VME project helps discover identity of cryptic deep-sea sea pens!

Dr Tabitha Pearman Results are in! Through collaborative research with The University of Aberdeen we are now able to confirm that one of the sea pens under study is the trans-Atlantic Anthoptilum glandiforum. Zoë Francis supervised by Professor Stuart Piertney, undertook the genetic analysis of tissue samples as part of her BSc thesis. Anthoptilum glandiforumis …


Falkland Islands proposed MMAs will help protect Blue carbon

Dr. Narissa Bax The marine environments of the Falkland Islands are spectacular – they support rich and diverse ecosystems, globally significant populations of seabirds and marine mammals and rich inshore environments, including some of the world’s densest giant kelp forests. These kelp forests cover the Falklands coastal zones protecting the islands from sub-Antarctic storms, providing nursery …


Movements in the deep: Using deep-sea loggers to track longline movements on the seabed.

Dr Tabitha Pearman, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Project With the assistance of the crew from the CFL Hunter the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) Project has been deploying loggers onto longlines to measure longline movement on the seabed. The ability to measure longline movement is very exciting because it gives us our first ever insight into how …


Report from the field – DPLUS139 “Improving Falklands marine management effectiveness for marine higher predators.”

Dr Al Baylis Colonial breeding seabirds and seals link our marine and terrestrial environments. They are abundant marine predators near the top of the food chain, and are often referred to as sentinel species, because they provide clues to ecosystem health, and reflect the state of the wider marine environment. Tracking the movements of seabirds …


Conference presentation: Using local knowledge to predict baleen whale distribution around the Falkland Islands

Veronica Frans, from the Marine Spatial Planning project team at SAERI, attended and presented her research at US-IALE 2016 (the International Association for Landscape Ecology). The conference took place from 3-7 April 2016 in Ashville, USA. Veronica presented the results from the work she has been doing in the Falkland Islands since August 2015 on …