Microbads

“Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.
Tests have been carried which show the beads can be processed to be soft or hard but can also biodegrade into sugar in a short period of time.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/new-solution-to-plastic-pollution

Has anyone tried using sand? It may be less of a problem for marine life.

Time to try some plastic microbead-free products?

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Rigged

“Big oil already receives generous public subsidy to extract a resource we know we have to start leaving in the ground. It would be wrong for this same industry to be allowed to walk away from a situation that could create jobs and protect the marine environment we all rely on.” https://greens.scot/news/brent-platforms-warning-must-be-taken-seriously

The oil industry is notoriously slippery to pin down.

Razor wired

“Dredging the sea bed for razor clams has a horrific impact, but to switch to electrofishing instead won’t allow our precious marine environment to recover.” https://greens.scot/news/electrofishing-trial-decision-criticised-by-greens

First their homes are bulldozed, then the air they breathe is electrified – life on a knife edge for razor clams.

Sick Squid

The Cuvier’s beaked whale’s stomach was full of plastic bags and packaging with labels in Danish and English. … The whale may have mistaken them for squid which they usually prey on. http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/02/beaked-whale-in-norway-had-30-plastic-bags-in-stomach

A spokesperson for the food packaging industry said there was really nothing more it could do, since all plastic wrapping already carries the explicit warning “not squid” in both Danish and English.

Sartorial Sardine

“Improving the welfare of fish within nets is an emerging area of research, as reducing stress during capture improves the quality (and price) of the fish that end up in restaurants.” https://theconversation.com/tens-of-thousands-of-dead-fish-just-washed-up-on-a-cornish-beach-heres-why-70696

It shouldn’t be hard to convince them that fishnets are a benign fashion accessory.

Marine Protection Inquarry

“Corporate influence has trumped the protection of marine wildlife here, with local planners and now the Scottish Government giving in time and time again to the Glensanda super-quarry operators.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14653082.Big_business_before_nature_____wildlife_protection_zone_redrawn_to_please_super_quarry/)

Sadly, Brexit can only bring us more of this transatlantic nonsense with corporate trumping by the hill quarry clinker tonne.

Failure Five

“The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) failed to reach consensus, for the fifth time, to adopt large scale Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7713)

Would Consensus be easier to reach if it was a research base actually in Antarctica?