killer 'ghost nets' to carpet tiles

Roisin Woolnough

24th November 2013

Ghost nets - nylon fishing nets abandoned in the ocean - are the sea life killers that keep on killing. Roisin Woolnough reports on the Healthy Seas initiative to transform the ghost nets into useful products from socks and swimwear to carpet tiles. more...

Ocean acidity rising at 'unprecedented rate'

The Ecologist

19th November 2013

The unprecedented rate of ocean acidification is one of the most alarming phenomena generated by climate change and the only way to mitigate the dangers is to reduce CO2 emissions significantly. more...

Art For Oceans

Lorna Howarth

An underwater sculpture park in Indonesia helps redress coral reef decimation. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Can we save the oceans by selling them?

Chris Frid

2 November 2013

The oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet’s surface, and represent the last great wilderness. Yet they are hugely impacted by human activities. Could privatisation - as proposed by the World Bank - be the answer? more...

Microplastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans

October 29th, 2013

Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox explains how microplastic pollution, which at some marine sites occurs at a concentration higher than that of plankton, has become a macroscopic problem for the life that calls the ocean its home ... more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Mapping the health of our endangered coral reefs

September 30th, 2013

Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

From Bermuda, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg tells the Ecologist how our understanding of global environmental trends can be aided by surveying coral reef on a massive scale, and how some amazing technology is helping his team do exactly that........ more...

Climate change impacts on marine life

Anna Taylor

17th September 2013

Anna Taylor reports on the findings of a recently published study which analyses the impacts of climate change on global marine ecology..... more...
Ecologist Magazine March 1971

The Ecologist March 1971: can the sea survive?

The Ecologist

29th March,2011

Forty years ago this month J. David George looked at the increasing amount of ocean pollution. But have things improved? more...
Behind the Label tinned tuna

Lidl supermarket tuna 'contains fish species not on the label'

Kara Moses

24th November, 2010

Tuna industry showing disregard for consumers and future sustainability of fish stocks, according to Greenpeace more...

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Study identifies more than 1 million ocean species

Alok Jha, Guardian science and environment correspondent

5th October, 2010

The Census of Marine Life is finally complete after a decade of work by 2,700 scientists from 80 countries

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Phytoplankton

Marine food chain hit by ocean global warming

Ecologist

29th July, 2010

The entire marine food chain is in danger of collapse because of a decline in tiny phytoplankton, which scientists are linking to climate change and rising ocean surface temperatures. more...
Sunlight filtering through seawater

Suffocating seas: how climate change is reducing ocean oxygen levels

Carrie Madren

26th July, 2010

The main impacts of climate change - changing weather patterns, melting glaciers, sea level rise - are well known. But its ability to reduce oxygen levels in the deep ocean is little reported... more...
A small shrimp

Commonly prescribed drugs linked to shrimp population decline

Ecologist

7th June, 2010

Study finds that antidepressants in waste water flowing into rivers and estuaries can make coastal marine shrimps more susceptible to predators more...
Bluefin tuna

Bluefin tuna: can trade bans protect our fisheries?

Tom Levitt and Andrew Hickman

18th March, 2010

Atlantic bluefin tuna could be the first widely eaten species to be banned from being traded internationally. Would it work, and would it set a useful precedent for other species? more...
North Sea Trawler

How can we have fish tomorrow? Ask the past

Anthony King

5th January, 2010

Dismissed initially as a good storyteller but nothing more, environmental historian Poul Holm has mapped the history of marine animals in such detail that it is having profound impacts on our current understanding of the oceans more...
Commercial fishing

Ocean acidification to devastate commercial fisheries

Ecologist

10th December, 2009

Previous studies have focused on the impact of acidification on coral reefs but not other marine organisms more...
Coral reefs

Ocean acidification: the facts

Ecologist

10th December, 2009

The marine campaign group Oceana has put together a fact sheet about ocean acidification more...
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The struggle to report on the marine environment

Andrew Wasley

1st June, 2009

Reporting from the frontline of environmental activism, Andrew Wasley takes a closer look at those who fight the abuse of marine environments. more...
Book Seasick

Seasick by Alanna Mitchell

Chris Carroll

19th June, 2009

An ecological thriller that explains why we must keep the ocean healthy if we are to save ourselves more...
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Governments accused of ignoring ocean study

News

26th November, 2007

Marine scientists have called on Governments to invest more in studying threats such as overfishing and climate change to the oceans. more...
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The magnificent bluefin tuna

Richard Ellis

1st October, 2003

Richard Ellis celebrates the beauty of one of nature’s most miraculous, and least appreciated creatures – the bluefin tuna. more...

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