‘ We used to be leaders ‘: the collapse of New Zealand’s landmark ocean park

Two decades since its creation the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is overfished and overrun with sea urchins Tiritiri Matangi is one of the pearls of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. For the past 35 years the island, which is within sight of Auckland’s skyscrapers, has been a protected nature reserve. Step ashore and you’re enveloped in […]

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Octopus farming is’ unethical and a threat to the food chain’

Mass-breeding of the highly intelligent creatures is ecologically unjustified, a new study says Plans to create octopus farms in coastal waters round the world have been denounced by an international group of researchers. They say the move is ethically inexcusable and environmentally dangerous, and have called on private companies, academic institutions and governments to block […]

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The plastic polluters won 2019- and we’re running out of time to stop them

Further steps have been taken to clean up beaches and seas in 2019 but much more needs to be done The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent […]

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Back from the verge: the global effort to save coral from climate change

Underwater nurseries encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate […]

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Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists Marine life Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists First images of […]

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World’s biggest wildlife reserve planned for Antarctica in global campaign

Vast 1.8 m sq km fishing-free zone is protected under species, such as penguins, leopard seals and whales, and help mitigate the effects of climate change A global campaign is being launched to turn a huge tract of the seas around the Antarctic into the world’s biggest sanctuary, protecting wildlife and helping the fight against […]

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Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

Floating boom finally retains debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, creator says A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time. Boyan Slat, […]

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Orca mother finally abandons dead calf she carried for more than two weeks

Researchers say endangered killer whale who lives off the coast of Seattle is back to feeding and cavorting with her pod Researchers say an endangered killer whale that carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks has finally abandoned the calf’s body and is back to feeding and cavorting with her […]

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‘Lobsters and octopuses are back’: the Kenyan females leading a reef resurgence

A coral reef restoration project on a tiny island off Kenyas south-east coast is reaping dividends for local people Three years ago, coral reef along the Kenyan coastline was almost totally destroyed in some areas. Rising surface sea temperatures had triggered devastating bleaching episodes for the fourth time in less than two decades, and with […]

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What’s the future for Sri Lanka’s’ lost’ population of whales?

This is the same sperm whale pod Blue Planet filmed off Sri Lanka but flocking tourists are constructing it less of a safe place for these stunning animals These transcendent, haunting images taken by photographer Andrew Sutton in the water of the western Indian Ocean come close to understanding something of the magnificent and enigmatic […]

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