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To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.
The Call for Abstracts is currently open!
IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.
#IMCC4 Congress Theme & Special Topics of Interest
The overall theme of IMCCs is Making Marine Science Matter. For marine conservation to be effective, marine conservation science must matter to stakeholders, policy makers, and practitioners. To accomplish this, the congress will be organized around specific topics of interest for marine conservation in general, as well as the local area. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but merely a guide for the conference. All marine conservation-related proposals and abstracts are welcome.
- Fisheries, aquaculture and the oceans
- Marine food security
- Conservation and management of the Arctic and Antarctic
- Conservation engineering
- Ocean science technology
- Marine energy
- Climate, ocean acidification, and the changing oceans
- Culture and the marine environment
- Advancing marine conservation through international treaties
- Effective marine conservation planning
- Communicating marine conservation
- Participation in marine conservation science (e.g. citizen and indigenous science)
- Marine tourism
- Marine policy
- Estuary and coastal restoration
- Conservation at the land-sea interface
In addition, the SCB Marine Section developed a list of 71 research questionscritical to the advancement of marine conservation. These research questions will also be addressed throughout the conference.