A very atmospheric morning at Cramond where our Scottish team are running the first Cramond clean of 2017! What's your local beach looking like in the chill?
Join us on the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt!
Nurdles are tiny lentil-sized plastic pellets, billions of which are used to make pretty much all our plastic products. BUT, many end up on our shores through industry spills & mishandling. In the ocean they attract pollutants & are eaten by marine animals & seabirds & then THEY ENTER THE FOOD CHAIN. The info you gather during the weekend of 3rd - 5th...
View details ⇨

The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt

nurdlehunt.org.uk
Our travelling marine biologist down under, Lauren, is coming to the end of her stay in Aus - but it's been a fruitful trip. There's been beach cleans - like the one in Sirius Cove in Sydney with Sea Shepherd where, in just a couple of hours, they collected 4,000 items of litter weighing 91kg and Lauren's been helping promote the Sydney marine park - home to the Weedy Sea Dragon which is only...
View details ⇨
BREAKING NEWS - Ministers are considering cracking down on plastic bottles which are thrown away after one use following the success of the plastic bag charge.
Environment Minister Therese Coffey has just said the Gvt is developing a new litter strategy which could address the issue. . She said Environment Sec Andrea Leadsom has a personal interest in the issue & intends to set up an...
View details ⇨
A new assessment out today of 11 high street restaurant chains & pubs has revealed that even if an eatery is buying seafood that's caught or produced responsibly, it can be tricky for diners to tell which have made the effort by the menu alone. In the latest ratings from ourselves & restaurant rating group, fish2fork.com, Café Rouge & Bella Italia were top when it comes to the sustainability...
View details ⇨
Calling teachers of Years 5-8 at schools in Bristol and London! We'd love you take part in the Cool Seas Investigators (CSI): Litter Challenge. It's a project we're running with British Plastics Federation & Plastics Europe & involves investigating litter hands on, webinars with litter experts & creating a litter campaign. Your school could be in with a chance to win £250 towards a ‘green...
View details ⇨
Uh-oh.
Worrying that 2016 is likely to be the world's hottest year so far, ever. Does that mean that coral bleaching is about to become the norm? Let's hope not. Scientists have already indicated that coral recovery will be tricky if temperatures continue to rise. [ Bbc.in Link ]

2016 likely the warmest year since records began - BBC News

bbc.in
This is a fabulous read! Diving near the mouth of the River Tyne may sound like a non starter if you want some underwater wow - but that's just not the case. Richard Aspinall's piece draws you underwater to experience the fabulous finds among the rusting sunken ships including a crystal sea slug and a lesson in nudibranchs.
[ Bit.ly Link ]

What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea

bit.ly
Our Beachwatch Manager, Lauren, is out sharing ideas and work practices with our down-under counterpart, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). She's currently in Brisbane at their HQ and would love to answer any questions you may have about the marine life she's encountering down there, the work AMCS does, the learning she's going to bringing back, etc. Feel free to pop any...
View details ⇨
So, Theresa May has made the UK's path to Brexit a little bit clearer today. We know it’ll involve negotiating business and social reform, and any package of measures will need to be passed by the House of Lords.
What she didn’t mention was how Europe’s environmental laws and policies will be adopted into British law as part of the process. MCS will be pushing to ensure that we defend the...
View details ⇨
Sussex seas have just been given better protection! Brand new management measures have been put in place to safeguard 2 nationally important Marine Conservation Zones at Kingmere & Beachy Head West. They're among the first MCZs in England to have management measures put in place & MCS has been part of this via our innovative Community Voice Project. It saw us work alongside Sussex Inshore...
View details ⇨
Good Moaning! Sorry we've been a bit quiet but had a bit of a technical hiccup - you know how it is! Anyway, we're back and it's good news to start the day! For what's thought to be the very first time - humpback whales have been filmed and photographed underwater around the UK. Diver and cameraman, Richard Shucksmith, swam with the two 30-tonne mammals off the coast of Shetland - that's...
View details ⇨

Humpback whales filmed and photographed underwater in UK first - BBC News

bbc.in
So, it's Friday the 13th and for people living around some parts of the coast it's certainly living up to it's reputation of being a day of danger at every turn. Along the east coast, 1,000s of people are being evacuated from their homes amid severe flood warnings due to a storm surge. Although the tide wasn't as high this morning as expected, there are still 11 severe flood warnings in...
View details ⇨

Flooding threat as winter storms set to continue - BBC News

bbc.in
The £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project has been backed today in an independent report by former UK energy minister Charles Hendry. If Swansea Bay does get the go ahead we believe it should be considered a test site & be operational & monitored for at least 5 years prior to commissioning further lagoons so the extent & scale of environmental impacts can be fully understood. In our view...
View details ⇨
If there's one thing we know is a given, it's that the sun will rise tomorrow. And it seems, sea turtles know it too! Turtles are top marine mariners and now new research suggests they may adjust their internal compass at sunrise. After a good nights rest, turtles tagged by the James Cook University made significant correction to their direction of travel in the hours around sunrise...
View details ⇨

Sea turtles use sunrise to set their internal compass, researchers say

ab.co
Rescue Recognition
A fantastic rescue was recorded last July, which shows how two local teams worked together and removed netting from a vulnerable seal. The teams' included the Cornwall Seal Group and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
Keep up this amazing work for 2017, you're setting a great example!

Check out this video, with the attached link:

Christmas came early - Cornwall Seal Group

ow.ly
Now, have you got your sea legs - going with the yaw, sway, and surge of a boat when on the open ocean? Or are you gripped with an overwhelming desire to throw up whatever size craft you're in, however far offshore? Well, the subject of seasickness, & why some are prone and some aren't is a big issue - are your sea legs in your legs or in your brain? Interesting research from the Dutch...
View details ⇨

Are your 'sea legs' actually in your brain?

ab.co
Now, we think this is a tunicate (seasquirt) which Amanda found on Pwllheli beach - soft and squidgy and well, not that attractive! What's the most disconcerting thing you've found on the beach this winter?
When it comes to port expansion around the UK, the Department for Transport doesn't provide clear guidelines on which ports should be prioritised - so it all turns into a bit of a free for all - everyone trying to develop to attract the cruise line business. So, as our love for the cruise grows, the very vessels we can't get enough of are spreading pollution misery in our ports and beyond. We...
View details ⇨

As British tourists take to the seas, giant cruise ships spread pollution misery

bit.ly
Observers are vital on industrial fishing boats because we need to have fishery- independent data. But what happened to Keith Davis? It's a must read article about life on the high seas in a risky working environment [ Bit.ly Link ]

The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis | Hakai Magazine

bit.ly