MARINE NUISANCES – Macro algae and factors that induce growth

The marine environment hosts a huge variety of algal species most of which are too small to see with the human eye. They are...

Plastic, Green and Over-Building!

We’ve been reminded, have we not, of the dangers of plastic and how it affects seabirds and marine life; even affecting the food we...

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – How far is far enough?

Protection is always a hot topic these days. People from various walks of life clamber to associate themselves with all kinds of movements; Save...

Spiny-Skinned Sea Stars

As with most marine organisms, life as a baby sea star begins with a planktonic larval stage. Their bodies resemble a spearhead and require...

A Zookeeper’s Diary

One of the defining factors separating us humans from other animals, is our clothing. We all wear clothes, most of the time. If we...

THE HOLOTHURIANS

  Over the last two years, one of the most popular invertebrates along the Gibraltar coastline have been the Holothurians. This was unexpected, especially with...

The Alameda Biodome Education Project

By Dr Keith Bensusan and Christine Gilder  The Alameda became the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens in the early 1990s.  It has been involved in educational activities...

MARINE NUISANCES – The lionfish are coming!

Before the battles of Lexington and Concord during the American War of Independence, the blacksmith Paul Revere famously called out to the towns folk...

BLUEFIN TUNA – The importance of protection

In the last few weeks there has been a bit of a stir about the suspension of tuna fishing by the Department of the...

CHUPA SANGRE – The blood-sucking fiend

Throughout my youth my family loved to spend summers on Catalan Bay beach. In those days the beach was couched between two rocky outcrops...