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Decreasing primary productivity linked to decreased fishery production – an opportunity for management?

As the ocean’s major primary producers, phytoplankton are the base of the marine food web, with changes to their abundance, biomass, and community composition resonating upwards through zooplankton to fish, seabirds, and cetaceans. Our understanding of the direct relationships between … Continue reading

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A ‘strong and stable’ marine ecosystem?

Long-term monitoring time-series are most important during times of political uncertainty such as Brexit, but it is these times they are most at risk.  The UK marine environment faces an uncertain future. Cumulative pressures from human activities are being placed … Continue reading

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Time-series datasets are crucial to delivering Good Environmental Status

We are on a mission in Europe to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) for our seas (Who cares about the MSFD?). As with many marine policy or conservation efforts, good data are critical to success. When it comes to GES, … Continue reading

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Funded PhD at Plymouth Uni: Ecology and distribution of European sea bass

“Ecology and distribution of European Sea Bass in inshore and coastal waters in South West England” This one isn’t plankton-related, but my colleagues @Dr_Emma_Sheehan and @MJAttrill are looking for a PhD student to carry out a funded project examining South … Continue reading

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Who cares about the Marine Strategy Framework Directive?

Europe’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is the most important piece of marine legislation that you have never heard of (unless you’re interested marine conservation). More encompassing than the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which is often cited in the news … Continue reading

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UK House of Lords: Regional cooperation key to managing North Sea marine environment

The UK House of Lords has declared the North Sea marine environment under ‘severe pressure’ from human activity and blue growth development. The North Sea urgently requires conservation measures to reduce biodiversity loss from these pressures and protect North Sea … Continue reading

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Bill to deal with Lake Erie HABs passes Ohio Senate

In August I wrote a blog post about the extensive eutrophication-induced Harmful Algal Bloom in Lake Erie which made Toledo’s water supply undrinkable and beaches unusable. Those of you who read my original post may remember that I’m from Cleveland, … Continue reading

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The end of the line for bluefin?

As a vegetarian, I am obsessed interested in the conflict between eating something because it tastes good and knowing that animals suffer due to to cruel farming practices, species are harvested by environmentally devastating means, or a food species is … Continue reading

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