South West Marine Ecosystems Conference
  • Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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The South West Marine Ecosystems (SWME) conference takes place every spring and in 2017, is held at Plymouth University.

The objectives of the SWME conference are:


  • To provide a networking opportunity for a wide cross section of people to meet, exchange views and build networks on south-west marine ecosystems; this includes active support for volunteer observations and schemes (citizen science), marine science and research interests, managers and a range of sea users including nature conservation, fishing, tourism etc.

To assess the annual events (ecological and oceanographic) of the previous year that have affected the south west marine ecosystems

  • Making the linkages between environmental and biological phenomena, for example, sea surface temperatures on plankton or mackerel and cetaceans. We will be asking delegates to contribute their observations on 2015.

Ecology of marine species

  • To explore research studies that throw particular light on aspects of ecology of marine species, planktonic, benthic and ‘mobile’ species (fish, birds, mammals, turtles) and the ecosystem that supports them and to understand the status of populations of marine species in the South West and how they are responding to environmental and anthropogenic pressures.

Management and South West marine ecosystems

  • To understand the linkages between science and the influence of managing human activities on the marine environment with a view to supporting and promoting the health of southwest marine ecosystems.

Participating staff from Plymouth University are Professor Martin Attrill (Director, Marine Institute) and Dr Olivia Langmead (Research Fellow - Marine Conservation, School of Biological and Marine Sciences).

Visit the conference website for further information or email

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