The Mexican government and insurance company Swiss Re have joined force to create an insurance policy for the coral reef off the coast of Cancun. This marks the first time something like this has happened, despite years of debate on the issue. The plan… Continue Reading “Protection Money”
Are we missing out by not using citizen science?
We’ve probably heard about Marine Protected Areas (MPA), areas where marine life is legally but not physically protected. What people mean by MPA’s can vary, it can be a nursery ground to allow fish to spawn, it can be a no take zone where… Continue Reading “Marine Protected Areas: Smoke and mirrors?”
Anyone who watched Autumnwatch last night will have seen the piece whereby researchers were able to derive a vast array of information about a fish from only one scale. It seemed like a ludicrous amount of information but scale reading is quite common although… Continue Reading “Tipping the scales”
In a surprise move, the New Zealand government have announced the planned creation of the “Kermadec ocean sanctuary”, in the South Pacific. It will be 620,000 sq km in size and join onto an existing marine reserve around the Kermadec islands. This would make… Continue Reading “New Zealand creates huge marine reserve”