Scientific Meeting - Seahorses and Pipefish in the North Sea
12 Feb 2008 – 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
This meeting will discuss theories behind the population increase of syngnathids in Britain's coastal waters and the possible impacts this will have on other species.
There has been a rapid and dramatic increase in numbers of snake pipefish Entelurus aequoreus occurring in the sea around northern Britain. Whilst these major outbreaks of previously rare species do occur in marine ecosystems, the reason for this population explosion is currently unclear. The increase in numbers and range expansion will have an effect on the food web dynamics and snake pipefish have been increasingly reported in the diet of many species of seabird breeding in colonies around the UK, often with detrimental consequences.
This ZSL Scientific Meeting will discuss theories behind the population increase and possible impacts.
Have there been changes in distribution and abundance in other members of the Syngnathid family too? People are often surprised when they find out there are seahorse populations in Britain's coastal waters. Find out about the resident species and their populations.
Research described here is informed by ZSL's Project Seahorse. Please click here for further information.
Organised by Dr Heather Koldewey and Alison Shaw, ZSL
- Cindy J. G. van Damme, Wageningen IMARES, IJmuiden, The Netherlands
- Professor Sarah Wanless, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK
- Neil Garrick-Maidment, Executive Director, The Seahorse Trust, UK
The talks are free and open to the public (no advance booking or registration required). Talks will begin at 6.00pm; doors open at 5.15pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. A dinner with the speakers will follow this Scientific Meeting and places must be booked in advance. Please see dinner booking form for further information.
Please note that this event was part of the 2007-08 Scientific Meetings programme
Further Information: please contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY.
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