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10 Sep 2018

Image source: https://www.theoceancleanup.com

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat and his team of over 70 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers see the launch of The Ocean Clean-up Project today (8th September 2018).  Located between California and Hawaii, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is the largest accumulation of plastic debris of our world’s five major oceanic gyres. Stat intends to clean-up this global problem with his wind and wave powered invention.

The system has bee...

Researchers from University of Hull and Brunel University London have demonstrated microplastic contamination of UK coastal waters to be ‘significant and widespread’. The study, which is published in the journal Environmental Pollution, sampled wild mussels from eight coastal locations  (Edinburgh, Filey, two sites in Hastings, Brighton, Plymouth, Cardiff and Wallasey) and globally farmed mussels from eight unnamed supermarkets. One hundred per cent of samples were found to contain debris from h...

The rise of digitalisation in our personal and professional lives has resulted in an increasing amount of data, which we not only assess but eventually need to process. Biologists and environmental scientists, in particular, are shifting towards becoming glorified data scientists [1], a profession featuring a skill set requiring substantial expertise, traditional statistics as well as a critical calling for advanced computer skills to analyse this so-called ‘Big Data’. So as biologists what are...

24 May 2017

Between the 8th and 22nd of May 2017, the 67th meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission was held in Bled, Slovenia. During this year’s meeting, many topics were discussed including aspects related to abundance estimates and stock assessments of large baleen whales, cetacean species subject under Conservation Management Plans, Small Cetaceans, Environmental concerns, Whale watching, baleen whales of the Northern and Southern hemisphere and various other things,...

20 Apr 2017

Between the 6th and 8th of April, Dr Vermeulen was invited to participate in the second international workshop on the research and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Southwest Atlantic. This workshop was organized by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and took place in a little town called Casino, in South Brazil. It was the second of its kind, the first one being held in the same location about 7 years ago, in May 2010.

The aim of the workshop was to share and discuss among res...

13 Apr 2017

We are pleased to announce the date of our forthcoming Whalefish training workshop to be held on the beautiful isle of Cumbrae, Scotland on August 11-13 2017.

The title of the workshop is Whalefish Professional Development Course: Marine Research Techniques & Conservation and is aimed at marine science students, graduates and environmental professionals looking to enhance their career skills.

This course follows the success of Whalefish's fully attended 2015 workshop and is accredited by the Insti...

2 Nov 2016

With the support of WWF Belgium, our Co-Founder and Science director Dr Els Vermeulen, participated in the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in October in Portoroz, Slovenia, as part of the Belgian Delegation. After 10 days of intensive discussions, strategic planning, and carefully reading and debating all the amendments to the proposed resolutions, the meetings have come to an end. 

This year’s conference, which coincided with the IWC’s 70th anniversary and the 30th bir...

26 Sep 2016

Being part of the European Union, the United Kingdom does not only benefit from the single market but a number of legislations apply that help both the terrestrial and marine environments. For example, the Birds and Habitat Directive serves as a backbone for the conservation of natural habitats, and with the establishment of Natura 2000 sites, the network of protected areas cover 18% of the land area and 6% of the marine territory. However, the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum brings significan...

13 Jul 2016

Last month, our science director Dr. Els Vermeulen participated in the annual meetings of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission in Bled, Slovenia.

During these meetings, Els presented a review of the bottlenose dolphins in Argentina for which she collaborated with over 10 Argentine marine mammal scientists. The data presented to the scientific committee reviewed all information available on the distribution, abundance and population structure of the bottlenose dolphin i...

16 Apr 2016

All-too commonly grants descriptions carry the phrase, “salaries not eligible,” essentially favouring government, academic and other established researchers, over those without full-time positions. And it’s not as if it is easy to get such positions anymore. The days of institutions like the Smithsonian Natural History Museum hiring field biologists are long gone: it has been in a hiring freeze for an extended period. Even ‘tenure-track’ positions at universities are increasingly being handed ou...

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