Covering 70% of the earth’s surface, oceans are one of our planet’s most vital resources — helping to generate oxygen, regulate temperatures and sustain livelihoods globally. But the future of our oceans are at risk.
Launched in 2018, the UK Seas Project (UK SEAS) seeks to preserve UK coastlines — ensuring a vibrant future for marine ecosystems and their inhabitants. Co-financed by the WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue, the £25 million project will help overcome primary barriers in ocean management, such as finance and stakeholder management.
Close-up of a burrowing anemone in maerl bed. Photo: Graham Saunders / NatureScot
The UK SEAS Project aims to bolster:
- Creating a platform for existing and new ocean users like. Inspiring communities, at every level, to get involved in the management of MPAs.
A scorpion fish hiding in a crevice. Photo: Lisa Kamphausen / NatureScot
New technology from UK SEAS will help better understand our marine life.
For the first time ever in the UK, for example, an autonomous ‘SharkCam’ will shed light on the elusive behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides. For six hours, a 360° camera will follow the lives of the second-largest fish in the world (after the whale shark).
Basking shark numbers in the region are among the highest compared to elsewhere globally, with experts believing they even breed here — an event never before observed. Now, thanks to the new project, this may be possible.
Basking shark at the surface of the water. Photo: Ben James / NatureScot
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