Conservation

An uninhabited Australian island littered with plastic

An uninhabited Australian island littered with plastic plastic at Millman RSwwfau12358

  • Date: May 16, 2019
  • Author: Veronica Joseph
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A tiny, uninhabited island, visited only by nesting turtles and crocs, situated in the middle of nowhere, is now choking with plastic.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Milman Island, a small sandy quay in the northern Great Barrier Reef, home to a project trialing methods to reduce the impacts of climate change on sea turtle populations.
I’d envisioned Milman Island as an untouched paradise with sparkling turquoise waters, sea turtles nesting on its white sandy dunes and tiny hatchlings making a dash toward the ocean.
When I stepped off the boat onto its shores, I thought to myself, I’ve really lucked out. As it turned out, Milman Island had all this and more.
Except the ‘more’ was something I didn’t exactly have in mind: Plastic. Read more “An uninhabited Australian island littered with plastic”

Conservation

Remembering Duncan Huggett

Farewell, dear Duncan MCS mourns the loss of Dr Duncan Hugget.
Duncan was a very active trustee for MCS over the period to 2005-2015, using his expertise and enthusiasm to help us shape our conservation policies and strategic directions. He brought particular nature conservation skills and knowledge of Government and its agencies, having previously worked closely with us when we campaigned together with the RSPB on marine nature conservation legislation.
Duncan was an important contributor to wildlife legislation protection during his time at the RSPB, contributing incisive thinking and advocacy through Wildlife and Countryside Link, and astutely collaborating with NGO partners to set the groundwork for much of the underwater nature protection legislation we see today. He was prepared to challenge where he felt it mattered, firmly but with a warm and welcoming approach to those involved in discussions. He will be remembered for his instrumental contributions to the Marine Acts we see in force today, along with a multitude of other measures for marine and coastal environmental protection as varied as inshore fisheries management and port development.
Duncan continued his active support for our work by becoming a trustee while handling flood risk management for the Environment Agency as his day job. As a trustee he had a passion for MCS and our work that was deeply held and expressed. He will be well remembered for his sense of humour, principles, keen mind, and meticulous attention to details to make sure our ambitious conservation programmes remained on track. He was incredibly thorough, and would fight for what was right – a quality that was most admired by fellow trustees.
Former Chairman and fellow trustee Martin Spray recalls:“He was so committed to the cause of MCS and his expertise and advice were greatly valued by us all, helping very much to shape the strategy and direction of the organisation. Above all though, Duncan was a really nice and genuine person. It was a privilege to work with him.”
Duncan died recently after a battle with a brain tumour, aged 52. He will be sorely missed. Our sympathies are with his family.
Duncan Huggett, pictured
in 2007 whilst walking the
Isle of Wight coastline
in support of the
"MCS Coastal Challenge".
Posted 12th September 2017

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