Review of evidence for recommended Marine Conservation Zones

Marine Ecological Surveys Limited is currently working with sister company Marine Planning Consultants (MPC) on a project for Defra to review the evidence base underpinning recommended Marine Conservation Zones (rMCZs), as identified by the four MCZ regional projects in England.

Dietary preference and feeding selectivity of common dragonet Callionymus lyra in U.K.

Journal of Fish Biology (2012) 81, 1019–1031
doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03375.x, available online at

R. Griffin*†, B. Pearce‡ and R. D. Handy*§

*School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus,
Plymouth PL4 8AA, U.K. and ‡Marine Ecological Surveys Limited, 3 Palace Yard Mews,
Bath BA1 2NH, U.K.
(Received 2 November 2011, Accepted 9 May 2012)


Marine Ecological Surveys Limited (MESL), one of the UK’s leading marine ecological consultancies, is currently seeking two Senior Benthic Marine Taxonomists to join an enthusiastic and ambitious team in the purpose built taxonomy laboratory in Bath. MESL provides high quality scientific services to industry and the public sector. Our services include survey, taxonomic identification and analysis, and consultancy.



Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd (MESL) provides high quality scientific services to industry and the public sector, including survey, taxonomy and consultancy. This includes EIA related work, supporting our clients in the full project life cycle from the field to the licensing process; as well as research and policy development for Government departments and agencies.

MESL – Fresh Faces and Recruitment

The ‘go-to’ book for Marine Aggregates

Marine Taxonomy School

A local perspective to recommended Marine Conservation Zones

Following the identification of rMCZs in the NetGain project, MESL were invited to carry out a scoping study of the Tyne to Tees area for the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership. Focused on the coastal strip out to 12nm, this project is aimed at assessing evidence and gaps in data required to designate future MCZs, owing to the special features of the coastline such as the magnesian limestone. The project will assess studies to date and recommend a survey programme to help gap-fill evidence in this region.

Reference conditions for benthic habitats, MSFD

Collation of national evidence to inform marine plans

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