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Conservation Society Dives Link 2000
|Saturday 28th October
Oceans 2000 Marine Life Conference
2000 is a major conference hosted by the Marine Conservation
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).
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 refereshments. Entry to Bristol Zoo on Sunday 29th
October will be at reduced entry rate.
2000 is also the Annual Conference for Members of the Marine
For tickets, please contact:
Conservation Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire,
HR9 5BU or call 01989 566017 Website http://www.mcsuk.org
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".
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.
Diary Page (Link)
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.
Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, was seen by James
Wiseman three miles north of Hopeman in the Moray Firth.It was about
2.5 metres long. Although
commonly seen off the Cornish coast in the summer and autumn, they are
much rarer off north-eastern Scotland.
by Witek Mojsiewicz (Aberdeen)
Staples, a recreational fisherman fishing for Black Sea-Bream, Spondyliosoma
cantharus, landed a Guinean
Amberjack, Seriola carpenteri, originally identified
as a Greater Amberjack, Seriola dumerili, to the East of Herm Island
(Channel Islands, north of Guernsey) at a fishing mark called Noir Pute
about 1.5 miles from Belvoir Bay.
Illustration by Robbie Carda (Fishbase)
was fishing in 25 to 45 metres of water depth. (The water depth is very
variable at the mark.) The Amberjack took a sand eel bait. The fish weighed
645 grams. This Amberjack is previously unknown in the English Channel.
The identification has been confirmed by Alwyne Wheeler.
September 2000, Bas Gaudion, also caught an
identical fish north-east of Roque au Nord to the north-east of L'Ancresse
from New York's Cornell University Bioacoutistics Research Program, using
US navy recording equipment, have discovered the presence of Blue Whales,
musculus, thought to number about 30 to 50 of these huge cetaceans
about 50 miles south of Fastnet off the southern Irish coast. This is the
first record of their presence for over a century, since they were hunted
off Ireland. Blue Whales swim over large areas off the oceans and
are expected to move to deeper water during the winter.
report first appeared in the Sunday
REPORTS & DISCUSSIONS APPEAR ON THE
MARINE WILDLIFE FORUM PAGE
Sea Discovery Centre is opened at Axmouth, Devon (between Sidmouth
and Lyme Regis).
is the smaller type of Public
Aquarium, with the seawater pumped in from the Axe estuary.
display includes a few small tanks with rock pool and smaller sea fish
and crabs etc., with one large pond-like tank with Bass,
Black Sea-Bream,Trigger Fish and other marine
Fees: Adult £2.00 Children £1.00
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Under 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
CD-ROM from Project Explore, Caradon District Council, Looe, Cornwall.
introductory commentary is by Jeremy Curry, and it is designed for the
younger (8 years +) student of the seashore.
contains basic information based on experience of visitors to ‘Project
Fully Illustrated Seashore Guide is most useful as it contains a colour
of the common species found between the tides at Looe.
contains a list of marine life and Cornish web sites.
by Julia Moss, Coast & Countryside Officer, Caradon Countryside Services.
01503 263286 Fax: 01503 263266
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
MESSAGE FROM A
BLENNY TO A BARNACLE
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.
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
Goose Barnacles brought
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
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).
ARE INVITED FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2000-2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
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FULL MEMBERS 1999/2000
The 1999 issue of Glaucus
with 52 information filled pages has been sent out to members.
Thank you for renewing your
subscription as a member for 2000. No further Renewal Forms or Shorewatch
Newsletters will be sent out to 1999 members.
However a form is available
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to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal
and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application
new Premier Membership for the year 2000 also entitles the member to the
Official BMLSS CD-ROM (available before the endof year 2000), which will
contain the BMLSS web pages and more information
about marine life, together with a selection of other exclusive marine
life information, electronic back copies of BMLSS publications, and the
full version of TORPEDO
Electronic News Bulletin sent to them every month by Email, as well as
the other BMLSS Electronic Information Services. The CD-ROM will also contain
useful shareware and freeware programs, and should be at least as good
value as a computer magazine CD-ROM for the second aspect alone.
work of the BMLSS is funded by entirely by member's subscriptions and we
do not receive any grants.
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