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!
The objectives of the Shallow Marine Survey Group are:
- To promote research into the shallow marine environment around the Falkland Islands.
- To redress the gap in the knowledge of Falkland Islands' inshore biodiversity by building on the baseline survey of 1996.
- To conduct a full shallow marine survey of the Falkland Islands Government's Nature Reserve, Kidney Island.
- To produce the first definitive, quality field guide to the shallow marine fauna of the Falkland Islands down to a depth of 20 m.
- To educate the community about marine biodiversity and marine ecology in the Falkland Islands.
The primary vessel used by the SMSG is a 28 ft American Fastfisher which has been adapted for use as a dive platform. For longer surveys to remote locations we have the use of the 50 ft steel yacht, Damien II. The Damien II was one of the first 'lifting keel' yachts which enables the draught to be reduced from 11ft to 3ft, making her ideal for expeditions to shallow rocky coastlines. We also have a towable inflatable which gives us access to much of the coastline of East Falklands. The group has it's own compressor for use in Stanley as well as a number of air tanks and spare sets of regularly serviced scuba gear. Laboratory space is provided by the Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department in addition to storage facilities for the National Marine Invertebrate Reference Collection.