Marine Instant Wild – Reading Hackspace

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So Marine Instant Wild is underway and one of the first things to do was source an underwater enclosure, we could have purchased one which would have had to have been fabricated and would have cost a small fortune but we thought we would reach out to the community and Reading Hackspace stood up – so we decided to build our own!

Ryan White who builds underwater systems that reach depths of 6000 meters for a living offered his help right through design stage to prototype production.

Here’s a quick intro from Ryan at the HackSpace.

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RCUK – Using marine microprocessor technologies and environmental sensors to investigate environmental spawning cues of scleractinian corals in captivity.

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This is one of a series of projects I entered an abstract and poster for at the Reef Conservation UK Conference this year, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work on this project.

Using marine microprocessor technologies and environmental sensors to investigate environmental spawning cues of scleractinian corals in captivity. A collaboration between the Horniman Museum & Gardens & ZSL Conservation Programmes
J, Craggs1, Gary Fletcher2

The ex-situ settlement and growth of sexually produced coral planula larvae has great potential as a technique that can aid coral reef restoration efforts and provide a supply of highly sustainable cultured corals for the aquarium industry. The precise environmental cues that trigger corals to spawn in captivity however remain largely unknown. Taking advantage of the latest marine microprocessor technologies and environmental sensors, this investigation aims to better understand these spawning cues in captivity and will investigate the influences of the lunar cycle, diurnal changes, seasonal temperature changes and nutritional input on gamete production and release.
Through this work it is proposed the development of an underwater detection camera to track releasing of gametes from broadcast spawners and planula in brooding corals enabling remote observation possibilities in the future.

RCUK – Developing Long Term, Deep Water, Satelite Connected Monitoring Systems

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ImageThis is the Marine Instant Wild poster I showed at the Reef Conservation UK Conference this year, it was a good opportunity to show the community what we are working on and there was an awful lot of interest!

Reef Conservation UK – Using “Citizen Science” to journal coral spawning in hobbyist and public aquaria

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This is one of a series of projects I entered an abstract and poster for at the Reef Conservation UK Conference this year, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work on this project.

Using “Citizen Science” to journal coral spawning in hobbyist and public aquaria. A collaboration between the Horniman Museum & Gardens & ZSL Conservation Programmes
J, Craggs1, Gary Fletcher2, Alasdair Davies3

An increasing amount of both hard and soft corals are spawning successfully in aquaria. Some species may not yet been scientifically documented. ZSL to date have developed a number of “Citizen Science” projects where communities may be leveraged upon to create trends for hypothesis and investigation. This project involves the creating and marketing of an internet based “Coral Spawning Journal” which will record user contributed images and video as well as environmental variables such as temperature, pH, alkalinity, salinity, date, nutritional input and lunar cycle variables where available. The project aims to identify catalysts and trends in spawning activities for further investigation as well as providing an educational resource for promoting husbandry techniques based on findings as well as a list of guidelines for participants to look for.
The project would benefit from contributions from RCUK academics that have documented coral spawning and would like to contribute to the initial editorial content of the journal.

First Camera Assembley

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Today is pretty exciting in the world of Marine Instant Wild, here’s the first camera enclosure what’s more there is some meaningful software actually installed on it! We still have yet to put the camera in an aquarium but we’re edging closer!

Many thanks to Paul from the prototype design and Barnaby for finalising the internal structure – which is incredibly complicated and has some very fine tolerances and of course Ryan for designing the enclosure and machining it! Both are major contributors to Reading HackSpace and is just testament to how well these community based places work.

Marine Instant Wild – Spec’in it out…

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ImageToday we took some equipment down to the Marine Fabricator to see how it all measured up and discusses enclosures, boxes, camera frames and the feasibility of putting the solution together in a very tight timescale!

MakerFaire at the 02

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ImageToday I attended and talked at the MakerFair at the 02 to highlight a project being run at ZSL for provoking interest in young people to adopt technology skills. We also showed off some of the camera trapping equipment and the Marine Instant Wild Concept. We were in good company next to the Met Office and the BBC!