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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 …

Charting progress: the English Atlantic Bluefin Tuna catch, tag and release programme

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CHART logo of fish and anglers

Last month, the first ever CHART (CatcH And Release Tagging) pilot programme went live in England, with the start of the 13 week-long Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ABT)  fishing season. From 16th August, flying their specially designed CHART flags and with …

Fish Health Inspectorate: protecting wild and farmed aquatic animals

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Fish Farm inspection

Serious diseases pose a threat to aquatic animal health both in aquaculture and in the wild. Many of these diseases have no effective treatment and have the potential to cause high numbers of mortalities in aquatic animals, with the consequent …

Shellfish sleuths- seafood-borne human illness investigations

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norovirus investigations

One of the less well-known aspects of Cefas’ seafood safety work is in support of seafood-borne human illness investigations. In the UK, an estimated 12,000-14,000 people per year experience sickness and diarrhoea after eating seafood, usually raw oysters. Frequently shellfish-borne …

Cefas evidence supports successful prosecution in the Environment Agency versus Southern Water wastewater permit breaches case

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Cockles on Shellness Beach, Kent

Southern Water have recently been fined a record £90m for deliberately pouring sewage into sea. The Environment Agency also highlighted their response to the case which saw 6,971 unpermitted sewage discharges taking place in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex between 2010 …

Monitoring the impact of climate change: The Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network and British Antarctic Territory

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Ryder Bay, BAS

In the latest of our blog series on the Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network, we hear from Simon Morley at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) about what this project means for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Simon Morley, British Antarctic …

Enhancing knowledge and protection: St Helena and the Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network

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Whaleshark

St Helena is an oceanic island located in the tropical South Atlantic. Home to a fantastic array of marine biodiversity, it is one of the ten UK Overseas Territories that are part of the new Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network. …

The Blue Belt Programme: looking back on 2020/2021

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Surveying coral reefs Pitcairn Islands

Kylie Bamford, Head of Marine Conservation for the UK Overseas Territories, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: The Blue Belt Programme supports delivery of the UK government’s commitment to provide long term protection and sustainable management of marine environments across the …