Global Impacts Report 2013

Marine Stewardship Council "Global Impacts Report 2013 - Monitoring and Evaluation"

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Invitation to Consultation

Commercial Fishing & the Marine Historic Environment

Our coastal waters are rich with marine archaeological resources, including a potentially great number of as yet undiscovered sites. These resources comprise historic shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites, submerged prehistoric landscapes and remains of coastal structures such as early fish traps. The protection of our marine historic environment is important to our cultural heritage.

Gone bananas

Sadly, Bananaman hasn’t come to town, but we do have the next best thing on our MESL team, a roving marine biologist dressed as a banana. Congratulations go to Ross Griffin, Angela de Burgh and David Alexander who have recently completed the Bristol and Bath Half Marathons. Also watch Angie “de Bore” (Burgh) surfing the Severn Bore on the largest December spring tide this year with the Aquatech team and bore legend Steve King.

Presenting around the world

MESL have attended Oceans of Potential in Plymouth, giving a talk on ‘Maximising Resource Potential on the Seabed’ the 10th International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong; the Humber Seafood Summit in Grimsby; Devon Coastal Forum; the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference; Severn Estuary Partnership Annual Forum; the RegenSW tidal power event and a presentation of recent results to the SOTEAG committee in Aberdeen.

Marine Conservation Zones Consultation Support

Defra has recently finished a public consultation on the Marine Consultation Zones that are to be designated across English waters in 2013. The full details of the consultation are available here. This is an ongoing process and there will be further consultations in the future on the next tranche of sites. If you would like to understand the potential impacts that a specific site could have on your interests or operations, or would like any assistance with responding to the consultation on the next tranche of sites, then we would be happy to help.

Seabed imagery analysis and taxonomy

MESL continues to deliver various projects to Cefas through the analysis of seabed imagery in support of the Marine Conservation Zones evidence base. We have recently completed seven projects, involving the  analysis of a massive 40 hours playback of video and over 700 stills. Meanwhile, our laboratory staff have been working hard to analyse a large number of oil and gas samples from our parent company Gardline and the Sullom Voe oil terminal, as well as samples for the Thanet offshore windfarm, the University of Plymouth (research project), the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (N.

Guts and glory

MESL staff have recently contributed to recent scientific journals. Ross Griffin recently had his paper ‘Dietary preference and feeding selectivity of common dragonet Callionymus lyra in  UK’  published in the Journal of Fish Biology. This work resulted from a Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF) supported project. You can get to the ‘guts‘ of the matter online.

Sustainable Development in the Seas of the UK

MESL’s commercial department continues to provide strong marine ecological support to near and offshore developers. Recent commissions include designing post construction fish monitoring surveys for Gardline Environmental Ltd and the monitoring and substantive reviews for marine aggregate Licence Areas 254 and 481 awarded by Tarmac Marine Dredging Ltd. A Marine Licence for aggregate dredging has been issued by the MMO for Area 460 South Hastings following approval of the pre-dredge baseline benthic survey report. “Happy Dredging” to the RMA from the MESL aggregates team.

Tide and time again

MESL is involved in an ambitious programme of intertidal surveys commissioned by Natural England, through both their marine monitoring framework as well as individual projects. Located throughout England from the Tees estuary to Thanet and down to Padstow, our projects have seen our staff wading through mud, sand and shingle. With some days pushing through over 10km of mudflats, our fully trained and equipped team really have proved their resilience to some demanding work!

Planning, planning, planning

MESL’s policy department, in collaboration with sister company Marine Planning Consultants, has had a successful 2012 completing projects for Defra, the Marine Management Organisation, Natural England, JNCC, county councils and coastal partnerships. Success has now been augmented by two further projects which compile socio-economic data on recreation at both the national scale, marine plan level and a regional study.

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