2016 - Grant Award - £500

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) are passionate about protecting Cornwall’s precious marine life. To this end long term monitoring of all marine mega fauna, human activity levels and lost fishing gear are surveyed along a 100km+ stretch of Cornwall’s Atlantic coast year round.

Surveys provide vital systematic evidence of the status, health and changes of three Marine Protected Areas and connecting coast in between. Sea-Changers are kindly funding one of CSGRT’s 12 annual boat surveys along the middle section of coast. Volunteer experts in seals, cetaceans and birds are accompanied by up to nine volunteer spotters from Newquay Marine Group and Cornwall College. The survey will take place three hours either side of low tide early in 2017. CSGRT will process the thousands of photos taken and conduct photo identification of individual grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and ringed sea birds encountered.

A full report on the survey findings will be compiled, which will become a building block in our evidence base to inform submissions to relevant public policy and planning consultations. Additional outcomes include increased local awareness and advocacy for our marine environment and a long lasting legacy of our conservation efforts on our watch on our patch!

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