An event to raise awareness of plastic pollution

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Litter on beach

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

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.


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



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.


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.

Plymouth celebrates World Ocean Day, Thursday June 8th

Posted on May 24, 2017

Beach Rangers

World Ocean Day is a global event to raise awareness of the wonder and importance of the ocean. The Marine Biological Association will be working with partners locally, nationally and internationally to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8 th with events and exhibitions for all ages

Rocky shore survey with CoCoast , at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach) low tide, for CoCoast volunteers and the public. To join please register here . Crab watch and 'beach desk', at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach), from 4.30 am - 6.30 pm, open to the public. A tour of the MBA's research facilities followed by a workshop on Ocean Literacy at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory, for the NMA’s Marine Science Club. For more information see the Europe-wide Sea Change project Plankton workshop, Mount Batten Centre, an evening event, for young people on a residential course.

The MBA’s Jon Parr said “...

MBA Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Posted on May 11, 2017

Southern right whale

Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Weekend 24 June - 25 June 2017 @The Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth .

Whales and dolphins have an astonishing variety of behaviors and adaptations to survive and thrive in the marine environment. This course is made up of a series of talks over two days ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behaviour and adaptations, to the history of whaling and current conservation problems for these animals.

Course tutor Dr Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects on every continent. He has published over 140 scientific papers, book chapters and reports and has written a book on marine mammal biology & conservation, which accompanies the course.

This promises to be a...