The Fish Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black sea is organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Fish Forum will have an interdisciplinary focus, addressing the three interrelated themes listed below. Thematic sessions will highlight leading research in these areas based, among others, on contributions received through a call for abstracts. Keynote speakers will spotlight cross-cutting topics and thematic panels and transversal panels will offer opportunities for dynamic discussion on prominent issues. Side events are foreseen to complement the main thematic discussions and draw attention to innovative work, while poster sessions and stands will provide further opportunities to showcase relevant research.
To register as a participant and/or to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit www.fao.org/gfcm/FishForum2018and complete the registration form with all relevant details, includingthe proposed abstract. Registration and the call for abstracts will open frommid-November 2017.
Submission of abstracts-15thMay 2018(notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30thJune 2018)(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/callforabstracts/en/)
Registration -30thSeptember 2018(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/registration/en/)
Theme 1: BETTER SCIENCE FOR BETTER ADVICE
Improving knowledge on stock status
Innovative strategies to provide advice
The effectiveness of area-based management
Theme 2: HEALTHY SEAS & SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
Addressing climate change as a priority issue
Tackling pressing environmental challenges
The interaction between vulnerable species and human activities
Theme 3: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIETAL BENEFIT
Improving knowledge on the social and economic impact of fisheries
Mapping value chains
Marine technology promoting economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries
Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Divisionof FAO (FIA)
Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Serge Garcia, Chair, Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG)
Lasse Gustavsson, Vice President and Executive Director, OCEANA
Masanori Miyahara, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency
Ernesto Penas-Lado, European Commission, DG MARE
Who will attend?
The Fish Forum will be an opportunity to benefit from a wider range of expertise than typically reaches other regional conferences and will aim at removing barriers to sharing knowledge and information. It will provide an overview of the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and fishery technology and will explore future needs. The target audience is intended to be scientists, researchers, engineers, academics, practitioners, managers and decision makers that have fisheries and marine-related responsibilities. A call for abstracts will ensure that select renowned experts have the opportunity to disseminate their latest research findings and present them to the Fish Forum. The participation of early career scientists will also actively be promoted.
The Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union
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The purpose of the joint workshop is to consider existing knowledge regarding essential fish habitats at the Baltic Sea regional scale, and how remaining gaps could be filled. The workshop will discuss and validate existing spatial data on essential fish habitats based on proposals collated within the Pan Baltic Scope project. It is organised back-to-back with a Pan Baltic Scope Green infrastructure workshop, in cooperation with HELCOM State and Conservation and HELCOM Fish Working Groups (Essential Fish Habitats).
The workshop is open to nominated experts from Contracting Parties, partners of the Pan Baltic Scope project, and invited experts on Baltic Sea essential fish habitats. Instructions for workshop registration will be sent out separately to the nominated attendees.
Pan Baltic Scope is also organising a workshop on economic and social analyses in MSP in Helsinki, Finland on 13 December. More information here.
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There will be a joint closing conference of the projects related to the implementation of EU MSP Directive in the Eastern and in the Western Mediterranean regions, SIMWESTMED and SUPREME, co-funded by DG MARE. The conference will be the occasion to learn more about the status of the implementation of the MSP Directive (2014/89/EU) in the different EU countries of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as to discuss different MSP matters such as the land -sea interaction, the coherence with the achievement of Good Environmental Status of the Sea, the economic trends of maritime sectors, the MSP transboundary issues. The results from the 9 case studies of the two projects in 7 EU Countries (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Malta, France and Spain) will be presented in an interactive poster session.» view details
The workshop will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 13 December 2018. It will be organised back-to-back with a meeting of the HELCOM expert network on economic and social analyses, taking place the following day.
The purpose of the workshop is to consider existing knowledge regarding ESA applied in MSP at the Baltic Sea regional scale, and evaluate how remaining knowledge gaps could be filled. The Workshop will discuss the existing literature and national approaches for ESA in MSP, based on the information collated and approaches under development within the Pan Baltic Scope project. A major aim will be to share experiences of ESA utilized under BSAP/MSFD with relevance to MSP. The information and discussion from the workshop will be used in the Pan Baltic Scope project to establish a shared basis for further work on inclusion of ESA in MSP in the HELCOM region.
The Workshop is open to nominated experts from Contracting Parties, partners of the Pan Baltic Scope project, as by information to firstname.lastname@example.org at the latest by 30 November 2018. Instructions for workshop registration will be sent to the nominated attendees at a later stage.
Pan Baltic Scope is also organising a regional expert workshop together with HELCOM on essential fish habitats on 12 and 13 December in Riga, Latvia. More information here.» view details
The first Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference will be held in Wales at the National Assembly for Wales estate in Cardiff. The event aims to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Sea to learn about and discuss issues of current and shared interest.
The morning session provides an update from across the Irish Sea on marine planning (including the forthcoming Welsh National Marine Plan) and the development of the network of Marine Protected Areas. Over lunch delegates will be able to view an exhibition of Irish Sea related projects and meet some of the partners that have been involved with these. The afternoon session spotlights climate change and associated activity in the Irish Sea region including the response of coastal authorities in Wales associated with their duties under the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The day concludes with a presentation on the new Irish Sea Centre that is being established in the Isle of Man and plans for the ISMF conference that will be held in the Isle of Man in 2020. The conference is free of charge.» view details
The seminar, taking place in Brussels on 17 January from 12.00 to 17.00, aims to showcase ongoing JPI Oceans actions and projects and their policy impact and galvanize synergies and collaboration. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, National Ministries and research funding organisations and other international (scientific) organisations. It will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe and discuss the outcomes, opportunities and future outlooks of their activities.
The seminar is free of charge. You are welcome to register here. The event will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Rue Ducale - Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels. The programme of the the seminar will be published in due time.» view details
Regions have been at the forefront of Blue Growth across the Baltic Sea Region. Whether it is for shipping, blue bio-technology, coastal tourism or aquaculture, regions have developed innovative approaches to enhance Blue Growth. This conference will build upon the results of several transnational projects that all aim to foster blue growth – from regions and for regions in the BSR. This conference is the forum for the Blue Growth cooperation of tomorrow.» view details
Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of their work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, the aim is to mobilise private sector investment capital and lending. The blue economy has significant potential for sustainable growth and job creation, particularly around the Mediterranean Sea basin. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in developing this economic potential. Through this event, the Commission wants to increase the engagement of the financial community with the blue economy, and to stimulate investment interest in marine and maritime sectors. In addition, the event will indirectly support the implementation of cooperation initiatives amongst Mediterranean countries in the context of the UfM Blue Economy Forum, the WestMED Initiative, and the EUSAIR.
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In 2019, the EuroMarine General Assembly (GA) meeting will take place in Cádiz, Spain, on 30 January (all day) and 31 January 2019 (morning). It will be hosted and co-organised by the University of Cádiz (UCA).
It will be preceded on 28 and 29 Jan. by EuroMarine working group meetings and/or other side events yet to be confirmed. It will be followed by a (closed) EuroMarine Steering Committee meeting, on Thu. 31 Jan. PM.
Two salient items on the agenda:
- a specific EuroMarine working group is preparing an analysis of all scientific activities funded by EuroMarine in its first four years of existence and will report on it during the GA meeting;
- the GA will discuss and make decisions regarding the operational launch of the EuroMarine not-for-profit Legal Entity (which will serve as a support structure for the EuroMarine Consortium); this legal entity could indeed be recently created as an association under French law; its creation was announced in the French Official Journal of 1 Sept. 2018; it should be ready during Fall 2018 to manage EuroMarine 2019 budget and seek additional funding sources.
The National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, affiliated to the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, is organising its annual international conference from 12-14 February 2019. This conference is an important step to put a spotlight on the way in which marine and coastal ecosystem sustainability issues interact with social and economic pressures to reach integrated solutions. The conference will provide a unique forum to assess the impact of the current growth of industrial, commercial and touristic activities on oceans and coasts. In addition to risk analysis, hazards mitigation, ranging from specific assessment of risk to mitigation associated with both natural and anthropogenic hazards on coast to ocean. The conference deliverables will offer the basis for future strategies in the region. The program themes are structured in support of the sustainable development of coast and ocean; and community consciousness of the value of sustainable development. Conference themes include coastal policy and legislation, marina data maangement, marine economy and marketing of marine science.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 December 2018.» view details
The MSP conference “Connecting Seas” from two INTERREG sister projects “NorthSEE” and “Baltic LINes” will take place on the 13th – 14th February 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The conference programme will cover topics related on the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region’s experience of dealing with Maritime Spatial Planning, with a focus on shipping, energy and environment. The conference will bring together more than 200 participants from the MSP community representing different ministries and authorities, stakeholders from the shipping, energy and environment sector, transnational organisations and initiatives, NGOs as well as research institutes from both regions. This will be a unique opportunity to meet representatives, experts and stakeholders from two sea basins, exchange knowledge and discover the future trends in MSP.
Get involved to understand the MSP processes in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions -register on www.connectingseas.eu until 16 January!
Discounted rooms are available in different hotels in walking distance to the venue. You can find the different hotel options under http://www.connectingseas.eu/venue/ - use the keyword: “Connectingseas”.
The purpose of the workshop is to examine the findings of the literature review and questionnaire, with a specific focus on three key topics:
- Challenges and barriers impacting growth of marine social sciences in the UK,
- The future priorities for marine social science research and practice,
- Opportunities for collaboration and development of marine social sciences research and practice in the UK.
The OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit "Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability" is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Smithsonian Institution in coordination with the IOC-UNESCO, the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium. The goal is to highlight ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability and promote scalable solutions across human, climate and ecological dimensions.» view details
The EGU General Assembly will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET or, for those applying for EGU Roland Schlich travel support, 1 December 2018, 13:00 CET.
A dedicated session on 'Coastal Zone Geomorphologic Interactions - Natural versus Human-induced Driving Factors' will be organised and will focus on topics such as land-sea interactions and maritime spatial planning.» view details
The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean. The Call for Stakeholder workshops has also been launched and you can apply for the organisation of a workshop by submitting your online application before 30/11/2018.
The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from Academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions. Stakeholders will find the EMD a great opportunity to touch base with strategic partners, to make new contacts, get visibility for projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape and provide input into European Maritime Policy formulation. Through a dedicated matchmaking application, participants will be able to ask for matchmaking slots with other participants and post their profiles online.
EMD 2019 will also be celebrated across Europe, through ‘EMD in my Country’ events and activities, big and small, that in 2019 will focus, in particular, on mobilising citizens and young people around the theme of responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. The EMD portal lets you find which events are happening around Europe and in your neighborhood.
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In the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape, embracing a digitally enabled supply chain, adapting operating models to the ongoing digital revolution, adopting advanced & integrated digital solutions across the sector, and driving transformation before the industry is disrupted have been brought to the forefront of industry discussion. The need for collaboration across the industry for the promotion of knowledge sharing, advancing innovation, reducing costs and maximising capabilities is also becoming of central importance to industry development. The Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit will address such challenges by uniting the North Sea supply chain, supporting cross-sector collaboration, driving transformation, aligning incentives throughout the supply chain and securing the future of the industry.» view details
The next (2019) edition of the EurOCEAN conference will take place on 11-12 June 2019, in Paris (France), hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (7 place Fontenoy - 75007 Paris, France) and managed by the European Marine Board.
To keep track of the most recent information on this event visit the conference series' website (www.euroceanconferences.eu) or the Marine Board website (www.marineboard.eu), or follow the Marine Board on Twitter (@EMarineBoard).» view details
Future Oceans2 is the second IMBeR Open Science Conference and will provide an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards –
ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions
In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter-and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three interlinked themes –
- Theme 1. Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems;
- Theme 2. Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and
- Theme 3. Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.
Future Oceans2 will be an exciting mix of talks (keynote, research, and contributed -up to 10 concurrent sessions each day), posters, workshops, focus groups, world cafés, and other innovative formats to engage delegates. The conference will be preceded by two days of workshops.» view details
MARE People and the Sea Conference X: Call for Papers and Panels:
The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is preparing its 10th international People and the Sea Conference that will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-28, 2019. This jubilee conference, which is preceded by a policy day (June 24, 2019) and flanked by other events, takes time as its theme. In full awareness of the major ongoing changes in the knowledge industry and how people interact with coasts and seas, we first delve into the past: what have we learned, and to what extent are we making the most of these learning opportunities? From whom should we be learning, and how do we engage in the learning process? To what extent are the insights of earlier generations of social scientists studying maritime affairs and coastal life still relevant to us? We then look forward and ask ourselves what social scientists can contribute to understanding and dealing with coastal and maritime challenges of the future. Topics range from the increasing intensity of storms and their implications for navigators and coastal inhabitants, to plastic pollution and conservation measures, the travails of travelers and the expansion of coastal cities, the fate of long-time inhabitants such as fishers and indigenous people, trends of coastal and ocean grabbing, the regulatory pursuits of planners, officials and scientists, and the ethics of technology. What perspectives and skills do we have to offer to science and the world; what are our strengths and where do our limitations lie?
Under the broad theme LEARNING FROM THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs.
1: Making a living from coasts and oceans:
From time immemorial, people around the globe have lived beside and upon the coasts and ocean, subsisting and earning their livelihoods. What are the ways in which they subsist and live? How do such livelihoods impact their culture, social organization, technology and innovations, management and governance structures, way of life, and worldviews? This stream will reflect upon how people in the past, now and in future live and interact with oceans and coasts. This stream is concerned with fishers, navigators, oil platform workers, tourism operators, wind farm mechanics and the whole range of other professions that engage with coasts and seas and with the communities that they belong to.
2: Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans:
How do we know the ocean and how has this changed over time? What are the knowledge-producing entities, routines and practices through which people study, reflect on and make sense of the ocean? What are the different types of knowledge that guide human interaction with the marine environment? How are they produced and communicated and why are some more influential than others in guiding people’s behaviour? This stream will reflect on how we frame, dream and know oceans and coasts. It thus focuses on marine epistemologies ranging from scientific to everyday forms of knowledge production.
3: Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans:
The world-wide domestication of coasts and oceans has led to a flurry of managerial activity at various scale levels and in multiple venues. Politicians, planners, legislators, environmentalists, business (wo-)men and scientists consider options to initiate blue growth, save fisheries, reduce pollution and protect the environment, and create a proper and legitimate regulatory environment. ‘Stakeholders’ sit on the other side of the table, participating, protesting, negotiating and undergoing. This stream is about ocean and coastal governance in all its manifestations and human faces, paying special attention to how it has changed and might change yet again.
4: Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans:
Oceans and coasts play important roles for the transportation of goods and people and provide attractive landscapes and experiences for tourists and recreationists alike. How do we navigate the ocean, and how do present trends differ from the past? What can we expect in future? This stream will reflect on how we use oceans and coasts for transport purposes and tourism experiences, and how these activities have an impact on environments, economies and societies. It thus focuses on a range of maritime mobilities and assesses the sustainability challenges and opportunities of their development at different scale levels and from other angles.
5: Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans:
Oceans and coasts are subject to ever-rising conflicts over the distribution of space and resources. What is the nature of the ensuing contestations? How are the games played, who are the winners and losers? Oil spills, pollution, ocean and coastal grabbing and man-made disasters suggest disparities between those causing harm and those vulnerable to the consequences. In addition, oceans are a welcome host for illicit activities: smuggling and trafficking of goods and people, brazen acts of piracy, and illegal resource extractions. Securitization is a common response. This stream reflects the rough and dirty side of life along coasts and oceans and related trends of grand and petty politics.
6: Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans:
This stream focuses on the changing role of innovations and technology in the transformation of oceans and coastal areas, highlighting the role of business. Discourses of blue economy and blue growth are facilitated by development in fields such as robotics, monitoring and surveillance systems, energy systems and communication technology. We are interested in studies that address how material innovations and technological progress shift the balance between humans and their marine and coastal environments, and the implications this has for people in different stations of life. Contributions that re-examine the position of the marine social sciences in the paradigm of blue growth are also very welcome.
Participants may propose panels, papers, but also posters and other visual materials, such as documentary films. Besides the more traditional conference formats we encourage proposals with innovative formats that stimulate interaction such as roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions and debates. As for paper-based panels, we encourage formats that invite deeper discussion, for example by including discussants or by peer reviewing each other’s papers. The conference organizers may prioritize proposals that take such matters into account.
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The 12th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2019 will gather the marine research community at Stockholm University for discussions on the last 10 years of Baltic Sea research and how it has adopted new interdisciplinary approaches and scientific disciplines. Policy aspects of the latest research will also be discussed.» view details