Special Poster Session at the PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, USA, November 2-13.
Recent Progress in Deep-Sea Research and Conservation: Lessons from Various Parts of the Globe
In recent years, intensive study of deep-sea ecosystems (continental slope, seamounts, trenches, troughs, and mid-water layers) of the global ocean has received increased attention because of the high levels of endemism and extreme vulnerability of their biota to any impact, particularly due to human activities. In the past, deep-sea research was focused mainly on the qualitative and quantitative composition of particular species or component of deep-water ecosystem. Currently, studies of life cycles, evaluation of anthropogenic impact, conservation of biological and genetic diversity, safe and sustainable exploitation of biological resources and their protection from destruction during human activities (fishing, mining, shipping, etc.) have become increasingly important. Several projects under the “Census of Marine Life (CoML)” program were conducted during recent years, namely CeDAMar, Mar-Eco, CenSeam, ChEss, etc. There were also several local projects focused on deep-water biodiversity studies of the Sea of Okhotsk (SokhoBio), Japan/East Sea (SoJaBio) and Kurile-Kamchatka Trench (KuramBio). Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) in deep waters has received increasing attention, including data reporting requirements management action, in FAO, CCAMLR and a number of RFMOs such as NAFO, NEAFC, SEAFO, SPRFMO, etc. In the Southern Ocean German-led Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project (ANDEEP) has provided critical new data that has been incorporated into the work of CCAMLR. For the Southern Indian Ocean, IUCN and SIODFA announced Benthic protected areas. Modern significant progress in deep-sea research became possible mainly due to development of new methodologies and technical equipment, including ROV’s, landers, various recorders, etc. This poster session will provide a forum for sharing recent advances in deep-sea research and conservation in various parts of the global ocean in the whole, and the North Pacific in particular. Contributions on recent biological studies and conservat!
ion in d
eep waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Southern oceans are encouraged.
JULY 1st – Extended Deadline for Early Registration, Abstract Submission, and Financial Support Applications for PICES 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting is approaching. If you are interested in attending this conference, please register on-line and submit your abstract as soon as possible.
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We look forward to seeing you at the PICES 25th annual meeting held in San Diego!