Chris Wood has been in touch with Riverfest HQ looking to connect with people who have pontoons and other structures in the water around our patch. You can read more below – please get in touch with her directly if you think you can help:
“I work for The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, and we are conducting a national study of species growing on artificial structures (such as pontoons) in estuaries including the Hamble and the Itchen, to determine their tolerance of estuarine conditions. All we would need is access to the pontoons for 2 people for about 10 minutes. We have all the necessary health and safety documentation. I would like to assure you that we will make an absolutely minimal impact, and we have always had excellent relations with marina operators, boat yards and boat owners when doing similar work in the past, and in fact the latter have often shown great interest in what we do! We have visited over 100 such sites in recent years.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to ask.
Any information we gather would be shared with the owners. The surveys are planned for July and August, so the information gathered would be available for this festival week, but could be disseminated later.
Marine Biological Association
Twitter – @NNSatMBA