RS Aqua turned 35 years old this month. To mark the occasion staff downed tools and participated in a voluntary beach clean and Shoresearch survey at Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve in Hampshire. The day was facilitated by The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who led the RS Aqua team through a tour of the salt marsh, an internationally important feeding and roosting site for many species of birds, then a beach clean and finally a Shoresearch survey of the intertidal area around the old Farlington Oyster House.
The beach clean removed 35 kg of mostly plastics from the strandline. Despite best efforts, no Osprey were seen, but many species of wading birds and geese were spotted. The Shoresearch survey revealed several species of seaweeds, numerous clams, periwinkles, blennies and an extremely angry shore crab. The data from the Shoresearch survey will help to build baseline data on intertidal diversity in the area, informing future conservation and management efforts.
RS Aqua have closed out their financial year with 30% year-on-year growth. Martin Stemp, Managing Director, said “This has been a very positive year for RS Aqua. We have taken part in some significant projects across many different sectors within the marine scientific industries, from oceanography to autonomy, fisheries to defence. The value of having such diverse and high-performing staff who have worked within the sectors, and a trusted high-end product portfolio, is clear to see.”