How should we protect marine ecosystems? We examine the science behind Marine Protected Areas and find out how a new plan could protect the oceans around England. In the news, the sub-zero bacterial ecosystem surviving in an Antarctic lake and fibres inspired by slimy fish. Plus, will mixing spider and human DNA give us superpowers?
I was very depressed by the MCZ discussion, which turned out to be an opportunity for Natural England to gloss over all the problems and delays in the Marine Conservation Zone process, many of which were caused by them. I imagined this would be an adult debate, not a fairy tale! divemouse, Mon, 3rd Dec 2012
I was very pleased to have the very brief opportunity to emphasise just how diverse and beautiful the marine wildlife of the East Coast can be. We suffer in the shadow of the public profile the west has built up - largely because of a lack of academic recording away from centres of marine study. The west is great but we are too!