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Ormer tagging project underway

Ormer tagging project underway

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Ormer tagging project underway


A new project to research Guernsey's ormer population has been launched, with La Société Guernesiaise tagging the gastropod molluscs.

The researchers want to find out more about ormer biology, ecology, and behaviour, as well as get more up to date information about the size of Guernsey's current ormer population.

La Société said they will be taking a number of measurements when an ormer is found over the coming ormer tides, while tagging them all so that they can be identified and remeasured in the future; "contributing valuable data to our research."

The photos above and below show what the tagged ormers will look like, with instructions on what to do if you find a tagged one.

It's hoped that tagged ormers will be left in the wild, although the project isn't intended to stop anyone ormering. 

If you find a tagged ormer you're asked to email marinebiology@societe.org.gg with certain details including its size and location and any photographs of it.

2019 ormer tides

Pictured: The 2019 ormering tide table is out now.

The first few ormering tides of the year have already happened, with more coming up. There are a number of regulations involved which can be read here

Pictured: One of the first tagged ormers. 

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