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Vaquita Endangered Species Day

Fighting extinction: a last chance for vaquitas






Chris Johnson, Oceans Science Manager for WWF-Australia, is one of very few people to have seen vaquitas in the wild. Nicknamed ‘the panda of the sea’, the vaquita is the smallest and most endangered marine mammal, with fewer than 30 left. This Endangered Species Day, we’re putting the spotlight on this little porpoise, and calling […]

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Artisanal fishing boats in the port of Nouadhibou© Bertramz/CC

Poor fisheries management hurts the most vulnerable






The recent Chatham House forum on illegal fishing confirmed the importance of world fisheries as a source of food and income. It also showed that the most vulnerable people continue to bear the brunt of illegal fishing, over-fishing and latent geopolitical tensions, all increasingly compounded by the effects of climate change. Presentations and discussions underlined […]

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Durdle Door. Beaches are among the natural settings with most well-being benefit © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

On the nature of happiness: mental health and the environment






Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Just plain mental fatigue. These are some of the causes of mental ill health that are increasingly common in our society. Spending more time in nature can help us with these. In fact, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK and rates are on the increase. There […]

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Mkuu Shelali (Rahma VSLA) when she was training as a Community Based Trainer (CBT). © WWF

Improving coastal livelihoods in Kenya






Communities in Lamu seascape on the northern coast of Kenya rely on the sea. For most people, artisanal fishing is the main livelihood source. But coastal and marine habitats in Kenya are facing a multitude of threats. Unprecedented population growth, habitat alteration, intensive and unsustainable expansion of agricultural practices, destructive fishing techniques and large-scale developments […]

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Yellowfin in the fish market in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania © Wetjens Dimmlich / WWF-Oceans Practice

Who’s afraid of transparency in fisheries?






There was both rejoicing and some concern last Thursday after the European Parliament voted on major improvements to strengthen transparency and accountability in EU fisheries abroad. This move by the EU to extend its obligations and principles to all its vessels that fish abroad is welcome as it promotes sustainable development, food security and healthy […]

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WWF Briefing Future of UK Seas A4 cover page

Brexit and the 83%: What future for wider UK seas?






The below is a short version of a speech I’m giving on Brexit to today’s Coastal Futures conference, the leading annual UK conference on marine and coastal issues. You’ve heard a lot about the 48% and the 52% in the EU Referendum aftermath. I want to throw in another percentage: 83%. That’s the rough percentage […]

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