Illegal trawlers are Bethune's new targetGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Pete Bethune spent four months in a Japanese jail for action against whalers. Now he has new targets in his sights "Don't make me out to be violent, or some kind of cowboy," says Pete Bethune, as he holds me in his steady, brown-eyed gaze. Seven months on from his release from a Japanese prison, after being convicted for taking direct action against whaling ships and crew, we've met in a south London pub to discuss his new campaign group, Earthrace Conservation.
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
What to do with a degree in earth studies or marine studies?Guardian Unlimited | 22 Jan 2011
Floods, tsunamis and disasters are rarely off the news agenda, so those with a degree in earth or marine studies should be in great demand. Recent floods, tsunamis and disasters such as the BP oil spill mean concerns about the environment and our impact on our surroundings are rarely off the news agenda - all the more reason why people with specialist knowledge will be in demand.
Deep-sea sharks protected as EU sets fish quotasReuters | 30 Nov 2010
European fisheries ministers have agreed minor cuts to quotas for some vulnerable deep-sea fish and more stringent measures to protect rare sharks. The European Union is trying to nurse its fish stocks back to health after decades of over-exploitation. Deep-sea fish are particularly vulnerable as they reproduce so slowly.
Scottish fishermen plead guilty to 'black landing' of mackerel and herringGuardian Unlimited | 22 Nov 2010
Officials describe the landing of illegal catches worth more than £37m as a 'crime against the marine environment'. Trawlermen from Shetland have admitted illegally catching more than £37m worth of mackerel and herring during a long-running plot to sidestep the strict quotas introduced to protect against overfishing.
In praise of... Sunderland PointGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
Choosing what to protect of Britain's vulnerable coastline is a difficult balancing act. Choosing what to protect and what to try to save from the stormy waters around the British coast is an invidious task. Sunderland Point (that's Sunderland, Lancashire, not Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) is typical...
Marine ecosystems at risk from pollutionGuardian Unlimited | 20 Oct 2010
Marine ecosystems around the world are at risk of substantial deterioration in coming decades as oceans face growing threats from pollution, over-fishing and climate change
Marine ecosystems at risk from pollution climate: U.N.Yahoo! News | 19 Oct 2010
Marine ecosystems around the world are at risk of substantial deterioration in coming decades as oceans face growing threats from pollution over-fishing and climate change a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
UK launches marine conservation organisationEnergy Saving Trust | 18 Jun 2010
The UK government has launched a governing body to protect the biodiversity and sustainability of the country's waters.The group has been running since April but industry members including fishermen, developers and conservationists gathered in the north-east to officially declare the group...
BP tries a new Gulf spill fix, as slick spreadsReuters | 10 May 2010
BP Plc said on Monday it will again attempt to contain oil gushing deep in the Gulf of Mexico, this time with a far smaller funnel than it tried before, as a massive slick threatened Louisiana shores.
Chagos Islanders attack plan to turn archipelago into protected areaGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2010
This week the British government, backed by nine of the world's largest environment and science bodies, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Royal Society, the RSPB and Greenpeace, is expected to signal that the 210,000 sq km area around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean will become the world's largest marine reserve.
Blighted beaches: Britain's shores are drowning in litterGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2010
Beach litter figures down overall, but quantity of plastic found on shorelines grows to unprecedented levels. From the mundane debris of food wrappers and cigarette butts, to a laboratory incubator and a dead goat, Britain's beaches are strewn with litter, according to the Marine Conservation Society.
Beach litter survey reveals plastics tollThe Independent | 26 Mar 2010
Piles of plastic rubbish, ranging from thousands of drinks bottles and carrier bags to a joke severed finger and a set of vampire teeth, were collected in the latest annual survey of beach litter.
Global action needed on deep sea destructionGreen Consumer Guide | 18 Jul 2006
Destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling must be stopped to prevent the ongoing destruction of sensitive marine environments such as seamounds, UK Fisheries Minister Ben Bradshaw has announced. Speaking at the International Deep Sea Biology Symposium, the Minister called on Governments around the world to introduce stricter regulations and an integrated approach to the problem.
Dead Whale Seen Floating in the English ChannelBiscay Dolphin Research Programme | 17 Jul 2006
Whilst undertaking an ecotourism whale and dolphin theme cruise, the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme encountered a large dead whale, close to the shipping lanes in the English Channel.
Intensive care heals damaged coral reefsNew Scientist | 10 Jul 2006
Terms like "triage" and "transplant" are usually the stuff of hospital emergency rooms. Now the same phrases are turning up in an entirely different context as conservationists struggle to repair the damage done by human neglect and natural disasters to coral reefs, some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth.
Meeting to rule on aquarium cashBBC | 10 Jul 2006
A council meets to decide whether to further fund a planning application for one of the world's largest freshwater aquariums.