ECOLOGIST James H C Fenton
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Pollution in the sea from plastic ropes In the sound below our house a very high tide a month or two back pushed the accumulated dead seaweed further up the shore. This revealed hundreds of thin strands of plastic, derived from multi-filament plastic ropes which had disaggregated. The source of the washed up rope fragments would have been varied: fish farms, mussel farms, fishing boats, creel ropes, yachtsmen’s ropes … Every high tide washes up more fragments. In my view, no marine activity, including creel fishing, can be truly sustainable until the use of non-biodegradable ropes has come to an end. But I cannot see this happening anytime soon. Is there any business currently researching and developing such ropes? In the pictures below, many of the white strands visible are plastic rope, not plant material. The lower picture shows roles of new polypropylene rope and new fishing nets outside a fisherman’s shed: one of the sources of the problem. Lobster pots are just as bad.
A View from Argyll James Fenton’s perspective on current conservation issues Click here for previous blogs There is now a new Climate change & land use section
*October 2019* James Fenton’s latest paper, first published online at 9 October 2019
WOODLAND OR OPEN GROUND? Scenarios for the persistence of woodland in the presence of grazing The Highlands of Scotland as an example
*NEWISH* MUSINGS ON THE MEANING OF WILD A wild experience. The wild Highlands. Really wild! Wildlife. Wild nature. Wild land. Wildness. Wilderness. Re-wild… We use the word ‘wild’ all the time but what does it mean? With all the current talk of wild land and rewilding, this essay is particularly relevant. It was first published in Wild Land News Issue 95 (Summer 2019), magazine of the Scottish Wild Land Group It can be accessed here. pdf A5 9pp 6mb
My latest essay A Landscape Lost was published in May 2020 in the Geopoetics Journal ‘Stravaig 8, Part 2’ This summarises my views on how we are treating (losing) the Highland landscape Click here to view