Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2017
23 March 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum
Marine mammals in Wales: status and conservation
Our winter term seminars continue with a seminar by Dr Thomas Stringell, Zoologist, Marine Biologist and Senior Marine Mammal Ecologist at Natural Resources Wales (NRW), a UK Statutory Nature Conservation Body. At NRW Tom is tasked to provide national advice on marine mammal issues, especially for marine industry developments (e.g. see here). To this Tom brings a wide research experience in marine systems, including biodiversity monitoring for MPAs (sub-tidal reefs, saline lagoons, biogenic reefs, marine vertebrates - e.g. see here), and the conservation and biology of marine turtles and marine mammals (e.g. see here and here).
Several marine mammal species are found in Wales, but three species are routinely considered in environmental assessments: the bottlenose dolphin, the harbour porpoise and the grey seal. In this talk, I'll outline some of the anthropogenic threats and pressures facing these species in Wales and UK,
including underwater noise and collision with renewable energy devices, and highlight some unusual natural causes of mortality. I'll describe some of the monitoring work that Natural Resources Wales contracts out. Based on the threats they face and the results of our monitoring, I'll conclude on the conservation status of marine mammals in Wales.