Category Archives: Oceans, Marine Life and Fisheries

Plastic pollution developments

Though plastic waste in the oceans is a well known issue, there are new developments suggesting that some plastics may be more dangerous for marine life than others. For example, ‘rubbery’ plastics consistently absorb more organic toxins than ‘glass-like’ plastics. … Continue reading

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The risks of an ocean full of jelly

Overfishing is reducing the number of predators in the oceans, thus allowing for an explosion of prey species, such as jellyfish. The jellyfish blooms prey on fish eggs and larvae and are a significant cause of fish mortality. The impact … Continue reading

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Deep-sea storage devices

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, a US military organisation) is working on ‘just in time’ deployment of undersea storage packages. The packages allow supplies to be held under the sea for many years until needed, at which point … Continue reading

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Under-reporting of oil spill extent

It has recently been found that the extent of minor oil spills is consistently underreported, and some, in fact, should be considered major. Small spills occur fairly regularly in some ocean regions and often avoid the public attention that large … Continue reading

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Marine energy development database

A new database has been developed in the United States that brings together all existing global research on ocean development. The ‘Tethys’ database provides real-world data about the interactions between marine wildlife, physical ocean systems and marine devices. The information … Continue reading

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Coral sperm bank

Less than a third of corals have legal protection from damaging activities and fishing and the oceans are both warming and becoming more acid, meaning the future is looking bleak for these sessile organisms. Seed banks are commonly used to … Continue reading

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Global oceans score a ‘D’

An international team of 65 has taken on the daunting task of assessing the health of coastal oceans for every country and territory in the world that borders the sea. A scoring system has been developed that can be used … Continue reading

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