to articles on British marine life in other journals, new books and CD-ROMs,
2000 - 2006
Guide for European Seas
Otto Larink & Wilfried Westheide
by Wim van Egmond
Interactive 'Sea Shore Antics' CD. just £9.95 incl
VAT and uk p&p
Sea Shore Antics CD provides, for education or intrigue, an insight into
some of our sea shore UK marine wildlife. Moving and still
images are given in a range of video clips, sequences, time-lapse formats,
and photographs, along with written or narrated features providing information.
fish & invertebrates
Emil Moen & Erling Svensen
2004 the English edition of the very popular
Norwegian Marine Fauna (Dyreliv I havet) was published. Prof. David
Bellamy has written the foreword.
new film called Deep Blue from the makers of the Blue
Planet opens in good
Hazardous substances in the
European marine environment - Trends in metals and persistent organic pollutants
Topic report No 2/2003
This report provides an assessment
of trends in concentrations of six hazardous substances in mussels and
fish in Europe's seas since 1985. The trends are linked to reduction measures,
foodstuff limit values and trends in inputs to coastal and marine waters.
The results are presented in a series of maps.
Man's Impact on the Marine Environment
'Atlas of cetacean
distribution in north-west European waters'
publication by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) of an atlas
of their distribution in waters off north-western Europe. It is based
on the sightings made by hundreds of observers over the past 25 years.
The atlas is a first for these waters, and becomes the first globally to
take full account of the variation between areas in the amount of searching
that observers have carried out to gather the information.
on this text for the full information including ordering
£17.00 from the Natural History Book Service (www.nhbs.com),
or phone +44 (0)1803 865913.
the sensitivity of seabed biotopes to human activities and natural events
(Marine Life Information Network)
+ MarLIN News
Issue 6 Spring 2003
Surveys: Identification Guide for Selected Underwater Species
has published this new waterproof guide which is designed to support recording
projects. The 45 species in the guide have been selected for their ease
of recognition and their importance as species which play a key role in
maintaining particular communities, are likely to be affected by global
warming, or are non-native. The guide is produced in collaboration with
the Seasearch programme, which is a nationwide diving survey of underwater
habitats and species. Volunteers are taught about marine life, how to recognize
what's important and how to make records under water.
can obtain a copy of the guide for £3 including post and packing
by sending a cheque to MarLIN, Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill,
Plymouth PL1 2PB. Cheques are to be made payable to ‘Marine Biological
Association’. Copies are free to participants in organized surveys.
FOR FOOD AND FUN
shrimper Peter Talbot-Elsden, from Southwick, has produced a small booklet
called “Shrimping for Food and Fun” about catching the brown shrimp
around the coasts of Britain. The shrimps are caught in nets and the book
features the various methods, firstly the push-netting seen over the sand
in shallow water in spring off the Sussex coast. The famous Morecambe Bay
shrimps were originally captured by cart shanker shrimping with a horse
and cart in deeper water off the Lancashire coast, later replaced by a
tractor. At Formby, they experimented with amphibious vehicles after World
War II. Nowadays, most commercial shrimping on the east coast around King’s
Lynn trawls from small boats using a net off the stern. Shrimps are often
cooked on board.
28 page book contains 40 photographs of shrimping through the ages. It
is available through Bookworms of Shoreham
and other booksellers at £3.50.
booklet is also available through the British
Marine Life Study Society, but at £4 including postage and packing.
Talbot-Elsden manned the shrimp display at Adur
World Oceans Day.
Life of Rock Pools (Video)
Life of Low tide (Video)
secret life of low tide" was filmed over 3 years for the Purbeck Marine
Wildlife Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and the WildlifeTrusts.
video is an information packed guide to rockpooling,
giving details on how to find the intertidal marine life.
by marine biologist, Julie Hatcher,
this production is an essential guide for anyone interested in life on
our shores. With over 50 marine animals and seaweeds this is a very informative
for the younger viewer by Andy Horton
This CD-ROM has
not been tested yet.
the Kent Ornithological Society.
in next month's TORPEDO Bulletin.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an
ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically
according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography.
The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful
on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up
a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification
available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for
professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities
for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
JNCC Report 310
Bycatch of marine turtles
in UK and Irish waters
Nature Conservation Committee
Photographic Guide to the
Sea & Shore Life
of Britain & North-west Europe
University Press 2001)
0 19 850709 7
0 19 850041 6
book contains too many errors and is not recommended for beginners.
Byaft, Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes
by Sir David Attenborough
Date: 27th September 2001
planet is a blue planet, over 70% of it is covered by the sea and yet,
is known about the world's oceans than is known about the moon.
book is published to accompany a major new landmark television series from
the BBC Natural History Unit, (which has taken 5 years to film), The Blue
Planet provides a definitive guide to this final frontier.
ON THE IMAGE FOR THE OFFICIAL BBC BLUE PLANET WEB SITE
Wildlife September 2000
a Special "Blue Planet" 32 page full size supplement.
whole issue is virtually dedicated to the marine world but the main 100
page magazine virtually full up with articles about life beneath the oceans
and a very long way down in the ocean depths, the
last and largest uncharted habitat on Earth. There
are photographs of some really strange critters of the depths and the microscopic
animals that comprise the surface plankton.
in all major UK newsagents.
BBC1 television series "Blue Planet" begins on Wednesday
19 September 2001 at 9:00 pm.
2001 Volume 48 No. 4
assess marine biodiversity
Stewart M Evans, Judy Foster-Smith and Rachel Welch
Marine Laboratory, Newcastle University)
on Matters Related to the Management of Seal Populations: 2000
the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, the Natural Environment Research Council
(NERC) has a duty to provide scientific advice to government on matters
related to the management of seal populations.
has appointed a Special Committee on Seals (SCOS) to formulate this advice
so that it may discharge this statutory duty.
document is available as a *.pdf electronic file, readable using
Acrobat Reader, from Peter
Haddow of the Seal Conservation Society. BMLSS members can request
a copy from
on data management for
Record Centres and marine data
Dolphins of the European Atlantic
Bay of Biscay and the English Channel
Graeme Cresswell & Dylan Walker
Rob Still & Phil Coles (artwork)
by Andy Swash
by Wild Guides
is the best and handiest small guide, and probably better than any of the
larger guides for identifying the cetaceans at sea.
are 14 colour plates which depict typical views of cetaceans at sea. They
have been produced using the latest digital image technology and include
images of some species never previously published. These photographs are
the real advantage of the book. The images are so good and depict their
appearance as seen by a viewer from a boat that should considerably help
with the tricky business of identifying the cetaceans.
text covers the key identification features of each species, emphasising
the differences between similar species and includes information on status,
behaviour and distribution. Colour distribution maps accompany the text
for each species.
book costs £8.00 plus £1.00 post and packing in the UK. Copies
of the book can be obtained from:
(Click on the text for the address)
& Dolphin Conservation Society
Origin of the Hox Gene Cluster
E.K. Ferrier and Peter W.H. Holland
Gene Cluster has a crucial function in body patterning during animal development.
How and when this gene cluster originated is being clarified by recent
data from Cnidaria, a basal animal phylum. The characterization of Hox-like
genes from Hydra, sea anemones and jellyfish has revealed that a Hox gene
cluster is extremely ancient, having originated even before the divergence
of these basal animals.
2001, Vol. 2 No. 1
is the best issue yet by the Marine Conservation
film The Great Storm is out on video for sale in the UK.
film is all action and barely watchable. The book is recommended though
and the television documentary is passable.
scents of sex underwater
Matt G Bentley and Gordon J Watson (University of Newcastle UK)
scallop: an endangered species
Richard P Briggs (Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern
Channel 4 9:00 pm
2 Natural World
by Sally Magnusson
Worldwide Fund for Nature (UK) publish
Marine Health Check
Chris Berry 2000
Report is at:
on the image to find out more from their web pages.
CD-ROM from Project Explore, Caradon District Council, Looe, Cornwall.
introductory commentary is by Jeremy Curry, and it is designed for the
younger (8 years +) student of the seashore.
contains basic information based on experience of visitors to ‘Project
Fully Illustrated Seashore Guide is most useful as it contains a colour
of the common species found between the tides at Looe.
contains a list of marine life and Cornish web sites.
by Julia Moss, Coast & Countryside Officer, Caradon Countryside Services.
01503 263286 Fax: 01503 263266
Annual Report 1999-2000
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
North Atlantic Gray Whale
An historical outline based on Icelandic, Danish-Icelandic, English
and Swedish sources dating from ca 1000 AD to 1792
Ole Lindquist, PhD
Occasional papers 1
the centre for environmental history and policy
Universities of St Andrews and Stirling, Scotland
Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of all the Creatures that have
ever lived, by Colin Tudge
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford University
Press, March 2000)
A magnificently illustrated, highly readable and authoritative account
and reference source of all creatures, alive and extinct. How is it possible
to summarise such a huge number? By classification: the book does not of
course describe every single species, but it does show all principal groups
to which all living things belong. Far from being a dull pursuit,
the modern craft and science of classification takes us into some of the
most intriguing and intricate areas of biological philosophy and
technique, in which new studies of extraordinary fossils and of DNA plucked
from the wild all play their part. We are entering a new
phase of biology in which, for the first time, biologists can feel
reasonably confident that they now have an insight into life's true diversity,
and that they have the methods required to keep track of it. The Variety
of Life heralds this new phase. Here is the book that everyone who is interested
in living things must own, from general readers to professional biologists.
Lavishly illustrated - 2 colour throughout, with over 550 illustrations
Provides a summary of ALL creatures, alive and extinct
The only one volume summary of all living things
Classifies all principal groups to which living things belong
Whatever living thing you come across - from E. coli to an oak tree
or an elephant - the book shows what kind of living thing it is, and how
it relates to all others
Spring 2000 MARLIN newsletter was received on 12 April 2000. Almost all
the articles can be viewed on their web site:
Life Information Network
The Report is available from
Pete Ellis, Sumburgh Lighthouse, Virkie, Shetland.
2 March 2000 2.10 pm The
Sea Eagle in Norway
Picton, B.E. and Costello
M. J. (editors). 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats,
fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit,
Trinity College, Dublin. ISBN 0 9526 735 4 1
are available on request from:
EcoServe, 17 Rathfarnham
Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland.
Fax + 353-1-492 5694. Email
They cost £10 + £2
P & P (standard economy rate).
The database is very strong
on the description of habitats
I have not really had a chance
to explore this database yet. It is not comprehensive (e.g. Chondrus
crispus not included) , but it has got to be worth the dosh just
for the photographs and information on sea anemones.
program requires an Internet browser to work fully.
OF NORTH ATLANTIC KILLER WHALES
by Paul Fisher & Edward G. Brown ***
During 1986 and 1987, a group
of scientists from nine nations co-operated in The North Atlantic Killer
Whale Project' to review information available on killer whales of their
respective regions. This culminated in a collection of papers on North
Atlantic Killer Whales' which was
published in a special issue
of Rit Fiskideildar, Journal of the Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik,
Volume XI, in 1988. Since then, a great deal of research on the movements
and distribution of killer whale pods in the North Atlantic has been carried
out by dedicated surveys that have managed to photograph a significant
number of killer whale pods. This has resulted
in the formation of photo-identification'
catalogues of killer whales in Norwegian and Icelandic waters.
Full Report at:
& Information on the Wildlife of Shetland http://www.wildlife.shetland.co.uk/
February 2000. 12:45 am (early morning)
2 Learning Zone
"Ascent of Man"
by J. Bronowski Episode
can you tell the age of a crab? It may sound like the opening line of a
joke but it's a problem that's been bothering Se-Jong Ju of the University
of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Unlike many other animals,
crabs don't produce any permanent hard parts which means that researchers
have no accurate way to work out how old they are. We look at a reliable
new method which Ju says "should work on any crustacean".
SCIENTIST WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
19 5 February 2000
hold clues to the chemicals that shape our brains
during the first few weeks of a squid's life etch themselves permanently
in its brain and help them hunt as adults, biologists in California have
found. If scientists can track down the molecules that bring about these
early changes, they may discover how the brains of animals and people are
shaped as well.
Information (New Scientist w/e 29 January 2000)
Coastal Management for Sustainability
Review of Events in 1999 & Future Trends
10 No. 1 Vernal/Summer 1999 issue
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