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Yesterday we took part in a workshop at the University of York, on the impacts of Brexit on fisheries. The event pulled together stakeholders and scientists to discuss the issues they saw arising in the future.

“What was really encouraging about this meeting was the cross sector commitment to sustainable fishing and the focus on traceability” said Debbie Crockard MCS Senior Fisheries Policy...
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UK seafood industry could benefit from Brexit, but choppy waters lie ahead - News and events, The University of York
Wondering how we rate haddock stocks, reported in the news recently? Read our blog at [ Link ]
Has your council banned balloon releases? We're asking everyone to get behind our call to get local authorities to implement bans on balloon (and lantern) releases on their land. Over 50 around the UK already have - but it needs to be more widespread to start making a real impact. Our volunteer beach cleaners found a 50% rise in the amount of balloon litter on UK beaches between 2015 and 2016....
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Call to ban balloon releases after 50 per cent rise in beach litter
Well, look at this - we all thought dolphins were dead smart but it appears otters learned how to use tools long before other marine mammals. Sea otter ancestors may have been using tools millions of years ago whereas dolphins in Australia, who have been seen to use sponges to protect their noses when scouting for fish on the sea floor, started doing this less than 200 years ago. [ Link ]

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools - BBC News
We like this story because a) it features everyone's favourite wildlife guy, Sir David Attenborough and b) it started life in Herefordshire (our MCS home county).
In a nutshell - a tiny crustacean, less than 1cm long, was found by researchers in Herefordshire. It's a tiny arthropod - a group of animals that includes modern insects, spiders, shrimp, & crayfish. Researchers say it was found in...
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Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough - BBC News
Strawberry squid's secret revealed after 30 years of hard work.
Now here's a treat! A fantastic film from Basking Shark Scotland on their 2016 highlights. If you like baskers, you'll love this! And if you love sharks then find out how you can help ensure the 30+ species that live or visit our UK waters continue to survive around our coast - [ Link ]

Basking Shark Scotland - 2016 Season Highlights
Could an edible beer can holder save sea life from the scourge of entrapment in the traditional plastic 4 or 6 pack binders? The new holders, invented by a Florida-based brewery, are made using by-products from the brewing process & can be eaten by marine animals. Sounds good? Well yes, but as always there's a note of caution. Our Pollution team tell us - "Wheat and barley by-products [from...
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Edible ring binders for beer cans could save marine life
Hope you haven't forgotten it's Mothering Sunday in just a week? Give your mum something fabulous with a touch of the ocean that'll be great for her skin & help our work too. How? By giving her a lovely tub of BUFF hand made, 100 % natural, sea salt body scrub blended with a gentle, nurturing scent from the MAMA range - great for mums, mums to be & nursing mums.

Handmade in Ashburton, Devon,...
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Saturday cartoon by Cartoonralph
Don't mind me - lobster creates a new burrow! Calming film if your Friday has been stressful.
It's Friday - so fish is in the news! Specifically haddock, but also scampi, squid, lobster & tuna, all thanks to our latest seafood ratings published today on our Good Fish Guide website. So, haddock then - we've downgraded 3 haddock fisheries in the North Sea & West of Scotland due to changes in scientific advice. They're no longer on our recommended green list of fish to eat. But you can...
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Going up! Balloon litter has been in the news today after a 3 yr old horse choked to death on the string attached to a foil one. It's a tragic tale but the tip of the iceberg. During our Great British Beach Clean weekend last Sept, we found a rise of over 50% in the amount of balloon litter picked up on UK beaches compared to 2015. We want to see all intentional outdoor balloon releases...
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Woeful levels of recycled plastic used in making new bottles.

A report out today by our friends at Greenpeace finds that hardly ANY of the plastic used in making new bottles comes from recycled sources. Catch our pollution campaigner Emma Cunningham on Sky News bulletins today, talking about what needs to be done to improve the situation, and read more at [ Link ]
This just isnt good...
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California’s comparable coast

There are 124 marine protected areas that have been established for just 14 years on Californian shores. These show larger fish and more diverse populations compared with unprotected seas and shores, all despite any effects of rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification.

Although it’s much sunnier in “Cali”, the sea temperature there is only slightly warmer...
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Marine life improved in California’s protected areas
Kayaker Nick Arding sent some photos from his Extreme Beachcleans over the weekend. Three adventurers (one with the camera!) collected six bags of rubbish and an old lobster pot from beaches in Torbay - the intriguingly-named Scabbacombe Sands and Longsands beaches.
Several of our extreme clean series had been postponed due to wild weather from the week before, when we joined up with the...
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