WATCH: Marine centre launch

The St Abbs research station will become a new base for studies aimed at boosting understanding and conservation of the marine environment under a new collaboration launched today.

Scientists will use St Abbs Marine Station to study the complex interactions between the sea and humans as part of a partnership involving Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt Universities.

The state of the art facility in Berwickshire - which is well suited for climate change-related studies, sustainable fishing research and studies on life-cycles and rearing techniques – is set to become a key training ground for the next generation of marine scientists.

Dedicated to science, conservation and education, it boasts a laboratory, offices, a research area for aquaria and a separate 100,000-litre mesocosm tank.

Stephen Nesbitt, chairman of the Trustees of St Abbs Marine Station, said the centre will further the charity’s conservation and education objectives by signing a tripartite collaboration agreement with Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal of Edinburgh Napier University, and Professor Richard Williams, Principal of Heriot-Watt University.

You can watch Kevin Scott, station manager, explain just why he is so excited about the project in tour video.