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Pressure is mounting on the UK government and opposition parties to commit to creating at least one massive marine reserve in the Pacific or Atlantic to protect rare and threatened whales, sharks, fish and corals ahead of the general election. Marine reserves are a type of marine protected area (MPA) where human activities such as fishing […]

The elusive Oceanic Sunfish (Mola mola) is the heaviest bony fish in the world. With an average weight of 1,000 kg, average length of 1.8 m and a fin-to-fin length of 2.5 m, this peculiar looking species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. The species belongs to the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, and filefish. […]

The Australian government’s marine research agency is looking to use ‘assisted evolution’ to help species of coral cope with rising sea temperatures, as new modelling projected that the coverage of living corals on the Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10% if warming continues. The iconic Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system. […]

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna populations (Thunnus albacares) are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study. Mercury is a toxic, bioaccumulating trace metal whose emissions to the environment have increased significantly as a result of anthropogenic activities such as mining and fossil […]

The term paleophysiology refers to the scientific study of fossilised biota, in an attempt to gain an insight into the physiological processes that the organism possessed. This specific field of research falls under the broader term, Paleobiology which encompasses a vast array of subdivisions including paleoecology (the study of past ecosystems, climate and geographies in […]

Ocean acidification is an emerging global problem and is attributed to the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide by our oceans. Over the last decade there has been increasing focus in the scientific community on studying it’s potentially negative impacts on marine organisms. A study published this week, conducted by British Antarctic Survey, examined how biofouling communities are impacted […]

The European Commission has announced this week that action will be taken to avert the collapse of declining sea bass stock in European waters, with immediate effect. These emergency measures will place a ban on trawlers targeting the fish stock during the spawning season, which runs until the end of April and thus will come into force immediately, […]