From Dr Charlie Thompson, CHASM project team
Coastal Managers, Users and Stakeholders are invited to join us for the CHASM project team’s first stakeholder network event where we will be presenting our initial findings into crustaceans, habitat and sediment movement in our local marine environment. If you would prefer someone else to take your place please ask them to register and let me know who you have forwarded the invitation to.
The meeting will take place on 14 June starting at 9.30am at Selsey Town Hall.
After the presentations and discussion, we would be delighted if you could join us on our Solar Boat trip from Itchenor to Chichester Harbour mouth where we will demonstrate how we do some of our work.
Funded by the Faculty of Environment & Life Sciences at University of Southampton, the aim of this meeting is to bring together stakeholders from around the Selsey Bill area so we can learn more about and the issues and research being undertaken with a view to greater understanding and determining next steps.
We (CHASM) will be presenting the initial findings from our studies into the local marine environment and our neighbouring organisations will present the work they are undertaking further along the south coast.
Background to CHASM* (Crustaceans, Habitat And Sediment Movement) Project Partners
Fishing has been part of the local scene since the Bronze Age but huge changes in crab and lobster catch, and far more sediment, have been seen by fishermen in recent years.
Questions were raised following the Sea’s the Day project and the CHASM team was set up in response to look at the matter and try to provide answers. The initial project partners were Channel Coast Observatory, University of Brighton, and Chichester District Council, and it is a pleasure to report that the number of organisations now taking part has swelled hugely since the outset a year or so ago.
- Discover more about CHASM and read the first year report at CHASM | Manhood Peninsula Partnership
The CHASM presentations and discussions will take place at Selsey Town Council from 9.30 to midday.
In the afternoon we will move on to Itchenor for a Solar Boat trip from Itchenor jetty to Chichester Harbour mouth and back. On board we will be demonstrating the sampling techniques we used during the project.
Boat numbers are limited, so places on the boat will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. See registration details below.
Where/what will happen
Please find the full agenda including our key speakers below. The main events will run on 14 June, between 9.30 and 4.30pm. The day ends after your solar boat trip should you take part, or after lunch if you are unable to join us on the boat in the afternoon.
Registering for the event
Please register via the link below. At the end of registration a note will pop up telling you your registration has been successful. There is no confirmation email I’m afraid.
We look forward to seeing you on 14 June.
The CHASM project team:
- Dr Charlie Thompson, Channel Coast Observatory / University of Southampton
- Dr Heidi Burgess, University of Brighton
- Jane Cunningham, CHASM Project Manager, CDC