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Non-native species can travel the oceans, with a little help from plastic waste

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marine litter on Chesil Beach

There is an increasing awareness that marine debris, particularly plastic, is more than an eyesore on our beaches. Recent research has shown that it could also transport species, including non-native species, large distances. Plastic has a lower buoyancy than seawater …

Strengthening Sri Lanka’s preparedness to respond to oiled wildlife emergencies

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Written by Jamie Small, from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), on behalf of JNCC and Cefas, The UK government's Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) team share updates on oiled wildlife response training recently delivered in Sri Lanka. JNCC and …

The power of plankton: Advancing our understanding of the role and value of plankton as marine natural capital

In this new Marine Science blog, scientists from Cefas, the University of Plymouth, and Environment Agency discuss new research by the Pelagic Natural Capital project (PelCap), which is helping to monitor the impact of human activities on plankton health in …

Safeguarding Global Coral Trade: The Power of a New Visual Guide for Border Inspections

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Pieces of hard coral during import check at Heathrow. Photo credit. Border Force.

It’s a dark, damp evening in February 2023 when staff from UK Border Force’s CITES team are called to Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre to inspect a shipment of hard coral. A mismatch between the CITES permit and its packing list …

Expanding the concept of 'blue carbon’: Cefas science on coastal ecosystems and their role in tackling climate change

turtle swimming above seagrass

The importance of mangroves and other blue carbon ecosystems in mitigating the impacts of climate change is once again high on the agenda at this year’s Nature, Land-use, and Oceans Day at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai. …

Collaboration and progress through Cefas’ Climate, Health, and Environment Resilience Programme in the Middle East

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Our Climate, Health, and Environment Resilience Programme (CHERP) has recently kicked off another year of activity in the Middle East. With the UN Climate Change COP28 currently underway in the region, we are taking a look back at what we …

Too hot to handle? Marine climate change risks and opportunities for adaptation in the Gulf

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Sunset in the Persian Gulf

As world leaders meet at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai this week, Cefas Middle East Programme Director Will Le Quesne, discusses the challenge of climate change facing the …

Learning lessons from (almost) a decade of MPA monitoring in English waters: where are we now and what happens next?

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In recent years it has become clear, both in the UK and globally, that interventions are urgently needed to protect our precious marine wildlife and safeguard the resources provided to us by the sea. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are tools …

What do a Communications Officer, a Shellfish Scientist and a Fish Health Inspector have in common?

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Answer: They all graduated from a Zoology degree at the University of Exeter in 2016!  With the start of a new academic year, this time often comes with big decisions and a lot of uncertainty. Perhaps you’re making decisions on …