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|Dec 16 2013 to Dec 17 2013||International Conference on Bio-Diversity||Colombo, Sri Lanka||
Premier forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of Biodiversity in South Asia
|Feb 24 2014 to Feb 26 2014||World Ocean Summit 2014||San Francisco, California, USA||
Convening more than 200 global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think-tanks and academia to continue the unique outcome driven dialogue first established at the 2012 summit
|Apr 7 2014 to Apr 10 2014||Mangroves as Fish Habitat Symposium||Mazatlan, Mexico||
Sharing knowledge on the links between fisheries, ocean health, and the growing need for protecting the mangrove ecosystem
|Jun 15 2014 to Jun 19 2014||Coastal Zone Canada||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||
Canada's premier international conference on coastal and ocean issues, bringing together participants from around the globe to assess benefits and threats to coasts and oceans
|Jun 16 2014 to Jun 19 2014||ICES Symposium “Effects of fishing on benthic fauna, habitat and ecosystem function”||Tromsø, Norway||
Understanding the impacts of fishing activity to the seafloor is a key element in the development of sustainable ecosystem-based marine resource management. Any bottom-contact fishing will impact the sea floor to some extent depending on the seabed type and the gear type used. In some cases impacts are clear; bottom-trawling can cause immediate and long-lasting damage to deepwater coral, sponge and sea-pen communities. In other cases impacts are not even apparent; beach-seining of shallow sandy habitats has continued for centuries without obvious change. It is only recently that we have begun to appreciate the extent of this variability and initiate research aimed as understanding how disturbance caused by fishing affects ecosystem function, biodiversity, productivity, vulnerability and resilience. Longer term ecosystem and community responses to indirect impacts of fisheries such as discards are hardly understood at all. There is a growing need to develop indicators of ecological status, including seabed integrity and we generally lack predictive models of recovery for most ecosystems. Technical solutions aimed at minimising seabed impacts are starting to appear, but their efficacy remains to be tested in many ecosystems.
This symposium will review the physical and biological effects of fishing activities to sea bottom ecosystems, look at various technical conservation measures designed to mitigate these effects and ultimately try to quantify the overall ecosystem impact. The aim is to develop tools for use in informed ecosystem-based fisheries management.
|Jun 23 2014 to Jun 27 2014||IMBER Open Science Conference: Future Oceans||Bergen, Norway||
IMBER stands for Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research; this conference will highlight IMBER research results and develop a plan for the next phase of IMBER science