The first question I am often asked
is: what is a marine collector?
I think 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 collector harvests the sea to feed men's minds'.
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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
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Monday 10th May 1999
for environmental issues
the Environment Conference
Gallery Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies
Fee £85 Academics £75 Marine Forum
in advance is essential
Nevell (BMLSS) will be presenting the aquarium display at Brighton
Low Tide 1999. The exhibits are collected by Sussex Divers. The exhibition
will take place in a dome on Brighton sea front between the piers.
Partridge (Monteum) Ltd will be presenting a display of marine creatures
at Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea.
details of the other events, please access the following web site:
Ocean Research & Education (Brighton)
Exhibition & Official Links
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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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.
24 April 1999
The Environmental Agency announce that the stocks
of migrating Atlantic Salmon, Salmo
salmo, are at a frightening low level. A figure of 1200 was mentioned
which would indicate that the fish was in danger of extinction in the wild.
17 April 1999
1000+ protestors lined the chalk cliffs at Telscombe
Cliffs, near Brighton, Sussex, at plans by Southern Water to build
a huge sewage works that would destroy a valuable chalk cliff-edge wildlife
site and threaten the prominent 30 metres high chalk cliffs a designated
SSSI site because of its national geological importance.
11 April 1999
A pod of 3 Killer
Whales, Orcinus orca, (a bull, a female and a calf) were
off Sumburgh Head, the most southerly tip of the Shetland Islands. On 1
April, A Minke
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, was seen in the same
Wildlife News Web Site
4 April 1999
Report by Mike Bates (Port Erin Marine Lab.)
Several thousand of the Common
Starfish, Asterias rubens, were washed up dead on the northern
point of the Isle of Man over the Easter period.
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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:
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of
Can you identify this sea
I need help to identify a sea anemone I saw in my last dive. I live
in Spain, in the northwest coast, in a region called Galicia. In this land,
the coast form large estuaries, called "rias", in the mouth of the rivers.
In the "rias" there are a
great amount of organic particles, the temperature is lower and the
water less saline than open ocean. This conditions are good for aquatic
cultivation, and the Mytilus galloprovincialis grows well. I dive
the last time beneath a cultivation unity of this mollusc, called here
"vatea", to a deep of 13 metres (at 42º46,488´N/8º57,651´W).
The bottom is muddy.
In this habitat I saw a white sea anemone bigger
than I have ever seen before.
The central disc was more or less 15 cm of diameter,
and its tentacles spanned 30-35 cm.
& Pondkeeper was not available for
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Biology of Rocky Shores
Colin Little and J.A.Kitching
University Press 1996, reprinted 1998.
The book is an introduction to the study of
marine rocky shores in the temperate zone. It is designed to encourage
students and others to couple enormous intellectual rewards with the pleasure
of working in some of the last easily accessible but relatively unspoilt
places, and can be used as a basis for field courses, project work, or
Every rockpooler will quickly realise that some knowledge of the environmental
conditions of the shore are necessary (even if it just means arriving when
the tide is low) to get full enjoyment of a visit to the coast. The more
often the rockpooler visits the shore to study the creatures in their natural
environment (ecology), the more observations he makes and the more questions
that are posed.
This book is an excellent choice to further your knowledge of the shore
and to answer some of questions from the novice level to quite advanced
It is well written and most readers would regard it as a text book,
although it is nowhere like the dried up text books of the past, it does
not quite convey the magic of the intertidal zone quite like C.M. Yonge’s
“The Seashore” first published
Link to the Contents List on the BMLSS
Advanced rockpoolers will need a companion identification guide and
this book is complimented by
Handbook of the
Marine Fauna of North-west
Oxford University Press 1995
This is the most comprehensive guide available, but it is illustrated
with line drawings. Even, in this book not all the species are included,
although 99% of the seashore creatures are described.
Sue Daly produces a Creature
Feature every month on her web site.
We had orginally planned to bring this service to our members.
However, as Sue is already producing this series, I have decided to devote
my energies to producing other information.
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Sagartia
troglodytes Sea Anemone
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.
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:
This is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
Even general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of
the shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant
fauna, and information that cannot be described adequately by words on
the Report Cards. The name of the particular
coast should be included and the grid reference, if known. Print photographs
can be included in Exhibitions and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic
publications. Electronic images in *.JPEG format can also be considered
for the web site. Transparency photographs are the best choice of film
but these cannot be transferred to the web pages at the present time, but
these will be suitable in the future.
and 'scars' on the sandstone at Cullercoats, Tyneside.
Photograph by Andy
The BMLSS Computer sytem
still requires a Motherboard + CPU chip as a replacement. It will need
to be a 486 or faster with standard components (not Compaq or other non-standard
machines). If anybody is able to help, I would like to hear from them.
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