Jersey Marine Conservation
Membership Number: AJC392 / Registered Charity Number: 303
To promote the need for Conservation strategies, in order to preserve the Islands importance as a unique and key Marine Environment. On a voluntary basis the groups' divers carry out the monitoring of underwater species and habitats full-filling the requirements needed to safe-guard the long-term future of the islands community. Approved methods for recording Biotopes are applied, ensuring all evidence withstands detailed political scrutiny. Jersey Seasearch although a Volunteer group, collects and processes data to a high professional level, supplying records, including images and video to National and Channel Islands Biodiversity databases. Without our surveys, there would be negligible sub-tidal information and therefore little to challenge environmentally sensitive proposals. The groups work has been instrumental in the setting up of protection zones, sustainable fishing practises and halting the wholesale destruction of seabed communities. The UK Marine Conservation Society supports and oversees the groups operating framework and project implementation
Educating the community is a key aim and the group continue to develop learning programmes for schools and community groups based on our findings. Through our Workshops and media resources, we are hoping to help the Islands population learn proactively about how to safeguard species in the Channel Island waters. We believe Education rather than legislation is the way forward, in preserving the Islands future as a healthy place to live.
Our monitoring programme seeks to provide students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds with the knowledge and methods to identify and record indicators of migration, marine population changes and the impact of the diverse environmental effects.
Divers with PADI Advanced Open Water Qualification, BSAC or equivalent are needed to help with surveys. Once qualified in the Seasearch methods, investigations can be conducted independently (in accordance with HSE regulations) or as a team member. Here in Jersey, we carry out an Annual Reef Survey, visiting remote locations when conditions and boat availability allow us the opportunity. These expeditions are often financially supported by local businesses, organisations and dedicated ecology funds.
Junior divers participating in the project may be given the opportunity to operate the group’s equipment and receive training in the use of cameras, communications and survey equipment.
Seasearch methods have been adopted in many parts of the world. For those interested in travelling and working in Marine Conservation or Environmental research the Seasearch programme provides an invaluable opportunity to gain the required experience.
We also help students with their studies and provide support for specialised surveys utilising underwater photography and communication systems provided through the financial support of the AJC.
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