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ShellEye News

September 2016

Find out what's been happening in the ShellEye research project and many thanks to all who contributed articles.

ShellEye is a research project, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), that will develop tools to help shellfish farmers monitor and forecast water quality, to identify and prepare for events that could have a negative impact on shellfish. This will enable the proactive management of shellfish crops and help meet EU and UK water quality regulatory requirements.

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Note from the Principal Investigator

We have reached an exciting phase of our project – testing out the satellite and modelling methods developed during the first year, in a real-time pilot trial. Keep up-to-date with further progress at and thanks for reading the ShellEye newsletter - Dr Peter Miller

Annual Science Meeting

ShellEye partners met at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth for their 2nd Annual Science Meeting.

Cruising the Clyde update

Prof. Keith Davidson, ShellEye scientist and Associate Director of Education at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, provides an update on sampling in Scotland.


ShellEye scientist, Dr Wiebke Schmidt from the University of Exeter, gives an account of re-deploying the buoys after the winter storms. 
Dreamstime | Underworld

Useful reading

The state of world fisheries and aquaculture. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Marine harmful algal blooms, human health and wellbeing: challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

Harmful algal blooms and climate change: Learning from the past and present to forecast the future. Harmful Algae.

Science for Environment Policy Future Brief: sustainable aquaculture (June 2015).

Bulletin update

The first of the pilot bulletins have been circulated to a target group of stakeholders for initial feedback. Watch this space for further developments and don't forget to register if you would like to be part of the ShellEye bulletin testing team.

Observing from space

ShellEye scientists, Dr Andrey Kurekin and Dr Hayley Evers-King from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, give an update on their progress with using satellites to indicate harmful algal bloom species.

Bay bacteria

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science's (Cefas) Carlos Campos explains how ShellEye is developing a better understanding of abundance and distribution of bacteria in coastal waters.
Dreamstime | PeteMooy


ShellEye will be represented at these events. Please see the ShellEye Events page for more event information.

Marine Measurements Forum
15th September

Aquaculture Europe 2016
20th - 23rd September

See ShellEye talks at the BBSRC/NERC session (16:50 on 21st September in the Menteith Room) and the Macro and Micro Algae Production session (16:10 on 22nd September in the Tinto Room)

Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers Conference
6th - 7th October

17th International Conference on Harmful Algae
9th - 14th October

Aquaculture video

Science for Environment Policy has produced a short video on sustainable aquaculture.
Calling all potential users of the ShellEye bulletin service! Would you like to be part of the ShellEye bulletin testing team? Please register your interest here

Forecasting biotoxins

Dr Jamie Shutler, ShellEye scientist from the University of Exeter, explains how the project is developing short-term marine biotoxin forecasts.

Filming with funders

ShellEye funders' media teams joined a ShellEye fieldwork trip to shoot footage for a short video about the project. Images of the day can be found on the ShellEye website and the trailer can be viewed on YouTube.
Satellite image of bloom that developed off Weymouth in May 2016

Useful links

Basking shark spotted during a ShellEye fieldwork trip in Cornwall
For more information about this project please visit the ShellEye website.

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