The team have just returned from the 12th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, where they presented work from multiple projects, found inspiration from researchers working in similar fields, and developed closer ties with research organisations from around the globe.
Over the course of the week, Emma presented recent work from the I-BASS project, in which we are following the movements of juvenile bass in coastal systems in southwest England. Luke presented work from CEFOW which demonstrates the development of communities on wave energy infrastructure, and introduced the latest marine renewables project, SEA Wave. Danielle provided insights into the ecosystem effects of offshore mussel cultivation. A study on the effects of scallop ranching was presented by Amy, while Bede presented some of his recent work using acoustic monitoring in Lyme Bay MPA.
In addition to exchanging ideas and cutting edge research via talks and posters, the conference organisers ensured there were plenty of opportunities to take in some of the unique culture on offer in Hong Kong, including tours of the city and surrounds, and exceptional culinary experiences. Overall, it was a great opportunity to initiate and strengthen collaborations with others working in the field, and the whole team return to the University of Plymouth with renewed enthusiasm for the year ahead.