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Annual Science Meeting 2015

25 May 2015

The MERP Annual Science Meeting was held in Drymen, Scotland from 19th - 21st May and attended by over 30 MERP scientists as well as a number of invited stakeholders of marine ecosystem science. The meeting consisted a full programme of progress presentations as well as integrative discussion sessions and a workshop on defining the concept of ecosystem services and their associated...

New G7 statement urges protection of the oceans

05 May 2015

The G7 academies' statement on the future of the oceans was launched last week. The statement was launched in Berlin at a conference as one of three statements which were drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 'Future of the oceans' statement concerned...

Watch barrel jellyfish swarm off the coast of Cornwall - video

22 April 2015

Footage shows swarms of barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo) off the coast of Cornwall in the UK. The video, taken by a local wildlife enthusiast Ross Wheeler on Wednesday from a boat near Falmouth Harbour, shows the jellyfish gliding through calm water. This swarm of barrel jellyfish, which can grow up to six feet long, was reportedly a mile long.  

SAMS Policy Master Class – Stefanie Broszeit

06 March 2015

Dr Stefanie Broszeit (Marine ecosystem services researcher at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, working in the 'Linking macroecology and models to ecosystem services' MERP module) recently attended a workshop on policy and marine science and has described her experience in the below article. I went to Oban for a four day workshop on policy and marine science organised by the Scottish...

Request for workshop topics for IMBER IMBIZO IV

08 December 2014

IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) will hold the fourth in its IMBIZO series at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy,  from 26-30 October 2015. (IMBIZO is a Zulu word meaning a ‘meeting or gathering’). Overall Theme of IMBIZO lV: Marine and human systems Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors ...

Understanding the Connections Between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health

17 November 2014

Understanding the Connections Between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health discusses the connection of ecosystem services and human health. This report looks at the state of the science of the role of oceans in ensuring human health and identifies gaps and opportunities for future research. The report summarizes a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine's...

ICES maps the intensity of fishing activities affecting the seabed

07 October 2014

ICES has taken a step forward in the process of evaluating the impact of fishing gear on seabed environments of the Northeast Atlantic by producing detailed maps showing the intensity of fishing activity. Read more on the ICES website

MERP Programme Launches

14 May 2014

June saw the kick-off meeting of the £5m Marine Ecosystem Research Programme (MERP), jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Over 40 of the UK’s leading marine scientists gathered in Plymouth to discuss the workplan that will enable them to address key knowledge gaps relating to the UK...

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