LATEST NEWS- 2017

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Bouley Bay Dive Centre have kindly offered to host our 2017 Seasearch Observer Courses at the Dive Centre. This will take place from 18:00 on Friday, June 2nd until Sunday, evening, June 4th. This is excellent and means we can literally step straight form the clasroom into the water for the first 2 dives or snorkels, with all the dive centre facilities available as well. Book now if you would like to attend. Also there will be a monthly north coast trip using the Centres Dive Rib, specifically aimed at visiting some special sites and rarely dived sites.

Kitting Up Observer Course 1 will be for divers, from Friday evening, June 2nd until Sunday, June 4th. This will include the full classroom section followed by 3 shore and 2 boat dives. There will be full briefings, photographic coaching, underwater recording techniques, analysis and write-ups. The full cost will be £250 including equipment hire, air-fills & weights. Qualification (subject to the National Coordinators approval) will mean that you can take part in organised snorkeling surveys anywhere in the UK.
Seasearch Organised Dive-Dirouilles Saturday, May 20th
Seasearch Organised Dive-Cheval Rock Saturday, June 10th
Observer Course 2 for snorkelers will be from Friday evening, August 5th until Sunday, August 7th. Depending on demand and interest this course may be extended until Friday, August 11th with a Boat Dive & Shore Dive organised each day. The Course will include all the Theory background knowledge and simulated observer surveying followed by 3 shore and 2 boat surveys. There will be full briefings, photographic coaching, recording techniques, analysis and write-ups. The full cost for the first 3 days will be £250 including equipment hire such as fins, wetsuit, gloves, boots & hood, plus coaching on snorkelling. Qualification (subject to the National Coordinators approval) will mean that you can take part in organised snorkeling surveys anywhere in the UK.
Additional Days will depend upon Tides but will include several reefs rarely visited and a snorkel survey on the Écréehous Reef.
Read the Seasearch 2016 Channel Islands Expedition Report.
Latest news from our National Seasearch coordinator is that at the end of 2015 we have added over 16,000 sightings and over 800 species to the National Records.
Monthly Meetings: Next meeting Monday, March 6th. The Marine Biology section of the Societe Jersiaise provides a great deal of support for our group and usually meets on the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays) in the Arthur Mourant room accessible via Pier Road at 7:30. During the meetings Jersey Seasearch and Shore_thing projects are discussed and reported on. A social meeting usually takes place afterwards at the Lamplighter in St Helier. New members to the section are welcome:
MEETINGS
Monday March 6th.
2017 Survey Dives
Unidentified anemone

Eubranchus farrani4 January 2017 St Catherine's - end of slip
Kevin & James
Water temperature 9. Visibility 3-5m.
Unidentified Anemone still awaiting identification.
Nudibranch Eubranchus farrani.
Lots of Trumpet Anemones


Gem Anemone8 January 2017 Rozel harbour
Kevin & Hayley
Water temperature 9. Visibility 3-5m. Beautiful Gem Anemones
Montagu Blenny, Ragged sponge, Strawberry Anemones, Beadlet, Sea Mat on Serrated Wrack


Long tailed Scorpion Fish20 January 2017 Bouley Bay - slip
Kevin & Hayley
Water temperature 8. Visibility 3-5m. Lobsters and Edible Crab. Scorpion fish amongst Boulders. Little Cuttle, Hermit crabs. Spider crab sp. & mating Velvet Swimming Crabs

 

Sea Hare 22 January 2017 Greve D'Lecq - East side
Kevin & James
Water temperature 8. Visibility 5m. Lots of surge but no current!
Juvenile Sea Hare, Sea Oak, Kelp Park, Sea Mat, Little Cuttle, Lace sponge.


Flabellina pedata etc25 January 2017 Le Petit Portelet
Kevin
Water temperature 8. Visibility 5m plus.
Huge variety of sponges, Sea squirts, Bryozoans and Hydroids
Flabellina pedata on frame. Seagrass bed, Daisy Anemones and Sabella sp. Feather Duster worm. Two spot Goby.


Upcoming Events
Minquiérs- Pipettes (Marine Biology Group members only) April 1st, £25. Booking essential with Chantelle De Gruchy.
Alderney Saturday, August 12th to Tuesday, August 15th Reef Survey Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th.
Observer Workshop Bouley Bay Dive Centre: Friday Evening , June 2nd to Sunday, June 4th.