25th February, London:The Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London was the venue last night for the presentation ceremony of the fourth annual P1 Marine Foundation National Student Awards supported by The Crown Estate, Marine Conservation Society and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).
The Awards evening celebrated and rewarded students in higher education whose projects help to provide solutions to the threats to the marine and coastal environment.
The overall winner, Alice McNeal from University of Exeter, was awarded the top prize for her ground-breaking project ‘Plankton eating plastic: worth worrying about?’ and will receive £1000 to further her research which is being undertaken at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
The Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award went to Jack Emmerson, at Bangor University, for his project ‘Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea’ and the runner up was Catherine Hinds from Queen’s University Belfast for her project ‘Using social media as an untapped resource for a photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins’.
The Awards evening provided the winning students with the opportunity to showcase their projects to a diverse audience of business executives, charities, government representatives and the media. P1 Marine Foundation has announced the 2016 National Student Awards will be open for entries from April.