Irish Sea Marine Conference 2014

BBC wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, sets the scene for the dayBBC wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, sets the scene for the day. Cumbria Wildlife Trust staff joined by Doug Allan. (from left to right) Trainee Jonathan Holt, Senior Development Officer Michelle Waller, BBC wildlife cameraman Doug Allan and Bex Lynam, Marine Training Programme Manager

In April of this year, Cumbria Wildlife Trust hosted its second Irish Sea Marine Conference, held at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. 

Attended by over 180 delegates, the conference aimed to inform and inspire people about our marine environment, keeping people up to date with the progress on establishing a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and discussing how we translate marine science to the general public. 

Take a look below at the talks presented by our speakers. A big thank you to all who attended and made a very valuable contribution to the event. 

Prospects for the Irish Sea- Sir Martin Holdgate

Sir Martin Holdgate, Trustee of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, presented on the riches of the Irish Sea and the threats it currently faces. He went on to emphasise the importance of a science-based approach to the conservation of the Irish Sea and working in partnership with stakeholders to achieve a healthy and diverse sea for all.

Prospects for the Irish Sea- Sir Martin Holdgate

Prospects for the Irish Sea- Sir Martin Holdgate
 

Marine Conservation Zones- David Harpley

David Harpley, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Manager, provided an update on the ongoing process of designating Marine Conservation Zone (MCZs) in the Irish Sea, from an English standpoint.

Marine Conservation Zones- David Harpley
 

Allonby Bay recommended Marine Conservation Zone- Laurence Browning

Laurence Browning, a Marine Advisor at Natural England, used Allonby Bay as a case-study – outlining the features of the site and the evidence required for designation.

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Proposed MCZ Allonby Bay- Laurence Browning 
 

Wind farm development in the Irish Sea- Bronagh Byrne

Bronagh Byrne, Environment and Consents Manager at DONG Energy looked at the value of environmental monitoring to the offshore wind industry and discussed how approaches to environmental monitoring are being improved.

Wind farm development in the Irish Sea- Bronagh Byrne
 

Translating and communicating marine science- Dr. Tavis Potts

Dr. Tavis Potts is the principal investigator in ocean governance and policy for
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and is part of Defra’s Marine
Science Co-ordination Committee. He talked to us about translating science
into policy, public marine perspectives and marine communication, and included
insights from a recent UK survey.

Translating and communicating marine science- Dr. Tavis Potts
 

Communicating marine issues to the wider public- Karen Mitchell

Aligning messages with values. Karen Mitchell took us through some public research
carried out by Natural England on the difficulties of communicating with
different cohorts of the general public on marine matters.

Communicating marine issues to the wider public-Karen Mitchell
 

People, planning and the opportunities to make a difference- Dr. Bob Earll

 
Dr. Bob Earll, founder of Communications and Management for Sustainability, shared information on marine planning in and around the Irish Sea as well as
fisheries, biodiversity and ‘society’ focussing on the difference individuals
and organisations can make.

People, planning and the opportunities to make a difference- Bob Earll
 

Celtic Seas Parternship- Caroline Salthouse

The Celtic Seas Marine Region, one of the 10 MSFD sub-regions that includes the western seaboard of UK and Republic of Ireland, north of Scotland, northern France and the whole of the Irish Sea. We heard about their work and plans from Caroline Salthouse, North West England's Stakeholder Engagement Officer, and discussed whether this Partnership provides a model we might follow in the Irish Sea.

Celtic Seas Partnership- Caroline Salthouse 

 

Acoustics and vibrations of marine renewables- Dr. Mark-Paul Buckingham

 
Dr Mark-Paul Buckingham from Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd shared their expertise in this field and discussed their latest research on the noise effects of operational offshore wind turbines on marine species that commonly occur in the Irish Sea.

Acoustics and vibrations of marine renewables- Mark-Paul Buckingham