Conservation Society Conferences
for Sustainable Seafood", Friday 16 November
Annual Conference "Oceans 2007", Saturday
events at "Action Stations", Royal Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth
caretta, was discovered washed up dead at Ardnave
on the island of Islay,
the southernmost island of the Inner
Hebrides, western Scotland.
is spotted in St.
Loy's Cove, south Cornwall, unusual so late in the year.
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was
discovered dead off the south Wales coast near Aberavon.
The animal, which is about 4.5 metres long, was reported floating in the
Talbot harbour area earlier in the day. It is probably the same whale
that was seen alive one week earlier.
Fallaize caught a record Couch's
pagrus, on rod and line from a boat
in Guernsey waters on 28 April 2007.
His capture has been accepted by the British Record Angling Committee.
It weighed 6 lb 9
7 drams (3 kg).
to the Full Report & Photograph
Sea Angling Records (boat)
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was
observed and photographed
off Mumbles in south Wales. It
came within 30 metres of the pier
at Nab Rock.
Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are
rare in British seas, but have been observed more frequently in recent
years. They can be identified by their large white pectoral fins. From
a distance they resemble Fin Whales,
raise their tails before diving.
& Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
Cetnet (Yahoo Group)
saw what we initiallly thought was a Striped Blenny, Parablennius
rouxi, off Plymouth. We dived at 50° 17.363N and 004°
00.187W out of Fort Bovisand. It was a flat sandy bottom with low (1 metre)
rocky ridges covered in mixed animal turf at between 22 metres and 24 metres
in depth. There were loads of sponge species and quite a few pink seafans
and Imperial Anemones,
is a Mediterranean species and this would be the first record off the British
ID is not clear. It could be the
head tentacles and subsequent observations make this other southern species
Diving » Plymouth » Diving from Bovisand
long standing (since 1987) UK shore caught
labrax, angling record (19
was broken by a fish that weighed
(19 lb 11 oz 12 dr) caught
by local angler Steve Cave
Pier, Isle of Wight. The bait used was whole squid. The world shore caught
angling record is 9.40 kg (over 20 lb).
Sea Fish Angling Records
five metre long Thresher Shark,
vulpinus, was landed at Newlyn
Fish Market and was caught by skipper of the
Roger Nowell, whilst trawling for squid and
John Dory off Land's End, Cornwall. It weighed weighed
510 kg (1,125 lb) and was the heaviest
on record landed at Newlyn. Comparatively,
the angling record
fish weighed 146 kg. Commercial fishermen have landed Thresher
Sharks up to 400 kg before.
21 November 2007
massive swarm of billions of jellyfish known
as Mauve Stingers, Pelagia
noctiluca, covering several square
miles and to a depth of 11 metres, wiped out Northern Ireland's only Salmon
farm, killing more than 100,000 fish at Northern
Salmon Co. Ltd. The Salmon
were kept in two large nets about a mile off the coast of the Glens
of Antrim, north of Belfast. The
hatchery is on Glenarm River deep within the Castle Estate and the smolt
were transferred by helicopter to pens in Glenarm
The extent and size of the jellyfish
swarm was unprecedented.
References for Pelagia noctiluca
Bearded Seal page
barbatus, was seen at Chanonry
Point area on the coast of the Moray Firth near Inverness, Scotland,
having been there for about two weeks.
to a Photograph
found a dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, on Balnakeil
Beach by Durness (north coast of Scotland) last week, washed up following
recent gales. It came in with thousands of little jellyfish.
were very small and blew away quickly on the wind.
were Mauve Stingers, Pelagia noctiluca.
surge threatened the east coast of England.
Low pressure and strong winds caused the surge. Norfolk and Suffolk had
eight severe flood warnings. High tide occurred at 7:41
am at Great
Yarmouth where the surge waters caused
minor flooding and at a few other places along the coast.
first swarms of thousands of the Mauve
Stingers, Pelagia noctiluca, appeared
off the surfing coast at at Hornish Point, South
Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
sting was a bit nippy but not as bad as the larger brown jellyfish we normally
get and they made me come out in a raised rash on my hands and face which
stung long after I was dry.
small Pelagia noctiluca
by Darrell Campbell
large nine metres long whale was washed up dead in the Humber estuary.
It was identified as a Fin Whale,
Clam, Arctica islandica,
dredged up off the coast of Iceland was thought to be between 405 and 410
years old and the oldest animal* alive
on Earth until it was killed. Researchers from Bangor
University in north Wales said they calculated its age by counting
rings on its shell.
may exclude cnidarians.)
brama, was found dead on the strandline at Snettisham
RSPB, Norfolk. (Map reference TF 646 327)
least four more Ray's Bream,
brama, were discovered washed up on the Norfolk coast in early
Band Fish,Cepola rubescens,was
caught on rod and line in deep water from Plymouth sound breakwater.
fish is an unusual angling capture. The Red
Band Fish is a small fish, elongate like an
eel, that lives in vertical burrows in mud.
Red Band Fish
Report and Photographs on the Helford VMCA News web pages
Helford Sea Hares
Sutton was diving on the eelgrass bed at 5.7
metres depth in the Helford
Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, Cornwall, when he came across some
exceptionally large greenish brown sea-hares (35 cm) which attracted his
attention. When he returned a few days later with his camera he was able
to take some excellent pictures which indicated the species Aplysia
depilans. Confirmation of this
identification was established by Dr
Paul Gainey when one of the animals was
taken briefly from the water.
fasciata at the National
specimen of 30 to 35 cm and weighing 1.5 kg was caught in Poole Bay, Dorset,
just outside of Poole Harbour in a trammel net by John
Green of the FV.
Serendipity. It was caught in 3 - 4 metres
of water on sand on a flooding tide, while fishing for sole and bass.
Subsequently a further four large
have been caught by fishermen in the same area.
Hare, Aplysia fasciata
by Doug Herdson
was brought into the National Marine Aquarium
at Plymouth where it is now on show as our
in our recently refurbished Shallow Waters, Hidden Depths exhibit, where
it is devouring very large quantities of sea lettuce Enteromorpha
only six specimens of this southern species of sea
hare have been recorded in British seas.
the size if which (between 30 & 35 cm) indicates that it is Aplysia
. fasciata. It was photographed swimming
in Helford River,
Cornwall. It was seen by Steve Potter on
fasciata is the largest and the rarest of the three species of
sea hare found in the British Isles. It is an Atlantic species, found from
the Channel to Angola (South west Africa and to Brazil) and also throughout
the Mediterranean. It appears to reach its northern limit in Ireland and
along the English Channel coast.
is one of the largest sea slugs in the world. The other two British species
are the relatively common Aplysia
punctata variable in colour and growing to 20 cm; and the rare
depilans with different shaped back
lobes, brown or green and growing to a maximum of 30 cm.
Slug Forum Species List
Guinean Amberjack, Seriola
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commercial fisherman Rick Ferbrache
netted a 826 gram Guinean Amberjack, Seriola carpenteri
(originally though to be an Almaco Jack, Seriola rivoliana),
off the north-west coast of Guernsey. Rick
told me the fish was netted about 1.5 miles off Rousse at the Hoffet off
Guernsey’s north-west coast in about 20 metres of water.
attractive red Long-spined Bullhead,
bubalis, latched on to the bait on
my friend's fishing line (without swallowing the hook) and was returned
alive to the sea off Northern Ireland. This is a common fish, but
not so often coloured bright red.
brama, appear to have been relatively common off the west coast
of Ireland this year. They are frequently taken by Spanish registered long-liners
while targeting Hake.
Almost five tonnes were taken off the north-west coast and landed into
by a single vessel. Another two tonnes were landed on 18
Two Basking Sharks,
maximus, around six metres long, were seen and
they stayed around the Farnes
Isles, NE England, for a week. Anthony
Hurd, National Trust Warden, was quoted -
only the 17th occasion these large fish have been recorded in the North
East and the first time around the Farnes."
Map now has a Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas
Marine Wildlife 2006 (Ray Dennis Records)
Marine Life 2007 (Ray Dennis Records)