Report of the session organized by Finet at the 4th Youmares conference

Finet Organised a session at the Youmares IV conference in September 2013. The session title was “The ecosystem approach and beyond: multidisciplinary science for sustainability in fisheries” and it proved a very popular subject: we received several abstracts for posters and oral presentations!

The Youmares conference gathers a thriving and vibrant community of young marine scientists (Bachelor, Master and PhD students and early postdoc) from diverse backgrounds: oceanography, biogeochemistry, technology, physiology, genetics and ecology. We felt however that a major gap was the lack of marine social scientists. Our session nicely filled this gap, with the inclusion of presentations with social science perspective, as well as studies which integrated different disciplines in a multidisciplinary framework.

Lotta Kluger from the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, presented the talk “Ecological and socio-economic feasibility of scallop aquaculture in Sechura, North-Peru”; Luz Elba Torres, also from Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), presented a talk titled “Collective Action in a Marine Social-Ecological System in Colombia”. Tim Dudeck from the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, University of Hamburg, presented a poster and a talk: “Modelling the Spatial Distribution of Herring in the North Sea”. Dr. Mohammad Jalil Zorriehzahra, from the Iranian Fisheries Research Organization (IFRO) of Tehran, presented a talk titled “Conservation of the endangered endemic Caspian Salmon Stocks in the Southern Caspian Sea”. Sabine Goetz from Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), Vigo (Spain) and Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM), Universidad de Aveiro (Portugal) presented the poster “The effect of acoustic deterrent devices “pingers” on two commercially important shoaling pelagic fish species in Iberian Atlantic waters”.

The organization of the session has been intense and demanding, but all the hard work paid off: we had four excellent talks and two posters from wonderful participants, and in-depth discussion with the public after each presentation. Most importantly, however, we had a good time talking about marine science with enthusiastic fellow students! Youmares conferences are fun events, where interaction is easy and natural, and personal and professional connections are easy to start!

The Finet team also featured in the Recent Impulses to Marine Science and Engineering (RIMSE) publication, a short review and introduction to the topic of the session published annually by YouMares.

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We hope to see again the fantastic participants from last years’ conference at YouMares V in September 2014!

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