Marine Conservation

The Devastating Impact of Coral Bleaching

Frontier | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Frontier

The devastating coral bleaching event that is currently sweeping the globe and leaving devastated reefs in its wake is now set to continue through to ...

Marine Conservation Zones Are Not Delivering the Sea Change Needed

Alex Cunningham | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alex Cunningham

When we think of the many achievements of the Labour government led by Clement Attlee, our minds are instinctively drawn to such remarkable accomplishments as the NHS, a welfare state designed to provide support from cradle to grave, and significant improvements in workers' rights.

What? Japan Has Decided to Resume Whaling in Antarctica

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Today Japan's whaling boats have taken to the high seas of the Southern Ocean to resume their kill of Antarctic minke whales after a pause of only one year.

Coral Bleaching: It's Time To Save Our Oceans

Frontier | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK
Frontier

Coral reefs are the reason many people try diving. They are a source of income for tourism but also for local fisheries. They are home to a quarter of...

Should We Make a Deal With Japan Over Whaling?

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

On at least two occasions since the moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), member nations have circled around the idea of coming to some form of compromise between the pro-whaling and the pro-whale sides. These attempts at compromise have failed and the moratorium remains in place, but there are indications that another deal is in the offing. This is an unfortunate development.

Lies, Capitalism, Natural Nanotechnology and England

Chris Forman | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Forman

As we learn more about biological systems and their nature in the context of the Earth as a single system, we begin to understand the natural nanotechnology involved. Just as birds inspired flight so the camouflage of octopi and the colours of butterflies inspire new levels of control over material.

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...

Whaling: Japan Asks the Questions!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Japan should note that the commitment of those peoples and nations that see no place for whaling for profit in the modern world remains strong and, if anything, the current Japanese inquisition will be causing them to sharpen up their arguments and resolve against commercial whaling.

When Small Tortoises Signal Success

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Galapagos in Spanish, by the way, means 'tortoise' and 'tortoise', for my American friends, means land turtle. More importantly, the giants are coming back!

The UK's Chance for an Ocean Legacy

Jo Royle | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Jo Royle

The Claymore II had an impressive roll on as she trundled through a messy South Pacific Ocean toward Pitcairn, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. I was aboard the 12-passenger working vessel nearing the end of the three-day journey from London to Pitcairn, a British overseas territory at the center of a proposal to create the world's largest marine reserve.

Whither Japanese Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

For the moment, Japan seems intent on launching its plan for a new 'scientific' whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. Whilst it has some allies, the issue drives a wedge between Japan and many other nations. Japan may be able to deflect charges against whaling, including that it is cruel, by casting such criticism as a form of anti-Japanese cultural imperialism. Our only hope is that, given the ICJ ruling is above any rhetoric or politics, perhaps those in power in Japan will be better able to see that commercial whaling is ecologically unsound, uneconomic and, in terms of international relations, disastrous.

Carry on Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.

Why Whaling Refuses to Die

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

There was a time when the fight to save the whales was at the forefront of environmental concerns. Sadly, this is no longer true and, as we approach the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission a little later this month, it is worth reflecting on the dilemmas now facing those who continue to oppose whaling for profit.

Working With the Local Community to Protect the Ocean

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Sonu Shivdasani

Teaching the local Maldivian children about protecting the ocean seemed the most effective first step in encouraging a new generation of environmental stewards. We recognise that we do not protect what we don't care about, and we do not care about things we do not know.

Where Money Meets Nature

Tony Juniper | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Tony Juniper

In order to inspire more of the kinds of actions that have already led to significant progress in a number of fisheries, The Prince of Wales's meeting will also see the publication of a new report written by the US-based Environmental Defense Fund and the ISU. It's called Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries.

Volunteer Stories: Marine Conservation and Diving in Tanzania

Frontier | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I chose the Frontier Tanzania Marine Conservation and Diving project as I am already a PADI Divemaster and very passionate about diving. I really wanted to take part in a project which incorporated this and also let me expand my knowledge of the marine world.

A Tale of Two Oceans

Charles Clover | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Charles Clover

The proposed EU discards ban, whereby fishermen will no longer be able to throw over-quota fish over the side, will effectively mean that small boat fishermen have to stop fishing after a few days each month if they catch too many sole. Imagine if they instead collaborated and ran a risk pool.

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Today is a very sad day for me. The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always has been. His passion for nature as profoundly strong as ever and he was just as outspoken as ever.

Fragments of Paradise: Protecting the Biodiversity of Britain's Overseas Territories

Charles Clover | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Charles Clover

The British Empire is over: that is what everyone thinks. But there is a not inconsiderable area of the planet's surface on which the imperial sun has so far failed to set: Britain's 14 Overseas Territories.

Volunteer Stories: Madagascar Maine Conservation & Diving

Frontier | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Everyone should come here to dive with or without previous experience. There are crazy cool anemone fish, octopi, turtles, eels, etc. and my new favourite fish, Morish Idles. There is not much missing from an experience like this. Not only have I learned a lot while having the time of my life, but I have improved my level as a diver which is a great feeling.

Volunteer Stories: Madagascar Maine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

For me, simply seeing these animals underwater is to understand their beauty, but they are not just beautiful; they play an important role controlling the distribution of algae along tropical coral reefs. They fascinate me and I hope that one day the world will begin to see them through my eyes.

Volunteers Stories: Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frontier

The PADI course is stretched over four days. Where the first day is really easy which just involves watching the PADI open water video. It may not be the most exciting thing but it help give an idea of what the open water course entails.

Plenty More Fish in the Sea: What is Being Done to Ensure Marine Sustainability?

Frontier | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Frontier

The Mafia Island Marine Park is the first of its kind in the world. Set up as collaboration between Frontier and the WFF, it is recognised as the firs...

Taiji Claims They Can Have Their Dolphins and Eat Them Too

Melissa Sehgal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Melissa Sehgal

Visualise dolphins jumping and performing tricks for tourists as they clap and cheer. Children laughing as their parents sit nearby. Then visualise the fresh scent of newly spilled blood, the screams of mothers as their babies are ripped from their sight and dead bodies being dragged away one by one.

Poles Apart? Addressing the Big Freeze in Marine Conservation Policy

Charles Clover | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK
Charles Clover

As a veteran of climate change negotiations I am fully familiar with the old Russian bargaining ploy of inserting spurious scientific and legal arguments which take time to break down. They are telling us this is something they don't want to do and we have to listen very carefully to what they actually want if we want things to progress.