The 2016 South West Marine Ecosystems Meeting (SWME) meeting will take place in the lecture theatre at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), on Friday April 8th. In 2015 150+ delegates attended representing 55+ organisations. The format and content will be similar to previous years with a mix of long and short presentations and good time for discussion and networking.
All the speakers and delegates pay for the conference fee and thanks to the generosity of PML the price will be £20 (including refreshments and lunch) to help attract the widest range of people and in particular volunteers, students interested this area of work. The full programme is set out below but the objectives of the meeting are:
Networking To provide a networking opportunity for a wide cross section of people to meet, exchange views and build networks on south-west marine ecosystems; this includes active support for volunteer observations and schemes (citizen science), marine science and research interests, managers and a range of sea users including nature conservation, fishing, tourism etc.
To assess the annual events – ecological and oceanographic - of the previous year that have affected the south west marine ecosystems – making the linkages between environmental and biological phenomena e.g. SST on plankton or mackerel and cetaceans. We will be asking delegates to contribute their observations on 2015.
Ecology of marine species To explore research studies that throw particular light on aspects of ecology of marine species, planktonic, benthic and ‘mobile’ species (fish, birds, mammals, turtles) and the ecosystem that supports them and to understand the status of populations of marine species in the south west and how they are responding to environmental and anthropogenic pressures.
Management and southwest marine ecosystems To understand the linkages between science to managing human activities the marine environment with a view to supporting and promoting the health of southwest marine ecosystems