The Southwest Marine Ecosystem conferences take place in the Spring of each year in Plymouth. The Objectives of the SWME conferences developed by the delegates are: 1. Networking Through the conferences,
The Southwest Marine Ecosystem conferences take place in the Spring of each year in Plymouth. The Objectives of the SWME conferences developed by the delegates are:
1. Networking Through the conferences, website and mailings, to provide a networking opportunity for a wide cross section of people to meet, exchange views and build networks for the south-west’s marine ecosystems in order to:
– Provide active support for existing networks enabling and building citizen science project;
– To encourage collaboration between users, researchers/scientists and managers/policy makers;
– Encourage links between researchers on science projects throughout the region’s seas (e.g. the English
Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Seas and the wider Atlantic Ocean).
2. Annual Events & Recording To use the annual conference to record observation on ecological and oceanographic events of the previous year that have affected the south west marine ecosystems and to make the linkages between environmental and biological phenomena. To publish these observations annually. To promote the recording of observations through the year and ongoing regional and national marine recording projects through the SWME website.
3. Ecology of marine species To promote research studies that focus on the ecology of marine species, planktonic, benthic and ‘mobile’ species (fish, birds, mammals, turtles) and the ecosystem that supports them. To understand the status of populations of marine species in the region’s seas and how they are responding to environmental and anthropogenic pressures. To enable stories to be told about the ecology of our common species, their distribution, movements and numbers, and importantly to highlight the gaps in our knowledge.
4. Management of south west marine ecosystems To encourage strong relationships between policy makers and scientists; to promote science and the evidence base that underpins management of human activities in the coastal and marine environment with a view to supporting and promoting the health of south west’s marine ecosystems.
5. Marine Education and Outreach To highlight marine education and outreach programmes in the south west. To support the development of new programmes that promote marine management and make use of marine science. To promote good practice in environmental education, interpretation, signage and outreach.
…and to come together to celebrate being part of the SWME!
For more details of the programme, directions and accommodation please go to http://swmecosystems.co.uk/
(Friday) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Plymouth University Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA