“This study shows how the microplastic pollution crisis is threatening biodiversity more than is currently recognised.”
MARBLES is a £6.37 million (€7.5 million), 5-year project that will develop new methods for the sustainable collection and use of biological resources from marine environments and assess their commercial potential.
The shipworm, a bivalve mollusc, can cause destruction to wooden ship hulls, wharves, and other submerged wooden structures.
“Our findings show that, even within these tight-knit groups, whales prefer to interact with specific individuals.”
Human activities are a significant threat to right whale populations, either through entanglement in fishing gear or strikes from shipping.
It was a story that in the winter of 1942 would set the printed presses rolling from its beginnings in Orkney, south to Edinburgh and onwards to London.
Wild salmon, caught by rod, has registered the third lowest numbers on record.
Dolphins could be at risk if their foraging opportunities are impacted due to man-made disturbances such as shipping, tourism, coastal development and oil and gas exploration.
New research has suggested that there is evidence of trails left by sponges across the Arctic seafloor.
Giant slicks of plastic rubbish collect in our seas much of it floating on the surface. The most infamous one, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is in the North Pacific Ocean.