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Life beneath the Waves

24th May 2013

Skomer Island

The waters around Skomer are rich in wildlife

Life beneath the waves

          Blaize Bullimore, marine conservationist who has been working and diving off the Pembrokeshire coast for many years, gave a fascinating and authoritative talk to Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group about the plants and creatures around our coast, at their last meeting.

          At a depth of 10 metres there are large forests of kelp. When there is no longer any light there are only animals. These include sea slugs, sponges, anemones, hard corals, worms, molluscs, octopus and shellfish. The pictures showed a breathtaking range of colours, forms and ways of adapting to the environment. There are also sharks commonly called dog fish but more recently referred to as cat fish. The fish include trigger fish which has only appeared over the last 10 years. It has moved northwards as the waters around our coasts have warmed.

          Seals are a very welcome feature in our bays. When fitted with tracking devices and their movements monitored they record the large distances travelled. They regularly move back and fro to Ireland.

          Blaize showed pictures of huge catches of large fish early last century then compared them to catches taken today (far fewer and smaller). A graph compared the fish stocks at that time and the fish stock today. Members were amazed at the difference. It brought home how depleted these vital stocks have become.

          Neptune's Army Rubbish Cleaners are a group of volunteers who regularly carry out dives to take from the seabed the rubbish that people thoughtlessly throw or leave in the sea. The most upsetting items are ones which trap or injure the wildlife. Baby seals are inquisitive and 'play' with such items as discarded fishing nets and lines from which they cannot escape.

          Blaise ended his talk by explaining that the sea is a part of our 'life support' system as a most important oxygen provider. As Arthur C Clarke said 53 year ago 'Take two breathes one of those comes from the sea'.

          The chair thanked Blaize for a most enjoyable whilst thought provoking talk.


Past Articles
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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