Seas and coasts are an important source of food, and also provide jobs in the fishing industry and ecotourism. The UK supports internationally important populations of seabirds and marine life. The two main 2020VISION seas assignments focused on ecotourism in the Inner Hebrides and on the sustainable pelagic mackerel fisheries of the Shetlands. The UK's seas hold more than 8000 wildlife species, including globally important numbers of grey seals and gannets.
Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) scavenging fish around trawlers in Lerwick harbour, Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK, October 2012.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Great spider crab (Hyas araneus) on Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, feeding in a current, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Light-bulb sea squirts (Clavelina lepadiformis), a colonial filter feeding invertebrate, fluoresce green when photographed under deep blue light. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Se...
Rob Jordan / 2020VISION / Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) in flight at twilight using slow shutter speed to accentuate blur and motion in low-key light, Inner Farne, Farne Islands, Northumberland, July.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / A snorkeller in shallow, sunny waters, Man O War Bay, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK, August. Model released.
Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Silhouette of Razorbill (Alca torda) against sunset, flapping wings. June 2010.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The largest Basking sha...
Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula artica) adult on breeding cliffs. Hermaness NNR, Shetland, UK, June. Did you know? After the breeding season puffins lose their bright beaks and the colourful markings arou...
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / RF- Children enjoying dipping in rockpools at low tide in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK, July. Did you know? You are never more than 16 miles from the sea in Cornwall. (This image may be licensed ei...
Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Waves crashing over rocks, coastline near Point of Stoer, Assynt, Sutherland, NW Scotland, UK, October. Did you know? 20 million people visit UK coastlines each year.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Thong seaweed (Himanthalia elongata) and various other seaweeds in shallow water, Cairns of Coll, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, North Atlantic Ocean, August. Did you know? Seaweed is a...
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming amongst kelp, Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, UK, August. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The 1914 Grey Seal Protection Act ensured this species?su...