With the occupation of Ascension by British Marines in 1815 and the establishment of a marine garrison on Ascension in 1817, the persecution of the turtles reached an almost industrial scale. The sporadic gathering of turtles of the three centuries before was replaced by a systematic, intensive ‘harvesting’. In order for turtle meat to be available all year round, a turtle pond was built. … More A Small History of the Persecution of Ascension Island’s Sea Turtles
The human impact on the Med is probably bigger than on any other sea on the planet.
Together with the five main oceanic ‘plastic soup’ gyres (Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, North Pacific, South Atlantic and South Pacific), the Med is the sixth great accumulation zone for marine litter. … More The Plastic Mediterranean