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Marine Protected Areas Conference on Science, Policy & Management

Hosted by the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association and Poole Harbour Study Group 

Conference themes

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


Joint AMSN - ECSA Focus Meeting: 2019 Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference on Wetlands of the Future

The AMSN 2019 conference theme ‘Wetlands of the Future’ directs our focus to the response of wetlands to global change, the continuing heavy losses of wetlands globally, and recent conservation and restoration efforts. We also address the significant role wetlands play in the mitigation of climate change and sea level rise impacts, such as through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and through...

ECSA Focus Meeting: Joint meeting with ECEI on the environmental status of estuaries and coasts in India (14-15 March 2019)

An ECSA Focus meeting on the environmental status of estuaries and coasts in India will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on the 14-15 March 2019.

The threats to marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity in India will be explored along with possible solutions.

Abstract submission: 15.01.2019

Notification of acceptance: 30.01.2019


ECSA Focus Meeting: The Forth and Tay estuaries and the adjacent coastline (30 April to 1 May 2019)

This Focus meeting <meeting and accomodation details below> will focus on the Forth and Tay estuaries and will be held at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Contributions concerning adjacent coastal areas would also be welcome.

Focus meetings aim to attract a varied audience and almost any topic related to estuarine and marine environments will be considered. So far topics...

The CHEERS conference – “Global CHanges and Estuarine and coastal systems functioning: innovativE appRoaches and assessment toolS”

Global environmental changes nowadays affect natural systems at unprecedented rates and scales. Estuaries and coastal systems are particularly affected as transition environments concentrating multiple anthropogenic and climate influences. Scientific results from monitoring programmes around the globe therefore need to be gathered and compared  to identify long-term trends and explore spatial...

ECSA Focus Meeting: "Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem: Synergies for Fishery Potential" in India

A virtual ECSA Focus Meeting/ International Conference on "Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem: Synergies for Fishery Potential (CMESFP-2020)" is being organised by the University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, India, on 19-21 November 2020.

Conference Themes:

  • Biogeochemistry and biology of the mangrove ecosystem
  • Restoration and conservation of
  • ...

Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats in the North East Atlantic (REACH North East Atlantic)

Please note we have added the presentations from the meeting and a summary of the conference output. In addition we have added the Essex historic grazing marsh project report, this is in response to one of the questions discussed on the day.

Our near shore seas and estuaries in the North East Atlantic have been transformed by human activity with significant losses of key...