UK signs up to protect the Sargasso Sea

UK signs up to protect the Sargasso Sea

The UK has joined other countries in signing up to an agreement to protect the unique habitat of the Sargasso Sea. The Sargasso is a region of the North Atlantic that is dominated by the sargassum seaweed and is an important breeding and feeding ground for many species. The boundaries of the Sargasso Sea are marked by major Atlantic Ocean currents: to the north lies the North Atlantic current to the east lies the Canary current to the south lies the North Atlantic Equatorial current and to the west lies the Gulf Stream. This unique sea within an ocean plays an important role in many species life-cycle. The European and…

New look for marine conservation group

New look for marine conservation group

A new name and a new brand has been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). The new name loses the society part so it is now known as WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The new logo will also help its presence on new media channels. The new look was developed by the brand consultants The Conran Design Group and sees the old logo replaced by a much simpler and bolder whale fluke. The new design means it can be used in a range of situations to produce a consistent look across media channels. The colour of the new logo is a blue-grey which represents the colour…

A new message in a bottle

Sending a message in a bottle is a bit of a folklore for getting rescued from deserted islands but now marine scientists could use a simple bottle of sea water to determine what’s living locally. By using the latest DNA techniques a half litre of sea water can reveal the species of fish and whales living in a locale. The new technique has been pioneered by researchers at the University of Copenhagen and could be used for both marine conservation and surveying and also fisheries management. “The new DNA-method means that we can keep better track of life beneath the surface of the oceans around the world, and better monitor…

Australia protects a third of its coastal waters

Australia protects a third of its coastal waters

In a bold move the Australian government has announced plans to protect over a third of its coastal waters and will also create the worlds largest marine park. The announcement of the new marine conservation measures was made on the 14th June in the run up to Rio 20+. The plans now need to go out to final consultation before the legislation is introduced to provide the marine areas with the extra protection. In terms of area covered this will be the biggest conservation measure ever undertaken by Australia. The jewel in the crown of the new plans is the creation of the world’s largest marine park at Coral Sea which will connect…