WORLD OCEANS DAY
and celebrating our marine environment
6 June 2009
am to 4:00 pm
Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex,
part of the Adur
was one of the UK leaders in presenting the eleventh environmental exhibition
of World Oceans Day on Coronation
World Oceans Day took place in the marquee on Coronation
Green on 6th
June 2009 on the opening Saturday of the Adur
Festival. Len Nevell
was there with the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The innovative
aquarium displays of seashore life, strandline exhibits and photographs
will again be in on show. Experts will be on hand to answer your queries
about life in the oceans and on the seashore.
Oceans Day this is best described by the Nobel prize winning author
John Steinbeck when writing about Ed 'Doc' Ricketts of Cannery Row fame
in which he wrote 'commercial fishermen harvest the sea to feed men's bodies
and a marine biologist harvests the sea to feed men's minds'
by Andy Horton (British Marine Life Study Society)
of Shoreham Beach played an important
part with their own displays and information about the Nature Reserve and
plants of the shingle beach.
Nevell: Lobster's Meal Time
World Oceans Day is run by a committee
comprising representatives of the
Life Study Society, West
Sussex County Council,
the Sea Watch Foundation,
Friends of Shoreham Beach and other groups, with support from
Oceans Day was declared at the Earth Summit in 1992.
Oceans Day UK Web Page
Marine Jottings Report and Images
metre long Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus
thynnus, jumped 30 cm clear of the sea in
the vicinity of a fishing boat seven miles off Shoreham-by-Sea,
Sussex, in the early afternoon on a sunny day. It was speculated that this
tunny (which is now rare in British seas)
followed the large shoals of fish in, which in turn attracted the fishing
vessel. "As it left the water I was able to catch sight of its gleaming
multi-coloured sides of the the torpedo-shaped fish and the small pre-caudal
triangular finlets appeared dark blue. Its weight was estimated to be about
Wildlife News (June 2009)
caught Blunt-nosed Six-gilled Shark,
griseus, was caught about three miles off
Loop Head and
landed on board the Clare Dragoon
out of Carrigaholt,
Clare, south-west Ireland. The fish which weighed in at 480 kg, (1056
beats the existing European angling record which stands at 466 kg and was
landed in the Azores.
Shark is an active shark found in seas of
between 200 to 1000 metres deep. These depths occur only off the Continental
Shelf to the south and west of the British Isles. Between 1960 and 1984,
at least 31 specimens have been recorded off west Scotland, south-west
Ireland, the Faeroe Bank, and west of Ireland down to 964 metres. The majority
of reports are from the main fishing areas along the shallower slope on
both sides of the Rockall Trough, which is the 1000 metre deep trench that
runs between the Rockall Bank and the Irish coast. This very deep trough
extends from Iceland down to the Bay of Biscay.
Six-gill Sharks Page 1
Six-gill Sharks Page 2
galeus, with a measured length of 175 cm
was captured on rod and line from his own boat while fishing in Wigtown
Bay, south west Scotland by Russell
Roberts (in the photograph). The weight
of this shark is estimated at 36 kg.
Tope Page 1
Tope Page 2
Shark Tagging Programme
Sharks & Rays
Tope from Sussex 1997
most unusual capture of a 120 cm long (Mediterranean)
Moray Eel, Muraena
helena, weighing about 11 kg, was
caught by West Penwith fishermen
on their "Trevessa"
beam trawler just 60 miles off Newlyn
Harbour, Cornwall. This is the first one this
century and only ten are on record of this temperate-tropical fish being
caught in UK seas, the previous ones being caught in the 1990s. They are
a North East Atlantic fish being found from Senegal to the English Channel
(and also in the Mediterranean).
Online Report & Photograph
Report 2004 from Ireland
March 1999 Report from Newlyn Fish Market
Report from Herm, Channel Islands 1996
of Wight County Press Report
pastinaca, was caught in an angling
competition by Gordon Pressey
off the western Isle of Wight and the imperial weight was 49 lb
5 oz (22.4 kg).
Large Stingray 2008
fisherman Rick Ferbrache
caught a Common Octopus, Octopus
vulgaris, one mile off the Rousse headland,
off the north-west coast of Guernsey.
reports of Octopus vulgaris in Channel Island waters are of interest
because of their virtual disappearance after the cold winter of 1962/
were some By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
washed up this weekend at Hell's
Peninsula, Wales. They were probably more like 30 mm in diameter.
wreck of several thousand By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
were spotted amongst the Devonshire rock pools due south of Newton
Ferrers on the River Yealm
estuary near Plymouth. They varied in size from
very small, 4 - 5 mm, up to 70 - 80 mm all laid out in rows up the
beach, graded in size by the wind, tide and topography, largest on the
reports have arrived from Cornish beaches including Praa
Beach near St. Austell, and Kynance
large wreck of
millions of By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
started getting washed ashore and extended, at least several miles east
from Penzance, south Cornwall.
specimens are very small, only a few millimetres in length. More Velella
arrived on each tide.
16 May 2009
of krill-like pelagic
washed up on the strandline at Redcar
and Saltburn in north-east
England (North Yorkshire). The local people reported that the strandings
of amphipods have occurred for several weeks prior to this report.
mass stranding of amphipods occurred on the North Sea coast in 1966.
more were discovered washed up at Whitby
in North Yorkshire.
50 specimens of the Bluefire Jellyfish, Cyanea
lamarcki, were washed up on Havelet beach, on the south
side of St. Peter Port, on the east coast of Guernsey and recorded at 5.19
jellyfish in the image measures about 30 cm across but most were much smaller.
large native European Oyster,
edulis, weighing 1.36 kg, width
180 mm, length 170 mm and depth 70 mm was spotted on Plymouth fish
market in a box of mixed fish bought by merchant,
Randall of Mevagissey, and is now in the Mevagissey
Report of a large Oyster
Oyster & Slipper Limpet
my way home from work I was amazed to spot a Grey
Seal, Halichoerus grypus,
the heart of Glasgow City Centre on the River Clyde. The seal surfaced
seven times in 45 minutes between the
Bridge and the nearby tidal weir at Glasgow Green. The seal,
which was at least two metres long, appeared stranded and disorientated.
It did not stray from a very small stretch of the river for the whole time
I observed it.
of NE Atlantic Sparidae
salpa, was caught by the Looe trawler
Guiding Light II, skipper Andy Giles about
six miles south of the Eddystone reef (i.e. about 16 miles south of Plymouth).
The specimen was 370 mm long, the body plump but elongated with ten longitudinal
yellow stripes. This Sea
has only been recorded once before in British seas at St. Peter Port, Guernsey,
Channel Islands (on Zostera
beds at a spring tide) in 1983.
angler Troy Waterman
discovered the first British record of the alien Asian
Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus
sanguineus, on the north-west coast
of Guernsey in the Channel Isands. Dr. Paul
Chambers found the same species a week later
on the shore of the neighbouring island of Jersey.
Shore Crab has a square-shaped shell with
three spines on each side of the carapace.
sanguineus is indigenous to the western
Pacific Ocean from Russia, along the Korean and Chinese coasts to Hong
Kong, and the Japanese archipelago. This species is an opportunistic
omnivore, feeding on macroalgae, salt marsh grass, larval and juvenile
fish, and small invertebrates such as amphipods, molluscs,
and polychaete worms. It is highly reproductive
with a breeding season from May to September. This versatile crab inhabits
any shallow hard-bottom intertidal or sometimes subtidal habitats. This
speices has the potential to become an established competitor with native
commercial fisherman 'Chancre' Downes
landed a Boarfish (or Zulu Fish),
aper, while trawling for sand eels
on Great Bank outside St. Peter Port harbour. The fish had a total weight
of 38 grams and a total length of 13.2 cm. and was brought to the Guernsey
Aquarium. David Miller called me to identify it.
is only the second Boarfish
I have seen from Guernsey waters. The first one I saw was landed by Guernsey
commercial fisherman Shane Petit
on 23 February 2002.
are common in deep water of the western English Channel but rarely strays
east up the Channel. The fish's large eye and the orange/ red colour is
well suited to deep water as the longer wave length of red light is absorbed
by water before the blue and greens (which are reflected) and therefore
red coloured marine species appear dark or black at depth. The
Boarfish, like the John
Dory, has a protrusible (telescopic) mouth,
which is used for catching small species.
Marine Life News 2008
Marine Life 2008 (Ray Dennis Records)
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