Weekly Ocean News 28.06.24

June 28, 2024



To live at the bottom of the ocean requires expertise, this is how comb jellies do it.  

Researchers have found a solution to premature sharks that would otherwise die, by building an artificial uterus to simulate a mother shark’s womb.  

Scientists have modelled the future distribution of brown seaweeds and seagrasses at a global scale. 


The EU fishing industry  has expressed ‘profound disappointment’ with the recent partial agreement between the UK, Norway and the Faroe Islands regarding the sharing of Northeast Atlantic mackerel amidst overfishing concerns. 

Emergency continues to be the norm in the Baltic where better science, fair fisheries, and a cod recovery plan is urgently needed. 

Belgian fishing vessels will see an increase over four times the initial limit of their sole catch quotas in the Irish Sea starting from July, following a recent scientific report that revealed higher-than-expected sole stocks. Meanwhile, there is a dramatic 31% cut in North East Arctic Cod catch recommended. 

The Scottish Government discusses cetacean deaths from fishing line entanglements.  

British Overseas Territories 

The Falkland Islands Government has released a public consultation on the Environment Impact Statement (EISfor the Sea Lion Field Northern Development Area which Navitas Petroleum Development and Production Limited have submitted. This involves drilling 23 wells, and the production of over 300 million barrels of oil over 30 years! 

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is the latest organisation to issue a warning about the government’s plans to amend the National Conservation Act to essentially make development of all kinds even easier than it already is. 


‘Give nature space and it will come back’: rewilding returns endangered species to UK’s south coast! Here are some things we can all do to help look after the UK’s coastline 

A new poll reveals that 86% of EU citizens want political leaders to prioritise ocean protection and to ban bottom trawling in marine protected areas. 

New UK technology, MyGearTag, is a location device enabling fishing boats to find lost nets, pots and traps over a range of up to three kilometres and is set to tackle the ‘ghost net’ crisis!

Climate Crisis 

Extreme wildfires have doubled over the past two decades and scientists discover one of the Great Barrier Reef’s worst coral bleaching events.

A new study has found that marine heatwaves impact the protective nature of nearshore safe havens for young Pacific cod. 

A huge citizen testing blitz of rivers across Britain has found that 75% are in poor ecological health as a result of pollution from water companies and agricultural runoff. The recent nature march had a huge turnout – so why didn’t it make bigger news? 

An Edinburgh firm is developing floating solar power stations across the world.  

Companies worldwide are facing increased legal pressure to reduce their impact on global warming. The US state of Hawaii has reached a historic agreement in response to litigation by youth activists, promising to speed up the de-carbonization of its transport sector to protect their right to a safe and healthy climate. In addition, the 21-judge International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea says science must guide efforts to prevent climate change and protect vulnerable people and wildlife. 


Greenpeace & Friends of the Earth have released parties’ manifesto rankings for climate and nature! 

Researchers have developed technology to detect and differentiate microscopically sized plastics from other naturally occurring particles at aquaculture sites. 

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