Britain is now a ‘pioneer’ of ocean conservation

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Britain is now a ‘pioneer’ of ocean conservation

Thursday 15 September 2016 Major UK announcement at Our Ocean conference, Washington DC   The Marine Reserves Coalition applauds  today’s visionary joint announcement by the UK and several UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) governments, that over two million square kilometres of British waters will be protected for future generations. This far-reaching agreement, announced at the Our Ocean conference in Washington DC by the UK and UK Overseas Territory governments, recognises the global importance of our marine wildlife. This commitment will protect these ocean areas from unsustainable...

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Happy birthday Great British Oceans!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Happy birthday Great British Oceans!

Twelve months ago, with the support of over 100 leading environmental organisations, scientists, journalists and ocean advocates, we launched our Great British Oceans campaign. We were trying to secure marine reserves in some of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and ensure that the UK is doing all it can to protect the amazing ocean wildlife and habitats found in these areas. And what a 12 months it’s been! We’ve seen some of the most significant steps for marine protection in the history of the UKOTs. Since we launched last February, the government has commited to the establishment of...

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New Year – new marine reserve!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in News | 0 comments

New Year – new marine reserve!

2016 begins with the creation of the Atlantic’s largest marine reserve around Ascension Island.  Great British Oceans, a campaign of the Marine Reserves Coalition, is proud to announce that the UK government will create a marine reserve, almost as big as the United Kingdom itself, in the waters of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic Ocean.  The marine reserve has been made possible with the support of a grant from the Bacon Foundation, which will cover the costs of enforcement over the coming fishing season, and which will contribute to surveillance, science and...

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Selfridges says no to single-use plastic water bottles

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Selfridges says no to single-use plastic water bottles

Today sees the launch of a brand new Project Ocean campaign – tackling the growing issue of plastic in our oceans. In the next decade, our oceans could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish. Project Ocean – the marine conservation partnership between Selfridges and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) – is now setting out to raise awareness and drive change to reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans.   The plastic problem By 2025 there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the world’s oceans if nothing...

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Big ocean commitments

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Big ocean commitments

Fiona Llewellyn, Marine Reserves Coalition Coordinator Did we ever think we’d see the day when our political parties would be competing over who can protect more of the ocean? Well it seems that day has arrived. It started off in March, when the government announced its intention to create the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific. Not stopping there, the Conservatives have now pledged to create a ‘Blue belt’ of marine protected areas around the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories, subject to local support and...

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Happy birthday to the Chagos Marine Reserve!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Happy birthday to the Chagos Marine Reserve!

Five years ago today (1 April), the UK government designated the Chagos Marine Reserve in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Covering 640,000 square kilometres, Chagos remains the world’s largest fully protected (‘no-take’) marine reserve (although this might not be the case for long, as the government has recently announced its intention to create an even larger reserve around the Pitcairn Islands). Home to the world’s largest coral atoll, incredible biodiversity, some of the healthiest reef systems and some of the cleanest waters in the world, since its...

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STOP PRESS – The UK announces the world’s largest marine reserve!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in News | 0 comments

STOP PRESS – The UK announces the world’s largest marine reserve!

THE MARINE RESERVES COALITION PRAISES THE UK GOVERNMENT FOR ANNOUNCING THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE RESERVE As leaders of the Great British Oceans campaign, we today congratulate the UK Government on its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced in the Budget that “The government intends to proceed with designation of a MPA around Pitcairn”. This decision begins the process of creating a fully protected marine reserve, extending from 12...

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Great British Oceans

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in News | 1 comment

Great British Oceans

The Marine Reserves Coalition today, 11 February 2015, urges the British government to protect over 1.8 million square kilometres of the world’s ocean by creating marine reserves in three of the UK’s Overseas Territories. Working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the National Geographic Society, we are calling for marine reserves around the Pitcairn Islands, Ascension Island and the South Sandwich Islands. If created, they would be three of the largest marine reserves in the world and provide protection for rare and threatened species, from whales and turtles to rare...

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MPs accuse Government of being too slow to protect our seas

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

MPs accuse Government of being too slow to protect our seas

The Environmental Audit Committee, a group of cross-party MPs, has this week said, “The Government must stop trying to water down its pledge to protect our seas and move much more quickly to establish further protection zones and ensure they can be enforced.” The comments come after the publication of the Committee’s report on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Chair of the Committee, Joan Walley MP, said: “Marine Conservation Zones can protect our seas from over-fishing and give species and habitats space to recover, ultimately benefiting people whose livelihoods depend on healthy seas....

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Chagos X 2!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Chagos X 2!

For the first time ever, there are two parallel science expeditions running in the Chagos archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory), the largest marine reserve in the world. The megafauna expedition sees researchers from Stanford University, the University of Western Australia (UWA), University College London (UCL) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), generously supported by the Bertarelli Foundation and its vessel Vava, revisiting Chagos to study the megafauna that inhabit the reserve. The expedition will service an existing array of acoustic listening devices, download the past...

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Marine Reserves Coalition Internship

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Marine Reserves Coalition Internship

We are seeking a new Intern to join our team at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for a four month period. The Marine Reserves Coalition (MRC) is a multi-NGO collaboration between ZSL, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Blue Marine Foundation, set up in 2011 to work collectively on the designation of marine reserves; fully protected, no-take marine areas closed to all extractive and potentially damaging activities. Based in the Conservation Programmes department at ZSL, the successful candidate will directly contribute towards MRC...

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Update from Danajon Bank

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Update from Danajon Bank

Tyler Stiem, Project Seahorse, 21 Nov 2013: As mentioned previously on this blog, one of the areas that has been mostly overlooked in the post-Haiyan relief effort is Danajon Bank in northern Bohol Province, Philippines. Last month the area was badly damaged by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed over 2,000 houses and left many thousands of people homeless. Since then, this rare and threatened double-barrier reef and many of coastal and island communities that depend on it for food and livelihoods have been further affected by aftershocks as high as 5.1 on the Richter scale (over 3,000...

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