International Marine Conservation Congress

  • May 13, 2011

IMCC LogoDid you know?

  • Subsidies paid to owners of fishing vessels and others in the fishing industry under the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy amount to approximately €1 billion (US$1.4 billion)a year?
  • 11 of the 17 species of penguins are threatened, due mainly to oil pollution, overfishing and climate change?
  • Less than 0.5 percent of the planet's oceans are fully protected as no-take parks?

Pew marine experts are addressing these issues, as well as presenting new science and approaches to marine conservation at this year's International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, British Columbia from May 14-18th.


Angela BednarekAngela Bednarek, Officer, Ocean Science Division, Pew Environment Group

Penguins as Indicators: Understanding the Changing Marine Environment

The fragile conservation status of most penguin populations reflects problems in the world's Southern Ocean, including climate change, pollution and fisheries mismanagement. On May 15th, Angela Bednarek of Pew's Ocean Science Division, moderated a panel regarding penguins and why we must pay attention to the plight of these species.

Jay Nelson
Jay Nelson, Director, Global Ocean Legacy, Pew Environment Group

Size Matters: The Case for Large Ocean Reserves

On May 15th, Jay Nelson, the director of Pew's Global Ocean Legacy project, hosted a panel of experts to discuss the scientific case for large, highly protected marine reserves and to provide an overview of the initiatives that are currently under way to establish them.

Henry HuntingtonHenry Huntington, Science Director, Arctic Program, Pew Environment Group

How an International Fisheries Agreement Would Help Protect the High Arctic

Climate change is rapidly melting permanent ice in the international waters of the central Arctic Ocean, an area called the Arctic "donut hole." On May 17th, Huntington spoke as part of a panel discussion about the international Arctic fisheries agreement.

Susan LiebermanSusan Lieberman, Deputy Director, International Policy, Pew Environment Group

Integrating Science and Policy: How Scientists Can Help CITES Advance Marine Conservation

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) entered into force in 1975 in response to concerns that many species were becoming endangered through international trade. On May 17th, Lieberman presented on CITES, discussing how it could help future ocean conservation efforts and what Pew is doing to further ocean conservation.

Markus KniggeMarkus Knigge, Policy and Research Director, European Marine Programme, Pew Environment Group Stop Spending in the Dark

On Wednesday, May 18th, Markus Knigge presented "Navigating Uncharted Networks: Recent Uses of the Internet for Marine Science and Conservation." In this Q&A, he discusses, which aims to obtain detailed data relating to payments and recipients of fisheries subsidies in all EU member States and to make these data available in a useful way to residents of Europe.

Topics: Oceans, Environment