May 25th, 2018

Sanitary check: a year’s progress on menstrual products

Tampon Applicator Beach Litter

by Katharine Blacklaws and Natalie Fee   The ‘Blue Planet Effect’ following David Attenborough’s celebrated documentary series has led to a wide-ranging and popular ‘War on Plastic’. It has been endorsed by both the Prime Minister and the Queen; while organisations across the land, ranging from the BBC and Parliament to small businesses, have taken […]


July 28th, 2017

A beach holiday with a difference…

by Amy Slack   Next week I will be heading out to the Philippines. While the country has a large tourism sector, with visitors drawn by its beaches, biodiversity and cultural heritage, I’ve got something rather different in mind. I’ll be spending four months working with Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) on a project that aims […]


August 26th, 2016

Myth takes: the great Pacific garbage patch

by Chris Sherrington and Simon Hann   People are increasingly aware of the growing problem of plastic in our oceans. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told, “You know, there’s a great big island of plastic in the middle of the Pacific”. More often than not, they quickly follow up by […]


July 22nd, 2016

Pick-up point: where should we target litter clean up?

by Chiarina Darrah   Isonomia has been covering questions around both marine and land-based litter for some time. To judge by recent press coverage, one of these is really interesting right now, and the other isn’t; the first being the domain of surfers and cool outdoorsy people and the second of the curtain twitching neighbour. […]


July 1st, 2016

Taking stocks: is Brexit possible for UK fisheries?

by Thomas Appleby   Britain’s legal bilateral arrangements with its neighbours on fishing rights date back to the middle ages. Yet many fishermen have broken with this international tradition and voted to leave the EU on the basis that Brexit will result in greater fishing rights for British vessels. However, while a vote can be […]