MESL Taxonomy School

The MESL Taxonomy School has successfully run two workshops so far this year, with participants joining us from around the UK and Europe.

A look through the microscope

Senior Taxonomist, Bryan Wasson, has had a paper published in the Marine Biological Associations’ Marine Biodiversity Records. His paper represents the first British records of the Polychaeta species Rullierinereis ancornunezi and significantly expands the known range of this species. Bryan discovered the specimens in samples from south west UK waters. The species identification was confirmed by co-author Professor Jorge Núñez from Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife.

Down to Business

The last few months have been a busy period for MESL, with the company receiving commissions for a diverse range of

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.

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