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In 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
first issue for 1999 was sent out to the members that renewed, on 22 January
1999. This issue contained the report of the blue Spider Crabs, a large
Lobster from off Sussex, and other news items for the last 2 months of
1998. Features included a summary of setting up a coldwater marine aquarium
Thumb) on 4 of the 16 pages, an Introduction to Jim Hall's new
Hunt series, and Rockpooling under Worthing Pier.
Report Page Link.
subscriptions for 1999 are now due.
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
12 February 1999
World of Seahorse
Exhibition at the National
Marine Aquarium at Plymouth due to open.
Seahorses are currently on display, but the new extended Exhibition will
be open to the public on this date.
Marine Aquarium at Plymouth
INITIATIVES IN COASTAL AND MARINE CONSERVATION
Tan y Bwlch Snowdonia National
Park Study Centre
Dewi Jones Tel: 01766 590324 Fax: 590274
registration = £50. Total
cost, incl meals = £280
meeting at Dove Marine Laboratory, Cullercoats, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Jeremy Thomason (before 26 February 1999)
Tel: 0191 222 8946
Fax: 0191 222
Meeting: Further details
meeting at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, west Scotland.
Contact: Robin Harvey
Telephone: 01631 567828
Fax: 01631 565518
Meeting: Further details
Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora
and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly
coastal instability issues.
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MARINE WILDLIFE NEWS
Reports 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.
11 January 1999
A Six-gilled Shark, Hexanchus griseus,
caught off Mevagissey, south Cornwall, and brought into Plymouth Fish Market.
A small 41 cm Sunfish, Mola mola, was caught off Polperro,
(Reports from Doug Herdson, National
Marine Aquarium at Plymouth.)
10 January 1999
Thousands of tonnes
of rock fall into the sea from the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head, Sussex.
The usual method of natural erosion involves the rainwater freezing and
expanding in the friable chalk. There had been a lot of rain followed by
a period of sub-zero temperatures. Along a stretch of about 170 metres
about a 15 metres wide area of cliff grassland (downs) has disappeared.
This is the biggest rock fall at this location within recent memory.
8 January 1999
Jonathan Wills reported a large pod of around
40-50 Harbour Porpoises, Phocoena
phocoena, seen in the area of Stoura Baa, about
a quarter mile north of Hamna Voe / Boatsroom Voe, Lunna Ness (peninsula,
north-east Mainland), in the Shetland Isles, during a monthly winter bird
count. It is the largest school seen by Jonathan in this area since September
NB: The Shetland Isles are the place around the
British Isles where the declining Harbour Porpoise can still be seen in
large pods. In the south-east Shetlands, sand-eels are the most important
item of prey.
Wildlife News Web Site
Book on the Shetland Isles
5 January 1999
A bull Sperm Whale,
macrocephalus, carcass has been found washed
ashore on the beach at Flitsland on the west side of Noss (east of Bressay),
Shetland Isles. It was 12 metres long and had lost most of its outer
layer of skin, but was otherwise mostly intact. Report from the:
Previous Report Correction:
The original report was of a Yellow-fin Tunny.
The species has subsequently been found to be a Bluefin.
29 October 1998
A massive 340 kg (750 lb) Bluefin
Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, was captured on a Mackerel long-line
off Plymouth. (Corrected Report by Doug Herdson). The Bluefin Tunny,
is usually the only large species of tunny found in British seas, although
it is very scarce nowadays.The original report was of a Yellowfin Tuna,
albacares, but this is now corrected. Yellow-fin are found in the Caribbean
Sea. This tunny is such a rare vagrant that it up to1978, there was
only one record of a dead fish from off SW Wales in 1972.
The Marine Life Forum is for observations
and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should
be EMailed to:
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of
I am currently involved in an experimental fishery for Northern Stone
Crab (Lithodes maja) in Nova Scotia and have read that this species
occurs in European waters. I have been searching for anything relating
to this species. It seems very little scientific work has been done on
this side of the Atlantic.
We have had moderate success in our first year with catch rates
of up to 4 lb/ trap. Is there a fishery for these crabs in
Europe? Has there been any scientific research done on behavior, reproduction,
or moulting? I would enjoy any response you could give me. Do you have
any questions for me? Don't hesitate to ask.Thank you for your time and
Sable River, N.S.,Canada
Phone (902) 656 2428
Publisher: T & AD Poyser
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The "Christmas Book
List" has been uploaded to the BMLSS Web Site.
Reviews by Andy Horton
A New Series as part of the TORPEDO initiative
is now planned for 1999. This will feature a selected species of fish,
crab, molluscs, sea anemone or some other invertebrate every month. If
you wish to receive this service please indicate.
Torpedo EMail: Glaucus@hotmail.com
Originally, this service was planned for 1998. Try the following
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Long-spined
Bullhead Taurulus bubalis
The BMLSS will
be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS
DAY on 8 June 1999.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
However, if you have a large selection of your
own photographs, I would suggest that you should arrange your own exhibitions
at a Local Library or similar venue. We will help to advertise the event.
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:
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Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encylopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC On-line Internet Guide.
SPONSORS ARE INVITED
FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 1999
THE MINIMUM STARTING
FUNDS REQUIRED FOR THE
2000 SITE IS £150 PER YEAR
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