Young Marine Biologist Summit 2020!

Posted on Nov 4, 2020

YMB Summit 2020
The 4th Young Marine Biologist Summit is almost upon us!

This year the Summit will take place online on the 28th and 29th of November. The event is free and open to all.

Over 20 speakers are lined up, giving a variety of talks, live presentations and Q&A sessions, all themed around the #UNDecadeofOceanScience.

YMB Summit 2020 Schedule

Register for your free spot by clicking here! Find out more here.

Jannes Landschoff Lucy Fisher Reef Guru Dani Escontrela Laura Park Jan Freedman Sancha CH

A number of speakers have already been announced! Follow @thembauk on Twitter and Instagram, as well as the hashtag #YMBSummit2020 for updates...

Applications now open for 2020/2021 Zooplankton Ring Test

Posted on Oct 29, 2020

We are pleased to announce applications are now open to take part in this year's Zooplankton Ring Test

Zooplankton are included in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as an indicator group; however, until recently, there were few other current standards for their sampling and identification. As such, the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) identified a need for a quality control mechanism for the correct identification of zooplankton.

The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (part of the Marine Biological Association, based in Plymouth, UK) provides a Zooplankton Ring-Test on behalf of the NMBAQC scheme. Held every two years, the ring-test assesses the quality of zooplankton identification through practical tests and additional workshops*.

Encouraging consistency amongst zooplankton analysts, within and between different...

MISSION Atlantic Horizon 2020 Project

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

Continuous Plankton Recorder Unit on Vessel

The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of one of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.

The MBA is one of three Plymouth-based, and of 31 international partners in the 4-year MISSION Atlantic project, coordinated by Danmarks Tekniske University in Denmark. The project aims to map and assess the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation.

Partners are supported by a €11.5 million budget, collaborating to build an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) programme for the Atlantic for the first time at this scale. The MBA has been granted €217,000, with scientists using data from the global Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey to map habitat...

Plankton sampling resumes in Gulf of Maine as survey awarded 4 year funding programme

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey has been running for nearly 90 years, but scientists hope this new project will help shed light on the significant decline in population numbers of endangered North Atlantic right whales.

This autumn, ships in the Gulf of Maine will once again be towing Continuous Plankton Recorders (CPRs) thanks to a new four year project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center, hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Each month, CPRs will collect plankton samples from this region, identifying changes in plankton species and distribution. The resulting data will help provide valuable insights into the health of the marine environment and help inform effective management action.

Deploying a CPR at sea Plankton form the base of the marine food chain, providing...

FutureMARES Horizon 2020 Project

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

Sea surface

The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.

The MBA is one of 32 partners in the 4-year FutureMARES project, which is investigating how nature-based solutions can help lessen the effects of climate change along seas and coasts. The project aims to examine the relations between climate change, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Kelp Intertidal Zone Spring Tides

Kelp during Spring low tides

The project, which works in five case study regions across the globe, aims to provide science-based policy advice on how best to use nature-based solutions. Three nature-based solutions will be developed:

Effective restoration of habitat-forming...

Aquarium Equipment Suppliers Needed

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

Seawater Hall
European Regional Development Fund Contract for advertisement on Contracts Finder.

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) based in Plymouth, UK wishes to advertise an opportunity to supply and install aquarium equipment in separate lots for 12 single unit aquaria. We are looking for suppliers to provide some or all of the equipment listed below:

Lot 1: Rectangular Aquaria Tanks of approximately 1000L volume capacity, insulated or non-insulated. Lot 2: Aquarium computer controllers (monitor and modify water quality by use of probes and operating float switches, valves and other equipment) with pH, redox, conductivity, salinity and temperature probes – expandable to include oxygen probes. Including any required powerbars. Lot 3: Water quality/control equipment (general aquarium equipment) including biofilters, UV filters, pumps, protein...

AtlantECO Horizon 2020 Project

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

Map of global CPR samples

The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.

The MBA is one of 36 international partners in the AtlantECO project, receiving a €233,000 contribution from the project’s €11 million budget. AtlantECO, coordinated by Stazione Zoologica Anton Dhorn in Italy, aims to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework that provides knowledge-based resources for a better understanding and management of the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystem services.

The 4-year project focuses on three pillars of research: microbiomes, plastic and the plastisphere, and seascape connectivity. From pole to pole, the project will map new and existing knowledge about the microscopic organisms that inhabit a...