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New research sheds light on marine biodiversity of South Sandwich Islands

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Shaped by ice and fire, the volcanic South Sandwich Islands are a remote sub-Antarctic archipelago that have remained largely uninhabited since their discovery by polar explorers in the 18th century. In winter, sea ice extends northwards across the two hundred …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Developing the first trunk identification guide for CITES-listed species: Identifying headless, finless sharks

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The challenge of identifying shark trunks Trade of shark meat has increased substantially over the last decade and in Indonesia shark meat consumption is at an all-time high, providing an important source of local protein to coastal communities. As well …