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Conservation Society Dives Link 2000
|Saturday 28th October
Oceans 2000 Marine Life Conference
Oceans 2000 is a major
conference hosted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS),
celebrating our treasured marine wildlife while highlighting the threats
it faces, and examining measures being taken to protect it. It will be
held on Saturday 28th October at Bath Spa University College, Bath.
The programme includes expert speakers, slide shows and video, and an optional
day visit to Bristol Zoo (Sunday 29th). Oceans 2000 is supported
by English Nature .
The seas around the UK are home
to a fascinating and rich diversity of marine life. Did you know?
Turtles are regular visitors
to the UK and are now protected in our waters. Mantis shrimps, most commonly
found in tropical seas, have been discovered in Cardigan Bay.
From dolphins and whales to soft corals
and sea fans, our seas are bursting with life - Oceans 2000 will
attempt to discuss them all!
But as an island nation surrounded
by sea, we still so often ignore the benefits it brings us, and the life
it contains. The health of our seas is threatened by overfishing and pollution,
and many animal species are threatened along with the livelihoods and health
of people who depend on the sea for work and pleasure. Oceans 2000
will outline many of the initiatives to protect marine life, with an emphasis
on how you can get involved and contribute to these conservation projects,
both at home and overseas.
Entry to Oceans 2000 is
open to everyone. Tickets cost £25 for the Conference, inclusive
of lunch and refreshment. Entry to Bristol Zoo on Sunday 29th October will
be at reduced entry rate.
Oceans 2000 is also the
Annual Conference for Members of the Marine Conservation Society.
For tickets, please contact:
Marine Conservation Society, 9
Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5BU or call 01989 566017
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is one of the UK's most respected
environmental charities. It seeks to protect the marine environment for
both wildlife and future generations by promoting its sustainable and environmentally
sensitive management. Publications include the "Good Beach Guide", the
independent, comprehensive guide to the best of Britain's beaches (http:://www.goodbeachguide.co.uk),
and "Marine Conservation - the UK Action Guide".
English Nature is the Government agency that champions the conservation
of wildlife and natural features throughout England.
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Details of autumn Marine
Life Courses in Sussex (Brighton) and Yorkshire (at Boggle Hole (NZ
954040), near Robin Hood's Bay) can be found on the Diary Page.
14th September Maerl
off Swanage Ken Collins
5th October Underwater
Photography Ben Hextall
2nd November Deep
Sea Creatures Jon Copley
7th December Coral
Reefs Alex Mustard
4th January Running
a Marine Aquarium Jenny Mallinson
1st February The
Secret Life of the Lobster Phil Smith
1st March To be announced
5th April To be announced
3rd May Wrasse
Watching Ken Collins
7th June To be announced
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
on the Dolphin links to a BMLSS
Cetacean web page on the Internet for links to dolphin watching sites
in the NE Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles as well links for
lots of whale and dolphin reports.
Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo,
but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.
of the Page
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.
Pipefish, Nerophis lumbriciformis, was discovered underneath
an Enteromorpha (green straggly seaweed) covered rock on Worthing
beach, West Sussex. This small fish is very common on certain rocky and
weedy shores, in Cornwall and Devon as well, decreasing in frequency quite
quickly in an easterly direction.
Beach. There are a few rocks amongst the sand, but nothing for Fucus
serratus to attach to.
has been at least two Sussex records before, but I have never discovered
it before in over 1000 visits.
Pier Rockpooling Report 3
Ness Point, near Whitby, north Yorkshire, Alastair
Forsyth observed a pod of around 30 Harbour Porpoises, Phocoena
phocoena, whilst spotting sea birds. Usually, there will only be a
handful of Porpoises, if they are present. What was even more surprising
was that he saw a couple of larger cetaceans over 1 km out to sea through
his telescope. These were not identified but their appearance suggested
they could have been Sei Whales, Balaenoptera borealis.
These are deep water whales that have been rarely recorded between Iceland
and Greenland, so there is a possibility that the identification was incorrect,
but what were they? Any ideas?
Sea Fan, Eunicella
verrucosa, was discovered by Mike
Markey on a reef in Poole Bay at a depth of 13-16 metres at high tide.
It was 25 cm high and about 18 cm wide. This may be the most easterly record
of this cnidarian off the north coast of the English Channel.
Sea Fans Information
localised weather reported on the coast at Pwllheli, north Wales with 15
cm deep layer of hailstones, that also occurred on the east coast at Hull,
appearing like snow on the ground at an air temperature of 14° C. At
Cleethorpes on the east coast, a tornado was filmed over the sea.
Saddled Bream, Oblada melanura, of 440 grams (15 oz 8
was caught from St Austell Bay, Cornwall. This was the first reported catch
of this species by an angler from UK waters. This species is normally found
in the Mediterranean and its most northerly distribution is off the Biscay
coast. This one was 31 cm long (max length of 35 cm). It was identified
by experts at the National
Marine Aquarium at Plymouth.
Red Band Fish, Cepola rubescens, was caught on rod and line
by Gwynne Evans (Swansea) fishing for Mackerel
in the Angle Bay area of Milford Haven near Thorne Island, Pembrokeshire.
It seems to be near the maximum length of 70 cm.
on the Fishing
have also recently been caught in Plymouth Sound (Plymouth
records from Doug
Marine Aquarium at Plymouth)
small tunny known as the Bonito, Sarda sarda,
was caught by Jimper Sutton
in the nets set for Mackerel off Winchelsea beach, East Sussex. It weighed
about 1 kg. Divers have seen tunnies (tuna) in the Mackerel shoals off
Sussex, but the fish are rarely caught.
Sussex Marine Fish
sleek lines of 4 Blue Sharks, Prionace
glauca, were seen 7 miles off the Bishop's
Rock, off the westernmost tip of Cornwall. Fish is thrown overboard to
attract Wilson's Petrels and other sea birds and the sharks arrive.
mola, was seen in South Cardigan Bay, West Wales. It was about
1 mile offshore and off Ynys Lochtyn headland. On 24 August,
Osborne also saw a Sunfish off St. David's Head, Pembrokeshire and
on 26 August, Will Thomas spotted
one off Caldey, Pembrokeshire.
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
has been received about the proposed use of a chitin-inhibiting insecticide
on farmed salmon cages in Scottish seas.
is the main component of the exoskeleton of all crustaceans.
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
ON THIS TEXT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO JOIN
BE READ OFF-LINE
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Picton, B.E. and Costello
M. J. (editors). 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats,
fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit,
Trinity College, Dublin. ISBN 0 9526 735 4 1
Copies are available on
EcoServe, 17 Rathfarnham
Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland.
Fax + 353-1-492 5694. Email
They cost £10 + £2
P & P (standard economy rate).
The Variety of Life: A Survey and a
Celebration of all the Creatures that have ever lived, by
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford University
Press, March 2000)
The report was included in
the last issue of Torpedo.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
Sue Daly produces
a Creature Feature
every month on her web site.
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
had originally 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.
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 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 *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. They should not
exceed 100K in size.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY
pages of the BMLSS Web Site and on the Torpedo
File on the web site (click on this text).
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with 52 information filled pages has been sent out to members.
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