Marine Futures Internship

Marine Futures Internship

Marine Futures Internship

The Marine Futures internship programme offers a unique opportunity for candidates interested in a career in the marine environment to gain skills, knowledge and experience across a variety of marine sectors; helping to inform and shape future career opportunities.

Working across the North West Wildlife Trust, The Crown Estate, Natural England and Ørsted, each partner organisation provides opportunities for the intern to develop skills in specialist areas including, marine conservation advice, sustainable fisheries, renewable energy development, marine policy, and community engagement.

This internship programme is mostly based in Cumbria and project managed by the North West Wildlife Trust.

Daniele Clifford (2020/2021)

Daniele Clifford

Background: After graduating in BSc Environmental Science, Daniele worked as a research assistant, undertaking DNA analysis and assisting with fieldwork at a biological research institute in Spain. She volunteered with Sea Watch Foundation and Shropshire Wildlife Trust before moving to Alderney to manage a marine Ramsar site as the Ramsar Officer at Alderney Wildlife Trust. Leading the Ramsar Programme, she was involved in everything from liaising with government and stakeholders, coordinating and conducting ecological monitoring, research and management projects, and raising environmental awareness via events, boat tours, publications and media interviews.

Independent research project: Daniele is working on a seagrass restoration study, investigating the current and historic extent of seagrass in Morecambe Bay and different restoration methodologies. She also contributes to public outreach via social media and webinars, inspiring people about the amazing species in the Irish Sea and local conservation projects, and environmental monitoring, undertaking seal surveys at South Walney.

Collaborative projects: Daniele and Lucy have worked together on the following collaborative projects with Ørsted and Natural England:

  1. Cormorant Roosting at Offshore Wind Farms: An inter-disciplinary project investigating cormorant’s use of an offshore wind farm co-located with a Special Protection Area, conflicts with the wind farm operations and maintenance activities and possible novel solutions to reduce these. The project is running for 6 months, and involves working with Ørsted’s Operations & Maintenance team, interviews with site technicians, conservation, policy and ornithology experts, literature research,  GIS analysis, and solution design.
  2. Improving Communication and Understanding on Decision-making Processes in Marine License Applications: A cross-cutting project between Ørsted and Natural England, mapping the decision-making processes for marine licence applications for wind farm operations and maintenance activities, to demystify processes, and improve communication and efficiency between the organisations. The project is running for 3 months and includes discussions with stakeholders within each organisation, reviewing guidance documents, and creating a summary report and webinar.
  3. Fishing for Litter: A project collaborating with Ørsted’s Stakeholder Management Team to design and initiate Fishing for Litter projects on the north west and north east coasts. These projects will provide fishers with facilities at key harbours to appropriately dispose of marine litter caught while fishing. A key outcome of this project is not only the collection of litter, but empowering local communities to champion the reduction of litter entering the marine environment, and promote the positive impact that the fishing industry can have. The interns are supporting Ørsted with the project’s planning and initiation stages, facilitating collaboration opportunities, contributing to initial research, and preparing the project for successful delivery in 2021.

She is excited to contribute her passion and knowledge to support the internship partners with environmental research, cross-industry collaboration and understanding, public engagement and community outreach.

Lucy Mather (2020/2021)

Lucy Mather_Mud dipping

Background: Lucy studied Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on sustainability and renewable energy, and prior to Marine Futures she worked in engineering design and project management. She is also a qualified Mountain Leader and has spent many years working with groups of young people to explore the natural environment and build their connections with wildlife through adventure sport.

Independent research project: Throughout the internship, she has worked on a variety of mini-projects, including creating educational videos, magazine articles, and infographics, about the wonderful range of marine life in the Irish Sea; running community engagement events such as webinars and virtual beachcombing; and investigating the impacts of offshore wind farms on biodiversity in benthic ecosystems using The Crown Estate’s Marine Data Exchange.

Collaborative projects: Daniele and Lucy have worked together on the following collaborative projects with Ørsted and Natural England:

  1. Cormorant Roosting at Offshore Wind Farms: An inter-disciplinary project investigating cormorant’s use of an offshore wind farm co-located with a Special Protection Area, conflicts with the wind farm operations and maintenance activities and possible novel solutions to reduce these. The project is running for 6 months, and involves working with Ørsted’s Operations & Maintenance team, interviews with site technicians, conservation, policy and ornithology experts, literature research,  GIS analysis, and solution design.
  2. Improving Communication and Understanding on Decision-making Processes in Marine License Applications: A cross-cutting project between Ørsted and Natural England, mapping the decision-making processes for marine licence applications for wind farm operations and maintenance activities, to demystify processes, and improve communication and efficiency between the organisations. The project is running for 3 months and includes discussions with stakeholders within each organisation, reviewing guidance documents, and creating a summary report and webinar.
  3. Fishing for Litter: A project collaborating with Ørsted’s Stakeholder Management Team to design and initiate Fishing for Litter projects on the north west and north east coasts. These projects will provide fishers with facilities at key harbours to appropriately dispose of marine litter caught while fishing. A key outcome of this project is not only the collection of litter, but empowering local communities to champion the reduction of litter entering the marine environment, and promote the positive impact that the fishing industry can have. The interns are supporting Ørsted with the project’s planning and initiation stages, facilitating collaboration opportunities, contributing to initial research, and preparing the project for successful delivery in 2021.

Lucy is passionate about education and engagement and is excited to use her skills and enthusiasm to support Living Seas North West in developing both community and cross-industry understanding of marine wildlife and conservation issues.

Lydia Tabrizi (2019)

Image of Lydia on Boat

Background: BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from Bangor University. Lydia also had prior experience as a course coordinator for MARINElife.

Research project: Assessing the feasibility of a Nephrops creel fishery: In West of Walney Marine Conservation Zone

Research project summary: The research project looked at creel fishing for Nephrops within Walney 2 wind farm off the Barrow-in-Furness coastline. It found that creel fishery for Nephrops is feasible, sustainable, allows degraded habitats to recover and can coexist with both wind farms and Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ).

West of Walney MCZ was designated to balance the needs of multiple users and is the perfect example of how wind farms, MCZs and fisherman can all co-exist in the same area.

 

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