1st Mares Conference: Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation

Marine environments are generally considered as highly valuable and their health and conservation status are seen as top priorities. Marine wildlife and habitats are facing multiple anthropogenic threats ranging from eutrophication to overfishing and ocean acidification. There is an urgent need to advance our understanding of the menaces on the marine environment and to provide constructive guidelines for management strategies. The first Mares Conference will take place in this context, aiming to address the main issues dealing with both marine ecosystems health and conservation.

Through six leading themes, this international and open conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address issues about the impact of humans activities on the natural marine environment. The conference will be dynamic, innovative and participative, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions, and posters/ digital objects sessions.

The small-scale, relax and multigenerational nature of this event will ease knowledge exchanges, networking and building of new collaborations.

The conference will be hosted in Olhão, eastern Algarve, Portugal from November 17th to 21st 2014. Olhão is located at the edge of the natural park Ria Formosa. The town originated from fishing activity and has still an important artisanal fishery activity, together with tourism.

The first Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation is an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Program.

Please see also: http://www.maresconference.eu/

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