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

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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.

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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

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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...

The latest edition of The Marine Biologist magazine: how do we do science and relate to nature in a changing world?

Posted on Oct 15, 2020

Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico. Image © Enric Sala.

Bringing you the latest in marine biological research, education, policy, and much more, the MBA's membership magazine The Marine Biologist is for everyone who loves life in the sea. The latest issue is full of great images and exciting and thought-provoking content.

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The October edition is all about how we do science and our relationship with nature. We proudly feature TV presenter Paul Rose , who also happens to be Expedition Leader for the National Geographic’s thrilling Pristine Seas project. Paul has years of experience leading exploration and making science possible in the most remote locations. Paul describes his role in the Pristine Seas project and how he has used the enforced pause in expedition activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to reflect on our relationship with nature. He offers a set of values which he hopes will...

New MBA research quantifies UK kelp productivity

Posted on Oct 4, 2020

Fundamental understanding of the ecology of kelp forests is lacking in many regions. New MBA research in the journal Scientific Reports addresses this knowledge gap by quantifying the rate of productivity of kelp forests across UK waters.

Fieldwork took place on kelp forests ( Laminaria hyperborea ) at multiple subtidal habitats in the UK spanning 9° of latitude.

The research measured a range of environmental factors and quantified kelp productivity. Lead author Dan Smale and his team showed that net primary productivity was greater in cooler water, (around 1.5 times greater in the northern sites compared to warm southernmost sites) with clear implications for warming seas.

Dr Smale said: "The study shows that these kelp forests are extremely productive and likely to be an important component of inshore carbon cycles, and may play a role in natural...