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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 nearly completed and is undergoing bug checking
at present. 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.
22-23 February 2001, the British Marine Life Study Society
had a complete crash. I have reinstalled the most important files and fixed
up most of the links. Unfortunately, I have been unable to repair all the
images. I am looking for a new host. However, it seems that a complete
service will not be possible without a considerable subsidy. I have decided
to concentrate in keeping the News pages up
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
readers should note that the conditions for web site development and use
in the United Kingdom and are not amicable because of the high telephone
charges. I was enthusiastic about the format at first because of the opportunities
for information dissemination, but I am having second thoughts.
still enthusiastic about News Bulletins and EMail
Discussion Groups, as well as the long term future of the Internet.
However, the general public in the UK are not prepared to use the Internet
to its potential because of the telephone charges. .
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
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
ECSA 2001 Local Meeting
Museum, Belfast 26 & 27 April 2001
meeting will be for two full days, and will focus on marine biodiversity
around the coasts and shallow waters of the island of Ireland. There will
be a field excursion on Saturday morning (28th April) to the
Strangford Lough Marine Nature Reserve in Co. Down.
further details and Registration Form contact: Dr. Julia Nunn
for Environmental Data & Recording, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens,
Belfast BT9 5AB
028 90 383153 Fax 028 90 383103 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
conference is organised by the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording,
involving the support (to date) of the Ulster Museum, the Estuarine &
Coastal Sciences Association, The Marine Institute, the Industrial Research
& Technology Unit and the Environment & Heritage Service.
Information File posted at:
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Biodiversity
Conference “Earth Summit” of World Leaders in Rio de Janeiro in
1992. Events will occur all around the world on and around this day. World
Oceans Day offers the opportunity for people to join in with others to
increase the understanding of the wildlife of the oceans and the marine
in other parts of the British Isles are encouraged to organise their own
World Oceans Day 2000 (Link)
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.
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.
Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, was seen at the Roches Douvres,
near Jersey in the Channel Islands. It was over 6 metres (20 ft) long.
In summer they would not warrant a special report, but English Channel
sightings in winter are uncommon.
year scores of dolphins are washed up dead on the shores of Cornwall and
Makeham (Looe) has sent a report to the Marine
Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group from information
in the Cornish Times.
labrax, is caught in a trawl west of Guernsey. Its weight of 9.52 kg
(21 lb 4 oz) would have exceeded the world angling record
if it had been caught on road and line.
the first time for many years a good haul of the Brown
Shimp, Crangon crangon, was reported from the shallow seas
Gallons of shrimps were collected in a push net at low tide. No Weevers
by Peter Murphy (Shoreham)
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, was reported of Portgwarra,
male Sperm Whale, Physeter
macrocephalus, was washed ashore in a badly decomposed state at Vault
Beach, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall. It was about 12 metres
long. It is only the third on record washed up on the Cornish coast.
badly decomposed Dolphins were washed up on Shoreham
Beach, Sussex. They were badly decomposed but were probably Common
Dolphins, Delphinus delphis. A Porpoise, just over a
metre long, was washed at nearby Worthing.
boops, a fish weighing 491 grams was caught in a gill net off Herm
Island near Guernsey. These fish, a member of the Sea bream family Sparidae,
are reasonably common around the Channel Islands, but are much rarer further
calf is reported from Durlston Bay, Dorset.
Marine Project has records of Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops
truncatus, sightings around Swanage based on regular watches over the
past seven or more years. There appears to be more reports in the winter,
with little activity over the summer months. There have been regular
sightings of 5 recognisable dolphins over this period, with a couple
of newcomers in recent years.
photographed a group of 14 dolphins off Swanage in mid-January - including
a very young calf. One of the group was "Benty" - a very recognisable
individual with a bent-over dorsal fin, known from Cornwall and known to
have visited Dorset the previous year.
dolphins are almost unknown from the English Channel.
sea anemone Diadumene
cincta has been identified and photographed by Paul
Parsons off Worthing, West Sussex at a depth of 3 metres. It is a small
sea anemone that has probably overlooked before or incorrectly identified.
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)
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
to the NE Atlantic Cnidarian Portfolio
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD
OCEANS DAY on 8
sphyrodeta (Photograph by Paul Tyler)
the striped column as a distinguishing
of Actinothoe in this study from Loch Roag, Isle of Lewis
A similar exhibition is planned
for the year 2001.
photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
Oceans Day: BMLSS Exhibitions (Slide Show)
|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
maenas (Photograph by Sean Clark)
the West Pier, Brighton
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 2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
Printing the two column
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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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