Issue Fourteen

Born to ice £10.00

What’s in this issue: Captivating storytelling. Beautiful imagery. World-class writers and photographers combine to bring the wonder of our blue planet to life and highlight some of the biggest threats it currently faces. Scroll down to leaf through a selection of this issue’s pages, followed by synopses of our editorial features and columns.

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What’s in ISSUE FOURTEEN / BORN TO ICE?

GHANAIAN SAIKO

An ecological disaster is unfolding off the coast of Ghana. Under the cover of darkness and out at sea, trawlermen trade tonnes of iced fish with local fishers unable to source catches of their own in Ghana's plundered waters. This illegal practice is known locally as 'saiko'.

MANGROVE POLICE

Decades of deforestation to make way for agriculture, aquaculture and mining has left Madagascar's coastlines, communities and wildlife vulnerable to climate change and biodiversity loss. However, some local volunteer initiatives are looking to restore the balance.

ODE TO SEAGRASS

Seagrass is considered unsightly by many resorts in the Maldives and is often removed. By revealing the importance of seagrass beds for local marine life, global carbon capture and tourism revenue, a new campaign is helping to reverse the destructive practice.

URBAN NURSERY

Beneath the shadows of South Florida’s high-rise coastal condos lies something unexpected: a manta ray nursery. With no formal population studies having been undertaken, one young biologist has taken it upon herself to discover more.

tWIlIGHT ZONE

The mesopelagic zone is home to some of the ocean's weirdest and least understood creatures. It is also home to some of its most abundant. In light of dwindling stocks higher up in the water column, understanding life in the twilight zone is perhaps now more important than ever before.
 

behind the lens (in association with sealegacy)

Each issue, we chat with one of the world’s leading ocean photographers and showcase a selection of their work. In this edition, we speak with International Hall of Fame inductee and SeaLegacy co-founder, Paul Nicklen.

Columnists:

  • Big wave surf champion, environmentalist and social change advocate Dr Easkey Britton discusses the impact that interaction with the ocean can have on both physical and mental wellbeing, particularly through surf therapy.
  • What is the true cost of squid? The Outlaw Ocean Project reveals a harrowing story of a giant fleet, ghost ships and death in the Sea of Japan as Chinese and North Korean fishermen chase their share of the calamari market.
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