We are Jersey Marine Conservation – run by volunteers, a proactive, legally registered and Government approved Charity. The team strives to protect our marine environment by gathering data in support of marine protection, bio-diversity recording and associated research. As equally important, we engage the community through the Butterfield Marine Watch, schools programme in why Marine Conservation is so important, ensuring that our surrounding seas are valued, looked after and managed, to provide a healthy marine environment that functions as a living organism and a sustainable resource.
Our organisation is based in Jersey, Channel Islands. The Island is a Crown Dependency with our own Government, laws, customs and unique identity. The marine environment is not protected by UK laws or International treaties. No species living in our territorial waters are fully protected. Even marine mammals, such as Seals and Dolphins, have little in the way of legislation to safeguard their existence.
Currently we are campaigning for the revised Wild Life Law, to be passed urgently and for our significant Seagrass beds to become protected areas.
Committee: Kevin McIlwee – Chairman Bob Tompkins – Vice Chairman Gareth Jeffreys – Butterfield Marine Watch & Chairman of the Société Jersiaise Marine Biology Group & Ramasar Management Authority Sam Blampied – Scientific Advisor Beverley Murtaugh-McIlwee Treasurer & Secretary
Additional Team Members: Chris Isaacs – Butterfield Marine Watch Species
Sam Blampied is carrying out a 3 year Phd with Plymouth University sponsored by the Blue Marine Foundation. Our Rib, Equipment and resources are playing a key part in this research.