SeaHive shelters were included
in an experiment conducted
by the MBA in Plymouth

Environmental Research

In May 2021 SeaHive shelters were included in an experiment conducted by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, UK, at their newly refurbished research facility.  The experiment had two objectives, i) to observe the behaviour of juvenile fish ( Thick Lipped Grey Mullet )  in the presence of a SeaHives, and ii) to measure any possible decomposition of the plastic tubes.

The experiment successfully recorded that the fish were seen to be positively attracted to the structures, preferring to remain in close proximity to them, and no contamination of the sea water was detected.

In 2018 a prototype SeaHive was suspended in a research area near Skomer Island, in West Wales.  The surface of the SeaHive was rapidly colonised by barnacles, which by 2021 had been replaced by calcareous Tube Worms, sponges and other filter feeding animals.  Many commercially valuable juvenile crustaceans, including Brown Crab and Prawns were recorded occupying the SeaHive, and small schools of fish seen in close proximity to it.

What Our Clients Think

The current SeaHives Ltd product has strong merits and a clear USP focused on the use of recycled materials to benefit the marine environment. SeaHives Ltd has followed a logical development pathway with a focus on real world tests to both increase awareness of the product, prove its environmental credentials and bypass

Neil Farrington

Position | OREC

Weymouth Harbour has a strategic vision of “Thriving Dorset harbours at the heart of our communities”. To achieve this, our goal is to work in partnership with our stakeholders and actively engage and support opportunities to enhance and protect the natural environment. The SeaHive project provides an opportunity to increase the diversity and density of marine life in the local area and support the local fishing industry. SeaHives use recycled fishing nets in their manu...

Jamie Joyce

Weymouth Harbour Master | Dorset Council

The Blue Economy is a regenerative practice. Understanding that the natural world is the foundation of assets upon which economies and societies rest. Regenerating the natural world is therefore a key consideration in all Blue Economy activities. Of course, that does not mean that physical development of infrastructure can not happen. It does mean that when physical infrastructure is required the impact on the natural world, the loss of bio diversity, the reduction in ecological resilience mu...

Jonathan Turner

Co-founder and Director | NLA International Ltd

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