Author Archives: Colin Munro

Aerial photography and mapping

Marine Bio-images are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer aerial photography and mapping using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as part of our overall package of environmental services. It is now possible to carry out photographic surveying … Continue reading

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Marine Environmental Impact Assessment

The relevant legislation for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the marine environment can be tricky to keep up with.  Within UK waters, licensing is now generally controlled by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The requirements for Marine licensing and Environmental … Continue reading

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Remote Camera Surveys

Remote camera surveys – drop down video, towed video and combined video and stills drop-down or towed systems – have been a major component of our underwater survey work for over a decade.  Remote camera surveys can often be used … Continue reading

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How to buy bad science.

Summary Lyme Bay Closed Area was a first for British waters.  The very first statutory closed area established for conservation reason, protecting fragile reefs and associated species from the effects of bottom-fishing trawls and scallop dredges.  It was a long … Continue reading

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Benthic survey versus monitoring, a comparison of aims and methodologies

The terms survey and monitoring are often used interchangeably when collecting data on the marine environment. More worryingly there is sometimes a blurring of the differences between the aims and methods required for descriptive surveys and data collection as part … Continue reading

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Lyme Bay, Lane’s Ground Reef: sponge species recovery and opportunities lost

As part of a small study looking in to gear impacts on seabed species, we recently conducted a few dives attempting to record HD video of bottom trawls and crab pots working on the seabed. Unfortunately we picked a period … Continue reading

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Lyme Bay Reefs

As I’ve been writing a fair amount about Lyme Bay and the Lyme Bay Closed Area protection and its effects recently, I thought I’d post a small selection of images to illustrate why the reefs of Lyme Bay are so … Continue reading

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Marine habitat mapping

One of Marine Bio-images’ areas of expertise is Marine Habitat Mapping. We have undertaken a great many mapping studies in the past 20 years, these include biotope mapping of the isle of Scilly sublittoral soft sediments, biotope mapping of the … Continue reading

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Lyme Bay Closed Area Monitoring: what we have learned so far.

After almost 18 years of research, campaigning and negotiation, statutory protection for the most vuulnerable reefs in Lyme Bay became a reality in 2008.  This was deemed necessary as, despite voluntary agreements, it was apparent the damage to the reefs … Continue reading

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Diver surveys and Scientific diving services

Much seabed data can be collected remotely nowadays, but sometimes, when detailed biological data, high quality images or detailed inspection is required, the only practical solution is to use professional scientific divers.  Marine Bio-images can provide HSE qualified dive teams … Continue reading

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