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Duck eating fish upsets children

A large fish spotted eating ducks at an Essex shopping centre has been removed because it upset children. The 11kg catfish was plucked out of a man-made lake at the Lakeside shopping mall in Thurrock by the Environment Agency after complaints that it had been seen consuming passing ducks and other wildfowl. “It’s not great… Read more »

1,100 dolphins wash up dead on French beaches in three months

Industrial fishing has been blamed for the death of record numbers of dolphins, washing up on beaches in France so far this year – often in a mutilated state. Deaths in the first 3 months of 2019 are higher than deaths recorded for the whole of 2018. The mass deaths have alarmed animal welfare groups… Read more »

Coast ‘facing oil spill peril’

According to the chief inspector of marine accidents, the UK coast is at risk of an environmental disaster because of the scrapping of emergency tugs that rescue ships in storms. Steve Clinch said that there was an argument that “we are probably overdue a significant major accident” and the costs of the effect of that,… Read more »

Sea life sounds could revive reefs

Researchers from Exeter and Bristol Universities have found that fish can be attracted back to damaged coral reefs by playing them recordings of snapping shrimps. Coral reef animals produce sounds to communicate whilst hunting to warn of the approach of predators and to impress each other in courtship. These can be heard from miles around… Read more »

Freshwater acidification

So-called “ocean acidification” is having deleterious effects on marine biology. Now, environmentalists are raising concerns about freshwater acidification, which too, could have a serious impact on aquatic life. However, currently there is a shortage of data to support this. The evidence for it happening is from only four reservoirs in the Ruhr region of Germany…. Read more »

Giant Bluefin tuna returns

The huge Bluefin tuna was once so common in UK waters that aristocrats, millionaires and film stars flocked to Scarborough in the 1930s and 1940s to catch them. However, the fish disappeared from coastlines in the 1990s, partly because of overfishing of the herring and mackerel they depended on for food. Now they have returned… Read more »

Roach return after anglers build spawning ground

Stocks of roach had fallen to an alarming low in the Avon, which flows from Wiltshire to the south coast. However, two anglers, Trevor Harrop and Adam Price fixed nets to wooden boards to replicate the walls of water moss that roach use to spawn in. Once the eggs are laid they are taken to… Read more »

Clam shortage threatened migrating birds

China’s Yalu Jiang nature reserve, which is near the border with North Korea, extends across 50 kilometres of estuarine mudflats. This is where, every year, 250,000 birds including godwits, oystercatchers and the endangered great knot arrive to consume clams. They then continue on journeys as long as tens of thousands of kilometres. For example, the… Read more »

How to stop micro-fibre pollution

According to a team of scientists from Plymouth University, simple changes to way fleeces and other synthetic clothing are washed could prevent billions of minute plastic fibres from entering the ocean. Their research has shown that more than 700,000 fibres thinner than a human hair can be flushed into drains from a single washing machine… Read more »

Bath water recycled

The hot thermal waters of Bath were very attractive to the Romans. Now the 250,000 gallons of water at 45oC that flows up under the Roman Baths will be used before it flows into the Avon, to heat the nearby Bath Abbey. Because the spring water is too corrosive to use in heating pipes, heat… Read more »

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