To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.
The overall theme of the congress IMCC3-2014 is Making Marine Science Matter. For marine conservation to be effective, marine conservation science must matter to stakeholders, policy makers, and practitioners. To accomplish this, the congress will be organized around specific topics of interest for marine conservation in general, as well as the local area. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but merely a guide for the conference.
• Food security and the oceans (sustainable fisheries and aquaculture)
• Marine renewable and non-renewable energy
• Climate, ocean acidification, and the changing oceans
• Advancing marine conservation through international treaties
• Effective conservation planning (including EBM and MPAs, cumulative impacts)
• Communicating marine conservation (marine conservation awareness and outreach, social media)
• Participation in marine conservation science (e.g. citizen and indigenous science)
• Marine tourism
• Estuary restoration
• UK marine conservation initiatives
• Marine renewable energy
• Impacts of marine oil spills on marine and coastal ecosystems & fisheries
• Marine conservation and the media
• GMOs and aquaculture
• Future risks posed by marine diseases
• Threats to deep sea ecosystems
• Marine conservation on the high seas
• Educational strategies for marine conservation
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