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Second Mares Conference
Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation

 February 1st to 5th 2016


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First Mares Conference
Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation

 November 17th to 21st 2014

Olhão, Portugal

Marine environments are generally considered as highly valuable and their health and conservation status are seen as top priorities. Marine wildlife and habitats are facing multiple anthropogenic threats ranging from eutrophication to overfishing and ocean acidification. There is an urgent need to advance our understanding of the menaces on the marine environment and to provide constructive guidelines for management strategies. The first Mares Conference will take place in this context, aiming to address the main issues dealing with both marine ecosystems health and conservation.

Through six leading themes, this international and open conference brought together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address issues about the impact of humans activities on the natural marine environment. The conference was dynamic, innovative and participative, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions, and posters/ digital objects sessions.

The conference was hosted in Olhão, eastern Algarve, Portugal.

The first Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation was an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Program.