Good News: Life in the Thames

It is good to see that the Thames is now supporting plenty of marine life, When I was a child growing up in Poplar access to the river was difficult. It was a dangerous and poisonous place.According the legend at the time those who fell into the Thames had their stomachs pumped as a matter of routine. The Thames was then a watery desert of pollution and chemicals that flowed through our great city. Continue reading

It is time to suspend Commercial Fishing in All Waters

As far as we can tell using sophisticated sampling measures there are fewer than 200 mature cod in the North Sea. Now the North Sea covers quite a large area and 200 mature cod for such a large area is a very small number. There are immature cod, but the mature cod breed the best so there being so few of them does not bode well for the future. Continue reading

Goodbye, Blue Fin Tuna

While aircraft were bombing the forces of on Libya to support the insurrection fishing vessels took the opportunity created by the fog of war to plunder the protected species of fish in the Libyan S ea. It seems that some European Union vessels were involved and some are pointing fingers at vessels fromItaly,France,MaltaandSpain. Continue reading

A little good news for a change

It is not always possible to report good environmental news; little of it exists. Environmentalists of needs must be moaners and doom and gloom merchants trying tp prevent people from dealing in the destruction of what we all need to enjoy life. Continue reading

Marine Protection Zones are Coming But don’t hold your breath

There is a strong and urgent need to protect the marine environment around theUnited Kingdom, which is rapidly becoming in some places a marine desert. It is always easier to destroy than it is to restore. It has not taken long to harm the seas around this island but it takes so long to even introduce measures to attempt to remedy the harm. Continue reading

Noisy oceans and fewer fish

We are making the oceans noisier places. Apart from the noise that shipping generates, our carbon dioxide emissions are causing the oceans’ pH balance to change and become more acidic. More acidic sea water enables sound waves to travel further because the molecular structure of sea water is changed and the change enables sea water to lose its normal ability to muffle sound. Continue reading

The seas, fish and what we are doing to them

The seas are a tremendous resource for humanity. They contain fish and sea food, which have important nutrients for humans and the seas also act as a reservoir for carbon dioxide, where trillions of tonnes of it are stored.  Ninety percent of sea life lives in the first two hundred metres of so of the sea, which is called the sunlight or Euphotic zone. Continue reading