Brandon Ballengée: Bournemouth Marine Species Eco-Action & Vertebrate Specimen Preservation Workshop


Friday 27 March, 2015 | Christchurch House (Room: Science Lab, C221)  | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB

Optional morning seafood tour for registered participants at: 11:00am, Parkstone Fisheries, 12 Bournemouth Road, Poole, BH14 0ES. Join Ballengée at the fishmongers to choose your specimen to preserve in the afternoon lab workshop. Directions at: https://goo.gl/maps/La7HW

This event is FREE and open to academics, students, researchers, artists and scientists.

BOOKING – it is essential that you book to attend this workshop at: https://blasteventmarch27.eventbrite.com


Create and take home your own preserved specimen of marine life. In the laboratory, participants will be directed in the art of dissection, before learning how to preserve specimens to Natural History Museum standard.

Globally marine fisheries are suffering from species decline with many populations verging on collapse. Choosing locally sourced sustainable seafood is a key to marine conservation, yet few of us know which species are ecologically safe to eat. Registered lab workshop participants will have the opportunity to join artist/biologist Brandon Ballengée on a seafood survey of fishes, mollusks, arthropods and other species in a morning tour at 11am, Parkstone Fisheries, 12 Bournemouth Road, Poole, BH14 0ES. Ballengée will discuss encountered species natural history and ecological status and collectively we will choose specimens for the afternoon lab dissection and preservation session.

If unable to make the morning tour you can go straight to the lab at 1:00pm (Christchurch House, Room C221). There is car parking reserved in Bournemouth University’s, visitor car park for BLAST workshop participants.