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Three KAUST students attended the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia in June. The event brought together over 650 attendees under the theme of ‘Making Marine Science Matter.’ Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
-By Matt Tietbohl, KAUST News
Ocean conservation is one of the most important and difficult challenges we face today. With so many communities relying on the oceans as a source of food or income or for cultural significance, it is incredibly challenging to find successful ways to protect the bounty and beauty of Earth's oceans in ways that every ocean-user can agree on. To address these challenges, we need to bring people together to find solutions to ocean conservation problems.
A fish swims in the Red Sea next to a coral reef in this image from KAUST Ph.D. student Matt Tietbohl. Tietbohl and fellow University Ph.D. students Aislinn Dunne and George Short attended the recent Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia in June on behalf of KAUST. Image courtesy of Matt Tietbohl.
Conference participants spent a week together discussing and sharing science while working to find innovative ways to translate marine conservation science into real action. Below, KAUST attendees share aspects of IMCC5 that left a lasting impression on them.
An important topic discussed at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia was the impact of above-water marine species like seabirds. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
- George Short (M.S. student, Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group, and IMCC5 presenter)
At the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress, scientists and conservation groups discussed how to work with fishing communities to ensure sustainable fish catches. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
- Aislinn Dunne (Ph.D. student, Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group, and IMCC5 presenter)
‘Making Marine Science Matter' was the theme of the recent 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
- Matt Tietbohl (Ph.D. student, Reef Ecology Lab, and IMCC5 Marketing/Communications chair and presenter)