Stories

3 November, 2021

As we all focus on the Climate Conference in Glasgow, it is becoming increasingly clear that the ocean and the climate are interlinked components of the Earth system – and that we must address both the climate and the ocean crises to ensure a sustainable future for humanity and the planet. At the same time, […]

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20 October, 2021

#OneLess was established in 2016 with the aim to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastic water bottles in London at source. London is an estuarine city, directly connected to the ocean via the River Thames, and our actions in this city profoundly impact the ocean. The River Thames is London’s very own haven for wildlife, […]

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27 April, 2021

By Sibylle Riedmiller, Director at Chumbe Island When I first came to Tanzania in 1980 as the Project Manager of an aid education programme, I quickly developed a passion for the tropical marine environment. Spending my free time sailing, snorkelling and diving in the ocean, I was mesmerised by the vibrant coral reefs and the […]

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31 March, 2021

By Dr Nicolas J Pilcher, Marine Research Foundation, Malaysia. RISE UP Partner It seems not so long ago that I first contemplated sea turtle conservation in Malaysia and realised that the strategy was basically just to count them until they went extinct. The leatherback turtle has done just that already. Not really my idea of […]

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4 January, 2021

By Adrian “Ace” Buchan, ambassador for WSL PURE. The sandstone felt cold and coarse as I traced my five-year-old finger along a groove carved out by the Aboriginals thousands of years earlier. I smiled at my dad as crisp morning light filtered through the forest, dappling its warmth on his broad-shouldered, six-foot frame. The cave […]

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7 October, 2020

By Steve Trent, co-founder and Executive Director, EJF

As economies began to lock down to slow COVID-19’s progress, some crimes fell, but one illicit sector was booming. In the coastal waters of Africa, Asia and Latin America and on the high seas, illegal fishing operators are using this tragedy – and the curtailment of enforcement measures – as their opportunity to profit.

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29 September, 2020

By Vivienne Solís Rivera and Kim Sander Wright, ICCA Consortium.

Indigenous peoples, local communities and small-scale artisanal fisherwomen and fishermen are the rights-holders and custodians of marine life within their coastal and marine territories. All around the world, these people have deep bonds with specific areas or bodies of natural resources and over generations have developed a huge variety of effective forms of governance in the form of customs and rules that ensure nature is conserved and livelihoods are sustained. These “territories of life” are fundamental for the conservation and thriving of life on our planet.

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19 August, 2020

by Dr. Monica Verbeek, Seas At Risk.

When lockdown measures first eased, I went for a walk along the beach near Lisbon, Portugal. The sea is usually comforting, yet this time, looking out at the waves, I was reminded of our collective destruction and exploitation of the environment – and of how this has contributed to the severity of the pandemic.

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