Islanders help rescue orca stranded on Orkney beach

Volunteers led the rescue effort to save the young 11ft-long stranded orca in Orkney.

Jan. 6, 2021 ~2 min

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Mexican fisherman 'dies after attack on Sea Shepherd conservationists'

Sea Shepherd says the collision happened after it came under attack in the Gulf of California.

Jan. 5, 2021 ~2 min

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Atlantic discovery: 12 new species 'hiding in the deep'

A dozen ocean species new to science could already be threatened by climate change, scientists find.

Dec. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Basking sharks travel in extended families with their own 'gourmet maps' of feeding spots, genetic tagging reveals

The latest research reveals basking sharks are not lone predators but rather family-minded creatures with a fancy for fine dining with their own folk.

Lilian Lieber, Research Fellow in the Bryden Centre, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?

An international agreement has set an ambitious deadline for action on some of the biggest problems facing the world's oceans.

Henrik Österblom, Professor of Ocean Stewardship, Stockholm University • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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UK government expands its 'Blue Belt' of protected ocean – but something's fishy

The Blue Belt is a network of marine protected areas 17 times larger than the UK.

Peter Howson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Expanding marine protected areas by 5% could boost fish yields by 20% – but there's a catch

Most existing MPAs are in distant and largely empty waters. Expanding them where it counts will meet a lot of resistance.

Rick Stafford, Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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500 whales stranded in Tasmania – indigenous elders are best guides to understanding this tragedy

It's time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.

Niki JP Alsford, Professor in Asia Pacific Studies, Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Institutes, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics

Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 30, 2020 ~4 min

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Protecting ocean habitats isn't easy when industries are booming – but can they be part of the solution?

Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.

Robert Blasiak, Research Fellow in Ocean Management, Stockholm University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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