Developing and testing approaches for Marine Spatial Planning: the case of aquaculture

submitted by: Lauren_McWhinnie

A fundamental goal of the Scottish Marine Bill is to streamline regulation and develop a new framework to coordinate and manage activities' around Scotland's coast. This study will evaluate and explore the application of different approaches, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to the development of a Scottish marine spatial planning framework, with a particular focus on decision-making for future aquaculture sites.

How are they related? - Phylogenetic analyses of Ophryotrocha (Dorvilleidae: Polychaeta) species from different ocean basins

submitted by: Helena_Wiklund
The polychaetes from the dorvilleid genus Ophryotrocha were previously considered to be shallow-water dwellers of organically enriched environments, but recent exploration of similar habitats in the deep sea have showed that the genus is not restricted to a certain depth. New species of Ophryotrocha have been found at whale-falls, cold seeps and hydrothermal vents as well as in sediments beneath fish farms, in the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Ocean and at depth spans from 30 m to below...

A Proposed Littoral Seaweed Project

submitted by: Ruth_Crundwell

An initiative by Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) named as ‘Citizen Science' aims to increase participation of the general public with science organisations.  A Littoral Seaweed Project has been envisaged as a means of engaging communities to take more interest in a rocky shore that is close to them.

A benthocosm facility as a new tool to investigate the combined role of biogeochemical and ecological processes in ecosystem functioning

submitted by: Aurélia_Mouret
Sediment water interface is an important transition zone and is classically characterized by a well define oxic horizon with geochemical gradients. In reality, in coastal sediments, fauna activity and patchy distribution of organic matter introduce another level of complexity and initiate a heterogenic pattern of microzones. Thus the investigation of benthic processes and exchange rates needs to resolve temporal and spatial variations on different scales and requires the use of innovative...

Marine Ecotourism and Environmental Education: Case for Urban Protected Areas

submitted by: Taslim_Arifin
Indonesian Archipelago is characterized with long coastline and thousands small islands and high marine biodiversity. These resources are amongst attractions to be offered as Indonesia targets tourism as one of country's main economic sector. Marine ecotourism in Indonesia is developing and becoming more popular for travellers, and marine protected areas are amongst places being more visited as ecotourism sites. Indonesia established marine protected areas throughout the country; many are...

Using Ocean Biogeographic Information System data in the CBD EBSA process

submitted by: Ei_Fujioka

During the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a set of criteria were approved to assist in the identification of ‘Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas' (EBSAs; Annex I of CBD Decision IX/20). These criteria were later consolidated during the Expert Workshop on EBSAs held in the Azores, in October 2007. OBIS and OBIS SEAMAP data have obvious relevance to several of the criteria.