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Jersey Marine Conservation (JMC) is all about engaging in more than just a conversation. Particularly here in Jersey, everywhere we look there are committees and groups who can happily sit round a table talking constructively about what needs to be done. The real challenge is putting those proposals into practice. A few groups do achieve a great deal on a practical basis and we can proudly say with true compassion that we are one of them.  Since 2011 we have spearheaded some game changing Marine Conservation initiatives and along the way, won numerous awards and received media accolades which, demonstrating how valued our work is. Without funding we could not have done this and we thank the sponsors and donors who have believed in us and supported us. Keeping the charity going is a time consuming vocation that makes being paid to work seem like a holiday! There are so many charities who desperately need help but we are the only group running a continuous programme to safeguard our Island’s bit of the ‘Blue Planet’.

In Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands the sea is so much a part of our lives we often take it for granted. If we did nothing about safeguarding its future, in JMC, we believe we would be forgoing our responsibility to both community and the environment.

Since our beginnings in 2011 through the support of the Société Jersiase Marine Biology section and the help with training and surveying from Seasearch (which is part of the Marine Conservation Society uk) we have made enormous strides in achieving our aims.

Through our structured data gathering and education programme we maintain a structured programme which we hope will protect our marine ecosystems for future generations. In some ways we are already too late and some changes that have taken place are irreversible. In an interview for the Town Crier Rob Ward made said about changing current priorities and policies: “We have a duty to future generations” …..”We need to move away from the data-driven model of Education. Our children are more than just numbers on a spreadsheet. We must be installing a passion for learning that stays with our children for a lifetime. That way exams will be passed but we will have a better society and happier young people”.

For our Team and volunteers the ‘fun’ bit is twofold: Firstly-getting in some pretty chilly water, sometimes battling dangerous rip currents to get an image of a rare species and finding ourselves in the domain of some amazing creatures whose struggles for survival would be our worst nightmare. Secondly seeing and hearing the reactions from youngster fascinated by the life within Jersey’s marine waters.

Please contact us if you want to find out more about our mission.

Multi-Award Winning

In 7 years we have won 7 awards and counting…

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A brilliant day in celebration of World Wetlands. I am hoping our organization of the Exhibition will promote more support and encourage our politicians to acknowledge the need for Ramsar management and a properly supported National Park. I have posted a full thank you to everyone who help make the event the huge success it was.

Jersey Marine Conservation and the Ramsar Management Authority would like to invite anyone interested in Conservation to the World Wetlands Day Exhibition taking place this Saturday, February 2nd at St Clements Parish hall.
The central attraction will be the Butterfield Marine Species Touch tank giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of our amazing and rarely seen marine animals. This is your chance to hear some great speakers giving illustrated talks on our Wetlands. There are lots of interesting exhibits to see and for all the family. Please come and tell us why you think protecting our marine environment is important.
Listen to talks by leading Island experts
on our amazing RAMSAR sites:
Enjoy displays by:
10:30 Archaeology - Bob Tompkins
11:00 Foraging Cookery & SCOOP -Trudie Hairon-Trox & India Hamilton
11:30 Wetland Birds - Neil Singleton
12:30 Jersey Marine Conservation -Kevin McIlwee
13:00 Jersey National Park -Mike Stentiford
13:30 The Role of Marine Resources -Paul Chambers
14:00 Boat Operation & WISE - Dan Luce
* Times of speakers may change
There will even be some Foraged food to try!
Also Jersey Heritage and the Jersey Tourism Guides Association will be manning the Tower so don’t miss the chance to learn about the Towers and if you are brave enough view the Island’s SE Ramsar site from the gun platform!
Meet your Ramsar Management Authority members
Some of the attractions
Archaeology of the Wetlands with Bob Tompkins
Birds of our Wetlands with Neil Singleton
Butterfield Marine Touch Tank with Gareth Jeffries & Chris Isaacs
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Exploring the Wetlands and Seaweed Cooking with Trudi Hairon Trox of Jersey Walk Adventures
Guest appearances of our resident pirate-SamSar of the Ramsar
Jersey Marine Conservation and their mission to protect the Islands sub-tidal area.
Jersey National Park with Mike Stentiford & Jim Hopley
SCOOP- the sustainable food cooperative with India Hamilton
JICAS (Highlands) & studying Marine Conservation
Marine Biology (Société Jersiase)
Minquiers and Marine Resources with Paul Chambers
Action For Wildlife
RAMSAR & The Société Jersiase Marine Biology section
Seasearch
States of Jersey Marine Resources
WISE Training programme the UK's national training scheme for minimising disturbance to marine wildlife presented by Dan Luce from Seafaris
Free admission.
A big thank you to St Clements parish for their support.

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The World Wetlands day event is really coming together. We have some great talks and exhibitions. SamSar of the Ramsar will be there telling of his mates. The Butterfield Marine Touch Tank will amaze you. The Tower is open and is well worth visiting for a view of the South East Coast.
Put the date in your diary- Saturday, February 2nd 10:00-15:00. See you there!

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