For a birder there are few sights more exciting than a large cliff-side colony of breeding seabirds with all the noise and activity, the endless comings and goings. It would be impossible not to be impressed by the cliffs at Alkefjellet in Svalbard. The glacier ice is red in places a result of an algae living within the ice. Stretching from the entrance of a fjord and butting up to a glacier, this area is truly a living land and seascape.
Four of us hunch over a screen with the radio operator. We're looking at AIS (Automatic Identification System) information, a tracking system used to locate vessels. In fact, anyone can see a basic version of this information online. But there's a reason we're freezing our arses off here in the Arctic rather than checking the information, slipper-clad, from our sofas.
While my colleagues have been doing big, bold and brash
things like confronting oil drilling in the Arctic and taking on Tescos
over their slipped commitments on sustainable tuna, I was reading reports by
the European Commission and poring over the minute details of European Regulation.
Doesn’t sound very Greenpeace, does it?
If they thought they had avoided Greenpeace’s scrutiny, they were wrong. For the first time, we are checking what’s in the tuna tins in Aldi, Lidl, Ocado, Iceland, Budgens and Booths. They join a growing list of supermarkets we’ve surveyed about the tuna they use in their tins, and how it’s caught.
Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so
much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts,
and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land
to lay eggs.
They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.
Today is World
Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect
to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?
A Hawksbill turtle on Apo Island, internationally acknowledged as a model community managed marine reserve.
Today is World Turtle Day, a great opportunity to celebrate some of the world’s oldest creatures as well as draw attention to the sea turtles' plight. Terrific turtles have been swimming the world's oceans for more than 100 million years, but now face many dangers as they travel the seas.
Today is the International
Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s
a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For
2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.