UK: Microbead Ban Announced to Protect Sea Life

Microbeads. Image credit: MPCA Photos on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons.

UK Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, announced plans 3 September to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products containing tiny pieces of plastic, commonly known as ‘microbeads’. Each year billions of tiny beads end up in our seas from a range of products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. TheseRead More

Wanted! Dory

While the trailer for ‘Finding Dory’ is out now and we know more about the story line, what we still don’t know is how many Dorys there are in the sea?

A New Hope for 2016

2016 begins with the creation of the largest marine reserve in Atlantic Ocean The Blue Marine Foundation said 3 January that it is “delighted to announce the creation of a marine reserve almost the size of the United Kingdom around Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean.” The reserve which is 234,291km2 in size comes atRead More

SAIA ‘Dory’ Campaign

In line with the Sustainable Aquarium Industry Association (SAIA) campaign All Eyes on Dory, Dr. Ike Olivotto of the University of Ancona, Italy, has provided a comprehensive article on biology, breeding and aquarium keeping of Paracanthurus hepatus. Read more, including details  of  the SAIA campaign at

Plastics, Plastics, Everywhere …

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a press release 11 August about what the research ship Dr Fridtjof Nansen is finding in the southern Indian Ocean – and the news isn’t good – for life in the sea or for the human food supply chain.

Can Aquariums Deliver Health Improvements?

People who spend time watching aquariums and fish tanks could see improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing, according to new research published recently in the academic journal Environment & Behavior.

Here Comes Dory

The Sustainable Aquarium Industry Association (SAIA) has launched an extensive campaign to protect the palette surgeonfish on the occasion of the release of Disney’s animated feature film Finding Dory on June 17th, 2016. Finding Dory features this species as the main character, and the Disney Corporation wants to build on its 2003 success with FindingRead More

What’s In(vertebrate) Your Tank?

Boxer Shrimp. R. Aspinall

Do you keep marine invertebrates? If so, then I want to hear from you! My name is Joanne Younger, I’m a postgraduate student at the University of Portsmouth, and I am truly passionate about securing a healthy future for the marine aquarium trade. One of the exciting areas of research currently being explored in marineRead More

Corals and Fish Avoid Bad Reefs

A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology led by Dr Danielle Dixson has found that both young corals and young fish can sense the difference between depleted and healthy coral reefs, and head for the “healthy” areas rather than over-fished areas that have been invaded by seaweed. This fascinating research, published in Science, featuresRead More