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Marine Life Study Society Members may be interested to know what has happened
to the year 2000 issue of Glaucus.
hoping to announce the issue was back from the printers today but this
is not the case.
delays for lots of reasons, including computer printer failure, Glaucus
is finally at the printers (and has been for 2 weeks).
the printers had technical problems followed by a massive equipment failure
and the issue will not be out until 5 March 2001 at the earliest.
Subscription Forms for year 2001 will not be sent until then.
Glaucus 2000 CD-ROM is still under preparation as well. With both Glaucus
and the CD-ROM, I could have rushed the job and finished the issues before
the end of this year. Unfortunately, this would have meant that more errors
than acceptable would have crept in the final publications.
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
Diary Page (Link)
a Marine Aquarium Jenny Mallinson
February The Secret Life of
the Lobster Phil Smith
1st March To
5th April To be
May Wrasse Watching
7th June To
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.
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992. In June 1992, over 150 Heads of States signed the Convention
on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared
belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and
plant species and genetic resources.
WORLD OCEANS DAY FAYRE 2001
MARINE LIFE DISPLAYS
2 June 2001
World Oceans Day Fayre on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, presents the
world of the oceans both to the uninitiated with plenty to interest the
experienced rockpooler, diver or fisherman. The main display of live
lobsters, crabs, will be complemented with a selection of smaller animals
from the seas off Sussex, with rock pool fish, crabs, sea anemones and
some of the more unusual life that can be seen through the glass sides
of an aquarium.
will be treated to the popular hands-on supervised display of the smaller
marine life, together with a variety of colouring and interactive activities.
will be on hand to answer questions and there will be displays of underwater
photography, sea birds, shingle plants, seashells and remains washed up
on the strandline, and information about whales, dolphins and sharks.
include Jim Partridge (Monteum Ltd), Adur Environmental Health (Natalie
Brahma-Pearl), Andy Horton and Len Nevell (British Marine Life Study Society),
West Sussex County Council Countryside Management Unit, Steve Savage (Sea
Watch Foundation), Melanie Blunden, David Wood, Betty Bishop, RSPB, Sussex
Sea Fisheries District Committee, Southern Water, Evan Jones (King's Manor),
Sean Clark, Ray Hamblett and Willows First School, Lancing.
Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Adur World Oceans Day, Tel: 01273 263347
contact: Andy Horton, British Marine Life Study Society, Tel: 01273 465433
2000 web page:
CONJUNCTION WITH WORLD OCEANS DAY
to 15 June 2001
Civic Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Adur Exhibition will celebrate the varied wildlife of the lower
Adur Valley including the whole of the Adur District.
display will contain a collection of photographs and information on the
undersea world of the English Channel and the Sussex seashore.
Horton, British Marine Life Study Society, Tel: 01273 465433.
Brahma-Pearl, Adur World Oceans Day Tel: 01273 263347
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.
Sea Bream, Pagrus pagrus, have been
numerous around Guernsey so far this year. The Guernsey Fishermen's Trading
Company says they have seen dozens. One fisherman operating a small
trawler / potter landed to a retailer 16 all weighing about 340 grams (12
oz) each. The neighbouring retailer in the Town Market had 6 small
Couch's Sea Bream delivered.
Sea Bream, also called the Common Sea Bream, reach their most northerly
point of distribution in the English Channel and are not regularly recorded,
although year 2000 was graced with quite a number of reports of sea bream
from more southerly seas.
Lawman and others spotted a large 8-10 metre
long Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
off Porthcurno, Cornwall. This specimen was larger than one seen earlier
Richards discovered a blue specimen of the Common Hermit Crab, Pagurus
bernhardus from the east coast of the Isle of Wight. The legs and
body of this hermit crab are usually orange and cream. A parasitic rhizocephalan
is suspected to be responsible for this phenomenon and the exact species
is still a subject of discussion on the "Wet Thumb" Smart Group.
Horton attended the Marine Life Biological
Recording Workshop organised by the Marine
Biological Association of the UK & Marlin
on behalf of the British Marine Life Study Society
Hall discovered the curious lamellarid mollusc calledLamellaria
perspicua on a bare boulder on the extreme lower shore (on a spring
tide) of Lydstep beach, 3 miles from Tenby, SW Wales.
prosobranch molluscs has also been discovered by Jon
Makeham at Hannafore Beach,
large Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, was caught by a Cornish
trawlerman Alan Nudd and housed at Newquay "Blue Reef" Aquarium.It was
a large specimen with a span including the arms of 150 cm (5 ft). Common
Octopuses are common in the Mediterranean but unusual in the English Channel.,
with only a handful reported each year. However, the smaller Curled Octopus,
cirrhosa, is found off most British coasts.
by Clive Bremner (from Metro
News, a free London newspaper)
hundred Long-spined Bullheads, Taurulus
bubalis, were found up washed on the strandline on Lancing beach,
West Sussex. This has has not been recorded before.
It was breeding time for these
pod of 20-25 Bottle-nosed
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, were
reported to us off Noirmont (SW Jersey). Bottle-nosed Dolphins are seen
regularly around Jersey in the first 2 months of the year. The common
spot to see them is the Gorey Bank. On a clear day they can be seen with
the naked eye.
oiled Gannet is reported from Widewater Lagoon,
Lancing, Sussex. This was the first sign of a much greater oil spill
off the Sussex coast with scores of oiled Guillemots
and other birds.
RSPCA, Tel: 0300 1234 999.
by Ray Hamblett
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Environment and Planning
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Smart Groups (selected)
Origin of the Hox Gene Cluster
E.K. Ferrier and Peter W.H. Holland
Hox Gene Cluster has a crucial function in body patterning during animal
development. How and when this gene cluster originated is being clarified
by recent data from Cnidaria, a basal animal phylum. The characterization
of Hox-like genes from Hydra, sea anemones and jellyfish has revealed that
a Hox gene cluster is extremely ancient, having originated even before
the divergence of these basal animals.
2001, Vol. 2 No. 1
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.
|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
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
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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
from the web site at:
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, 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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