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New EMail address
Courses (Marine Life)
Discussion Groups
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)
7-14 years



Monthly electronic news bulletin for the marine life of the NE Atlantic Oceans including the seas around the British Isles.
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Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the NE Atlantic Ocean.

28 March 2003
An American Scoter,Melanitta nigra, a vagrant sea bird turned up on the coast of Denmark at Blåvands Huk.

Image 1, 2, 3.

The wrecked remains of the West Pier, Brighton, Sussex caught fire in mysterious circumstances. The derelict pier was a roost for thousands of starlings and feral pigeons and occasional visiting Peregrine Falcons, Falco peregrinus.
News Pages
West Pier Page
Sussex and the Downs Smart Group

27 March 2003
The European Union transport ministers endorsed a ban on old single-hull tankers carrying heavy fuel oil, in an effort to prevent oil slicks like the Prestige disaster which sank off Spain in November 2002. Once confirmed by the European Parliament (possibly July 2003), the law will immediately ban most single-hull ships older than 23 years of age from carrying the highly polluting forms of oil from calling at EU ports, a EU Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio said.

19 March 2003

Small-headed Clingfish (Photograph by Andy Horton)

        The Small-headed Clingfish is about 10 mm long

Acanthochitona crinitus (Photograph by Andy Horton)The low equinoctial spring tide receded as far as I have known it uncovering all the rocks on Lancing Beach. It was too dark to explore the exposed shore properly, but juvenile Small-headed Clingfishes (probable ident.) were present under rocks, with hundreds of crabs and a chiton, a full sized Acanthochitona crinita. The chiton is 29 mm long and 20 mm at its widest part. The sea anemone Sagartia troglodytes was common and the Snakelocks Anemone frequently seen.
Species List
BMLSS Chiton page
BMLSS Molluscs
Adur Valley Wildlife News (Winter 2003)

11 February 2003
A dead Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, has been found washed ashore just north of the Shore Station at Burrafirth, north Unst, the most northerly island in the Shetland Isles. It is relatively fresh, at least by the standards set by previous corpses, which are usually no more than lumps of blubber.

Burrafirth (Location)



Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)In June 1992,  over 150  Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.

World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events will occur all around the world on and around this day.

Are you running an event this year?

If you are running a World Oceans Day event this year, please send me details so the information can be out on the World Oceans Day web page. Ideally you will construct your web page for your event, so all I will do is put in an Internet link.

If you do not have any web space, you can still design a web page and it can be uploaded on space provided on the Smart Groups  World Oceans Day eforum.
This forum is for discussion of all aspects of running a World Oceans day event and all marine life exhibitions, including exchange of ideas, resource sources, and mundane matters like Public Liability Insurance.

Adur World Oceans Day 2003
 Event:  Adur World Oceans Day
 Date:  31 May 2003 (Saturday)
 Venue:   Coronation Green
 Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex 
 (TQ 216 050)
 Theme:  Education
 Main Contact:  Andy Horton
 Tel: 01273 465433
 EMail: Glaucus@hotmail.com
 Web Page URL:   Click on this text (*.pdf)

   Adur Exhibition

Adur will be one of the leaders in the United Kingdom when it presents an exhibition celebrating the official World Oceans Day. The event will take place on Saturday 31 May 2003 in Shoreham-by-Sea, on Coronation Green at the start of the Adur Festival



Each month, at least one special marine image will be published from images sent to the BMLSS. This can be of the seashore, undersea world or any aspect of the marine natural world, especially the underwater life, but not restricted to life beneath the waves. Topical inclusions may be included instead of the most meritorious, and images will be limited to the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas, marine and seashore species and land and seascapes.


Photograph by Andy Horton

Young Flounder, Platichthys flesus,with a Masked Crab, Corystes cassivelaunus
Aquarium Photograph by Andy Horton



Painted Goby (Photograph by Mike Noren)

Painted Goby, Pomatoschistus pictus.
Note the two dark band on the dorsal fin. Size about 30 mm. 
Photographed at Tjärnö Aquarium by Mike Norén


The name of the particular coast should be included and the grid reference, if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images in *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. They should not exceed 150K in size.

Link to more marine life photographsClick on the album for more links (On-line link)

Shore Topography Portfolio


In chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page. Events open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance.

BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology 
(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)

Spring Talks Series 2003

18 March 2003
 What is going on down in Davy Peake’s Locker?
40 years of Underwater Observations of Environmental Change in a Cove in South East Cornwall
by Dave Peake, Underwater Photographer

1 April 2003
Gone Fishing
No Take Zones, working towards sustainable local fisheries.
by Philippa Hoskin, Cornwall County Council and Chris Davis, English Nature
(This meeting is sponsored by English Nature, with free entry, free refreshments and no need to book.)

6 May 2003
"A fish out of water"
 Sugar, sharks and shuttles - a story of South Florida.
Celebrating human endeavour in the face of extreme environmental challenge.
by Rolf Williams, National Marine Aquarium

All talks are on Tuesdays and start at 7:00 p.m.
at the National Marine Aquarium, Coxside, Plymouth Devon.
Admission – Adults £2.50; Children and NMA members £1.50, inclusive of refreshments will be available.

Please reserve your place by calling the Aquarium on 01752 275204


SAMS Seminar Series
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300 Email: mail@dml.ac.uk
For more details/how to find SAMS see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held on Fridays at 4:15 pm
in the SAMS Conference Room ** Followed by the Friday R&R **

7 March - Craig Brown (SAMS). Seeing in sound – marine habitat mapping 
21 March - David Hughes (SAMS). Grow with the flow: sex and survival in the clone zone 
4 April - Liz Cook (SAMS). BIOFAQs (Biofiltration in Aquaculture) – Can mussels make a difference? 
17 April (Thursday 12.00 noon) - Liam Fernand (CEFAS). Summertime circulation of water around the UK

For more details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts (mailto:mr-t@dml.ac.uk) or tel: 01631 559 000

back to Southampton Oceanography Centre Homepage

A series of monthly talks on marine conservation topics
These talks are open to the public, admission is free.

6 March 2003
Walking the dog whelk - Simon Bray
3 April 2003
ROV deep sea fish watching - Ian Thomas
1 May 2003 
Fishy Tales - Peter Henderson

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm, please arrive at 7.15 pm to be met in Reception. Southampton Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village). 



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Change of EMail Address

New EMail addressPlease note that the EMail address for messages to the British Marine Life Study Society has now changed

from bmlss@compuserve.com  to  Glaucus@hotmail.com

Messages to the first address will not receive any guarantee of a reply and from year 2003, the old EMail address is expected to fall into disuse. 


Membership 2003

Current members will have their subscriptions waived for year 2003. An explanation was sent before Christmas. This is because of he computer breakdown and the failure of the full complement of paper publications. 

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