The impact that humans have on the world’s seas and oceans are of increasing importance. Indeed, issues such as fish stocks, plastic pollution and the general health of the oceans are never far away from the news. These articles look at a number of issues relating to conservation and the marine environment.
Plastic Pollution of the World’s Oceans | Tiny pieces of plastic – known as microplastics and microbeads – are causing serious pollution problems across the world. Read more here.
Illegal Trade in Silver Eels | The demand for silver eels in China is leading to this species being illegally trafficked from Europe to Asia in what is known as the largest wildlife crime on earth.
Europe’s Bass – A Species on the Edge of Collapse? | Recent years have seen bass increase in popularity, and collapse in number. What can be done to halt the decline?
Ghost Nets | When fishing gear – particularly gill and drift nets – become lost or abandoned at sea they go on catching fish and causing untold damage to the marine environment.
Marine Conservation Zones | Could Britain’s sea fish stocks be increased by the creation of Marine Conservation Zones? There are plans to put this into practice.
Tuna, Conservation and ICCAT | The various species of tuna are some of the most valuable fish in the world, but is this species in decline?
The Friendly Floatees | In 1992 plastic bath toys were lost from a ship crossing the Pacific. Today they are still being found washed up across the world, highlighting the problem of plastic pollution.
IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) | The IUCN is a organisation which campaigns for the conservation of nature and assess the endangered status of animals (including fish).
Irish Recreational Bass Fishing | Find out how Ireland increased and maintained its bass stocks, and greatly benefited from the increased tourism and visitors coming for the fishing.
Which Species of Fish Should be Returned? | Many species of fish are under pressure. However, anglers can help by returning endangered and threatened species.
The Disappearing Aral Sea | The Aral Sea in central Asia has reduced in size due to Soviet era irrigation plans, leading to an environmental catastrophe which is still having a major impact today.