The St Mawes Marine Habitats Survey is being conducted around St Mawes Harbour over a two-year period, from 2010-11. Funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the study aims to understand more about the nationally-important marine habitats that exist in St Mawes. Primarily, these habitats are maerl and sea-grass, each of which constitute important feeding and nursery grounds for a large range of marine life.
St Mawes Harbour has never been surveyed in this way. Dive-surveys of this kind are expensive and rarely-conducted. The results will therefore provide invaluable material for scientsits and their critical studies of marine biodiversity. It will also, it is hoped, add to a wider appreciation of the natural attributes of St Mawes.
July 2010 - With the diving more or less complete, and some 30,000 photographs in the can, analysis is taking place. The first stage will be to produce a Habitat Map.
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