Defra report features Westcountry research on health benefits of being by the sea

Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study that shows that spending time in marine and coastal environments has positive benefits on health and well-being.

The review, held in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter and funded by Defra and UK Research...

Agents appointed to market Oceansgate

Property agents have now been signed up to sell South Yard as a major global player in the marine sector.

Jones Lang Lasalle has been appointed to market the site at Devonport which has already attracted over 100 expressions of interest from marine businesses wanting to relocate there.

He said: “I like it. It covers everything we want to get across in one image and one line....

Plymouth marine biologist to make TV splash on shark documentary

A marine biologist at Plymouth University will be hitting the nation’s television screens this week in a ground-breaking documentary on sharks in British waters.

Dr Nicholas Higgs, a Research Fellow in the Marine Institute, was a consultant for Britain’s Sharks, which airs on ITV1 on Friday, and features a unique experiment in which a humpback whale carcass is towed out into the deep...

Rich history of Plymouth harbour detailed in new study

Plymouth University academics have published a paper detailing the historical importance of the city’s waters and their continuing impact on science, travel and ecology.

Dr Antony Knights, Lecturer in Marine Ecology and lead author, described Plymouth as a ‘hub for marine and maritime science’ in his joint paper Plymouth – A World Harbour through the ages. The study details how the...

Students take the water and skies for first project

First year marine and mechanical engineering students at Plymouth University have taken to the water and the skies for the first project of their studies.

More than 150 students were challenged to create prototypes of boats or planes using high-tech design software, laser cutters, 3D printers and a range of materials.

Their creations were then subjected to a day of testing at...

Academic makes waves in nautical publication

A Plymouth University academic has contributed to a pioneering publication designed to be an onboard resource for every ship in the world.

Captain Bob Hone, from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, has written a chapter for The Nautical Institute’s publication Navigation Accidents and their Causes. The book looks at major casualties on board ships and the lessons that can be...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources...

Plymouth-led divers survey wildlife beneath the waves

Secrets of the seabed are being revealed as divers undertake exploratory scientific surveys in a bid to better understand the UK’s marine environment and help protect it for the future.

Five professional divers and marine ecologists, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, are gathering evidence and data from areas where existing knowledge about marine habitats is limited.


Celebration of marine and maritime heritage at Big Festival Weekend

Plymouth’s proud and historic links to the oceans are to be celebrated during two days of festivities on the Plymouth University campus.

The University’s world-leading marine and maritime research facilities are to be showcased to the public as part of the first ever Big Festival Weekend.

And the 2015 Plymouth Respect Festival, taking place as part of the weekend’s event, will...

Rising CO2 levels stunt sea shell growth

Scientists have discovered that stunted growth can be a genetic response to ocean acidification, enabling some sea creatures to survive high carbon dioxide levels, both in the future and during past mass extinctions.

Using natural CO2 seeps as test sites, the international team of marine scientists and palaeontologists have studied the way in which sea snails cope in more acidic...