Marine Protected Areas Conference 2017
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    Poole Port North Lounge, New Harbour Road South, Poole, Dorset BH15 4AJ

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Climate change, policy developments such as Brexit and progress in marine science all contribute to a fast changing context for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 

This conference aims to examine the current issues from a variety of perspectives at a time when questions on the future approaches to MPAs are the subject of policy development.

Conference themes

  • The science of Marine Protected Areas
  • MPAs and fisheries: policy and practice
  • Climate change, non-indigenous species and marine conservation
  • Post Brexit UK policy and European Marine Sites
  • Recreational and commercial pressures: impacts and solutions
  • Water quality, nutrients, and eutrophication

Representatives from the Plymouth University Marine Institute will be presenting their research on the following topics:

  • The social and economic impact of an MPA - the Lyme Bay Reserve
  • The Lyme Bay MPA case study: benthic recovery, storm impacts and lessons learnt
  • The Lyme Bay Experimental Potting Project

View the programme on the Poole Harbour Study Group website.

This conference coincides with the European Maritime Day event in Poole on 18-19 May.

About the Marine Institute

Representing 3,000 staff, researchers and students, the Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions.

Discover more about our project to increase understanding of how the level of management of MPAs can influence delivery of marine ecosystem services and how we've been monitoring the Lyme Bay exclusion zone.

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