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The blog of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress



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Meet the IMCC3 Local Secretariat: Scotland Team

Dr. Dominic McCafferty, Head of Local Secretariat: Dominic is the Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.  He has a passion for the marine environment in Scotland and a special interest in seal conservation. He teaches on a variety of undergraduate and masters courses, as well as participates in a wide range of public outreach activities. ...READ MORE

 


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Tunnock's & Me: A Marine Biologist's Love Affair with Scottish Sweets

Marine biologist Natalie Welden’s love affair with Tunnock’s  products prompted her to ask the family-owned and operated Scottish sweets company to become a sponsor of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, taking place in Glasgow 14-18 August. Welden, a member of the IMCC3 Local Organizing Committee, was unsure of what their response might be (a sweets company and a marine conservation conference?). To our delight, Tunnock’s gladly offered to become an IMCC3 sponsor. Welden was so delighted, she wanted to share her Tunnock’s love story. ...READ MORE

 


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IMCC3 Co-Chair Dr. John Cigliano Asseverates Necessity of Conservation Education & Public Engagement

Dr. John Cigliano’s fascination with octopuses started with watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau as a child. He studied the behavioral ecology of octopuses as a graduate student. But, as his studies progressed, he became aware of just how serious are the conservation issues affecting marine ecosystems. So, after completing his Ph.D., he decided to change his focus to marine conservation and conservation education. ...READ MORE

 


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Whisky: The Water of Life

The 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress is being held in Scotland, home to Scotch Whisky. Dr. Chris Parsons, marine scientist and whisky enthusiast, shares information on Scotch Whisky for IMCC3 delegates. ...READ MORE

 


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Making Sustainable Seafood Choices in Glasgow

One of the reasons I became I marine scientist is because I love eating fish. It’s a healthy thing to do, but more importantly they taste delicious! Nevertheless, a taste for the juicy white flesh of cod, the salty aftertaste of an oyster, or the flavour explosion of mackerel can clearly be an ethical conundrum for people in our line of work. At IMCC3, hopefully we can all share knowledge and help make decisions that will ensure I, and others like me, don’t have to feel guilty about our fetish for fish. The good news, in the meantime, is that we certainly won’t have to regret eating seafood while we are in Glasgow.....READ MORE

 


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IMCC3 Chair Dr. Chris Parsons Underscores the Needs for Impactful Outputs from Scientific Conferences

Dr. Chris Parsons has worked on conservation projects on all seven continents in more than two decades of marine mammal conservation research. He has published more than 100 journal articles on conservation issues and numerous book chapters, reports and popular articles, in print and online. He is currently an associate professor of marine conservation in the department of Environmental Science & Policy...READ MORE

 


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The Benfits of Tweetable Abstracts

Erin Eastwood explains how turning your abstract for a scientific conference into a Tweetable 140 characters can benefit you, your science and the conference you are attending. Erin is the intern for the journal Conservation Biology (@ConBiology), the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). ...READ MORE

 


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IMCC3 Mascot: The Atlantic Puffin

As a child, I was fascinated by puffins, among many other exotic seafaring animals. (Exotic, meaning, I had never seen them in the forests of West Virginia.) My kindergarten teacher read us a book on seabirds, and puffins enchanted my young heart. The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) in the book she held up was small, fast and colorful, she explained. ...READ MORE

 


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Getting Involved: Basking Shark Scotland Tours

Cetorhinus maximus  is known by many names—sun-fish, bone shark, elephant shark, sail-fish, hoe-mother—but most commonly as the basking shark. This name is derived from their seasonal behavior of floating along the surface of the water, ‘basking’ in the sun, enormous mouths open wide for feeding. ...READ MORE

 


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The Ocean is Cold, Smelly & Dark: A Marine Biologist's Introspective Into Our Connection with Nature

We only look after what we care about; but what makes us care about the ocean? Until recently, I never considered the origin of my caring. I just cared! Most people in my social sphere also cared. I had been in a like-minded bubble without realizing it. A result of having a pre-school child is mixing with a variety of other parents; some of whom have quite different values. ...READ MORE

 


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The Ecology of Haggis: Food or Friend?

The traditional Scottish dish, haggis, has enjoyed worldwide popularity due to its savory flavor and overall Scottish-ness. Before you indulge, you may find yourself wondering…what is this haggis? Some wild creature of the glens? ...READ MORE

 


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Plenary Focus: Dr. Amanda Vincent Stresses Turning International Agreements Into Action

Dr. Amanda Vincent is self-diagnosed as suffering from “aqualust,” a condition related to by many marine biologists. A co-founder and director of ProjectSeahorse, she was the first person to study seahorses underwater, the first to document the extensive trade in these fishes and the first to initiate a seahorse conservation project. Her research and advocacy work for marine conservation have earned Vincent several awards ...READ MORE

 


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IMCC for Beginners: A Student's Perspective

If you’ve never been to an international conference, the IMCC is a great way to get your toes wet! I remember attending my first international conference, only knowing three other people in a brand new country. It was very intimidating for new participants and I had a really hard time getting to know other delegates. ...READ MORE

 


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Take a Trip to the Capital

You’ll have a great time in Glasgow while attending IMCC3, but why stick to one city? Scotland is a beautiful and remarkably small country, so it’s really easy to travel around. And number one on any itinerary would have to be a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. ...READ MORE

 


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The Benefits of Attendance: IMCC3

Without the International Marine Conservation Congresses (IMCC), I very much doubt I would be where I am today, professionally. At the first IMCC in 2009, I learned from experts in my field the methodology that would become central to my doctoral research. Two and a half years ago at IMCC2 in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, I shared sustainable seafood and locally brewed beer with a group of strangers who are now trusted collaborators. ...READ MORE

 


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Help Sponsor IMCC3 Delegates from Developing Countries

Furthering marine conservation in developing countries is incredibly important for global and local conservation, local economies and more. This campaign is to to help sponsor delegates from developing countries to attend the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), so they can bring back knowledge, skills and tools to further marine conservation in their countries, as well as present their marine conservation issues and projects to marine scientists from around the world.

There are currently to ways to help sponsor IMCC3 delegates from developing countries, including Teespring and Indiegogo campaigns. ... READ MORE

 


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Plenary Focus: Dr. Heather Koldewey Highlights Positive Examples of Marine Conservation

Dr. Heather Koldewey is involved in several projects around the world, making her familiar with the diverse difficulties in marine research, as well as incidences of conservation success. The Head of Global Conservation Programmes for the Zoological Society of London, she is also a co-founder of Project Seahorse. ...READ MORE

 


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Glasgow: IMCC3 Host City a 2014 Must-Visit Destination

Don’t just take our word for it…
The IMCC 2014 host city, Glasgow, has been celebrated by numerous world-leading publications, travel guides and websites as a must-visit destination in 2014. Here is a selection of what they had to say:

Rough Guides – Top 10 Cities for 2014
"In the past few decades, Scotland’s biggest city has emerged as a cultural powerhouse. The River Clyde, which once ferried tobacco traders towards the city, now flows past smoking-hot artists’ studios and museums, which have appeared in rejuvenated docks.”... READ MORE

 


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Plenary Focus: Dr. Elliott Norse Emphasizes Big Ideas & Large-Scale Initiative

Dr. Elliott Norse said it has taken several decades of academic training, research and career experience to learn to “save the diversity of life in a perilous, complex, anthropocentric world.” His history includes a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, as well as work at the US Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Ecological Society of America, The Wilderness Society and Ocean Conservancy. He founded the Marine Conservation Institute in 1996 ...READ MORE

 


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IMCC: Making Marine Science Matter

The video presented in this blog post highlights clips and interviews from the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC2), held in 2010 in Victoria, Canada. The video also previews IMCC3, to be held in August 2014. It shows the incredible importance of IMCC and marine conservation. The video features interviews of: IMCC2 Chair Ellen Hines, Jeff Ardon of the Marine Conservation Institute, Nick Dulvy of Simon Fraser University, Philip Dearden of the University of Victoria, Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Kerstin Forsberg of Planeta Oceano..... READ MORE

 


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Exhibitor Focus: Environmental Artist Featured at IMCC3

Seppo Leinonen is a Finnish artist interested in environmental issues. He studied fine arts and forestry in Helsinki and enjoys the outdoors. He recently participated in the 11th International Mammalogical Congress and is excited to become more involved in marine conservation at IMCC3. You can view more of Seppo’s art on his website SeppoNet and follow him on Twitter @sepponet (IMCC Cartoon by Seppo) ...READ MORE

 


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Gie it Laldy in Glasgow

by Samantha Jane King, IMCC3 Communications Committee

Awrite! Welcome to Glasgow—city of culture, city of history, but most importantly MY city. To all you visitors from near or far landing on Scottish soil this August, a warmer welcome you could not ask for! Glasgow is our dear green place. Glasgow is rainy. Glasgow is friendly. But most importantly, Glasgow is UNIQUE! I have lived on the outskirts of this city my entire life, and many a weekend I have frequented the bright lights of “Glasvegas.” Whether it be for the live music scene, thriving nightlife or the deep fried cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this most diverse of cities.... READ MORE

 


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Plenary Focus: Dr. Emily Darling Tackles Climate Change & Coral Reefs

Dr. Emily S. Darling likens climate change to a horror film for the world’s oceans. Rising ocean temperatures, growing sea levels, ocean acidification and coral bleaching are just a few of the multitude of climate change’s detrimental effects on marine life. “More than ever before, scientists, local stakeholders, NGOs and government agencies need to work together to plan how we are going to protect and manage ecosystems that are fundamentally threatened by a warmer and more acidic ocean,” Darling asserted. ...READ MORE

 


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Glasgow: A Fitting Backdrop for IMCC3

by Samantha Oester, IMCC3 Communications Chair

Scotland’s largest city is located in the West Central Lowlands, with the River Clyde bisecting the picturesque location. According to Dr. Chris Parsons, IMCC3 Chair, Glasgow was chosen as the host city for IMCC3 for several reasons, including its location, history and the country’s keen interest in marine science and marine conservation. And Glasgow is pleased to host IMCC3. ”We’re delighted that IMCC is coming to Glasgow in August, during what will be a showcase year for the city,” said Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. “Hosting such a prestigious conference reinforces Glasgow’s international reputation as a world-leading conventions city, and we are committed to ensuring IMCC 2014 is a success and that your delegates enjoy a memorable experience.”.... READ MORE