A new marine species discovered in the Western English Channel

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Amblyosyllis formosa

A report from a Swedish-British expedition to the Marine Biological Association

At the end of March colleagues from The Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg (Arne Nygren), Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Gothenburg University (Fredrik Pleijel), and the National Museum Wales (Andy Mackie and Katie Mortimer-Jones), arrived at the laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth for a one-week trip to collect marine bristleworms. The MBA is an ideal place for marine biologists with our interests to visit. The lab is well suited for our purposes and a very rich marine fauna can be found only a 15 minute boat trip away.

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Monday was spent on the laboratory's research vessel RV Sepia sampling several localities and hunting for polychaete worms of different kinds. Back in the lab...

The first Sea-Shore Safari of the year at Mount Edgcumbe!

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

On the 30 th of March 2017, the education team and volunteers spent the day engaging primary school children from St Andrew’s Primary School, Plymouth on the shore at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. The first sea-shore safari of the year included surveys for the European funded Sea Change initiative Crab Watch. As well as a crab survey and crab-related crafts and games, eagle eyed pupils also recorded sightings of the invasive wakame ( Undaria pinnatifida) and the club seasquirt ( Styela clava ).

Annual meeting of the ICES working group on small pelagic fish (WGSPEC) held in Plymouth 3rd-5th April!

Posted on Mar 29, 2017

From the 3rd-5th of April the annual meeting of the ICES working group will take place at Coxside Marine Station, Plymouth, with a focus on small pelagic fish, their ecosystems and climate impact. The meeting aims to unite the community of fisheries scientists from Plymouth University, the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, together with some international colleagues.

The working group are particularly keen to engage students and early career researchers with the work of ICES and will be highlighting opportunities for involvement. To facilitate this, a series of talks and networking sessions on the first day of the meeting (3 rd April) has been organised for those interested in learning more about ICES and fisheries research.

Further details of the meeting are included in the attached agenda below.

ICES_WGSPEC_2017_MeetingAgenda.pdf...

Exciting ocean outreach activities revealed in the Sea Change project’s third project newsletter

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

The third issue of the Sea Change project newsletter presents the exciting outreach events taking place across Europe to encourage people to become ocean literate. One such event is the MBA-led “Crab Watch”, a citizen science initiative where members of the public are challenged to make an inventory of beach crabs by carrying out standardised protocols. This initiative engages with the public by inviting them to share useful scientific information while also raising awareness of the impact of non-native species. The newsletter also includes articles on the Sea Change online course entitled “From ABC to ABSeas: Ocean Literacy for all”, which offers educators innovative ways to teach Ocean Literacy. The course is available, on the European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan. Access the course here .

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Another successful ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ event for British Science Week 2017

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

Marine Biologist for a day

Another very successful ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ event for British Science Week last week, attracting keen students from across the country! Feedback was very positive as sessions were varied and provided real hands-on experience of what being a marine biologist is like. It was great to meet so many of our YMB members too!

Marine Biologist for a day is fully booked for this year.  

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

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Marine Biologist for a day is fully booked for this year. Thank you to all those who got in touch and booked places. We hope you enjoy the day

Harmful Algal Blooms - i Book launched

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Harmful algal blooms

A marine science iBook entitled “Harmful Algal Blooms” has been launched as part of the Sea Change project.

Developed by NUI Galway’s a partner in the EU-funded European research project Sea Change. The project aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, or “Ocean Literacy”.

The iBook was launched by Professor Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research on Monday 13 March at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Opportunities to increase awareness of the ocean are limited in the junior cycle science curriculum across Europe. Dr Christine Domegan, lead methodologist for Sea Change, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, explains: “To co-create Ocean Literacy we need collaboration, discussion, participation and engagement across multiple stakeholders in...