Thursday, 18 April 2019

Devon Maritime Forum > April newsletter

The DMF's regular newsletter is a great way to catch up with all sorts of sea-related news:

Spring has arrived! We hope you have a fantastic Easter and enjoy the wonderful weather forecasted for the weekend, here is the latest newsletter from the DMF...

This month's newsletter features your usual roundup of local and national stories, key marine research and reports and information on consultations you can get involved with. There is also special features on Blue Planet UK, and 'Naturally Healthy May' from the Devon Local Nature Partnership. Read on to find out more...

Forum News

The Devon Maritime Forum team were in attendance at the South West Marine Ecosystems conference #SWME 2019. The day was full of inspiring and informative talks, including an interactive discussion of observations and notable events in 2018, trends in fish records from Doug Herdson, an update on basking sharks sightings from Matthew Witt of the University of Exeter, and the latest on Plymouth's National Marine Park from Josh McCarty of Blue Marine Foundation. It was a fantastic event as usual and we are already looking forward to next year.

Congratulations to our sponsor, Royal Haskoning DHV for being selected for the design of the foundation of the world's biggest wind turbine. RHDHV were chosen due to their extensive experience with the foundations of wind turbines, and strong knowledge of geo-technical challenges. 

Upcoming Events

APR 12 - MAY 9: Wave Energy Harvesting Exhibition Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter 

MAY 5: Salcombe Crab Festival Salcombe
APR 27: East Devon AONB Heritage Conference Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

JUN 4 - JUN 6: Challenge of Science Leadership Training Course Plymouth University 

Local News

Partners in Plymouth are continuing to work hard to tackle plastics pollution and reduce single use plastics in the city Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce held its quarterly meeting on 19 March 2019 more

Plastic Free North Devon consortium formed North Devon is one step closer to becoming a plastic free district more
Work to clear Devon’s largest fatberg finishes  a giant fatberg lurking under a Devon seaside town has been successfully removed more

Exmouth café joins the growing ReFill Revolution to combat pollution from plastic bottles  The Sundowners café in Exmouth is the latest location in Devon to join a growing campaign which reduces pollution more

National & International News

Shark overfishing reflected in updated IUCN red list experts call for conservation action as more species qualify as endangered more

Dead whale washed up with more than 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach marine biologists horrified to find 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags inside Cuvier's beaked whale more
Image: Darrell Blatchley
UK will  miss almost all its 2020 nature targets, says official report failure to protect wildlife, cut pollution and increase funding have left nature in 'deep crisis' more

AI - The game changing innovation in shipping industry artificial Intelligence is nothing less than a miracle of computer science more

Image: Intel Newsroom

Research and Reports

Antifouling paint particles in intertidal estuarine sediments from southwest England and their ingestion by the harbour ragworm, Hediste diversicolor more (Environmental Pollution)

New research shows watersports participation is on the rise more
(Royal Yachting Association)
Application of the natural capital approach to the marine environment to aid decision-making more (DEFRA / SWEEP)

The rise in ocean plastics evidenced from a 60-year time series more (Nature Communications) 


Devon and Severn IFCA have your say on the management of bait digging (26 April)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
strengthening the UK's offshore oil and gas decommissioning inbdustry: call for evidence (8 May)

Blue Planet UK
It was fantastic to see Devon, as well as some of our forum members feature in the five-part series aired on the 25th March on BBC ONE.

Plymouth and Rob Thompson featured in episode 1 (see video below). Rob is the director of Odyssey Innovation ltd - a company which uses recovered marine litter to produce the worlds only marine plastic recycled kayaks. Rob is also involved in projects such as the 'paddle for plastic' campaign which was launched to recover and recycle plastic from these otherwise inaccessible places and in doing so to raise awareness to the scale of the problem.

Those of you who attended the #DMF19 Winter conference will be familiar with the amazing work of Marine Biologist, Author, and Underwater Cameraman, Dr Paul Naylor. Paul met with Chris Packham to discuss his underwater footage which gave viewers an insight into the curious behaviours of marine life, such as how spiny spider crabs Maja brachydactyla 'decorate' their carapace as a means of camouflage. You can see this video and more on Paul's Vimeo page.

Professor Richard Thompson and PhD student Imogen Napper of Plymouth University also featured on Blue Planet UK for their work on the release of synthetic microplastic fibres from domestic washing machines.

May is Naturally Healthy Month!

Devon’s natural environment is amazing and offers a variety of ways for us all to be naturally healthy. Naturally Healthy May is all about getting outdoors and enjoying our beautiful surroundings and feeling happier and healthier for it.

Activities could include a coastal walk, having fun paddling in the sea, volunteering for a wildlife group, wild swimming, beach cleaning…there is something for everyone.

“It is not a pill or potion but consider connecting with nature as a prescription. One that works, costs nothing and has no side effects. It is so easy to do, just take that step outside to start with. The most important thing is you enjoy it. Think of it as an opportunity to invest a bit of time in looking after yourself, your family and this place we call home.”  Dr James Szymankiewicz, North Devon GP and Chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership.

Visit naturaldevon.org.uk/naturallyhealthymonth for opportunities to try something new and get involved.

If you are delivering Naturally Healthy activities please let the Devon Local Nature Partnerhsip know so they can add your event to the website and please help spread the word via social media #naturallyhealthy @Devon_LNP

If you have any news or events that you would like included in the next edition of the DMF newsletter please get in touch 

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