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MBA sent what is probably oldest message in a bottle ever found!

Posted August 25 2015

Mr Bidder’s Bottom Bottles A postcard returned to the Marine Biological Association in April may be the oldest message in a bottle ever found. The bottle was released into the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 as part of research carried out by George Parker Bidder. G. P. Bidder was MBA President from 1939-1945 and […]

Second phase of autonomous ocean research study receives funding

Posted July 31 2015

Academics and industry have been awarded funding to refine sea-sensing robot behavior. Following the successful completion of tests on the ability of autonomous vehicles to track tagged fish in real time, the Marine Biological Association (MBA), SeeByte and ASV have been awarded funding to carry out phase two of the Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks […]

Plymouth marine biologists awarded £3 million for studies of plankton ‘nerve impulses’

Posted July 31 2015

Two marine biologists working at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) laboratory in Plymouth have been awarded funds totalling almost £3million to study how tiny algae in the sea sense and respond to their environment using mechanisms that are very similar to sophisticated nerve activity in animals and humans. Their studies will also shed light on the […]

How will marine life cope with ocean acidification?

Posted July 28 2015

6th European Phycological Congress Tuesday, 25 August 2015 from 20:00 to 22:00 (BST) Novotel, Hammersmith The event is free to attend but tickets must be booked using the link below. Registrants to the conference do not need to book.

Scientists meet to halt shark and ray declines

Posted July 24 2015

On Monday, international experts will gather in Plymouth for the annual conference of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) hosted by the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and Plymouth University, to discuss ways of using new science and technology to help sustainably manage shark, skate and ray populations. Please read the […]

New posts available with the Capturing Our Coast programme

Posted July 07 2015

Project Officer – £26,274 to £27,864 (Grade 3) See the Project Officer job advertisement for details and how to apply. The closing date for applications is 2 Aug 2015             Field Assistant – £21,391 to £22,029 (pro-rata) (Grade 2B) See the Field Assistant job advertisement for details and how to apply. The closing […]

Community outreach on Westward Ho! beach

Posted June 26 2015

At Westward Ho! beach the MBA education team ran a drop-in Beach Rangers event on behalf of Westward Housing.  Beach Rangers aims to encourage people of all ages to engage with our fascinating shore and coastline through marine themed activities and games! Thankfully, we were blessed with some great weather which ensured a high number […]

The ‘Amazing World of Algae’ at Clovelly Seaweed Festival

Posted June 25 2015

The MBA education team were invited to attend the beautiful Clovelly Village​ for their annual seaweed festival. The team displayed the ‘Amazing World of Algae’ to seaweed enthusiasts of all ages. As well as a fine display of many different species of seaweed, the team demonstrated the polymerization of algenate extracted from seaweed to show onlookers […]

The MBA education team at the National Trust’s Brownsea Island Bioblitz

Posted June 24 2015

The season of BioBlitzes has started and the MBA education team kicked off its series of surveys on the beautiful Brownsea Island. The team were joined from experts from around the UK such as the Marine Conservation Society, Bournemouth University and Devon Wildlife Trust to find and record as many different species in a 24 hour […]

Bringing About a Sea Change to Protect Our Oceans and Our Health

Posted June 23 2015

Sea Change, a new €3.5 million EU Horizon 2020-funded project, will address the challenge of raising European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between the ocean and human health. Europe cannot achieve sustainable exploitation of marine resources and maintain a healthy ocean unless its citizens understand the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political […]

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