Marine Life Talk – 3 November 2011

Fisheries Patrol Vessel

Local marine fisheries and conservation, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Dr Antony Jensen

The past few years have seen a major change in fisheries and inshore conservation management in England

The ‘Marine Bill’ led to the development of the Sea Fisheries Committees (first set up in the late 1800s) into Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) in April 2011, with new powers and enforcement responsibilities; the processes of ‘Finding Sanctuary’ and ‘Balanced Seas’ have led to proposed new European Special Areas of Conservation being defined along our coast, especially off Dorset and the process of defining National Marine Conservation Areas is in progress.

The local IFCA, Southern IFCA, is responsible for the current and future management of our coastal waters out to six miles off the coast between the Sussex/Hampshire border and the Dorset/Devon border. The talk will highlight the new responsibilities of the Southern IFCA in relation to current local fisheries and conservation issues and contrast some of the expectations with the actual legal realities of the new legislation.

Antony Jensen is a University of Southampton lecturer, based at the National Oceanography Centre.

Antony specialises in inshore marine ecology and fisheries. Fieldwork often involves scientific diving.

Antony’s current interests include:

  • Artificial reefs
  • Impact of fisheries activity in the marine environment
  • Ecology and the fishery for Tapes phillipinarum, the Manila Clam, an alien species to the UK
  • Coastal fisheries, especially pot fisheries for crustaceans
  • Bivalve aquaculture
  • Lobster (Homarus gammarus) ecology and behaviour

Antony is currently chair of the Southern IFCA (Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority).

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre

01/12/11 The Mysteries of Ageing in a Marine Environment – Dr Joel Parker

Free admission – these talks are open to the public – please sign-in outside the Lecture Theatre upstairs on Level 4.

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm.

Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.

The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 3 November 2011 - 19:15 to 20:30