The Scottish Associate for Marine Science (SAMS) were pleased to host the Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry (AMBIO) VIII conference in Oban, Scotland, UK. The special interest group for Challenger Society was the first time the meeting was held in Scotland.
A collaborative project between SAMS, Cooke Aquaculture and Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia to improve understanding of the effects of salmon farming on the seabed in high-energy waters is underway in Orkney, with co-funding from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).
Marine plastic pollution is an increasing, and global, environmental issue. Numerous marine species are affected by plastic debris through entanglement, nest incorporation, and ingestion, which can lead to lethal and sub-lethal impacts.
ATLAS Arts is working with Cooking Sections on a long-term project to look at forms of eating that address environmental regeneration by promoting ingredients that proactively respond to the new ecological challenges of Scottish waters.
Coastal vegetated habitats are disproportionately important in sequestering carbon dioxide compared with terrestrial ecosystems. Being amongst the most productive and carbon-rich ecosystems in the world, with the potential to sequester carbon for millennia, they should be prominent in strategies to mitigate climate change.
Everything is set for what once again promises to be a great shellfish conference. Shellfish aquaculture is a growing part of the Scottish economy, Fergus Ewing, Minister for Rural Economy and Connectivity will be opening the conference at noon on 26th October.
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