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Posted on: November 9th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


Where are we?

Posted on: November 9th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

In a 'Special Place', 'National Park' or 'SSI' ~ how would you know?

'Green Zone', 'Ramsar Site', priceless habitat or adored landmark.

Jersey Ltd. ~ loving the labels, badges and awards, forgetting the rest.

How to deal with a government that will not be disagreed with…


Anglo-Normano-Breton dreaming…

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Last week got off to a mild Norman start, harvest ongoing. Saints and souls omnipresent…

Thence to Breton soil, where it was good to catch up with Professor Dan Laffoley. Showing us a way and making his keynote contribution to the debate concerning the 'Aire Marine' or 'Marine Park' proposed for our shared Anglo-Normano-Breton Gulf…

 

Two hundred 'experts' gathered in St Malo for a symposium on “Biodiversité, écosystèmes et usages du milieu marin: quelles connaissances pour une gestion intégrée du golfe normand-breton?” The objective was 'scientific'. We learnt about: macroalgae, microalgae, ichthyofauna, mammifères marins, avifauna, ecological functions, primary production, cuttlefish, seagrass meadows, climate change, Sabellaria and Lanice 'reefs & banks', maërl beds, marine spatial planning, fishing metiers, trawling impacts, conchyliculture, energy production, invasive species, green tides, coastal zone management, the Water Framework Directive and more than a few other things besides. Below, representatives from IFREMER, with a graphic showing fishing activity in 'local' waters… 

And a distribution map revealing the spread of the American slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata), that we in les Îles Anglo-Normandes could unfortunately add to. First recorded in our region soon after the end of World War II, Crepidula has since expanded across the area. It is thought between 1985 and 1992 biomass multiplied five fold. In 1994 there were an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of slipper limpets in the Gulf, occupying habitats previously home to native benthic species. Every dream has a bogeyman. Today, efforts are being made to utilise the 'resource'.

On returning to fresh air and the real world, with plenty to chew over, it was back east…

Never for one moment resisting the temptation to take a photograph…

On our way to La Halle au Blé en Granville…

To see an inspiring exhibition by Bernard VERNOCHET

100 works in 100 days, a personal record of his home port. See it if you can ~ Mercredi-Dimanche 14h-18h until 13 November…

The common prawn, Palaemon serratus ~ scarcely believable…

À bétôt!


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Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments