Marine Biology Section © 2018
The Ormer (Haliotis tuberculata) is an iconic marine species that lives low on the shore and is highly prized by low water fishermen. Historical records speak of 100,000 or more Ormers being caught across large spring tides.
In 2017 the Marine Biology Section started a project which aims to assess the size of Jersey’s Ormer population and to understand better certain key aspects of their biology, behaviour and ecology. LATEST PROJECT UPDATE
Project Ormer involves searching for Ormers around Jersey’s coast at a number of different habitat types. When an Ormer is found it is measured, tagged, photographed and returned to exactly where it came from.
At periodic intervals the tagged Ormers are being revisited so they can be measured and any distance they have moved calculated.
Good ormering locations are a closely guarded secret and so all information gathered is held in strict confidence.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A TAGGED ORMER
Ormers have been tagged using YELLOW DISCS and YELLOW OVAL TAGS. Both have been glued onto the shell and both have a FOUR DIGIT NUMBER on them. The glue is non-
We would prefer it that any tagged Ormers are left in the wild so our research can continue. However, we will absolutely understand if you want to take it for food (provided it is of legal size!). If you find a tagged could you:
Tagged ormers: top = disc; above = label.
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