The Shallow Marine Surveys Group
conducts research through diving and exploration in the South Atlantic. Founded in 2006, we are a group of marine scientists, dive enthusiasts, and volunteers from the local community, all with a desire to contribute towards high quality marine ecological science, inshore resource assessments, conservation and education. Based in the Falkland Islands, we operate throughout the Falklands archipelago and the South Atlantic; most recently South Georgia, Ascension Island, St Helena Islands, and Tristan da Cunha.
SMSG welcomes contact from local and international organisations who wish to collaborate on marine research or seek advice on the logistics of research in the South Atlantic. We also invite contact from postgraduate students who may be considering proposals for research in inshore marine ecological studies.
Be sure to check our web blog for the latest expedition and new highlights!
Expedition Rerport - Dive Survey of Hummock Island
Impact of Peat Dust on Marine Habitats. February 2021
SMSG recently had a glorious week of dive surveys around Hummock Island, which lies to the west of West Falkalnds in King George Bay. The island is ownded by the Antarctic Reserach Trust (ART), who have embarked on a program of restoration of the islands tussac habitat. The island has been subjected to intense grazing and as such about 1/3 of the island has exposed dry peat soils. These peat soils are washed into the shallow subtidal marine habitats. ART supported the SMSG and SAERI to cunduct baseline surveys around the island for species inventories and habitats, and also to assess the extent that peat dust might be impacting Hummock's marine environment. This is the first survey of its kind, and is the start of a longer-term program of monitoring changes in the marine environment as a result of tussac habitat restoriation.
Download the full expedition report here. Contact ART, SAERI, or SMSG with any questions.