The Ocean Symposium 2021 - "Think Global, Act Local" was held on Saturday the 2nd of October, live from the stunning Durbar Hall at the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.
The presentations included local and global science. You were invited to join them in-person or from anywhere in the UK or around the world live through Zoom! Tickets were sold out for attendance at the Durbar Hall. The global audience also had the oppotunity to ask questions live to the speakers during the Q&A sessions.
2021 is an important year for marine conservation with the United Nations launching the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030). This Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To link with and support the Decade, the United Nations Association Climate & Oceans (UNA), in collaboration with Sussex Wildlife Trust, hosted the Ocean Symposium 2021 and launched the UN Decade of Ocean Science in Sussex and the United Kingdom.
The Ocean Symposium 2021 brought you exciting, world class speakers from Sussex and around the globe. The Symposium was designed to encourage people to ‘Think Global, Act Local’ about our Oceans, with talks on inspiring local projects, and from researchers further afield tackling global issues.
The speakers included:
Dr Simon Morley, Senior Scientist, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, Rothera Research Station, Antarctica - "Diving into Antarctic Benthic Ecosystems".
Dr Ian Hendy, Marine Biology Course Leader, University of Portsmouth - "Climate-driven golden tides are reshaping coastal communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico"
Dr Corina Ciocan, Principle Lecturer in Marine Biology, Centre for Aquatic Environments, University of Brighton - "Ocean pollution - New Contaminants, New Challenges"
Tim Dapling - Chief Fisheries & Conservation Officer, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority - "Taking an Ecosystem Approach to Inshore Fisheries Management; The Sussex Nearshore Trawling Byelaw"
Nikki Hills - Wild Coast Sussex Project Manager, Sussex Wildlife Trust - "Tackling Ghost Fishing Gear"
Phoebe Chadwick, Marine Scientist RS Aqua and Nathan Hunt, Marine Scientist RS Aqua - "Innovative Marine Technologies within Local Projects"
Samuel Hickling - Oceanographer, ARC Marine Ltd - "The Road to Nature Inclusive Design in Marine Manmade Structures"
Steve Allnutt - Diver and Team Member, Sussex Underwater - "Filming Sussex Underwater"
There were also talks from youth voices bringing you their perspectives on marine conservation, and on ocean innovation, highlighting exciting technology which is helping to innovate marine research.
Jemma Sargeant, Marine Biologist, UNA Youth Ambassador - "Our Isles and Oceans project"
Michele Ivone -Formica Rodriquez - UNA Youth Ambassador - "Marine Management in Gran Canaria, Spain"
Lara Hauge - UNA Youth Ambassador - "SEA - Seaford Environmental Alliance"
At this event the UNA Climate & Oceans and Sussex Wildlife Trust launched their joint 'Sussex Blue Charter". The expert speakers responded to questions and answer sessions live at this impressive all-day event.
by Nelson Kay, Cleaner Ocean Foundation