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The Nagoya Protocol

Katie Bird (BEIS) tells us how to ensure that the research we do and collections we hold comply UK legal requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits sharing.

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Ocean voyagers – the travels of northern rockhopper penguins across the high seas

The northern rockhopper penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are hugely popular with visitors, engaging and inspiring children and adults alike on a daily basis. This species is one of seven types of crested penguin which together form the Eudyptes genus, which means ’good diver’ in Ancient Greek. Read more about how samples available through CryoArks are helping to better understand this charismatic species.

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GenRes Bridge Workshop

Sílvia Pérez-Espona attended two GenRes Bridge (Genetic resources for a food-secure and forested Europe) workshops as representative of IUCN’s CGSG and the CryoArks project. GenRes Bridge is an EU-funded project with the main objective to develop an integrated strategy and a framework for the crop, forest and animal genetic resources domains. The two back-to-back workshops took place in Tuusala (Finland) between 28th-31st of October 2019 and were organised by project partners from Luke and NIBIO.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at St Helena Sea Mounts

It was a long 5 days transit to St Helena, dealing with sea sickness and adjusting back to day time hours for a short period. But there is nothing like a sunny day at sea and we were very lucky to have quite a few of those during our travels. Whist in transit one of the things that struck me most was how the birds seemed to disappear as we transitioned to the warmer, more tropical climate.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at Tristan Da Cunha Sea Mounts

In the vast South Atlantic Ocean, the most remote inhabited island on the planet suddenly rises up out of the sea. Not having seen land since I boarded the RRS Discovery and she departed Stanley in the Falklands 8 days before, it was an exciting sight. The island’s volcanic nature is evident not only by its sharp peak but also by the black rock flow visible near the settlement, a reminder of a previous eruption.

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Sampling the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories

Kirsty Lloyd, our BBSRC funded technician based at the Natural History Museum, will embark on a research cruise to collect samples from marine organisms for the CryoArks Biobank. She will be on the RRS Discovery when it leaves from Stanley in the Falkland Islands and travels to two UK Overseas Territories, Tristan da Cunha and St Helena.

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