A golden floating rainforest in the sea with no coastline

Blue open ocean to horizon

Nestled in the bottom corner of the North Atlantic, circling Bermuda, you’ll find a sea with no coastline. Forming part of the High Seas, the Sargasso Sea is brimming with mystery and magic. Perhaps it’s the proximity to the famed Bermuda Triangle; perhaps it’s that few seem to have heard of the sea, despite its importance. Or perhaps it’s what bobs on…

Scallop discos! The new sustainable alternative to dredging

Scallop on sea bed

What’s going on here? Trials for a new fishing technology are taking place that use light instead of fish bait. The method attracts scallops as well, meaning this could be a promising alternative to dredging. What does this mean? Scientists from Fishtek Marine have been working alongside fishermen trialling the use of LED lights in pots to catch crabs and lobsters. Surprisingly,…

The retreat of Antarctica’s riskiest glacier: Thwaites

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have warned that the eastern ice shelf of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier could shatter within the next decade, accelerating melting and sea level rise. What Does This Mean? West Antarctica’s Thwaites glacier is about the size of Great Britain and sheds circa 50 billion tonnes of ice each year.  Earlier this week, The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC),…

World Oceans Day 2021

gray fish

What’s going on here?  We know there seems to be a day for everything (today is actually a day to celebrate the Ball Point pen), but we couldn’t let this year’s World Oceans Day on Tuesday wash past us without a look into the deep blue. Listen up policy makers – the evidence base for a thriving ocean is growing quicker than…

Seaweed to save us?

This grassy green marine plant is well known within the rockpools and beaches of our coastlines, but did you know about the additional benefits this plant can provide? We’ve taken a deep dive (excuse the pun) into how seaweed is helping us turn the tide (sorry, I’ll stop now…) on climate change in a variety of curious ways…. Seaweed as an important…

Ice, Ice, Life? Researchers discover marine organisms beneath 3000ft of Antarctic ice shelf

What’s Going On Here? Researchers extracting sediment core from the seabed on the south-eastern Weddell Sea made a surprise discovery, when their camera sent down the borehole revealed a life-bearing rock – 16 sponges accompanied by 22 unidentified animals.  What Does This Mean? The footage of the boulder shows it is home to at least two types of sponge and other organisms,…

Fourteen key coastal countries pledge to sustainably manage 100% of their oceans

What’s Going On Here? In a world first, an ocean initiative has been formed by 14 governments who are leading the way to sustain healthier, more prosperous oceans. The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is the biggest collaboration on oceans to date. What Does This Mean? Like-minded world leaders with sustainable ocean management at heart have recently released their…