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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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Why we’re slowly losing our marine world






As a Travel Writer, I’m lucky to visit far-flung places. I’ve explored my way through bustling cities, hiked along glaciers and been swimming in some of the world’s beautiful seas. Sadly, it’s something I hear regularly from locals. ‘The reef has been bleached,’ they say with a shrug. ‘Hardly any life left.’ What does that […]

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Celebrating our community marine champions in Tanzania






Each year, we celebrate the achievements of Beach Management Units (BMUs) that WWF works with to conserve our shared fisheries and marine resources in coastal Tanzania. In order to do that we rigorously select the top three performing BMUs from the 57 BMUs established through the RUMAKI+ Fisheries Co-management Programme across Tanzania’s southern coastline. RUMAKI+ is our flagship […]

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How porpoises can benefit from quieter wind farm construction – New Report






I’m pleased to tell you about a new WWF report released today which shows how reducing the underwater noise that offshore wind farm construction produces could help harbour porpoises thrive in the North Sea (it’ll make great reading with the weekend papers). Securing the maximum possible deployment of renewable energy at minimal cost to biodiversity is a key priority for […]

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Five Questions for British Wildlife Photography Awards winner George Stoyle






This year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) overall winner, and winner of the WWF sponsored Coast and Marine category, is George Stoyle with his striking image ‘Hitchhikers’ of a lion’s mane jellyfish. The image, which was chosen from thousands of entries, was captured while George was working on a project to assess the current biological […]

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Happy World Oceans Day!






The tragic loss of large tracts of the Iconic Great Barrier Reef over the last few months has brought to mind something that a friend from India recently told me. Whilst giving a talk to school children on board a boat off the coast of Goa, she heard one of the children exclaim how unfair […]

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New hope for Indian Ocean tuna






One swallow does not a summer make, so the saying goes. Yet at WWF we’ve been cautiously optimistic at the outcome of the recent meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), in La Reunion, France. The IOTC, responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the region, is notorious for its lack […]

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Gentoo penguin, Antarctica © Rod Downie

Penguins and oil don’t mix






Penguins and oil don’t mix. That’s why, for a quarter of a century, Antarctica has remained the world’s biggest No-Go zone for oil and gas exploitation and commercial mining. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the mining ban under the Antarctic Treaty’s environmental protocol. In 1991, 29 countries agreed by consensus to ensure that […]

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