HRH The Princess Royal met with FISH INTEL project on a visit to Plymouth to learn more about its nationally important marine industry and its pioneering efforts to protect and enhance the marine environment.
During the visit, HRH met with University of Plymouth researchers from FISH INTEL project: Dr Emma Sheehan, Associate Professor of Marine Ecology and Dr Thomas Stamp, Post Doctoral Research Associate, on board the universities’ teaching and research vessel RV Falcon Spirit.
Dr Sheehan and Dr Stamp explained that the FISH INTEL team – made up of 12 Partners in UK, France, and Belgium - will use acoustic telemetry to track four species (Bass, Pollack, Tuna, Crawfish) across the English Channel to assess natural habitat use in and around Marine Protected Areas, artificial habitats associated with Shipwrecks and Blue Growth Sites (offshore mariculture and offshore renewable sites with untapped potential).
Using cutting edge underwater video and acoustic technology, the project team will monitor fish habits to better inform ecosystem-based fisheries management and support wider understanding and protection of such important areas.
Dr Sheehan said: “We were honoured to have the opportunity to meet Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and tell her about FISH INTEL project. The visit shone a light on this important research area and the benefits it will bring towards protecting and enhancing our marine environment.”
(Photo credits: University of Plymouth)