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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 …

Answering unknowns in Anguilla: the new Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network

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Spinny Lobster Anguilla

The recently announced Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network will collect unique and important data from across ten UK Overseas Territories, increasing our knowledge and ability to support the protection of these valuable marine environments. The new underwater network of Baited …

Balancing trade-offs for offshore activities? How we reviewed compensatory measures and their role in meeting net zero goals

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Wind turbines in front of sunset

Offshore wind developments exist among other marine activities, how do we balance them and is compensation suitable in order to meet net zero goals? The UK’s marine area is becoming increasingly busy with multiple users from different sectors all making …

Plankton observations, microscopic creatures with global influence: how we use small ocean life to monitor the health of seas the life they support

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Magnified images of Plankton

Microscopic plankton form the base of the marine food webs. Yet they are often the “forgotten” element in marine ecosystems despite having the critical role of supporting all other life. Cefas’ plankton scientists maintain long-term observational records of marine plankton alongside developing new technologies to improve monitoring of this key collection of organisms.