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How will Conservation Science meet Policy Requirements on the High Seas?
A workshop at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) hosted by MCBI
Tuesday 19 May 2008, 9am-5pm
George Mason University
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Major decisions and criteria recently developed by the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) and UN FAO (Food and Agricultural Org.) concerning conservation of the high seas, while based on science, remain unknown to most marine scientists, and also to policy makers outside of these bodies. This IMCC workshop side-event will provide an opportunity for high seas researchers and policy makers to discuss with each other what is currently being done to meet international high seas commitments, what is reasonable to expect within the short-term, and what would be required in the medium term using these recently adopted conservation criteria. Participants will be challenged to come up with realistic approaches to address data-limited situations such as are commonly found on the high seas. Next steps will be developed.




9:00-9:15 Overview of the day and workshop aims: Jeff Ardron (MCBI, USA)
9:15-9:30 Brief background on the policy and legal context: Kristina Gjerde (IUCN, Poland/Switzerland)
9:30-9:45 Brief background on the CBD and FAO criteria, their commonalities and differences: Jake Rice (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
9:45-10:00 Implementing FAO Guidelines on the management of deep-sea fisheries in the high seas: Jessica Sanders (FAO, Rome)
10:00-10:15 Results of the related session at the ICES Deep Sea Symposium, 27-30 April, Azores: Jeff Ardron (MCBI, USA)
10:15-10:30 updates from the room on other relevant meetings, discussion and further questions


10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee/Tea/Juice Break


Applicability of current research to the CBD and FAO criteria

11:00-11:15 identification of Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Interest: Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (Tethys Research Institute, Italy)
11:15-11:30 identification and designation of OSPAR MPAs in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the NE Atlantic: Henning von Nordheim (German Agency for Nature Conservation, Chair OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on MPAs)
11:30-11:45 ongoing work in the Antarctic: Colleen Corrigan (UNEP-WCMC, UK)
11:45-12:00 illustrative examples from the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab: Daniel Dunn (Duke U., USA)
12:00 – 12:30 global predictive habitat modelling:

  • (12:00-12:15) Alex Rogers (London Zoological Society, UK)

  • (12:15-12:30) Jeff Ardron (MCBI, USA –on behalf of Andrew Davies, Bangor U., UK)

12:30-12:45 discussion and further questions

12:45-13:30 Lunch (provided in meeting room)


Afternoon break-out discussions

13:30-13:45 explanation of afternoon break-out sessions and questions: Jeff Ardron (MCBI)
13:45-15:15 break-out group discussions: i) science; ii) policy, iii) regional efforts; iv) fisheries

15:15-15:45 Afternoon Coffee/Tea/Juice Break

15:45-16:15 presentations from break-out groups and questions from the room
16:15-17:00 moderated plenary discussion: conclusions and ways forward
17:00 close of meeting.


High Seas Presentations (pdf):

  1. Linking deep sea science to international decisions - Jeff Ardron (MCBI) & Elizabeth McLanahan (NOAA)
  2. Selection of open‐ocean MPAsThe theory and the reality - Jeff Ardron (MCBI)
  3. Predicting the distribution of framework-forming cold-water corals - Andrew Davies, John Guinotte (MCBI), Murray Roberts
  4. As far from land as you can get - establishing the Charlie Gibbs High Seas MPA on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Christian Neumann (WWF Germany)





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