The Deep News - May 2018



18th May 2018

The Deep’s Marine Red List Officer has contributed to assessing the extinction threat faced by more than 1000 marine species. Those assessments that have identified species as threatened can now inform planning and effective conservation action across the globe.

Due to its vast size, the marine realm has long been considered to be less impacted by the human species. This is fake news! Global climate change, pollution, habitat loss and overfishing are just a few of the major impacts we have on our oceans. As our population continues to grow, our impacts will inevitably follow. The threats facing the marine environment don’t just effect it and its inhabitants, but also the many benefits we derive from it. The marine realm covers more than 70% of Earth’s surface area and more than 99% of its liveable space. It drives global weather patterns. Over half of the air we breathe is produced in the oceans (and we need that). Around 80 million tonnes of fish are caught annually and more than 10% of the world's population depends on fisheries for their livelihood. Eight out of the ten most populous cities on earth are coastal and over half of the world's population lives within 200 km of the coastline. Our lives depend on healthy oceans.

So how do we tackle this problem? We begin by working together! Two years ago The Deep aquarium in Hull, England began hosting a partnership role with the world’s largest conservation network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN. The IUCN is often known for its Red List, a powerful tool for conservation. The Red List is a central information source that identifies the species in greatest need of help and informs the conservation actions required to save them; Informing global conventions, identifying key biodiversity areas, influencing the placement of marine protected areas or legislative protective measures. All of these things can be advised by a Red List assessment. The trouble is there are quite a lot of species on this earth (about 8.7 million known, give or take a million) and extinctions are outpacing us. And of course, many species at risk live in the blue part of our planet. If we are to solve the extinction crisis we must work together.

The Deep’s commitment to this initiative is impacting the pace at which marine species are being assessed and making the difference for those species most in need. Looking ahead, Zoo and Aquarium institutions across the globe are forging similar partnerships to bolster Red Listing efforts and The Deep will help to support this process, guiding an international team of Red List Officers, each doing their bit for species conservation.

The impacts our species have on this planet are not going away. If we are to secure a stable future for all, then collaboration in conservation must become the norm. And that’s real news.



10th May 2018

All the IUCN penguin experts from around the world have come together at the White Oak Conservation centre in Florida for an intense few days of planning a global strategy for penguin conservation.

Penguin experts from across the globe have come together to set the wheels in motion to develop innovative strategies for penguin conservation. With 18 species to take into consideration, each requiring different strategies, there is a lot of work to follow. This work has been funded by the generous donations made by our visitors - and it has made a great impact already! The completion of this hugely important planning phase will ensure the right course of action can be undertaken to safeguard our global penguin species.

The aim of the Penguin Specialist Group is to help the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to set priorities for global penguin populations, with recommendations for research and conservation needs being made for each of the six groups of penguins  -large penguins, brush-tailed , yellow-eyed, crested , banded and little penguins. 

We are proud to have assisted with the inception of this crucial work and are greatful to our visitors in helping this happen. 



3rd May 2018

Our Milk frog display has undergone some improvements! New features such as automiatic mist spray, double glazing and real foliage provide a great habitat for these adorable amphibians.

What do they eat?
Milk frog like to eat a wide variety of live invertebrates with locusts, worms, flightless flies and crickets which is just a selection of what we feed ours at The Deep.

What temperature do they like?
Milk frogs love a warmer climate (around 25c) and increased levels of humidity and so these were two factors that were top of the list when refurbishing a tank such as this. They also inhabit the treeline canopy in the wild and so are good climbers and so need lots of space to climb and stretch their legs.

How did you improve their home?
Overtime the tanks on display will need refurbishment or replacement and that time had arrived for the Milk frog’s display. We fine-tuned the tank to even better suit the needs of the frog by adding a host of different features. The display itself is very warm and humid and that alone can cause fogging and misting from time to time. This was countered by adding a double glazing unit in place of the old acrylic wind for better insulation and clarity. We also added a wider spread of misting nozzles to better control the humidity. For the frogs comfort we also added two new water features, a wider selection of live plants, added more perches and climbing area for the frogs and did an overall improvement on the old backdrop.

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