Healthier Oceans and Human Beings - Sponges as “Engine” of the Deep Sea

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Date: 
6 November, 2018
Location: 
Brussels, Belgium

This event will gather stakeholders and policy-makers to discuss how the potential of deep-sea sponges can be unlocked and how this research can support key policies and legislation, such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic Ocean Area, the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, as well as international agreements established to conserve Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs). The meeting will provide participants with an understanding of the importance and fragility of deep-sea sponge ecosystems, their potential and the need to take appropriate management measures to sustainably use and protect such areas from potential impacts due to other uses, such as fishing.

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