People and the Sea

How plastic-free periods can reduce your environmental footprint (and save you some cash too)

How plastic-free periods can reduce your environmental footprint (and save you some cash too)

Did you know that mainstream period pad brands (like Tampax, Lil-lets and Always) contain around the same amount of plastic as four carrier bags, and a tampon made by those same companies is roughly 6% of plastic (even before you consider the packaging or applicators)? Jasmine Tribe talks about plastic pollution, periods, and City to Sea’s campaign for a more environmentally friendly period.

What bivalve aquaculture does for us

What bivalve aquaculture does for us

With bivalve aquaculture dominating the marine aquaculture industry, the benefits it provides to local economies cannot be understated. But as Andrew van der Schatte Olivier, PhD student at Bangor University explains, “there is so much more to bivalve aquaculture than we currently think...”

Sea Stories: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Part 1

Sea Stories: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Part 1

It’s not often that a poem becomes not one but two movies, or inspired a song by Iron Maiden but Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is one of those rare exceptions. It is a 7-part tale about the experiences of a sailor who has just returned from sea. It’s a tale of peril, of the supernatural, of the sea. Today let’s take a look at part 1, in which the mariner departs on his journey out to sea…

Join in the UK’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch this Summer

Join in the UK’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch this Summer

The UK is blessed with many different species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Join in the National Whale and Dolphin Watch to spot some of them yourself - and help with their conservation. No experience required!

Why SharkFest is your destination festival in England this year

Why SharkFest is your destination festival in England this year

It’s time to celebrate sharks! Love them or fear them, or just don’t really know anything about them, sharks and their relatives ‘the rays’ are the among the most amazing creatures in our ocean. So amazing in fact that they get their very own festival in England!

Engineered Ocean for Carbon Storage

Engineered Ocean for Carbon Storage

With fossil fuel emissions continuing unabated, relying purely on natural carbon sinks to temper our emissions may no longer be an option.  For a number of years, researchers, policy makers, and commercial ventures have been looking to increase carbon storage options - including geoengineering of the oceans.

‘Integrated Action’ (Ocean Management)

‘Integrated Action’ (Ocean Management)

As human population grows, more and more demands are being placed on the coastal and ocean environment.  Over half of the World’s human population currently lives at the coast, a figure that is projected to rise to 70% by 2020.  Historically human use of the ocean was largely in the realm of fisheries or transport but today one can find other industries operating in the ocean such as oil and aggregate extraction as well as recreational use.  In an increasingly crowded ocean and coastal environment, conflict between users becomes more common place.  What is more, our understanding of how seemingly separate activities inland can have an impact on ocean and coastal environments.  The traditional single-sector management approach is no longer sufficient.  Today local communities, nongovernmental organizations, private industry, and all levels of government play a role in managing human use of the oceans and the coast.  The need for integrated forms of management is widely recognised and can be seen in international law and agreements, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Convention for Biological Diversity.