marine life

kevin patterson, salmon ghillie on the river tweed in the scottish borders

Scotland’s salmon crisis: ‘Anglers only want one. But it’s just not happening’

It is a similar picture across Scotland’s famous salmon fishing rivers, including the Spey and the Dee. Earlier this week, official figures showed that 2018 was the worst year on record for wild salmon numbers, when just 37,000 were caught across the country.

danny faure (left) was speaking from a manned submersible off the coast of the island nation

Seychelles president issues underwater plea to protect oceans

The president of the Seychelles has made a plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet”, in a speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface. Danny Faure’s call for action, billed as the first live speech from a submersible, came during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths.

gentoo penguins in the antarctic

Campaign to save oceans maps out global network of sanctuaries

The study, ahead of a historic vote at the UN, sets out the first detailed plan of how countries can protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030, a target scientists and policy makers say is crucial in order to safeguard marine ecosystems and help mitigate the impacts of a rapidly heating world.

common kelp (pictured) has taken over from the giant kelp forests that used to dominate tasmania’s coastline

Australia’s marine heatwaves provide a glimpse of the new ecological order

For the second year in a row, a stubborn high-pressure system over the Tasman Sea was warming the surface of the ocean to above-average temperatures, forming a marine heatwave, wreaking destruction and providing a glimpse of the new ecological order in the marine Anthropocene. Globally marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and prolonged and affecting biodiversity, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change this week.

a sign warns bathers of the extreme heat on bondi beach, in sydney

‘It’s like hell here’: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50°C

Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather — It was 48.9°C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete …

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dead fish

Rising CO2 levels in the ocean could benefit toxic algae, study says

Rising levels of CO2 in the ocean could spark blooms of toxic algae capable of causing harm to marine life and human health, a new study suggests — Experimental evidence collected by researchers in the Canary Islands finds that one species of toxic algae, Vicicitus globosus, can become dominant in marine ecosystems that have experienced …

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local authorities in placencia, belize, have concentrated on removing the daily accumulation of sargassum seaweed

Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling sargassum – and climate change could make the problem worse — “It was like something out of a science fiction movie,” says Barbara Hall from the office of the beachside hotel she runs in Placencia, southern Belize. “I woke up at …

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