A new portal for information on the Celtic Sea

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

A harbour in the Celtic Sea area

The Celtic Seas Partnership (CSP) project, now complete, aimed to draw people together from across the Celtic Seas to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing their marine environment.

A key output of the Partnership has been the development of a web-based information portal by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) to provide access to data, metadata and documentation specifically relating to the MSFD. The information portal comprises two parts:

a data catalogue for users to find datasets relevant to the 11 MSFD Descriptors and a resource library for MSFD related websites, articles and reports

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For further information and to answer any questions, please email Gaynor Evans, gaev@bodc.ac.uk

An event to raise awareness of plastic pollution

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

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CoCoastSW Plastic Awareness event

Thursday 15 th June 2017

All the plastic ever made is still on our planet and will be for hundreds of years. Capturing our Coast Southwest at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) are raising awareness of the impacts they are having on our oceans and what we can all do to reduce it.

CoCoastSW will be running a local beach clean followed by an evening seminar on Thursday 15 th June. The Marine Conservation Society will be joining us during the day as we record data at Jennycliff Beach for MCS Beachwatch, a national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme.

In the evening we are delighted to have a special guest lecture at the MBA by Professor Richard Thompson from Plymouth University who has been researching the effects of plastics in our oceans for over 20 years. We will also be joined by a...

Nominate a marine unsung hero!

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Photo: Paula Lightfoot

Looking for outstanding #BiologicalRecorders

Nominate your marine #UnsungHero for #NBNAwards17 bit.ly/NBNawards

Closes: 31 July 2017

Nominations have opened for the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing!

Developed in 2015 by the National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre, these annual Awards celebrate the individuals, the newcomers and the groups of people or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world in the UK.

There are six categories of awards this year:

Gilbert White Youth Award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife Gilbert White Adult Award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife David Robertson Youth Award for marine and coastal wildlife David Robertson Adult Award for marine and coastal wildlife Lynne Farrell Group Award for wildlife recording Adult Newcomer Award

All too often the...

World Ocean Day - inclement weather curbs events but not enthusiasm!

Posted on Jun 9, 2017

Sea of hope

World Ocean Day is a movement that aims to bring ocean issues to the fore and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies world wide.

Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day 2017 said " A healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science. We cannot manage what we cannot measure, and no single country is able to measure the myriad changes taking place in the ocean. "

World Ocean Day brought high winds and heavy rain to southwest England. The Marine Biological Association celebrated the day with:

A tour of the MBA's Citadel Hill research facilities followed by a workshop on Ocean Literacy, for the National Marine Aquarium’s Marine Science Club.

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An evening plankton workshop for young people was held at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth.

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Uncovering hidden forests: the beauty and importance of kelp forests 

Posted on Jun 9, 2017

Kelp forest research

Kelp forests are vital for coastal marine life and valuable to people in many ways. A new film highlights the importance of kelp and introduces an MBA-led project that aims to better understand the biodiversity and productivity of European kelp forests.

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See the film and find out more about Dr Dan Smale's research

Plastics in the marine environment

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

Great infographic on plastics in the marine environment now available to download at Sea Change Web site. Also available in multiple languages.

May 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on May 26, 2017

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Welcome to the May 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! We are still busy working behind the scenes planning the exclusive YMB Summit event for you, which will take place on 28th October 2017. So this month’s Blog brings you some brief marine biology news, a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell and some interesting opportunities for you. I hope you will enjoy this month's reading.

And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos with us. Sharing your photos, writing, art work comments or questions with us for use in future blog content and bulletins may earn you an exclusive MBA pin badge! (see picture) email to: ymb@mba.ac.uk or share with us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram

Marine Biology News

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Limpets are...