Environment Evidence 2019

Launching the Wales Marine Evidence Strategy

Swansea University, Bay Campus 17th – 19th September


Day 1

Session 1a – Marine Structures and Invasive Non Native Species

Melanie Prentice – An integrated approach to understanding the marine invasive species, Didemnum vexillum, in the Irish Sea

Sophie Ward – Man-made structures as stepping stones for invasive non native species

Ally Evans – Building the evidence base for ecologically-sensitive design of marine artificial structures

Session 1b – Marine Structures and Invasive Non Native Species

Sam Holmes – Harbouring aliens: Ports as habitats for non-native species

Peter Lawrence – Coastal Planning: Can topography promote biodiversity?

Jessica Ware – Artificial Floating Islands in Marine Environments

Gabe Wyn – Storm Emma and the resulting increased risk of spread of the colonial sea-squirt, Didemnum vexillum from Holyhead Marina

Session 2a – Coastal Change, Adaptation and Resilience

Peter Robins – Future vulnerabilities of estuaries to climate change

Laurence Jones – Restoration of coastal dune wetlands: Using scientific monitoring to guide restoration techniques

William Bennett – Computational Modelling of the Impact of Salt Marsh Management Interventions on Coastal Flooding

Session 2b – Coastal Change, Adaptation and Resilience

Guy Walker-Springett – Linkages in the coastal zone through collaboration

Jamie Oaten – Coastal Squeeze Evidence and Monitoring Requirement Review

James Moon – 5 years of saltmarsh evolution at Cwm Ivy managed realignment site

Thomas van Veelen – Coastal Protection by Salt Marshes in Wales

Izzy Langley – Site use and connectivity of adult female grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Wales and the Celtic Sea: insights from over two decades of evidence

Angela Hibbert – The need for high quality sustained sea level observations in a changing climate

Session 3 – Environmental Change

Paul Buckley – The role of MCCIP in understanding, and responding to, marine climate change impacts

Darren Oatley-Radcliffe – Algae for CO2 mitigation and sustainable fish feeds

Martin Skov – Coastal ‘Blue Carbon’ capturing – a natural facility for regulating carbon emissions in Wales

Ruth Callaway – Hydrodynamic forces overshadow anthropogenic impact on fauna in Swansea Bay

Marja Aberson – The benefits of a long-term monitoring programme in understanding environmental change

Nia Whiteley – Understanding the impacts of changing future environments on marine invertebrates living in shallow coastal waters around Wales

Day 2

Session 4a – Marine Fauna and Renewable Energy

Tim Whitton – Predictable fish school behaviour helps determine the risk of animal interactions with a tidal kite development off Anglesey

Ross Gardiner – Recent investigations into the marine migration of salmon smolts in the context of marine renewable development

Emma Cole – Assessing the nature of interactions between diving birds and underwater energy devices

Session 4b – Marine Renewable Energy

Simon Neill – Ocean renewable energy – resources & impacts

Michaela De Dominicis – Impacts of climate change and tidal energy extraction on a sea shelf

Ricardo Pereira – Offshore wind energy projects in the Irish sea – challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit

Janelle Braithwaite – A coordinated approach to marine renewable research in Scotland

Session 4c – Marine Planning

Colin Trigg – Sustainable Management of Marine Natural Resources (SMMNR) in Wales

Adrian Judd – Sustainable Use of our Seas Through Marine Planning

Session 5a – Water Quality

Andrew Kibble – Integration of sensing and modelling technologies for early detection and follow up of hazmat and flood hazards in transitional and coastal waters

Paul Harold – ARCOPOL and Mariner – Planning and Preparedness for Maritime Coastal Incidents Involving Hazardous and Noxious Substances

Anne Bunker – Surveying the Waterway Environment for Pollution Threats (SWEPT)

Thomaz Andrade – Risk Assessment of Chemicals in the Welsh Marine Environment – an overview of recent and new policy requirements

Session 5b – Water Quality

Lucies Haines – A Review of the Trophic Status of the Milford Haven Waterway

Mark Charlesworth – Understanding and predicting the impact of waste water discharges to improve the management of shellfish and bathing waters

Session 6a – Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture

David Clarke – Understanding Herring stocks in the Bristol Channel and West Wales

Natalie Hold – The Ecosystem Based Approach to Adaptive Management of Welsh Fisheries

Frances Ratcliffe – Rapid methods for quantitative fish larvae community assessment using metabarcoding

Jan Geert Hiddink – Global analysis of depletion and recovery of seabed biota following bottom trawling disturbance

Amy Ellison – Calling time on disease – using the ‘omics revolution to improve aquaculture & fisheries health

Session 6b – Fish Fisheries and Aquaculture

Sophie de Grissac – Seabirds & Fisheries in the Celtic Seas

Adam Delargy – Stock assessment and maximum sustainable yield: where are we and where do we go in Wales?

Day 3

Session 7 – Marine Data, Monitoring and Mapping

Keith Cooper – A big data approach to macrofaunal baseline assessment, monitoring and sustainable exploitation of the seabed

Gareth Carter – High-Resolution Geological Mapping of the Welsh Marine Environment

Gwyn Nelson – Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre

Session 8 – Policy and Coastal Communities

Emma McKinley – An evaluation of current Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales – Opportunities and challenges for the pursuit of well-being

Paul Renfro – An evidence base of recreation for management of the marine environment for the south west of Wales

David Kay – Bathing Waters – Measurement and modelling of coastal bathing water quality in Wales: do we need a radical new approach to regulation to deliver resilient coastal communities?

Elinor Gwynn – Cydymdreiddiad Ecoieithyddol ar hyd y Glannau – Ecolinguistic Entanglements at the Coast


Mike Elliott – Human impacts – A systems analysis approach for the sustainable and integrated management of Welsh marine areas

Mike Christie – The evolution of ecosystem services assessments and the evidence of the value of marine and coastal ecosystems

Chris Jenkins – Welsh Marine Evidence Strategy 2019 – 2025 – a collaborative agenda for marine research, monitoring and analysis

Information for delegates

Join the conversation with #MarineWales2019

The poster presentation and networking reception at the National Waterfront Museum on Tuesday evening is open to all (no need to book). This is a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues, visit Swansea University’s new research vessel the Mary Anning and hear about Swansea’s maritime industrial heritage from Prof Louise Miskell. There is a regular bus service from the Bay Campus which stops a few minutes walk from the Museum.


Marine Spatial Planning Tuesday 17th September – 15:30 – 17:30

The Severn Estuary is a single waterbody subject to two marine planning systems across the English and Welsh borders, supporting a diverse range of ecosystem services, natural resources and human activities that do not always easily adhere to human administrative boundaries.

This session will take an interactive format through the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge which has previously been used to support the process of Scottish Regional Marine Planning. It will challenge participants to respond to and plan for different development scenarios by considering the interactions between uses and stakeholder interests.  We will also explore the practical complexities of planning for a cross-border estuary that is covered by different policies, such as the Severn.

Offshore Renewable Energy Wednesday 18th September – 15:30 – 17:15 (Fully Booked)

Wales’ natural resources give huge potential for wind, wave and tidal energy generation within our waters. However, Wales’ natural environment is also highly valued and protected, and we need to ensure it is sustainably managed for future generations to enjoy.

This workshop will explore evidence gaps relating to environmental impacts of increased deployment of offshore renewable energy schemes. Outputs of the workshop will inform strategic evidence gathering and will play a key role in enabling sustainable blue growth in Wales.

The session will conclude with a round table discussion on the leadership and funding of strategic evidence programmes for marine renewable energy in Wales. We will consider options available through existing programmes as well as the establishment of a bespoke programme for Wales.  

Marine Social Sciences Thursday 19th September – 12:45 – 14:15

Our Welsh seas and coasts support rich and diverse ecosystems, habitats and landscapes, providing numerous benefits to communities and individuals across Wales.  Recent changes to Welsh national legislation have increased the need to understand the human dimensions of the seas and coastline, and to ensure that these factors are taken into consideration in decision making, management and governance.

Through a facilitated discussion, this workshop will identify existing challenges, highlight potential pathways to impact for sustainable marine management in Wales, and identify next steps and priorities for the future, through the following questions:

  1. What are the challenges of integrating marine social sciences into the wider marine evidence base?
  2. How can marine social sciences be used to support SMNR, the Welsh National Marine Plan and the ambitions of related governance?
  3. What should the priorities be for a forward thinking marine social science research agenda in Wales?

Stay in touch

Please make sure you stay updated with any new developments on the Environment Platform Wales website. For any conference related enquiries, please contact the EP Wales team directly on: Sue.Cody@epwales.org.uk /Gemma.TF@epwales.org.uk

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