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The largest congress on marine sciences organised in Reunion

From the 24 to the 29 August 2009 has been lead in St Denis, Reunion, the 6th international scientific symposium WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association). Organised by the University of Reunion, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and Institut Français pour la Recherche et l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), the 6th WIOMSA symposium took place for the first time in Reunion. From Monday 24th to Saturday 29th August 2009, more than 40 scientific sessions have been presented at the University campus. The themes were climate change effects on marine ecosystems, sustainable management of artisanal and industrial fisheries, conservation of marine biodiversity, and struggle against coastal population poverty … WIOMSA symposiums take place every two years in one of the western Indian Ocean country. They usually welcome 300 to 450 delegates from WIOMSA member countries and other regions of the world (Europe, Australia, United States, India …). Two years ago the congress took place in Durban, South Africa. This year, in Reunion, 470 persons attended this congress originating from Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion but also from France, Great Britain, Portugal, Australia, United States, India etc… The theme of this year congress was : “The Millennium Challenge : How Marine Sciences and Management Can Achieve Sustainable Management of Marine Resources and Develop Human Communities.” High point of the congress : • Monday 24th from 9 am to 10:30 am : opening ceremony • Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th from 9 am to 10:30 am : plenary sessions presented by internationally recognized speakers. • Tuesday 25th afternoon : film showing executed by the Reunion University multimedia centre • Thursday 27th afternoon : roundtables on regional cooperation programs • Friday 28th afternoon : clothing ceremony and price awards at the Regional Council of Reunion The 6th WIOMSA congress is sponsored by WIOMSA, the European Union (RUN Sea Science project), the University of Reunion, the Regional Council of Reunion, SIDA, IFS, IRD, IFREMER, the General Council of Reunion, CINOR and other private sponsors. For further information : WIOMSA scientific symposium tab on this website or www.wiomsa.org

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