[MARMAM] UK Southwest Marine Ecosystems, 13 March 2015, Plymouth

Peter Miller PIM at pml.ac.uk
Thu Feb 5 04:59:51 PST 2015

Hi MARMAM people in the southwest UK,

South West Marine Ecosystems 2015
March 13th  PML Plymouth


The 2015 South West Marine Ecosystems Meeting (SWME) meeting will take place in the new lecture theatre at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML  http://www.pml.ac.uk/Contact-us ) on Friday March 13th. The format and content will be similar to previous years with a mix of long and short presentations and good time for discussion and networking. Thanks to the generosity of PML the price will remain the same at £15 to help attract the widest range of people and in particular volunteers, students interested this area of work.  The full programme is set out below but the objectives of the meeting include:

1.       Networking  To provide a networking opportunity for a wide cross section of people  to meet and exchange views on south-west marine ecosystems; this would include active support for volunteer observations and schemes (citizen science), marine science and research interests, managers and a range of sea users including nature conservation, fishing, tourism etc.

2.       To assess the annual events - ecological and oceanographic - of the previous year that have affected the south west marine ecosystems - making the linkages between environmental and biological phenomena e.g. SST on plankton or mackerel and cetaceans. We will be asking delegates to contribute their observations on 2014.

3.       Ecology of marine species   To explore research studies that throw particular light on aspects of ecology of marine species, planktonic, benthic and 'mobile' species (fish, birds, mammals, turtles)  and the ecosystem that supports them and to understand the status of populations of marine species in the south west and how they are responding to environmental and anthropogenic pressures

4.       Management and southwest marine ecosystems  To understand the linkages between science to managing human activities the marine environment with a view to supporting and promoting the health of southwest marine ecosystems


Version  Jan 15th 2015      Bold = confirmed         Timings may change

Session 1 Weather, Events & Observations in 2014, Oceanography
8.45   Registration and refreshments
9.30    Welcome and Introduction to the day    Chair:
9.35    Events & observations in 2014: Delegates will be invited to bring along and comment
                                on the events and their observations of 2014 using structured approach,
                                                facilitated by Bob Earll CMS, Hannah & Duncan Jones  Marine Discovery
10.00   Update on SW Plankton Abigail McQuatters-Gollop SAHFOS
10.15   Brendan Godley Exeter University  Jellyfish Records - Paper - Citizen Science  tbc
10.30   Ocean front metrics for understanding foraging locations of gannets and basking sharks
                      Peter Miller PML and Kylie Scales PML/Univ. Plymouth/NOAA-ERD, Monterey, US
10.45   Results of the multiple remote vehicle trial to measure multi-trophic level interactions
Russell Wynn  NOC
11.00 -11.20 Discussion with the previous four speakers

11.20 -25   The south west Fulmar project            Alice Trevail
11.25 -30   The Coastal Code   Practical guidance for south-west coastal species
 Cornwall Wildlife Trust speaker to be confirmed

11.30 First break: Sandwiches and refreshments

12.10  Session 2   Fish and sea bed ecology   Chair:

12.10     Overfishing and the replacement of demersal finfish by shellfish: an example from the

                                English Channel                                         Jason Hall-Spencer Plymouth University

12.30   Skate populations in the south-west                   Cat Gordon & John Richardson Shark Trust

12.50   The status of basking sharks in the  south-west   Tom Horton CWT & Marine Discovery

13.10    Storm impacts on the seabed in protected and fished areas   Emma Sheehan

Plymouth University
13.30    What is site integrity? Applying current ecological knowledge to evolving marine policy

                                                                   Sian Rees Plymouth University
13.50     Intertidal discovery - results of the recent survey                    Carolyn Waddell, CWT
14.10 - 14.50  Second break: Cakes and refreshments

14.50   Session 3 Using science to inform marine management Chair:
14.50   The developing outcomes of rat eradication programmes on south-west Islands
                                                                                                                            Paul St Pierre RSPB

15.10     Seals and shipping noise                                              Clare Embling    Plymouth University
15.30    From observations to action....using research data to inform global campaign - the impacts
              of lost fishing gear on grey seals.                             Sue Sayer Cornwall Seal Group & Bex Allen

15.50    The ecology of porpoises in the south-west - what's left to find out? An interactive session

with audience and organisational inputs             Facilitated by Bob Earll  CMS

16.20    Inspiring images!                                                        Hannah & Duncan Jones  Marine Discovery

16.30   Close and refreshments

Booking is essential, please get the form from the SWME Website. <http://coastms.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a477eb8cd0fd95c25563618a1&id=95914015aa&e=686d63024a>

Peter Miller
Dr Peter Miller <pim at pml.ac.uk<mailto:pim at pml.ac.uk>> http://rsg.pml.ac.uk<http://rsg.pml.ac.uk/>
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