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Introducing the Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment Programme (mNCEA)

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Following a successful proof of concept year, the Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme began on 1 April. What is mNCEA and why is it important Our vision it to create a platform for a thriving marine environment, …

Launching a new visual tool to identify shark trunks in the international meat trade

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Front covers of the three guide series on identifying CITES-listed sharks and rays.

The first shark trunk visual identification guide is launched as part of a one stop toolkit for regulating trade in CITES-listed species Warning: This blog contains images of sharks without fins or heads as part of a training exercise to …

Trade in live coral: how we are developing tools to improve tracking of the most traded marine animals

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A photo of corals underwater

It may come as a surprise to some that corals are not rocks or plants, but marine invertebrate animals made up of hundreds to thousands of tiny organisms called polyps, joined together by limestone skeletons. Corals are the building blocks …

Cefas and Industry science collaboration: commercial catch sampling in the age of COVID

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This is the third in a series of short blogs focussing on Cefas’ fisheries science work in partnership with the fishing industry. Cefas Scientist, Jon Elson, who is responsible for the Cefas commercial catch sampling programme, is the next of …

Cefas and industry science collaborations: Fisheries monitoring, the electronic age

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This is the second in a series of short blogs focussing on Cefas’ fisheries science work in partnership with the fishing industry. Cefas Scientist, Rebecca Skirrow, who is the technical lead on Cefas’ Scientific Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) Programme, is …

Voyage of Discovery: RRS Discovery Expedition to Ascension Island and St Helena

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RRS Discovery

In November 2021, Blue Belt Programme scientists and key partners will depart on a 9000 mile expedition to Ascension Island and St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Currently finalising both the scientific objectives and preparing all of the necessary …