Drone campaigns were carried out from August 2017 to February 2018 in parts of Holes Bay (Poole Harbour) to allow us to validate our algorithms for the detection of algal mats with the high-resolution images from sentinel-2 (10m resolution satellite).
The image presented here shows the footage from the drone in mid-August superimposed on a sentinel-2 image from early September Site specific drone campaigns are planned for June and September and will be used to further validate the algorithms we will develop for the very-high-resolution images (PlaneteScope at 3m) that we will acquire during the planned drone passage. It is hoped this work will enable us to better use satellite data to map and measure algal blooms across the project areas and contribute to development our interactive mapping toolkit.
Versatile and Multifunctional seaweed calling all stakeholders – Cefas
We hope you have seen the great report written by our Cefas partner (Elisa Capuzzo) about the seaweed industry in the UK (https://rantransproject.com/hearing-from-cefas-about-the-multifunctional-seaweeds/), and their multifunction usages.
Seaweeds can provide multiple ecosystem services such as coastal protection and food provisioning and can be found in many products. In fact, seaweed biomass is highly versatile and is used in a variety of ways including textiles, plastic-substitutes, highly nutritious human food and animal feed as well as supporting dynamic and innovative industries in the UK and abroad.
The food and drink industry are currently the main target of seaweed-focused businesses in the UK. Seaweeds can not only be bought as dry whole leaf or flakes, but can also be enjoyed in crackers, snacks, sauces, and flavoured popcorns, nuts, oil, cheese, chocolate, beer, and gin! It is not just about the umami flavour; seaweeds are a low-fat, rich source of nutrients, have satiating properties and can be used as a salt substitute. However, for the industry to grow and optimise its potentials, there are several challenges that need to be addressed, through research, investments, regulatory reforms, international collaborations, and knowledge transfer.
For all stakeholders, this is a great time to get in contact with RaNTrans partners if you would like information from our research that can help you to navigate the environmental, social, and economic landscape. We are looking forward to hosting public workshops in November 2022.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Oysters are growing, reports University of Portsmouth
Wow, what a few months, the RaNTrans team at University of Portsmouth have been as busy as ever. We have been doing more monthly sampling of the algal mats, checking on our water quality monitoring sondes and sampling the oysters.
We have now collected all our seasonal seaweed algal mat samples and are continuing to undertake monthly assessments of the algal mats by measuring the percentage coverage and biomass. We have also been working on getting the nitrate sonde to record so we can get a really detailed picture of what is happening in the harbour in terms of nutrient levels.
The other thing that has taken a lot of time has been collecting oysters from all the field station (treatments) we set out last year. It’s been amazing to watch the oysters grow, and we are excited to see the results in terms of stages of reproduction and nitrogen content. The oysters are first collected, measured, and weighed. They are then dissected, and the gonad material sent to our colleagues at the University of Caen, with tissue samples taken for nitrogen analysis. From this we hope to be able to track nutrient uptake by the oysters and how this varies month by month as the biology of the animals change.
RaNTrans Workshop – Sharing Preliminary Results November 2022
⏰Save the Date! ⏰RaNTrans is hosting a workshop at @portsmouthuni on November 3rd and 4th 2022. Register your interest here – https://rantransproject.com/rantrans-workshop/
Also check out our latest tweets https://twitter.com/ProjectRaNTrans/status/1512395527828213769