Marine Biology

Marine Biology Review - Spring 2012

Cold weather and small tides generally make the winter months unfavourable towards the marine biologist but the Section has nonetheless kept itself busy.  In October we took advantage of the last of the 2011 big spring tides to map alien seaweeds around La Rocque and, separately, to explore the rocks around Icho Tower in search of sponges.  Both field trips yielded new records which contribute to our long-term study of the SE Ramsar Coast and we would encourage Société members to read and comment on our draft report into the ecology of this area, a copy of which is available on the Société website under Marine Biology.

Other on-going activities include our ‘dolphin watch’, which takes place on the third Sunday of each month between 10am and 12noon.  This continues to provide new information which will be added to the 2,000 marine mammal records already held by the Section.  We would welcome new volunteers for the dolphin watch but for those who prefer to stay indoors, we have also started a project which aims to document Channel Island seaweeds, including the Société’s historical pressed specimens.

In November the Chairman attended the conference in St Malo organised by the French authorities behind the proposed  parc marin du golfe normand-breton .  The two day event consisted of a densely packed schedule of talks and presentations which demonstrated just how much work (and money) the French have devoted towards this project.  The Marine Biology Section has made contact with some of the key parc marin personnel and it is hoped that we will be able to exchange information to our mutual benefit.

In addition to our practical activities, the Section has continued to offer its advice and opinion on matters relating to the management and ecology of the seashore.  This has included recent reports by the Environment and Water Quality Scrutiny Panels as well as a planning application in a prominent coastal location.

In February 2012 our Chairman, Nick Jouault, stepped down after several years in the chair during which he raised the Section’s standing and profile both within the island and abroad.  We are grateful to Nick for his hard work and look forward to his continued contribution for the backbenches.  The new Chairman is Francis Binney while the post of Secretary remains with Paul Chambers.  The Section continues to meet on the first Monday of the month at 8pm at No. 7 Pier Road.

Paul Chambers – Secretary

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