Marine Conservation

The Marine Conservation Room is a place to share best practices, challenges and new ideas in ocean conservation. 

Hi,I am a mid career marine scientist wanting to transition into the marine mammal conservation arena. I bring strong leadership, field work expertise and remote sensing experience with me, plus much more. I am finishing up the SDWC workshop with WildTeam and want to gain hands on experience in marine mammal conservation and a team approach. I would greatly appreciate learning of any leads you may think of (persons or organizations) I could be chatting with.,Carolyn
Sep 22, 2020

Contacts interested in joining the Coalition for Aquatic Conservation

Dear all, hope you are well. At Asia for Animals Coalition, I provide networking support, mainly in the area of Farm Animals. However on this occasion I have been approached by Aquatic Life Institute to find if we have any contacts in our database who are interested in joining the Coalition for Aquatic Conservation (CAC). Because CAC has a two-pronged remit which also includes conservation, as well as welfare, I thought I would use WildHub to find out if there are any colleagues out there interested in joining CAC as a united voice for Marine Conservation? If so, I would be delighted to hear from you and can provide more details and an introduction.Many thanks, Craig.
Jun 15, 2020

Using Marine Waste - Ideas and Case Studies

Hi all,Looking for some ideas on marine waste management/reduction/reuse!Here's the brief: - The location is St. Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean. - It's very remote and is supplied almost entirely by one ship from Cape Town every 3 weeks.  - The island is surrounded by a 445km2 category VI MPA, which limits fishing activities, and there is a huge amount of biodiversity in the surrounding ocean, including very large seasonal aggregations of Whale Sharks and a number of endemic fish, plus 17 unique seamounts. - A runway was built on the island just 3 years ago, and tourism is being promoted and on the increase.  - Tourism, fishing and exporting locally grown coffee are the main economy.Here's the issue: - Since most supplies are imported, packaging which becomes waste is brought with it, as well as old items and the usual generation of waste. - Marine plastics are also present, including microplastics from a major spill of nurdels off the coast of South Africa (a particular issue for filter feeders like the Whale Sharks).Here's the challenge: - We want to reduce the amount of waste coming to the island without negatively impacting the economy - We want to find ways to reuse the waste brought to the island out of necessity - We want to clear marine plastics from the coastline and surrounding waters where possible - We ultimately want to aim for a 'circular economy' where all materials needed on the island can be created from what is already present, so that no materials are "waste" materials. - We need an efficient and cost-effective system to do this.Acheiving this could legitimately change the future of the island (no exaggeration!) so all ideas welcome, basic or complex! Your idea could seed a whole genius plan, so please contribute anything you think of!Hoping to hear from people who may approach things differently and consider things we may not have thought of yet.TIA for all contributions, big or small!James

About this room

The Marine Conservation Room is a place to share inspiring stories as well as seek help on challenging problems, to grow our network and build a diverse community of voices in ocean conservation. 

Room chairs: 

  • Elizabeth Stephenson (Marine Conservation Action Fund, New England Aquarium, US) 
  • Henry Duffy (Fauna and Flora International, UK)

Photo credit room banner: Dr. Randi Rotjan, New England Aquarium.