About

At Jersey Marine Conservation we are very busy. We do as much as we can to make a real difference. To make it easier to understand what we get up to, here are our three main operations.

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Data Gathering



Underwater we collect data on indicator species, habitats and human impacts. Our High Energy sites can only be reached in calm conditions and on a slack tide. Careful planning is needed and getting to the site can be ‘exciting’! Photographic analysis is a key aspect of the evidence gathering process. Camera gear is expensive and vulnerable to the unforgiving environment.

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Education


A key aim is to educate our Community, Schools and Colleges about the importance and current decline of what were healthy marine habitats.


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Author


Passionate to promote our local marine environment worldwide, and provide a background to the unique diversity we are keen to protect, we have produced ‘The Jersey Scuba Explorers Guide‘ all proceeds go towards the Seasearch project.

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FAQ’s

The data forms we collect are sent to the UK where they are carefully audited by the National Seasearch Coordinator before then being entered into the Marine Recorder internationally recognised database. The data is then available through the National Biodiversity database and local centre based at the Société Jersiaise.

In 2014 our data presentation to the Fisheries Panel resulted in the biggest increase in Jersey’s Marine protected area in the history of the Islands. The Violet Bank became protected from Mobile Fishing gear. In 2016 we proved that destroying Maerl by dredging, reduces important commercial species like Scallop. Helped by our sub-tidal data the Minquiers and Ecrehous Reefs became Marine Protected Areas in 2017. We have campaigned for the protection of key & rare species and the Lumpsucker, Pink Sea Fan & Seahorse will soon be legally safeguarded.

You will need the cool head of Yoda, the enquiring mind of Inspector Barnaby and the dedication of Jessica Ennis. Be a competent Diver who can handle challenging situations able to record accurate information work usually in a 2 person team but equally able to cope if you find yourself on your own. Some surveys involve as much as 4 dives per day and sites can be remote or affected by strong currents.

It might be easier to ask what I won’t see- in 2016 an Orca was sighted amongst the Minquiers Reef, at least 2 Tropical Turtles were recovered from our waters. Giant Sting Ray and Trigger Fish are sighted late summer. Sun Fish regularly visit our waters eating jellyfish.

For me this project has changed my life. When I started diving at the age of 52. I really enjoyed it seeing all the unique species. It was like skydiving in many ways but far more harmonious. Having attended the Seasearch Observer course the wider perspective opened my eyes to so much I had not considered before; good and bad. I realised that our Island marine environment had a worldwide importance, which is undervalued, and from our subsequent findings much nearer to extinction than people realise.
To lead the project, without fully realising, I embellished a new and much more self-full-filling life style, which in holistic terms has improved my mental and physical well-being. Others engaged in the project have similar views.

I have to confess that when I first started the project I got frustrated and critical of the lack of progress and apparent absence of concern. We have an antiquated legal system, which sits uncomfortably alongside the rapid pace of development. The mechanism has protected the Islands community for centuries. New laws are now being introduced and much has changed recently. The Team of Government Marine Environmentalists has greater powers now and as a result has become more proactive. Even so, it is an impossible task to gather the data and our help has been, in their own words invaluable, providing the key evidence required to develop Marine Protection proposals. Although no funding is provided, there are a number of reasons for this. One for example being; that we are recreational divers and must therefore operate within that framework. It has been a slow process but we are now recognised for the key part we play. Recommendations and support from the Environment Department and Environment Minister has helped in the securing of Grants and Funds.

Our Team

Executive Team

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Kevin

Founder


A Professional Association of Diving Instructors Master Scuba Diver Trainer, underwater photographer and Seasearch Tutor.



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James

Education & Outreach Officer


Deputy headmaster of St Johns School, Seasearch trainee Surveyor, Technical Diver and former Diving Instructor.



Support

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Sam

Marine Biologist


Marine Biology Graduate, Rescue Diver, videographer, Scout Leader and Assistant Kayak Instructor.



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Beverley

Secretary


Dive Master, Seasearch Observer, JMC Treasurer, with over 30 years of hospitality industry expertise.



Get in Touch


We always love to hear from those interested in our cause. Feel free to contact us for further info during business hours or contact us using the form below and we will get back to you within 48hrs.

Hours


When ever conditions are suitable- Diving

Low TideCatching up on Admin or Clean-ups

Otherwise-Sleeping!


Contact


AddressJersey Marine Conservation, St Clement, Jersey, JE2 6LE

Phone+441534 859839 / +447797741714

Email hello@jerseymarineconservation.com