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MARINElife on the BBC One Show / Lyme Bay Surveys / New Conservation Science Manager

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Welcome to our new e-newsletter Keeping you up to date with stories from MARINElife.

We hope you tuned into the One Show and caught up with Miranda Krestovnikoff and our resident White-beaked dolphins in Lyme Bay. If not read the story below and catch it on BBC iplayer until 27th November (link in article)

MARINElife on The One Show

MARINElife are continuing to learn more about the White-beaked Dolphin in Lyme Bay, Dorset, through a programme of acoustic surveys to record the vocalisations of these cold-water dolphins.

The BBC One Show team and presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff were keen to join MARINElife

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Welcome Rachel

What better way to start November than by welcoming our latest member of staff- Rachel Davies.

Rachel has joined the MARINElife team as our Conservation Science Manager, an important new post which will enable MARINElife to further its scientific and conservation objectives


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This has been an important week for the future of our seas.  The State of Nature' report (supported by MARINElife) shows that despite progress there is still much more to be done to ensure we manage our oceans sustainably. Read the report here . We have also heard from the Government that 27 Marine Conservation zones will be designated in the next few years - far fewer than hoped for but with more to come.

Calling all dolphins

In late August MARINElife installed and tested its new acoustic detection and recording equipment. Compromised of a hydrophone on a 100m long cable and a box of 'expensive electronics' we can now record the 'clicks' of dolphins and porpoise and analyse their calls in PAMGuard software.  Our picture shows Anja Wittich of Ecologic testing out our equipment off West Bay. Ecologic have kindly loaned the hydrophone and a computer with other items being purchased from a grant from the Valentine Charitable Trust.

2013 Balearic Shearwater Survey

Following a series of surveys off Portland in 2011 for Natural England,  MARINElife surveyors have again been out in Lyme Bay to complete a second series of surveys for the Agency.  This time 5 days of transect surveys were carried out offshore Portland and 5 more along the coast from Beer to Start Point.  The information gathered will be important in helping Natural England report on the status of this globally endangered species.

MARINElife join the CEFAS RV Endeavour

MARINElife Research Director Tom Brereton and Chair of Trustees Nigel Symes recently joined the RV CEFAS Endeavour for a 3 week pelagic survey of the Celtic Sea and Western Channel.

The invitation from CEFAS will allow Tom and Nigel to fulfil one of the ten aims of the trip - to record the location, species, numbers and behaviour of seabirds and marine mammals in an area extending from Portland Bill, west to Lands End and then north to the Bristol Channel and the south coast of Wales.

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