Now in its third year, International Sawfish Day was established in 2017 through a collaboration between the Sawfish Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) studbook prorgramme alongside research and conservation organisations, like The Deep Aquarium and the Sawfish Conservation Society. The aim of this now annual event is to heighten awareness of these elusive cartilaginous fishes and the threats they face in our global ocean.Read More
Recently I’ve returned from my summer placement – the final frontier of my MSc Marine Environmental Management course. So as I bite my nails and await with bated breath for my result, I’ve decided to delve into writing again to distract me from the anxiety.
I have so much to tell you. The past three months have been a rollercoaster ride of personal and professional development that it’s difficult for me to know where to start.
So why was I in South Africa?Read More
Ecotourism experiences across the world are doing a fantastic job of introducing the public into the incredible lives of sharks. In fact, in recent years, multiple studies have demonstrated that by engaging the public with wildlife through ecotourism experiences, their likelihood to participate in conservation movements increases significantly. In July 2018 I embarked on my first solo venture across the globe to volunteer with White Shark Projects in Gansbaai, South Africa on an ecotourism trip.Read More
Coral reefs are often romantically described as the tropical rainforests of the sea, buzzing with life like an underwater metropolis. Home to 25% of known marine life, these ocean ecosystems cover around 0.1% of the planets surface. Thanks to lots of educational efforts, many are aware of the disastrous impacts of climate change devastating our reefs globally via climate change and subsequent ocean acidification. But what about sunscreen?Read More
World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on the 23rd May with the aim of spreading awareness on the threats facing both turtles and tortoises worldwide and the role we can each play in safeguarding their populations for the future. So in the spirit of the occasion, albeit belated, let’s delve into the threats facing our turtle friends and how you can help their survival.Read More
Traveling is an element of my life that gives me so much joy. I love visiting new places and exploring new societies, understanding how life works in other parts of our globe. Last December I visited the big easy (New Orleans, LA) for three days with my family and we had a jam-packed trip exploring this culturally-rich city. I can’t think of a better place to feature for my first travel guide. Welcome to the Crescent City…Read More
This week marks Mental Health Awareness week in the UK (13th-19th May). Although the focus of this years campaign is body image it’s also important to be aware of our overall mental health. With that said, what role can the ocean play in improving your mental health?Read More
According to a report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee around 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK annually, with only just over half of these being recycled (estimated 7.5 billion). The introduction of a nationwide deposit-return scheme would provide an incentive to improve recycling rates and would also see the best return with regards to cost savings, job creation and the regeneration of our domestic recycling industry, providing a massive win for marine conservation in the process.Read More
Climate change is one of the largest contributing factors to the Sixth Mass Extinction and if we do not act now, we risk losing the valuable biodiversity which plays a pivotal role in the complex web of life on Earth.
But we can slow both climate and ecological breakdown by diverting away from the “business-as-usual” approach that we have become so accustomed to in the modern world.
Here’s 5 ways you can make even more difference.Read More
“This post therefore is a public means of my acknowledging my poor standards of knowledge, relatively speaking, and to date my laziness at doing what I can myself to help the health of the oceans. Before one can act properly one has to understand the situation and so I am going to make 2019 a personal mission to improve my understanding of how fishing and the fishing industry really works.”Read More
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A peak at how misunderstood sharks are and why they fear us more than we fear them.
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An article I wrote in February 2017 on the unregulated cownose ray fishery in Chesapeake Bay, U.S.A.Read More
An essay I wrote in my first year of my undergraduate degree investigating the implications of captivity on orcas - references are not included, but please contact me if you’d like them.Read More
Conservation is a substantial environmental and socio-economic challenge encompassing a wide variety of stakeholders with an eclectic range of interests. Undeniably, both climate change and human exploitation pose a great threat to biodiversity globally - but which poses the greatest threat to marine conservation?Read More
The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is a conservation project part of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust operating in Gansbaai, South Africa.Read More
“Both Clampy and I were gazing directly at one of the most formidable predators on the planet”Read More