Dr Claire Goodwin provided training to SAERI scientists on sponge identification enabling the VME project to generate an improved deep-sea sponge inventory for the Falkland Islands deep-sea. This is an important stage of the VME projects agenda as sponges are indicators of vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Dr Tabitha Pearman has had her abstract, ‘Internal tides as a structuring factor of faunal patterns in submarine canyons’ accepted and published in the book of abstracts for the forthcoming INCISE (a submarine canyon conference). More info and registrations here: https://www.unigib.edu.gi/incise2021/
This month, bycatch sample specimens from the VME Project were taken to the Falkland Island Fisheries labs to be identified and measured.
Penguin News Article: CFL leads research for Tooth fish longline fishery
The first cruise of the VME project funded by CFL was successfully undertaken between January 8th- 19th 2021 aboard CFL Hunter.