Marine Protected Areas Conference 2017

Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association and Poole Harbour Study Group Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy & Management Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th May 2017 Poole Dorset UK

Climate change, policy developments such as Brexit and progress in marine science all contribute to a fast changing context for MPA’s. This conference aims to examine the current issues from a variety of perspectives at a time when questions on the future approaches to MPA’s are the subject of policy development. Contributions are welcome from individual practitioners, NGOs, statutory and governmental organisations as well as from academia.

Abstracts of papers and posters are invited ranging from original scientific research reports through reviews to policy analyses, critiques and management practice innovations. Both UK and comparative international perspectives are welcome on all forms of Marine Protected Area.

While abstracts may focus on specific MPAs, especially when the subject matter is of wider relevance, submissions which examine or exemplify general issues such as (inter alia) the relationship between scientific evidence, policy and management, or the balance between conservation and socio-economics are also encouraged. The conference will result in a published proceedings volume with the prospect also of themed journal publication for suitable peer reviewed papers.

Conference themes.

  • The science of Marine Protected Areas
  • MPAs and fisheries: Policy & practice
  • Climate change, non-indigenous species and marine conservation
  • Post Brexit UK policy and European Marine Sites
  • Recreational & commercial pressures: Impacts & solutions
  • Water quality, nutrients, and eutrophication.

Abstract submission is now closed

Keynote speakers and the full programme available to download.

Programme available to download here Programme

Cultural Programme

The conference has been timed to precede the European Maritime Conference which will be held at Poole on the two days following.

The Poole Boat Show with various associated events will also be running over the following weekend.

These events add up to a major international maritime festival for those wishing to stay in Poole for the week beginning 17th May 2017.

The Port of Poole lies a short distance from Poole Quay which offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

A conference buffet dinner will take place during a cruise along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site whose eastern boundary lies adjacent to Poole Harbour.- NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Generous support from our sponsors have allowed a conference fee for all three days inclusive of refreshments and lunch of £80.

Some sponsored places are available

Early registration is recommended

The Conference Dinner and the Field Trip to Brownsea Island are now FULLY BOOKED.

Demand for accommodation in Poole for the week of the Poole Maritime Festival (15 – 21 May 2017) is high and early booking is recommended

(a list of suggested hotels is available on the Eventbrite link below).


Eventbrite - Marine Protected Areas: Science Policy & Management