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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.
is hit by severe storms with winds reaching hurricane Force 12 in exposed
Conservation Society Annual Conference was held at the Royal Museum,
confirmed today that cod stocks in the North Sea, Irish Sea and waters
West of Scotland are at their lowest recorded level and are in danger of
collapse unless urgent action is taken.
Council for the Exploration of the Sea, wants
closure of all cod fishing whether directed or by-catch in these areas.
North Sea cod restriction would also apply to the Eastern Channel and Skagerrak
and is necessary in all the named areas because of very low stock size
due to poor stock recruitment and high fishing mortality
scientists do not set a time limit on the draconian restrictions but say
they should stay until there is "clear evidence" of the recovery of the
stock to a size associated with a reasonable probability of good recruitment.
16 October and 22 October there have been
195 dead seals reported around the UK bringing the total to 2845 since
the beginning of the Phocine Distemper
Virus outbreak. 2451 of the seals have
found on the English coasts, with all but 24 of the above total discovered
dead on the east coast. Confirmed cases are mostly Common
Seals, Phoca vitulina, but also
a few Grey Seals, Halichoerus
Mammal Research Unit
Report 11 (with further details)
virus causes pregnant seals to abort their pups, pneumonia and nervous
system abnormalities including convulsions.
dead seals should be reported to the marine mammals stranding telephone
line maintained by the Natural History Museum
on 0207 942 5155 (24 hr answerphone).
distemper (PDV) helpline number 08712 447999
organised whale watching boat trip off West Cork, Ireland, discovered the
usual cloud of Gannets
diving into the sea with three species of dolphins all feeding on the large
fish shoals: 30+ Atlantic White-sided Dolphins
Lagenorhynchus acutus, 20+ Common
Dolphins Delphinus delphis, and
a small group of four or five Striped Dolphins,
this be the last Sunfish, Mola mola, report of the year?
Lawman reports an Ocean
Sunfish seen off Pendeen Watch, Cornwall.
Summer summer preceding some of the highest and lowest equinoctial
spring tides for over 20 years was too good a rockpooling
chance to miss as low tide receded to Chart
Datum about 6:00 pm,
just before an attractive red sunset.
low tide on Lancing beach, West Sussex,
revealed shallow pools and rocks covered in weed (see
the image in the left hand column),
and my very first discovery of the South-claw
on the Sussex coast.
Octopus has been rare in British seas for nearly 40 years, apparently
since the cold winter of 1963.
Guernsey fisherman caught a large Common
Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, in a
crab pot about half a mile from Hanois Lighthouse off the south-western
tip of Guernsey. The octopus had devoured at least two Edible
Crabs and one Lobster. The fisherman estimated
the total length at about 1.5 metres and the tentacle length at 1 metre.
He estimated the weight at 4.5 to 5.5 kg (10 to 12 lb). He
returned the octopus to the sea.
Guernsey fisherman caught a large Octopus vulgaris in July
Triggerfish Reports 2002
has been an almost complete absence of Triggerfish reports this year, although
the fish was becoming so common that people may have neglected to send
in the reports.
had seven brought in last year to the aquarium (Axmouth
- Sea Discovery Centre), but no one has seen a single specimen this
no Triggerfish when diving the Royal Adelaide
a few weeks ago (September 2002)
which is the first time I haven't seen any for years. One or two
have been seen but not in the numbers previously seen.
None were seen under Palace
Pier, Brighton, although a special check was not made in the are inhabited
by Triggerfish on a previous occasion.
of my diving companions spotted a Triggerfish on a dive off Logan Rock
near Lands End, Cornwall, in shallow water dive between 7 and 14 metres.
Triggerfish seen on Worthing Lumps,
Sussex, although seen and photographed there in November 2001.
None under Mumbles
Pier, near Swansea, and only a handful (five known) caught in Oxwich
Bay, SW Wales.
partner and I saw 20 to 30 Triggerfish at a dive site called Hen
& Chichs in Pembrokeshire West
Wales. They are here every season from June till about August, so was surprised
to still see them this late. Water temperature was 19°
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the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
PAGE (LINK TO)
for discussion about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean,
including the North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British
Isles including Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands,
Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal.
forum can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This eForum is
participated in by members of many groups studying the marine environment.
Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine Life Organisations
to find a list of web sites.
and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document
Vault and should not exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
Message Archive "Search Messages" facility is now working.
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to find all entries under the scientific name.
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)
Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory,
Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300
For more details/how to find SAMS
see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk
Unless otherwise stated, seminars are
held on Fridays at 4:15 pm
in the SAMS Conference Room
** Followed by the Friday R&R **
talks are hosted by SAMS on FRIDAYS at 16.30 in the Conference Room.
These talks are given by researchers based at the Scottish Association
for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory and at other research
institutes throughout the UK and abroad. They present the very latest developments
in marine science and technology. All the talks are open to members
of the public and are available via video conferencing links.
details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
or tel: 01631 559 000
November - Christine Campbell (SAMS). Algal biotechnology
November - Martin Doble (SAMS). Processes at an advancing Antarctic
Sea ice edge.
- Jeremy Wilkinson (SAMS). Sea ice and convection in the Greenland Sea
December - John Gordon (SAMS). 30 years at sea - inshore to offshore
fisheries research at SAMS
A series of monthly
talks on marine conservation topics
talks are open to the public, admission is free.
2002: Fishy Tales – Peter Henderson
2002: Walking the Dogwhelk – Simon
2003: Seabirds in Hampshire, UK, and beyond
– Russel Wynn
Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm,
please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception. Southampton Oceanography
Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village).
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. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to
reduce the size of this file.
Life of Rock Pools (Video)
Life of Low tide (Video)
secret life of low tide" was filmed over 3 years for the Purbeck Marine
Wildlife Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and the WildlifeTrusts.
video is an information packed guide to rockpooling,
giving details on how to find the intertidal marine life.
by marine biologist, Julie Hatcher,
this production is an essential guide for anyone interested in life on
our shores. With over 50 marine animals and seaweeds this is a very informative
on the image above for more information (on-line).
for the younger viewer by Andy Horton
NOW AVAILABLE WITH
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an
ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically
according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography.
The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful
on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up
a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification
available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for
professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities
for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
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.
Clingfish with a weedy Grey Topshell
tide receded beyond the pier on Worthing beach,
West Sussex, which was rather scantily inhabited by mobile fauna of interest
rockpooler. However, of special interest
was the discovery of a young Small-headed
Apletodon dentatus in
a shallow weedy pool south of the pier.
blue-grey clingfish was spotted resting on the head of a Conger
Eel, Conger conger, off Worthing
beach. The small, 60 mm, fish was not identified but it was possibly a
different species, possibly the Cornish
Sucker (Shore Clingfish), Lepadogaster
lepadogaster. If it was the latter species it would be the first BMLSS
record for Sussex. Because of its small size, the fish may have been overlooked
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
discovered in the sand of Gareth Lacey's aquarium on the Isle of Man
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.
on the album for more links (On-line link)
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