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Torpedo News Bulletin

TORPEDO 32
February 1999

Electronic News Service                                     ISSN  1464-8156


"Travelling the knife edge to make the book interesting to the layreader and useful alike to the biologist"
(from the Zoological Introduction to "Between Pacific Tides" by Ed Ricketts, 1936, published 1939). 

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In chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page. Events 
open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance 

1999
Shorewatch Newsletter

Volume 3
 
 


The first issue for 1999 was sent out to the members that renewed, on 22 January 1999. This issue contained the report of the blue Spider Crabs, a large Lobster from off Sussex, and other news items for the last 2 months of 1998. Features included a summary of setting up a coldwater marine aquarium (see Wet Thumb) on 4 of the 16 pages, an Introduction to Jim Hall's new Sea Hunt series, and Rockpooling under Worthing Pier.
Rockpooling Report Page Link.

The subscriptions for 1999 are now due.



Devon Wildlife Trust

Wembury Bay  Rockpool Rambles
Contact  Wembury Marine Centre  Tel:  01752 862538

Leaflet from Devon Wildlife Trust  Tel:  01392 279244.


12 February 1999
The World of Seahorse  Exhibition at the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth due to open. Seahorses are currently on display, but the new extended Exhibition will be open to the public on this date. 

National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth

NMA Events  http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/visitor-events/55_events.html


1-3 March 1999

NEW INITIATIVES IN COASTAL AND MARINE CONSERVATION
Conference

Plas Tan y Bwlch   Snowdonia National Park Study Centre
Contact:  Dewi Jones  Tel: 01766 590324   Fax:  590274
EMail   plastanybwlch@compuserve.com

Advance registration = £50.    Total cost, incl meals = £280


20/21 March 1999

British Coelenterate Society
Informal meeting at Dove Marine Laboratory, Cullercoats, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Contact:  Jeremy Thomason  (before 26 February 1999)
Tel:  0191 222 8946
Fax:   0191 222 7891
EMail:   j.c.thomason@ncl.ac.uk

1999 Meeting: Further details


20/21 March 1999

Porcupine MNH Society
Annual meeting at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, west Scotland.

Contact:  Robin Harvey
Telephone: 01631 567828
Fax:   01631 565518
EMail: roh@dml.ac.uk

1999 Meeting: Further details



VISITORS CENTRE

Coastal Visitors Centre
Salisbury Gardens
Dudley Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1EJ

Tel:  01983 855400
EMail: coastcent@iwight.gov.uk

The Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly coastal instability issues.


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MARINE WILDLIFE NEWS



Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the NE Atlantic Ocean. 
11 January 1999
A Six-gilled Shark, Hexanchus griseus, was caught off Mevagissey, south Cornwall, and brought into Plymouth Fish Market.
Six-gilled Shark Link
A small 41 cm Sunfish, Mola mola, was caught off Polperro, Cornwall.
(Reports from Doug Herdson, National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth.)

10 January 1999
Thousands of tonnes of rock fall into the sea from the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head, Sussex. The usual method of natural erosion involves the rainwater freezing and expanding in the friable chalk. There had been a lot of rain followed by a period of sub-zero temperatures. Along a stretch of about 170 metres about a 15 metres wide area of cliff grassland (downs) has disappeared. This is the biggest rock fall at this location within recent memory. 

8 January 1999
Jonathan Wills reported a large pod of around 40-50 Harbour Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, seen in the area of Stoura Baa, about a quarter mile north of Hamna Voe / Boatsroom Voe, Lunna Ness (peninsula, north-east Mainland), in the Shetland Isles, during a monthly winter bird count. It is the largest school seen by Jonathan in this area since September 1994. 
NB: The Shetland Isles are the place around the British Isles where the declining Harbour Porpoise can still be seen in large pods. In the south-east Shetlands, sand-eels are the most important item of prey. 
Shetland Wildlife News Web Site
New Book on the Shetland Isles

5 January 1999
A bull Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, carcass has been found washed ashore on the beach at Flitsland on the west side of Noss (east of Bressay), Shetland Isles.  It was 12 metres long and had lost most of its outer layer of skin, but was otherwise mostly  intact. Report from the:


Previous Report Correction:

The original report was of a Yellow-fin Tunny. The species has subsequently been found to be a Bluefin. 
 

  • 29 October 1998

  • A massive 340 kg (750 lbBluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, was captured on a Mackerel long-line off Plymouth.  (Corrected Report by Doug Herdson). The Bluefin Tunny, is usually the only large species of tunny found in British seas, although it is very scarce nowadays.The original report was of a Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares, but this is now corrected. Yellow-fin are found in the Caribbean Sea.  This tunny is such a rare vagrant that it up to1978, there was only one record of a dead fish from off SW Wales in 1972. 


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    The Marine Life Forum is for observations and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should be EMailed to: 
    EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com   and marked "Forum" in the title of the message. 
     
     
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    Hello Andy,

    Stone Crab

    I am currently involved in an experimental fishery for Northern Stone Crab (Lithodes maja) in Nova Scotia and have read that this species occurs in European waters. I have been searching for anything relating to this species. It seems very little scientific work has been done on this side of the Atlantic.
     We have had moderate success in our first year with catch rates of up to 4 lb/ trap. Is there a fishery  for these crabs in Europe? Has there been any scientific research done on behavior, reproduction,  or moulting? I would enjoy any response you could give me. Do you have any questions for me? Don't hesitate to ask.Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Michael Townsend 
    R.R #1
    Sable River, N.S.,Canada
    BOT1V0
    Phone (902) 656 2428
    email mikejewell@auracom.com
     




    POPULAR PUBLICATIONS

  •         February 1999

  • NEW BOOKS
      January 1999
  • NEW  BOOK
  • Publisher:  T & AD Poyser
  • ISBN 0-85661-105-0
  • 506 PAGES

  •    RRP  £27.95.


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    BOOK REVIEWS

    The "Christmas Book List" has been uploaded to the BMLSS Web Site.

    Book List 1998
     

    Reviews by Andy Horton


    FEATURED SPECIES


    A New Series as part of the TORPEDO initiative is now planned for 1999. This will feature a selected species of fish, crab, molluscs, sea anemone or some other invertebrate every month. If you wish to receive this service please indicate. 

    Torpedo EMail:  Glaucus@hotmail.com

     Originally, this service was planned for 1998. Try the following web pages: 


    Creature Feature


    Notes for Teachers
    From Rock Pool to Aquaria

    Featured Species Trial DataBase:   Long-spined Bullhead  Taurulus bubalis


    PHOTOGRAPHS 
    The BMLSS will be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8 June 1999.

    Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus House from March 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
    However, if you have a large selection of your own photographs, I would suggest that you should arrange your own exhibitions at a Local Library or similar venue. We will help to advertise the event. 

    World Oceans Day:  Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:

    World Oceans Day



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    Torpedo  compiled by Andy Horton
     31 January 1999 
    FIVE KINGDOMS TAXONOMIC INDEX TO BRITISH MARINE WILDLIFE
    Use these links if your are familiar with the scientific classifications of marine life

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